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Gainesville council OKs sale of surplus land
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Gainesville City Council members voted Tuesday to sell to Eddie K. Martin two tracts of land near Queen City Parkway that had been declared surplus.

With a unanimous vote, the council voted to sell the properties at 615 Banks St. and 612 Johnson St. to Martin, who owns multiple tracts of land within the area. Martin paid $30,250 for the tracts.

The council sold the property with the condition that Martin not allow billboards on the property.

The City Council also approved two rezoning requests and one annexation Tuesday.

The annexation request came from city staff, who realized when the council annexed and rezoned about 230 acres of property between Barber and New Harvest roads to add to the city’s industrial park space earlier this year, nearly 6 acres that should have been included in the industrial park had not been annexed with the property. The 6 acres, currently owned by Hall County, could hold three industrial buildings, Planning Director Rusty Ligon told the council.

Trinity Presbyterian Church received initial approval of its request to rezone its property at 2023 Memorial Park Drive from a residential zoning to general business.

If given final approval, the general business zoning will allow the church to construct a 10-foot tall sign instead of an 8-foot tall sign.

The church plans to replace its current sign, but the sign the church wants to build would not meet the zoning requirements for a residential area, said Trinity Presbyterian Pastor David Beville.

No one spoke in opposition to the church’s request.

The council gave initial, unanimous approval to another request from JHME Properties LLC to rezone 10 acres at 1465 Jesse Jewell Parkway to an office and institutional zoning with a special use for medical and general offices as well as retail and restaurant space.

Tuesday was also the first Gainesville City Council meeting in which the time set aside for citizens to express their issues was among the first items on the agenda instead of the last.