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Gainesville midtown projects get first OK from planning board
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Greg Power of Terwilliger Pappas speaks to the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday, Dec. 10, about two proposed midtown Gainesville developments. - photo by Jeff Gill

Two proposed midtown Gainesville developments took a key step toward approval Tuesday night.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board voted Dec. 10 to recommend approving rezonings for 6.8 acres on the southern end of the Jesse Jewell Parkway pedestrian bridge and 4 acres at the intersection of Main and Parker streets.

The project now goes before the Gainesville City Council for a final vote Jan. 7.

The proposals didn’t draw any discussion among board members or resident comment. One resident did ask officials a few questions about the development, but he didn’t speak in support or opposition.

“We absolutely honored. We’re excited to bring a Solis community, a mixed-use development to Gainesville,” said Greg Power, Terwilliger Pappas’ executive vice president, in presenting plans to the board.

Atlanta developer Terwilliger Pappas was announced in September as the city’s choice to develop the two properties. On Nov. 5, the Council approved an agreement with Terwilliger Pappas for the city to sell the properties to the developer. 

Terwilliger says on its website that its properties are identified by its brand, Solis.

“Inspired by the Latin word for light, each community reflects elevated design and our enlightened approach to multifamily development,” the company says.

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. Monthly apartment rents would run $1,500 to $1,600 per month, Power said.

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.

Proposed amenities include a “resort-style” saltwater pool with sundeck, rooftop clubroom, business center, conference room, cyber café and coffee bar, 24-hour fitness center, yoga room with group fitness and electric car charging stations, according to the city’s staff report on the project.

Construction on the Jesse Jewell part of the project could start in May and take two years to complete, Power said.

“From there, we would roll into the second phase,” he said.

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