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The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today
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Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

The former Hewlett-Packard executive and Forsyth County resident considers himself a connoisseur of beer.

Several micro-breweries have emerged in the metro Atlanta area in recent years, perhaps the most notable being SweetWater Brewing Co., which explains Datta’s desire to locate in Gainesville.

He said he wants to be part of reviving midtown.

If all goes to plan, Datta said he could have the brewery up and running by late spring 2015.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Adult store to get business license

A certificate of occupancy has been issued to the proprietors of an adult store on Hilton Drive in Gainesville, and city officials said a business license is scheduled to be issued this Thursday.

City Marshal Debbie Jones said outside of a standard background check and other basic regulatory hurdles; there is nothing stopping the store from opening. It will sell adult novelty items, lingerie and shoes.

“It won’t be treated any differently than any other regulated industry,” she said, adding that she expects the store to open for business before the end of the month.

The store, located in a multi-suite building a few hundred yards from Hilton Drive’s intersection with Browns Bridge Road, needs some remodeling and renovation beforehand.

When asked whether the store would sell smoking accessories, Jones said she was not informed of such plans.

Gainesville, Hall County government meetings moved for 9/11 ceremony

Gainesville City Council has moved its work session on Thursday to 2 p.m. from 9 a.m. so city officials can attend a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Public Safety Complex.

Council meets in room 301 of the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

Meanwhile, the Hall County Board of Commissioners has moved its Thursday voting session to 10 a.m. from the regularly scheduled 6 p.m. due to meeting conflicts.

The board meets at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

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


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