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What's different about latest property request for Limestone Greenway development
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Odis Sisk, an arborist and owner of Global Tree Preservation, makes comments during a Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meeting in Gainesville, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, discussing a large mixed-use development that has been proposed off of Limestone Parkway. The proposal has since been withdrawn and resubmitted. - photo by David Barnes

The developer for the Limestone Greenway mixed-use development at the intersection of Limestone and Jesse Jewell parkways has reapplied for the property with the city of Gainesville after the application was withdrawn in July.

Gainesville’s Planning and Appeals Board will vote on the request on Sept. 11.

Wendell Starke of Limestone Greenway LLC is asking the city to annex a 75-acre tract for a mixed-use development, which would have commercial and residential portions.

The request includes 189,400 square feet of office, restaurant, retail and hotel space. The residential part of the development would have 33 single family homes and up to 252 apartments, the same numbers in the previous request.

Starke has compared the proposed development to Avalon in Alpharetta. He has been the developer for several other local properties, including the Mundy Mill and Marina Bay communities in Gainesville.

In July, Starke withdrew the application for the property, citing problems with access to sewer service for the residential portion. Matt Tate, Gainesville’s planning manager, said if the new proposal is approved, sewer would have to be extended into the property at the developer’s expense.

The proposed development has evolved since it was first proposed in March, although the request being considered Sept. 11 is a return to the original plan. At the May 8 planning board meeting, the board tabled the application at Starke’s request.

Then, on June 12, the application came before the board again, this time with a major change. The request had been amended to remove the residential portion of the development, reducing the size of the property and removing access from Lakeview Drive. The planning board approved that request.

However, in an email sent to city officials on June 28, Starke said he wanted to withdraw the request because Gainesville had declined to provide sewer service to the portion of the property that would not be annexed into the city. He had been hoping to possibly build a residential development on the land that would stay in the county.

The Gainesville City Council approved the withdrawal of the request on July 17, the day they had been scheduled to vote on the development.

The property is currently vacant and is located near the New Holland Market Kroger-anchored shopping center. One access road from Limestone Parkway would serve the commercial development and the apartments. Two roads off of Limestone and Jesse Jewell would give access to a commercial outparcel lot. The single-family homes would be accessed off of Lakeview Drive.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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