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The Local Agenda: Annexation vote next step for proposed retail center
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Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

Rabies Clinic

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Highway, Lula

Cost: $10 for rabies vaccine only; $20 for rabies shot and microchip

After today, Gainesville could be one step closer to a new commercial development near New Holland Mill.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will vote on an annexation proposal ahead of the planned construction of a new shopping center to be anchored by a Kroger store.

The property owner, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc., is seeking annexation into Gainesville of a 68-acre site off Limestone and Jesse Jewell parkways.

If approved and construction begins, city officials say the New Holland Market is slated to be anchored by a 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace.

In addition to groceries, Kroger Marketplace also sells furniture, jewelry and other products.

Michael D. McNicholas, a spokesman for developer Carolina Holdings Inc., declined to give the names of any businesses that have agreed to move into the proposed new center, but indicated there was a commitment from an anchor store and discussions with others.

If all goes according to plan, that anchor store could open during Febuary 2014.

With a “slight improvement” in the economy and with retailers’ outlook, McNicholas said, now seems like a good time to start building the shopping center.

“This location with the proximity to (Interstate) 985, the overall road network, demographics, proximity to health-care-related employment and the lake are all attributes making our project desirable to our prospective tenants,” he said.

The annexation request considered tonight comes as part of an agreement between the property owner and the city of Gainesville to join the city sewer system.

When developers whose property is adjacent to the city limits seek sewer lines, it’s city policy to require annexation, said City Planning Manager Matt Tate.

City Council approved the extension of sewer lines to the site last week, contingent on the annexation vote.

County Animal Shelter plans weekend rabies clinic in Lula

Hall County Animal Shelter will offer rabies shots this weekend at Jaemor Farms in Lula.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their pets and livestock for rabies.

The clinic comes during a busy year for rabies in Hall County with 13 confirmed cases.

“The reason we do the rabies clinic is to make it more convenient in the different parts of the county,” said Hall County Animal Control Director Mike Ledford.

The clinics are held about once a month.

They offer rabies vaccinations for $10 and rabies shots and microchip installation for $20.

Beyond the rabies clinics, vaccines are available for $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Hall County Animal Shelter at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.

Vaccines are also available from local veterinarians.

Aaron Hale covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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