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City Council votes on restaurant on former Gainesville church site
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A fast-food restaurant and an oil change business are proposed on the site of the former Trinity Baptist Church on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville. - photo by Jeff Gill

Update, April 19: The Gainesville City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a fast-food restaurant and an oil change business at the site of the former Trinity Baptist Church. The entire property was rezoned to general business.

Update, March 8: A fast-food restaurant and an oil change business at the site of the former Trinity Baptist Church were recommended for approval Tuesday, March 8, by the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board.

Interface Properties LLC’s proposal to rezone all the property to general business now goes before Gainesville City Council for a final vote at a later meeting. Part of the property is already zoned general business, while the rest is zoned residential.

A couple of residents spoke in opposition to the proposal, citing concerns about traffic on Beechwood, which leads to a residential area.


A fast-food restaurant and an oil change business are proposed at the site of the former Trinity Baptist Church at 989 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville.

The two-story brick church, which sits on 6.6 acres, would be torn down as part of the development.

The property is between McEver Corners Shopping Center and Beechwood Boulevard. That area of Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 near McEver Road has become a commercial hub in recent years, with the opening of several restaurants and shopping centers.

Interface Properties LLC is set to go before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on March 8 seeking to rezone all the property to general business to allow for the development. Part of the property is already zoned general business, while the rest is zoned residential.

The 3,750-square-foot restaurant and the 2,085-square-foot oil change business would make up the first phase of the development, facing Dawsonville Highway.

“They’re talking to prospective tenants,” said Gainesville lawyer Steve Gilliam, representing Interface Properties.

The second phase at the rear of the property would be limited to a child care center, “kennel, lodging services, office, retreat center, self-service storage facility or veterinarian/animal hospital,” according to the documents.

The church was turned over as a “deed of gift/no sale price” to Chattahoochee Baptist Association in June 2021, according to Hall County records.

“The congregation shrank down so small that they basically authorized the termination of the church,” Gilliam said.

The property’s 2021 value is $790,460, according to Hall records.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

What: Rezoning request for proposed fast-food restaurant and oil change business

When: 5:30 p.m. March

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway