Downtown and midtown development, expanding public transportation and road infrastructure projects, and improving code enforcement and public safety were among the priorities for 2017 identified by the Gainesville City Council during its annual retreat at the Fair Street neighborhood center on Friday.
President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left when Antonin Scalia died last year drew immediate support from congressional Republicans representing Georgia and opposition from local Democrats.
Local developer Wendell Starke, who manages the mixed-use Mundy Mill property, is looking to construct a new office space near the Gainesville Civic Center that resembles the style of residential business properties along Green Street.
Hall County library officials are getting started on the initial phases of a major renovation of the Gainesville library branch, located off the downtown square, and are seeking up to $2 million from the state legislature this year to supplement special purpose local option sales tax revenue to fund the project.
In a potential boon for Gainesville-based Left Nut Brewing Company, a bill proposed in the state Senate would allow craft breweries and brew pubs to sell beer directly to patrons for the first time, ending regulations that required them to distribute through wholesalers.
Gainesville and Hall County are positioned to reap benefits from a $7 billion film industry that state officials are promoting this year in a new travel guide and tourism promotion unveiled last week. And there could be opportunities for local residents to get in on the action and drama.
A park and community center planned in the area of the Harrison Square public housing complex and Morningside Heights neighborhood in Gainesville has been scrapped after costs for developing the property escalated beyond initial estimates.
A faith-based program housing and counseling women who have escaped sex trafficking received unanimous approval from the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night to locate in a residential area off Weaver Road.