A Gainesville air conditioning company took a step closer Tuesday night toward converting a church building into offices and a warehouse where metal ductwork for air conditioning systems would be assembled.
Lanier HVAC got the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board’s OK to rezone property at 2092 Crow Road from residential to light industrial for the warehouse.
The recommendation now goes to the Gainesville City Council for final consideration.
A city document states the 5,000-square-foot building was used most recently by Faith Baptist Church across the street as a fellowship hall. The church is off White Sulphur and Crow roads, just north of Beverly Road.
A church member told the planning board on June 11 that the building was formerly a dormitory “we used for camp meetings.”
Several church members spoke in support of the rezoning.
“We’ve had a number of people who looked at our property,” said Richard Cole, pastor. “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 old building was vandalized in April. Cole found the lock had been cut off the building, graffiti on the walls and damage to the carpet, Gainesville police said.
Cole said at the time the graffiti was “very vulgar.”
“Currently, the existing metal building is vacant and is in need of much repair and has been a victim of graffiti,” states a narrative that’s part of Lanier HVAC’s rezoning request. “Lanier HVAC plans to renovate the existing building to make it suitable for office and warehouse space.”
A new parking lot would be built for employees and visitors, and the property also would be landscaped.
Any storage of heating and air equipment or materials will be within the existing building,” the narrative says. “Should outside storage be needed, all materials will be screened so as to not be visible from adjacent properties or the right of way along Beverly (Road) or Crow Road.”
A map with the application shows a two-story, 5,000-square-foot addition on the property “should the need arise.”
“There is no immediate plan to expand the building,” a city document states.