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Lula votes to purchase Athens Street land
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The Lula City Council voted Friday to purchase this land, home to a deer processing business, at 6015 Athens St. for $42,000. The building will be torn down, but the city has not settled on a use for the property. - photo by Megan Reed

The Lula City Council voted Friday to purchase a 0.4-acre property on Athens Street for possible redevelopment.

The land at 6015 Athens St., across from Napoli’s Pizza, is currently home to a deer processing business. The city will pay $42,000, pending a satisfactory survey of the land.

Councilmen Garnett Smith and Marvin Moore were absent for the vote at Friday’s special called meeting, and all other councilmen approved the purchase.

The property was most recently valued at $33,280 in 2019, according to Hall County records. The land is currently zoned for general business use.

City Manager Dennis Bergin said a use for the land has not been finalized yet, although it could either be used for parking or redeveloped.

“One is going to be to remove the existing structure there. That’s the only commitment that we’ve made up to this point,” Bergin said. “As we finish survey information, that could probably lend itself to future uses. Then there’s also the opportunity, the development authority may assist the Council in marketing that property for an official use as city improvement.”

Lula has a downtown development authority that can buy, lease or sell property. The Georgia General Assembly has approved another development authority covering Lula’s water and sewer service area, but that authority is awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature.

The property owner declined to comment through the broker for the land sale.