City considering charging developers for GRU infrastructure improvements


Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.

The city is proposing a new series of charges on developers in the Innovation District to fund Gainesville Regional Utilities’ construction of water, wastewater and reclaimed water infrastructure.

Facts

If you go

What: Gainesville Regional Utilities public meeting on planned charge
for water, wastewater and reclaimed water infrastructure in Innovation district
When: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Where: GRU Administration Building, 301 SE Fourth Ave.

GRU will hold a public meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to provide information on the planned charges proposed for the Innovation District Special Improvement Area.

Jennifer McElroy, a water and wastewater engineer with GRU, said the charge is intended to recover the costs associated with the new infrastructure required to serve the redevelopment planned in the area. In some cases, eight-story buildings will rise where parking lots now stand.

McElroy said the city feels it is more cost-effective for GRU to master plan and construct infrastructure in advance and receive repayment from developers.

The charges will apply to new commercial and apartment development and renovation projects that expand those building types. The charges will not apply to single- family homes.

The proposed rates are based on a building’s square footage. They are: water – $0.58/square foot; wastewater – $0.53/square foot; reclaimed water – $0.17/square foot.

The City Commission still has to approve the charges. The commission’s first vote is expected to be in October. The charges are expected to take effect Jan. 1. More information is available at www.gru.com.

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