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The Local Agenda: Planning board to review Lanier Plaza redevelopment
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The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to consider the proposed redevelopment of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

Lanier Plaza currently houses the Lanier Laundromat, Sun Spa, United Custom Electronix, El Sombrero Mexican restaurant and Bodyplex Fitness.

Developers have proposed demolishing the center and building a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and an accompanying 12-pump fueling station in its place.

Several business owners have told The Times they oppose redevelopment of the shopping center and have hired lawyers to fight their imminent evictions.

Polestar LLC plans to demolish the existing shopping center, but the developer is not acquiring the freestanding building on the property that Blockbuster once occupied.

Neither the developer nor city officials have confirmed who would operate the grocery store.

According to a traffic study performed in late March, the redevelopment would generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare.

Gainesville planning staff has recommended approval of the project with several conditions, including setbacks and buffers to limit impact on nearby residential and multifamily properties; limiting the building footprint to 50,000 square feet; prohibiting an automotive paint and body repair shop on the property; and requiring any traffic improvements to be paid for by the developer.

The planning board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom at the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Hall County reviewing residents’ complaints

The Hall County Board of Commissioners addressed several resident complaints it has received recently at the end of a work session Monday.

Commissioner Billy Powell asked county staff to review ordinances, regulations and guidelines for gun ranges in residential neighborhoods after receiving noise and safety complaints.

Commissioner Scott Gibbs asked county staff to revisit its vacation rental ordinance after receiving noise and other complaints from residents. He wants to require proper permitting and fees for such properties.

Finally, Chairman Richard Mecum wants to put out a bid for the county’s auditor. Mecum said he had no complaints about the current auditor, which the county has used for about 12 years, but that he thought it was time to solicit a request for qualifications.

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