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Developer hopes this proposed housing near downtown Gainesville will fill a need of its own
Ten two-story apartments are proposed as part of five duplexes on a narrow lot on Washington Street near downtown Gainesville.

Update, Oct. 11: Ten two-story apartments proposed off the downtown Gainesville square were recommended for approval Tuesday, Oct. 11, by the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board.

The proposal now goes before Gainesville City Council for a vote at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Ten two-story apartments are proposed off Washington Street in Gainesville, just off the downtown square.

William B. Stark Jr. is proposing the development on a 1-acre wooded tract at 614 Washington St., near St. Paul United Methodist Church off West Academy Street.

The apartments will be in five duplexes on the property, with each two-bedroom unit about 1,300 square feet in size.

Pricing information wasn’t available as of Friday, Oct. 7, and Stark couldn’t be reached for comment.

“This development is designed to provide a safe and livable environment for Gainesville citizens working in and around the downtown area,” according to a narrative from the developer in Gainesville planning documents.

The property has been “empty for some time now,” the narrative continues. “The proposed duplex homes will provide and encourage a healthy lifestyle, as walking and biking to nearby restaurants and attractions will be possible.

“As many multi-family and large apartment complexes are being constructed around Gainesville, there is a need for smaller residential developments that are centrally located to downtown and the surrounding businesses.”

Stark is seeking a special use permit to be able to build the housing inside a neighborhood business zone, according to the city. Surrounding uses include business and residential.

The proposal is set to go before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

What: Request for 10 apartments in five duplexes off Washington Street near downtown square

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway