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The Ball Ground City Council will be considering a parking lease agreement to bring additional parking spaces to the downtown area at its meeting Thursday.

The Ball Ground City Council will be considering a lease agreement Thursday that could bring between 25 and 35 parking spaces to the downtown area.

City Manager Eric Wilmarth said the proposal came from Starlight Minerals, offering the marble storage yard next to Rock Solid Brewing as a location for more downtown parking. Under the agreement, the lease would potentially run for up to five years, although the city would be required to load up and remove all of the marble still on site.

“The site could hold between 25 and 35 parking spaces, but that number will become more refined once we have detailed plans for the site completed,” Wilmarth said.

An annexation request that was set for Thursday's agenda has since been withdrawn. Loyd Development Services had applied to have about 40 acres of land on Canton Highway next to the Sage Hill subdivision annexed into the city and rezoned for the development of single-family detached homes and townhomes. The agenda did not specify how many homes were planned. However, after further conversations with city officials, Wilmarth said the developer had chosen to withdraw the application, as it seemed relatively unlikely to city officials that the application as submitted would be approved to move forward.

The city council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ball Ground City Hall, 215 Valley St.

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