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Developer will help pay for sewer extension into south Gainesville; what it could mean
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Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday on an agreement with the developer of a subdivision in the Athens Highway and Gillsville Highway area to share the cost of providing sewer to the development. Having sewer in the area could motivate other developers to move in. - photo by Megan Reed

Gainesville Water Resources and a developer have reached a deal that will help the city save on a sewer extension in south Gainesville.

The Gainesville City Council unanimously approved the agreement Tuesday.

The city had already been planning to bring sewer service to the Athens Highway and Gillsville Highway intersection for several years. Last year, 220 acres at 2242 Gaines Mill Road and 2579 Gillsville Highway were annexed into the city for a 375-home subdivision. Now, the developer of that subdivision, Brookhaven-based Integrity Development Group, has agreed to pay the city $1.4 million toward the cost of bringing sewer to the area.

The project is still being designed, so the total budget has not been decided yet.

But Integrity Development Group’s subdivision will not be the only development that can use the sewer extension. Having sewer service in the area could motivate other developments, both residential and commercial, to move in.

A regional sanitary sewage lift station, sewage force main and gravity sewer extension will be needed before the property can be connected to city sewer.

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