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Office building near historic Green Street gets boards OK
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A local developer can move forward on plans to put up a residential-style office building near the Gainesville Civic Center and behind homes off historic Green Street.

A local developer can move forward on plans to put up a residential-style office building near the Gainesville Civic Center and behind homes off historic Green Street.

The Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission voted Monday night to grant Wendell Starke’s request for a certificate of appropriateness, with no conditions or modifications.

Starke is proposing a 7,482-square-foot, three-story building facing Glenwood Drive, a closed public street that serves as parking access for the civic center.

The project is anticipated to be finished by September, said Jessica Tullar, Gainesville’s special projects manager.

As far as next steps, Starke is seeking a land disturbance permit, which would be issued with the certificate, she said.

Then, architectural plans will have to be reviewed, approved and a building permit issued to construct the building,” Tullar said.

Starke, who couldn’t be reached for comment, is planning to build office space that resembles the style of residential business properties along Green Street.

The property once contained a historic residential-style building constructed sometime between 1915 and 1922, according to city records. It was destroyed by fire in 2004.

The brick-clad building will incorporate columns and porches similar to those of residential-style office buildings along historic Green Street but will have no direct access to the main thoroughfare.

Parking is proposed in the rear of the property and would be hidden by trees and the building itself. Also proposed are retaining wall improvements and a stormwater detention pond.

No tenant is identified in staff reports.

City planning staff reports that the overall design and scale fits the historic district.

“Given the sloping topography at the end of Green Street, the subject property sits about 20 feet below the street grade of Green Street,” Tullar has said.

“Very little of the new building will be visible to a pedestrian or motorist traveling along Green Street. It mostly will be the roof that is viewable.”

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