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Developers aim mixed-use plan at South Hall

POSTED: January 23, 2014 12:00 a.m.

Kent Henderson is convinced South Hall County is the next big growth area resulting from Atlanta’s suburban sprawl.

That’s why he and his development partners at KHTW in Gainesville have proposed a mixed-use development on a nearly 30-acre tract along Spout Springs Road near its intersection with Hog Mountain Road.

“It will give individuals a place where they can come live and have a community feel,” while also providing easy access to Interstate 985 for those who commute to the big city, Henderson told The Times. “It’s almost just a natural fit.”

The land slotted for construction consists of an undeveloped tract and a shuttered golf course. As proposed, the mixed-use development would consist of a 352-unit apartment complex and about 5,000 square feet of commercial retail space. Henderson said the retail would stand alone along Spout Springs Road while the apartment complex would be set back to ensure privacy for residents.

Henderson filed an application in mid-December to have the land rezoned for residential and commercial use, and the Hall County Planning Commission is set to consider the request when it meets Feb. 3.

Henderson said he couldn’t put a figure on the price of the development because he’s unsure what the county will ultimately approve. Moreover, a timeline for the development has not been established because there are too many uncertainties in today’s economy.

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Henderson said. “We still don’t know what the economy’s going to do.”

Henderson said he is confident he’s got the right project for the right location. Big-box retailers already dot the landscape around the proposed development site as the area has seen tremendous growth in the past few years. Henderson said he hopes he can be a part of it, but residents living in the area will get their say when the planning commission reviews the matter. \

“We’d love to hit the ground running,” Henderson said, “but we’ll still do our homework and see if it’s feasible right now or if we need to wait.”

The Hall County Planning Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.


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