ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)- Tioga Town Center opened its doors in 2006 as the commercial part of Tioga's master-planned community and this expansion was in the plans right from the start.
Residents can look forward to 144 new housing options and 15,000 square feet of retail space according to a press release from the site's developers sent out on Tuesday morning.
We spoke with Tioga resident Irek Debicki who enjoys the quiet and convenient lifestyle in Tioga, but is among many who feel the development happening outside Tioga isn't as well planned as the community they call home.
Debicki and his neighbors are particularly vocal about a new Dollar General which took the spot of a lot that was zoned for residential use for 2 acres and commercial use for 1 acre. The spot was once mostly forested with a home and now has a Dollar General with plans for housing that backs up right behind Irek's property line in Tioga.
"I used to see just trees or bushes, now I can see the construction almost directly", Debicki explains.
During construction, Debicki hears beeping and equipment running until 7 or 8 at night and he worries the noise will continue after construction is finished.
The growth west of Gainesville also comes with growing pains including more traffic which has neighbors concerned about safety on Newberry Road and the aesthetic.
As for Debicki, he may consider moving after living in his home in Tioga for 16 years.