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Gainesville Council OKs rezoning for boat retailer, medical office
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In other business, City Council on Tuesday approved a rezoning to allow a speedboat retailer to develop a storefront at the intersection of McEver Road and Hillside Gardens Lane in Hall County.

Skier’s Marine Southeast opened a temporary location in Oakwood in December, and owner Rett Tyler said he plans to complete construction of the permanent Gainesville retail center by the end of the year.

Tyler has opened other retail locations in Alabama and Tennessee.

The Gainesville store, which would also be adjacent to Gainesville Exploration Academy, a Hall County compactor site and a funeral home, will have MasterCraft ski and wakeboard boats displayed inside and out.

Tyler said he’s making a $6 million investment and expects to have $12-15 million in retail sales annually.

“We don’t do anything halfway,” Tyler said.

City Council also gave its approval to the development of a 10,800-square-foot medical office building on the corner of Park Hill and South Enota drives.

The location is catty-corner to a CVS Pharmacy and adjacent to a senior living facility opened in the last few years.

The developer said it would be used for an orthodontics practice.

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