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The Local Agenda: Gainesville considers road project agreement
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Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on an agreement with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority about constructing a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open for property development.

The road will provide access to the new 40,000-square-foot headquarters and production facilities for manufacturer REP Inc., as well as open access to another development site on the back end of Industrial Park West.

The project will cost between $200,000 and $250,000, city officials said. Funding will be provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation and from the sale of a 10-acre site in Industrial Park West to REP.

In other business, council is expected to give the final go-ahead to Beehive Homes of Gainesville to build an assisted-living facility off South Enota Drive. The 38-bed facility will be constructed in two phases.

Council also will hold a final reading on an approved zoning amendment, allowing developer John Roberts, president of Alcovy-20 Inc., to proceed with building a 55-home single-family subdivision off Wilson Drive.

Finally, council will consider accepting several public safety and health grants.

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

Lanier Commons shopping center demolition begins

Tennessee-based developer Polestar LLC is moving ahead with redeveloping the Lanier Commons shopping center at Browns Bridge Road and McEver Road.

Demolition of part of the shopping center is now underway.

Polestar is tearing down a portion of the shopping center that once housed a Food Lion, building in its place a new 42,000-square-foot grocery store and pharmacy, plus a 12-pump fueling station.

City officials said the construction timeline was about six months.

Because only part of the shopping center will be demolished, the Family Dollar, a Mexican restaurant and a deli will remain in business.

Citizens Academy’s next session begins in October

The next session of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy begins Oct. 7.

The academy aims to give participants an insider’s look into the sheriff’s operations.

Attendees will be educated on the court services, patrol, jail and criminal investigations divisions.

The academy consists of 10 individual sessions during a six-week period.

To sign up, call Sandy Garrett in the court services division at 770-531-7093 or Capt. Chris Matthews at 770-531-7095. Applications are also online at

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


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