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Fiber optic company seeks to take over old DOT property
Hall schools among company's customers
Ideal Communications of Flowery Branch hopes to convert this former Department of Transportation building off Spout Springs Road in South Hall into an office and storage space.

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Proposed rezoning for an office and storage building at 6016 Spout Springs Road in South Hall

When: 5:15 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

A fiber optic cable company is hoping to take over a former Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance shop and surrounding property off Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

Flowery Branch-based Ideal Communications is seeking a rezoning Tuesday before the Hall County Planning Commission to enable the move. A final vote would be taken Jan. 26 by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

The long-abandoned shop would be used as an office and storage space, according to the application.

Ideal Communications hopes to rezone the 3-acre site, which sits just outside Flowery Branch city limits, to highway business from agricultural-residential.

“Our intentions are to move our small business that is currently renting in Flowery Branch to this parcel,” said Steve Peacock of Ideal Communications in a letter included in county documents.

“We are a contracting company that installs network and fiber optic cable in schools, government facilities and businesses in Northeast Georgia.”

Two of Ideal Communications’ main customers, Peacock said, are the Hall County school system and Gwinnett County government.

“Our company consists of me, my partner and three employees, so (the business) will not add much traffic to the area.”

Spout Springs Road is a particularly busy two-lane road.

Hall County officials have said they hope the road’s widening to four lanes could start in the next few years.

The first phase of the much-anticipated road project would run between Hog Mountain Road and Union Circle. A second phase would run between Union Circle and just south of Friendship Road/Ga. 347.

The 2,400-square-foot cinder block building Ideal Communications hopes to convert was used by the DOT until just a few years ago, when the state agency began contracting out road striping work.

Details of the sale weren’t immediately available, but the appraised value of the land is $300,000, officials have said.

The state “wants to put the (sale proceeds) back into the coffers,” said David B. Millen of Kennesaw-based Vaughn & Melton, which has been tasked with marketing DOT surplus properties statewide.

Millen couldn’t be reached for comment.

In an earlier interview, Millen said he believed the 3-acre site, which also features a 975-square-foot wooden lean-to building, was a prime spot.

“Location, location, location,” he said. “Flowery Branch is a great location for business.”