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Flat Creek getting a face-lift near old mill
$1 million project also includes stream cleanup
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Flat Creek as it currently meanders near the old Gainesville Mill. Soon crews will divert the stream left before the culvert away from the railroad track.

Work is well underway to restore Flat Creek as it flows through an industrial section of Gainesville.

An old fire pond that once served the century-old Gainesville Mill off Marler Street and Georgia Avenue has been drained and a pump building there has been demolished, said Horace Gee, Gainesville’s environmental services administrator.

Also, as part of the $1 million project, workers have started cleaning up the stream in the area around Hancock and Georgia avenues and between E.E. Butler and Queen City parkways.

They’ve also staked out an area where the creek will be moved from its old streambed but will still meander as it travels near the mill.

When the project is completed in late June or early July, the area will be transformed into a public amenity, with a chain-link fence removed and sidewalks and benches placed around the pond.

“And it will be used for flood control during (heavy) rain,” Gee said.