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How an agreement between Gainesville, developer could bring growth to Athens Highway area
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Gainesville City Council will vote 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’s plans to provide sewer service to the intersection of Athens and Gillsville highways could be getting a boost from a property owner who would be served by the sewer extension.

A 375-home subdivision will be built at 2242 Gaines Mill Road and 2579 Gillsville Highway. The 220 acres were annexed into the city last year at the request of developer Integrity Development Group, based in Brookhaven.

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The developer of a subdivision off Gillsville Highway could help fund sewer extension in the area. Image courtesy city of Gainesville.

Gainesville Water Resources and the property developer now hope to enter into an agreement to share the cost of sewer extension, with the developer contributing $1.4 million to the project and providing the city the property and easements that would be required at no cost.

The project is still in the design phase, and the final budget has not been determined yet, Water Resources Director Linda MacGregor said.

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.

The subdivision would not be the only development served by the sewer extension. Officials hope having sewer service in the area could motivate other developers to build, bringing some retail and rooftops.

“This is something we’ve talked about a good bit at previous retreats and strategic planning, about trying to add sewer service on the southern part of our community there,” City Manager Bryan Lackey said Thursday. “We’re really excited about this, to do this partnership.”

Partnerships with the county could be an option for further serving the area, Lackey said.

The Gainesville City Council will vote on the partnership at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway. 

Gainesville City Council

What: Vote on sewer partnership in area of Athens and Gillsville highways

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

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