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3 things Gainesville City Council will discuss Dec. 4
Updates to Brenau lease, capital improvement plan, plus Athens Street housing all on agenda for meeting
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Gainesville City Council will vote Tuesday on updates on two separate items: the city’s lease agreement for Brenau University's Downtown Center and its capital improvement plan. The council also will vote on a rezoning that would allow new housing on Athens Street.

Gainesville City Council

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

Updated lease for Brenau Downtown Center

Council members will vote on an updated lease agreement for the Brenau Downtown Center, with the city taking over as landlord to replace the Gainesville Redevelopment Authority.

According to the agreement, the redevelopment authority lacks the staff and resources needed to stay on as landlord under a new lease that will give Brenau University the space to expand its programs.

David Barnett, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Brenau, said Brenau wants to develop the second floor of the Downtown Center to house its physician assistant program, which the university hopes to launch in January 2021.

Barnett said the lease agreement would also give the city the ability to use the Downtown Center for extra meeting space.

Updates to capital improvement plan

The city is updating its capital improvement plan to adjust for projected population growth. The plan looks at future needs for the police, fire and parks departments, which all benefit from impact fees, one-time charges to developers for new projects.

Plans include adding new police and fire stations, building new community centers, and investing in training facilities for the police and fire departments. The report projects growth and estimates needs for the next 20 years.

The public can comment on the plan before the council votes on whether to send it to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

Athens Street duplexes

Five residential duplexes with a total of 10 units may be built on Athens Street near Mill Street and the Burger King restaurant.

Council members will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to rezone about 0.8 acres of land from residential and heavy industrial to residential for the duplexes.

Each unit would be about 1,100 square feet in size with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two parking spaces per unit. Five driveways are proposed off of Mill Street and two driveways would be built off Athens Street.

At a Nov. 13 Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meeting, two community members said they had relatives who lived in the area who were concerned about traffic impacts. The planning board approved the rezoning request.

Rent for the units would be about $800 to $900 per month, applicant Eddie Martin Jr. said Nov. 13.