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Property could become park as part of land exchange
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About 29 acres near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport could become a park with trails that also could serve as a protection area from some headwaters in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.

The deal is part of an exchange of property involving the Chicopee Area Park Commission, which will transfer five acres next to the 175-acre Gainesville Business Park off Calvary Church Road near the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

The matter will come up at Gainesville City Council’s Tuesday meeting.

"It’s a win-win situation, not just for business and jobs, but also for greenspace, which is a high initiative in the community," said Tim Evans, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for economic development.

"It does a lot to protect those natural resources we have."

Plus, Evans said 12 years have passed since the area’s last business park developed "and there’s just very little inventory left in Gainesville’s larger industrial tracts."

The new park will offer tracts up to 35 acres.

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