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Gainesville approves zoning Catholic church
First phase of construction could take 14 months
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Gainesville City Council gave the final OK Tuesday for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta to proceed with building a church campus on Smith Road near the corner of McEver and Browns Bridge roads.

The church campus will include a 1,000-seat sanctuary in its first phase, which could take about 14 months to complete once construction begins, and is meant to serve a growing population of Catholics in and around Gainesville.

The city is already home to St. Michael Catholic Church, but many Catholics still drive to neighboring city parishes for Sunday Mass.

The total campus calls for a larger sanctuary, social hall, administrative offices, community meeting rooms, classrooms, a clergy residency, commercial kitchen, food pantry and more.

Construction after the first phase of development will require a revised traffic impact study to determine if further improvements are necessary.

In other business, council gave the final OK to make Dyer Street one-way, allowing travel only from Ridgewood Avenue to North Avenue.

Council also voted to prohibit parking on the east side of Dyer Street.

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