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Traffic study needed before Fazolis plans get green light
Gainesville City Council to vote on Tuesday
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Developers of a Fazoli’s and retail space in New Holland will need to do a traffic study before the city of Gainesville signs off on the project.

Developers of a Fazoli’s and retail space in New Holland will need to do a traffic study before the city of Gainesville signs off on the project.

Gainesville City Council members are set to vote Tuesday on the annexation and rezoning of 6.32 acres near New Holland Crossing at the corner of White Sulphur Road and Jesse Jewell Parkway/Ga. 369 by Keel Property Management.

The company wants to rezone the area to general business from its current agricultural zone to build a Fazoli’s, a 4,000-square-foot undetermined restaurant and a 7,000-square-foot retail space.

Keel Property Management hoped to build a commercial car wash in the development, but that’s unlikely to happen because of objections from city planners.

Gainesville Planning Manager Matt Tate told the council on Thursday that the department recommended against allowing a car wash in the area, which the department sees as a hub for retail and food service. The other aspects of the project mesh with city plans.

There are other conditions of approval included in the annexation and rezoning of the lot, including a requirement that the company “provide a traffic study with updated traffic counts prior to permitting to help determine if any improvements will be required,” Tate said on Thursday.

The study will reveal “whether the existing turn lanes will accommodate the future traffic generated by the development,” states the planning report.

Gainesville tapped the brakes on the annexation after the Georgia Department of Transportation voiced concerns the development would pose problems for traffic along Jesse Jewell Parkway.

The Gainesville City Council is set to vote on the annexation and rezoning with five conditions on Tuesday.

Developers of the property will give a presentation to the council during the meeting, according to Tate.

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