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Hall planning commission approves rezoning for Brenau athletic complex
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Public hearing

What: Hearing on planning commission rezoning recommendations for Brenau athletic complex

When: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

The Hall County Planning Commission voted Monday in favor of a rezoning request brought by Brenau University for a new athletic complex.

The complex, a 16.8-acre tract on the south side of Jesse Jewell Parkway near its intersection with Old Cornelia Highway, was passed unanimously by the four members present.

“This rezoning brings back a lot of memories for me,” said Brian Rochester, executive vice president for Rochester and Associates.

Rochester, who gave the presentation to the commission on behalf of Brenau, discussed how people in Gainesville have previously played sports at the location.

The plan, Rochester said, would be to build the softball stadium, along with concessions, restrooms, bleachers, parking and signage.

“This would be ... one of their main athletic complexes where the girl’s softball team would actually be playing,” Rochester said.

No opposition was present. Members of the planning commission did not raise any questions at this time.

“It’s an exciting project, and we’re all looking forward to it,” said commission member Chris Braswell..

The recommendations of the planning commission will be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action. The public hearing for the final action is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

In other business, the commission also unanimously approved the rezoning application for Reynolds Heritage Farm for office/warehousing on Gateway Centre Parkway. The 15.8-acre tract is at the White Sulphur Road intersection, with a final action set for Dec. 11.

The final business of the meeting was the approval of the rezoning application for JHLC for temporary boat storage, a 1.2-acre tract on Lanier Islands Parkway at the intersection with North Waterworks Road. Its final action is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the government center.

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