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Planning board approves rezoning for Gainesville 85 Business Park
The city of Gainesville wants to build a 1,300-acre business park off of Allen Creek Road and will work with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce to recruit tenants. The city already owns the land.

Almost 400 acres at 1701 Fullenwider Road in Gainesville could be rezoned from residential to heavy industrial for a business park the city plans to build. The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board approved the request from the city Tuesday.

Board member Eddie Martin Sr. was absent Tuesday, but all other board members approved the request.

Next, the request will go to the Gainesville City Council on Sept. 17.

The land near the Allen Creek Soccer Complex is part of 1,300 acres the city has owned since 1990. The city has plans for a 1,300-acre business park, named the Gainesville 85 Business Park, on the property and is awaiting approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The 20-lot business park will be developed as businesses purchase lots from the city.

A couple who lives in the area spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, saying they were concerned about how the business park could affect their property. Matt Tate, deputy director of community and economic development for the city, said the park would be developed with businesses that do not emit odors or noise.