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Gainesville City Council approves road project for Chicopee Mill

POSTED: July 15, 2014 11:51 p.m.

Gainesville City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for a road construction project in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center.

Earlier Tuesday, the Development Authority awarded a $241,000 contract to Allied Paving for the project.

The city has agreed to pump $50,000 in Georgia Department of Transportation grant money into the project.

The remainder of the financing will come from the sale of a 10-acre site in Industrial Park West.

Gainesville will provide project management services through the public works department.

Tim Evans, vice president of economic development at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, said the project could break ground by the end of the month, with a 60- to 90-day timeline for completion.

When construction is finished, the road will be conveyed to the city as a public street.

Access to businesses in the area will not be hampered by construction, Evans said.

The road will provide access to the new 40,000-square-foot headquarters and production facilities for manufacturer REP Inc., as well as open access to another development site on the back end of Industrial Park West.

“This is definitely an economic development project, and it needs to go forward,” said Councilman George Wangemann.

In other business:

City Council gave a final reading and approval to a zoning amendment that will allow developer John Roberts, president of Alcovy-20 Inc., to proceed with building a 55-home single-family subdivision off Wilson Drive.

Roberts has said he could break ground within a few months.

The property has languished undeveloped for about 10 years, and many proposals have come and gone in that time.

The city first approved a residential zoning for the land in 2004, when Roberts was proposing to construct 165 homes across an 82-acre parcel. But those plans fell through.

Then, in 2006, the land was zoned as part of a 126-acre parcel to allow for office, warehouse and retail developments.

“I really do hope this project works well for him,” said Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras.

Meanwhile, council also gave a final reading and approval for Beehive Homes of Gainesville to build an assisted living facility along South Enota Drive.

The 38-bed facility will be constructed in two phases.

The property is currently undeveloped and adjacent to single-family residences, a pharmacy and an elementary school.

Representatives from Beehive have said they would ensure an adequate buffer is in place between the facility and neighboring homes.



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