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Hall Commission OKs boat storage on site once approved for Mincey Marble
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A boat and RV storage business is proposed on a site once approved for a Mincey Marble expansion on Browns Bridge Road in West Hall. - photo by Jeff Gill

Update Oct. 25:

Boats and RVs can be stored in some extra space at the former Mincey Marble property on Browns Bridge Road, a proposal that gained unanimous support from commissioners Thursday.

Apotheca Inc., a natural health care products company, will be taking over the property at 4321 Browns Bridge Road. Seya Realty applied to use 100,000 square feet of space at the property for indoor boat and RV storage, as well as about 50 spaces outdoors for storage of up to 48 hours. Mike Evans is the CEO of both Apotheca and Seya Realty.

One area resident spoke in opposition to the proposal Thursday, asking that the development adhere to gateway corridor standards, or design quality standards for entry points into the county. Commissioner Billy Powell told the resident that gateway corridor standards are intended to focus on new construction.

A West Hall piece of land that was once the subject of a bitter rezoning battle could now be housing boats and RVs instead of marble.

The Hall County Planning Commission recommended rezoning approval, with several conditions, Monday, Aug. 5, of 11.6 acres off Browns Bridge Road west of Spainhill Road for a gated boat and RV storage center.

J9 Holdings LLC’s request now goes to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final consideration.

Plans call for 223 covered slips and 23 uncovered parking spaces for the facility, according to a planning document.

The property is across from the old Mincey Marble plant. Mincey won rezoning approval from the Hall County Board of Commissioners in October 2016 to build a 100,750-square-foot plant on the property, over the fierce objections of many area residents.

In January 2017, Mincey announced it wouldn’t build on the site, opting instead to move all its operations to property in the Gainesville Business Park off Calvary Church Road.

Mincey was based in that area for 40 years before moving production last year to 1940 New Harvest Road. Corporate offices recently moved from the Browns Bridge Road plant to the new building.

Apotheca, which makes natural health care products, announced in July it has bought the former Mincey Marble plant at 4321 Browns Bridge Road in West Hall County.

County staff also recommend approval of J9 Holdings’ request with several conditions, including that there will be no access to Spainhill Circle from the facility. Spainhill Circle juts off Spainhill Road.

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