No decision made on what to build on Micanopy Dollar General’s previously proposed property

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MICANOPY, Fla. (WCJB) — Many people have opposed a proposed plan to build a Dollar General off Highway 441 and SE Tuscawilla Road for more than two years.

But eventually Alachua County bought the land and halted the project. The City of Micanopy and the County held a joint meeting to discuss what to do with the property.

“What’s on my mind is that the land belongs to the people of our ancestors and honors us as a Seminole people,” said Martha Tommie, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Real estate appraiser records show that the two adjacent properties were purchased for a total of $850,000. The City of Micanopy must pay $85,000 of the $170,000 owed to the county for the transfer.

The rest comes from the Wild Spaces and Public Places fund.

“Nobody would ever go to Arlington Cemetery and dig it up, remove the bodies and bury them somewhere else. It’s the same as our ancestors,” said Robert Rosa, a member of the Florida American Indian Movement.

Commissioners and residents brought up ideas such as a walkway or an educational reserve in the countryside.

“I’m not sure about the catwalk, but there should definitely be some education about the first people. People need to learn the history they need to know that the Union Army shouldn’t be here at all,” Rosa said.

No decision was made at the meeting and Micanopy executives will hold a workshop on November 17 to hear further public comments.

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