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Gainesville Council approves 110-unit active adult community off Spring Road
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Gainesville City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to annex a 10-acre site on Spring Road and to zone it for an active adult community.

Spring Road Group proposes to build a 110-unit community. The proposal includes 50 units within a three-story apartment building and 60 two-bedroom units with one-car garages.

The apartment building, in preliminary plans, would include 26 one-bedroom apartments and 24 two-bedroom apartments.

The development was approved on first reading with nine conditions, one of which is that the site can be only for an active adult community.

Another condition is for a minimum 25-foot wide, evergreen vegetated buffer along the property lines adjacent to the single-family properties. Additional trees will be planted where needed to provide an effective buffer.

Amenities proposed for the complex are a clubhouse, tennis court and swimming pool.

The primary access to the site is from Spring Road.

An emergency access is proposed from the Pine Circle cul-de-sac.

The property includes three tracts of land that now have 11 mobile homes and an on-site house, plus a number of ancillary buildings. All will be removed or demolished.

Several other apartment complexes are in the general area.

No one opposed the development at a public hearing before council approved the plan.

Another proposal for an active adult community was withdrawn. It would have been on Karen Lane, at the intersection of Strickland Drive and Sportsman Club Road. The proposed annexation of 26.2 acres would have been for a 95-unit development.

The withdrawn request cannot be resubmitted for six months, according to city regulations.

In the final planning matter, council unanimously approved annexing and zoning a 0.68-acre tract on West Side Drive, owned by David Pierce Family LP.

David Pierce told the council he would like 120 days to allow him time to move one tenant out and to make repairs on one of the two houses on the property.

Sewer service has been installed to the two sites because septic tanks there failed, city staff reported.

In other business, council unanimously approved:

• A contract for  $9,507,892 to Heavy Constructors Inc. for chemical system improvements to the Riverside Drive Water Treatment Plant.

• A contract for $920,055 to Allied Paving Contractors for resurfacing work on nine city streets.

• Spending $500,000 to install new water meters and meter-reading transmitters in the city’s water system. It is a multiyear project. The money comes from the Department of Water Resources capital project fund.