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Once-contaminated land proposed for annexation into Flowery Branch
Owner wants zoning to match adjacent property, but may build on land someday
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A Gainesville company is trying to give new life to a piece of South Hall County land with a troubled past.

AD Capital Partners is set to ask Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday to annex an 8-acre strip of land that required environmental cleanup after a 1990 chemical spill and rezone it to light manufacturing and industrial.

The action would bring the property, formerly owned by Avery Dennison, under the same zoning as an adjacent 31-acre tract that’s already in the city.

But there’s also a chance AD Capital Partners might someday build on the property, which is on Avery Drive, off Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

“We have no immediate plans,” said Spence Price of the company. “All we’re trying to do is position ourselves to be as flexible as possible in the future.”

The land belonged to nearby Wrigley Manufacturing Co. at the time of the spill at Avery Dennison, a packaging materials company.

The two companies exchanged parcels so that all the contaminated area would be on Avery Dennison’s property.

“All environmental remediation was successfully completed, and the new owner has begun filling the (former Avery Dennison) 200,000-square-foot building with tenants,” according to a city document.

“What is driving this annexation/rezoning request is to have all of the parcel’s acreage under one jurisdiction so that it can be best subdivided,” said John McHenry, Flowery Branch’s city planner.

The City Council will consider first approval of the company’s requests at its meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 5517 Main St.

McHenry said he sees the move as a positive one for the area.

“When you have a fully remediated property, it puts it back into play in the market, which is the process working the way it should,” he said.

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