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City to vote on rezoning for midtown developments
The midtown end of the pedestrian bridge across Jesse Jewell Parkway from downtown Gainesville. - photo by Mario Sanchez

The city of Gainesville is requesting to rezone two pieces of land in midtown for a previously announced mixed-use development that will include 400 apartments.

The 6.8-acre property on the southern end of the Jesse Jewell Parkway pedestrian bridge and the 4-acre property at the intersection of Main Street and Parker Street will both be rezoned to planned unit development. The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will hold a public hearing and vote on the requests at its Dec. 10 meeting. The Gainesville City Council will have the final vote on Jan. 7.

Atlanta developer Terwilliger Pappas was announced in September as the city’s choice to develop the two properties. The Jesse Jewell Parkway property will be the first phase of the project and will have 220 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space. The second phase will be at the Main and Parker streets intersection, formerly home to the Hall County Jail. That section of the development will have 180 apartments and 5,000  square feet of retail.

On Nov. 5, the Council approved an agreement with Terwilliger Pappas for the city to sell the properties to the developer. The Jesse Jewell property will be sold for $5 million, half what the city paid for it last year. Terwilliger Pappas will have the option to buy the former jail site for $3.6 million within 60 days of when the last certificate of occupancy for the first phase of the project is issued. 

Gainesville paid Hall County $7.2 million for the former jail site in 2012. The jail was demolished in 2017, and the property has since been empty.

The land closest to the bridge was previously owned by developers, who had plans for a hotel with a conference center and two 11-story office buildings, but those plans fell through during the economic recession.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway