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2 things to know before Tuesday’s Gainesville City Council meeting
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The Gainesville City Council. - photo by Megan Reed

The Gainesville City Council will vote Tuesday on the conversion of a former church building into a warehouse, as well as a grant for the Community Service Center.


Business may convert old church building into warehouse


Lanier HVAC Services wants to convert a church building into a warehouse, rezoning the property at 2092 Crow Road from residential to light industrial.

The idea was approved by the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on June 11, and on Tuesday, the City Council will vote on the rezoning.

The 5,000-square-foot building was most recently used by Faith Baptist Church as a fellowship hall. Several church members spoke in support of the rezoning on June 11.

“We’ve had a number of people who looked at our property,” said pastor Richard Cole. “Some of them made offers we turned down because we felt like they wouldn’t be compatible with the church and people up Crow Road.”

The building was vandalized in April.

“Currently, the existing metal building is vacant and is in need of much repair and has been a victim of graffiti,” states a narrative included with Lanier HVAC’s application. “Lanier HVAC plans to renovate the existing building to make it suitable for office and warehouse space.”

Plans include a new parking lot for employees and visitors, as well as landscaping.


Grant for Community Service Center


Council members will vote on a grant from Legacy Link, a local agency on aging, to fund Meals on Wheels, the Senior Center and some transportation services.

The Community Service Center will receive about $751,000 in federal and state funding through Legacy Link, a pass-through agency. The city will provide about $66,000 in match funding.

Karina Constantini, the center’s deputy director, said the grant is the same as the center has accepted in previous years. 

Gainesville City Council

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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