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The Local Agenda: Final OK expected for Lanier Plaza rezoning
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The controversy over plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road will come to life once more tonight when Gainesville City Council meets.

A second and final reading will be given to rezoning the property so the redevelopment can proceed. The council initially approved the rezoning earlier this month.

Polestar LLC, a subsidiary of Tennessee-based developer Hutton, plans to demolish the existing shopping center and build a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and an accompanying 12-pump fueling station.

Residents who oppose the redevelopment have vowed to continue their fight. But their options are waning as developers push forward and small businesses operating in the shopping center begin to vacate.

Gainesville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom at the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Hall County to test weather warning system Wednesday

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Hall County central communications/emergency 911 will conduct an audible test of the severe weather warning system. The sirens will sound for about three minutes.

Sound tests will not be conducted if there is a severe weather watch or warning in effect for Hall County at the time.
The tornado sirens are tested using the wail alert tone once every three months.

The warning system is tested silently every morning at 9 a.m.

Hall County officials will also test their emergency mass notification system Wednesday morning.

The citizen’s alert system notifies residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and in-process violent crimes. Messages can be sent to individuals via cellphone, landline, email and text message.

Citizens listed in the county’s 911 database have been automatically subscribed to alerts by landline, though any individual may register, provide additional contact information or opt out. To sign up or learn more, visit

Government offices to close for Memorial Day

Hall County’s administrative offices, courts, community centers and libraries will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.

Essential public safety and public works personnel will continue service as usual during the holiday, and compactor sites will also remain open.

All Gainesville city administrative offices will be closed on the holiday. The Frances Meadows Aquatic Center and other parks will be open.

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