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Apartments proposed off Queen City Parkway

POSTED: April 5, 2014 11:23 p.m.

A 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex is proposed for a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street across from the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet Tuesday to consider rezoning the property to allow for the multifamily development to proceed.

Nonprofit Atlanta-based developer Mercy Housing Southeast is under contract to purchase the land, according to city officials, which consists of 11 parcels housing rental units, accessory buildings and a metal warehouse used as a church.

Mercy Housing plans to construct 21 one-bedroom/one-bath units, 36 two-bedroom/two-bath units, and 33 three-bedroom/two-bath units. Most apartments will be rented to households at 50 percent and 60 percent of the area median income, while some will have no income restrictions.

The proposed L-shape building, with one wing at four stories and the other at five stories, will include a leasing office, community space with computer center, gazebo and a barbecue area. A total of 126 parking spaces will be included in the development.

Representatives from Mercy Housing said they would seek state tax credits to construct the affordable housing community, known as the Lofts at Midtown, and plan to use Georgia contractors for the construction.

Mercy Housing typically includes a number of resident services on its housing properties, including after-school programs and summer camps, job skills training and health and wellness screenings.

The Planning and Appeals Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway.


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