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Gainesville City Council will discuss these 4 things Aug. 6, including 2 housing developments
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The Gainesville City Council will vote Tuesday on two housing developments, along with qualifying dates for the Nov. 5 city elections and a road name change.

Subdivision in Gaines Mill Road area

A 375-home subdivision off of Gaines Mill Road, near Athens Highway and Gillsville Highway, is up for a vote from council members Tuesday.

Integrity Development Group, based in Brookhaven, wants to annex the 220-acre property at 2242 Gaines Mill Road and 2579 and 2581 Gillsville Highway in to the city with a zoning of planned unit development. The property is in unincorporated Hall County but adjoins city limits on the northern end. It is mostly wooded and has two abandoned homes and a trailer that would be demolished if the neighborhood is built.

The main entrance to the subdivision would be off Gillsville Highway, and the homes are expected to be priced under $300,000.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board recommended approval of the development at a July 9 meeting, where several nearby residents said they were opposed due to the potential impact on traffic and schools.

Townhomes, offices off Green Street

Council members will vote Tuesday on an almost-2.5-acre townhome and office development between Green Street and Glenwood Drive in downtown Gainesville.

Parkview on Green Street, at 718 and 736 Green Street and 430 Glenwood Drive, would have four two-story buildings. Each building would have four to eight units, and each townhome would have three bedrooms. About 2,150 square feet of office space is proposed for the basement level of the largest building.

Because the property is in a historic area, the Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission will also have to approve the development at the commission’s Aug. 5 meeting.

While the property is now partly zoned residential and partly zoned residential and office, S & E Holdings is applying for the whole property to be zoned residential and office.

The planning board recommended the development for approval at its July 9 meeting, when no one spoke in opposition.

Howard Road name change

Georgia Mountains YMCA is asking Gainesville to change the name of Howard Road, where the J.A. Walters Family YMCA is located.

The road, which runs between White Sulphur Road and Ga. 365, would be renamed YMCA Drive.

“We’re in a position now where we are rapidly growing and even serving communities outside of Hall County,” said Amy Kienle, CEO of Georgia Mountains YMCA, on June 25. “A lot of questions we get are in terms of our location, and we just thought a (road) name change would better identify where we are.”

A similar request was approved in 2017 to rename part of Howard Road as Lanier Tech Drive at the new location of Lanier Technical College. 

Qualifying for November city elections

Candidates can qualify for city positions on the Nov. 5 ballot  on Aug. 19, 20 and 21, if council members approve the resolution Tuesday.

The seats for Wards 2, 3 and 5 on the Gainesville City Council, currently occupied by Zack Thompson, Barbara Brooks and Ruth Bruner, will be on the ballot, with a qualifying fee of $819.

The positions for Districts 2, 3 and 5 for the Gainesville City Schools Board of Education will also be up for a vote, with the qualifying fee at $278.10. John Filson, Willie Mitchell and Sammy Smith are currently in those positions.

Candidates would need to go to the Administration Building at 300 Henry Ward Way on Roosevelt Square between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19-21 to qualify.

Gainesville City Council

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

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