See for yourself, download site plan of future Midtown apartments

Published: Apr. 19, 2019 at 5:27 AM EDT
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UPDATE (05/23/19):

TV20 has obtained the site plan for the proposed new Midtown Gainesville apartment buildings available, you can download the proposal on the 'related documents' tab.

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The City of Gainesville has confirmed the required special use permit will be discussed in a public meeting in front of the city planning board on June 27th.

watch for more reporting on this controversial development plan in the lead-up to that meeting.


The 908 Group and The Swamp Restaurant released a statement today saying they are committed to keep the restaurant in the new mixed-use development that is planned.

According to the developer and the restaurant management, the new place will have the best of the current restaurant’s design, while adding space and they are upgrading the facilities.

The new Swamp will keep the outdoor patio and historical elements from the original restaurant, a larger kitchen and dining area as well as technology upgrades and improved features.


UPDATE: 4/26/19 11:50PM

An effort at the statehouse to save the Swamp Restaurant has died. An amendment to a House bill that would have made the Swamp a Florida Heritage Landmark has been withdrawn.

Representative Anthony Sabatini, a UF graduate who had filed the amendment, tells TV20 that it "could not get enough support to pass."

A petition to save the swamp is approaching 32-thousand. And a rally to gather more signatures is set for Thursday night at 9 pm.



One Florida lawmaker is trying to make sure the Swamp Restaurant doesn't go away.

A property developer has a contract to purchase the Swamp Restaurant and other nearby businesses, with plans to build an apartment complex.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini's proposal is to designate the Swamp Restaurant a Florida heritage landmark on the grounds that the building was constructed in 1914.

After a fire in 1993, it was rebuilt and re-opened as we now know it. The proposal also prohibits the city of Gainesville or Alachua County from issuing orders to demolish the Swamp.

Sabatini earned both bachelors and law degrees from UF.