A group of Green Street stakeholders will meet Wednesday for the third time this year as they talk through future infrastructure upgrades and how such work could disrupt business and residential activity in the short term.
The group includes State Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, who has his dental practice on Green Street; Frank Norton Jr., of The Norton Agency on Green Street; and the Rev. Ruth Demby, an associate pastor at First Baptist Gainesville, also on Green Street.
Green Street stakeholders meeting
When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE
Mayor Danny Dunagan, who represents Gainesville City Council on the committee, said the stakeholders have been working on the future of Green Street.
“We’ve got to do something with Green Street,” Dunagan said. “From the flooding to the traffic and sidewalks and so forth and so on.”
Dunagan said the committee was formed to keep stakeholders in the loop with what’s going on with Green Street in terms of designs and such.
City Manager Bryan Lackey said the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization got the ball rolling on studying the Green Street corridor. The Federal Highway Administration made available $10,000 for the effort that was matched with $2,500 by the local government.
Lackey said there’s still a long way to go in the process and that nothing is going to be decided at Wednesday’s meeting.
“We’re not going to announce anything big,” Lackey said. “We’re months, if not years, away from a design, and then we’re years away from construction.”
Gainesville already completed the first phase of the Green Street corridor study by identifying what exists underneath the street, Dunagan said.
“You’ve got 20-inch pipes going into 12-inch pipes, so you know that doesn’t work,” the mayor said. “Then you’ve got pipes that are clay and they’re not round anymore. They’re collapsed.”
The result, Dunagan said, is that parts of Green Street are prone to flooding during rain downpours.
Lackey said when work begins it will be a major undertaking.
“I think we have to sell the citizens of Gainesville about when we do start construction just how bad it’s going to be,” Lackey said.
Lackey said whatever is decided on will likely have to go back to the MPO and the Georgia Department of Transportation for their review.
“This is going to be a work in progress,” Dunagan said.
The Green Street stakeholders will meet at the Gainesville Civic Center at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.