The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday recommended for approval the annexation and rezoning of almost one acre where a local businessman wants to build eight apartment units.
Jack Frost, who owns Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, owns the property where the apartments would be built. Frost attended the meeting but let his representative, Chris Patton, address the planning board.
Frost said he intends to lease the apartments.
“Three of my workers already said they want to rent,” Frost said after the meeting.
The two-bedroom and one-bathroom units would be located on Frost’s property at 2510 Old Flowery Branch Road and 2026 Memorial Park Drive. The property consists of two parcels with a vacant residential duplex on it that would be demolished.
Frost is also asking that the property annexed into the city and be zoned from residential I to residential II.
Gainesville Planning Manager Matt Tate recommended approval by the board with seven conditions, including that a full-access driveway on Old Flowery Branch Road be built. Tate said the driveway is required to facilitate left turns into and out of the development.
Patton said the developer — Frost — agrees with all the conditions. He said plans were redesigned to meet the conditions.
“We added the driveway off Old Flowery Branch Road, added the sidewalks and actually reduced the number of units from nine to eight to get the driveway in,” Patton said.
The development would contain approximately 21 parking spaces in front of the units, along with stormwater detention along Old Flowery Branch Road, according to Tate.
Gainesville City Council, which has final say on the project’s approval, will hold public hearings and take a vote Dec. 5 on Frost’s plans.