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Builder hopes to keep rents down for these 5 duplexes in a Gainesville neighborhood
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A developer plans to build five duplexes off Athens and Mill street in the Newtown community of Gainesville. The project could start in early 2019 and be completed in 6-8 months.

A developer now has the governmental approvals needed to move forward on building five “Charleston-type” duplexes off Athens Street in Gainesville.

KRM 2016 LLC got the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board’s approval Tuesday night for a setback reduction so the duplexes can fit on two tracts off Mill Street, across from Burger King and next to the Harper-Smith Historic House.

The board’s Dec. 11 vote followed Gainesville City Council’s action on Dec. 4 to rezone the .85-acre tract from residential and heavy industrial to residential.

The property also is near Newell Recycling Scrap Iron & Metal and Fockele Garden Co. and sits on the edge of the Newtown community. 

Each building will have two units.

Eddie Martin Jr., who presented the proposal to city officials, said he hopes construction will start in early 2019. The project could be completed in 6-8 months, he said.

He said he hopes to rent out each unit at under $1,000 per month.

“Building costs are really expensive right now,” Martin said. “I’m hoping to put in a lot of sweat equity to get it down to (be more) affordable.”

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