The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to start the permitting process for a 1,300-acre business park on city land off of Allen Creek Road.
The property, located near the Allen Creek Soccer Complex, will be divided into 20 lots. The city has signed on as the business park’s first tenant and will operate water resources and public works maintenance facilities there.
The city has owned the land since 1990, when state and federal regulations required municipalities to use spray irrigation for sewer treatment plants.
Because the land is near Allen Creek, flood plains and ponds, the city will have to apply for permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before the site is developed.
Gainesville currently has five business parks that are almost full. The city plans to work with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce to recruit businesses for the new business park.
“We’re excited about the possibilities here moving forward. … 1,300 acres of city-owned land there that we feel can really be a shot in the arm for our community,” City Manager Bryan Lackey said.
A trail would connect one end of the business park to the soccer complex.
The cost and timeline for the project have not been finalized yet.