Long before Spout Springs Road gets widened, the Georgia Department of Transportation would like to unload a nearly 50-year-old, long-abandoned maintenance shop that sits in tall weeds off the busy road.
State officials are taking those steps now, showing off the 2,400-square-foot building in South Hall to prospective buyers Tuesday morning.
The goal is simple.
The state “wants to put this (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.
The appraised value of the land, which is zoned agricultural/residential, is $300,000, with the state accepting bids until Oct. 13.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to sell it in a month,” Millen said.
He declined to say how much interest the property has drawn, but said, “We want all the interest in the world.”
The cinder block building sits less than a mile from Interstate 985 and near Hog Mountain Road in Flowery Branch, where the four-lane widening of Spout Springs could start in 2018-19.
The much-anticipated road project, expected to relieve major traffic congestion in the area, would extend to Union Circle. A second phase calls for widening Spout Springs from Union Circle to just south of Friendship Road/Ga. 347.
“It’ll affect the property, but it shouldn’t affect the (DOT) building at all,” Millen said of the road work.
Overall, he believes the 3-acre site, which also features a 975-square-foot wooden lean-to building, is a prime spot.
“Location, location, location,” Millen said. “Flowery Branch is a great location for business.”
The DOT used the building from 1968 until just a few years ago, when the department began contracting out road striping work, he said.
“There used to be underground storage tanks here, but they’ve been removed,” Millen said, adding that environmental testing has shown no signs of contamination.
Stuart Bracey of Atlanta-based Hughes Commercial Real Estate was one of the potential buyers at the site Tuesday.
“I think I’ve driven by this (property) 3,000 times,” he said, “And … I’ve got a client who can use something like this. He wants to store product outside.”
Bracey said he thought the road widening would benefit his client’s business.
“I don’t know if it’s technically called a retail business, but it would benefit from visibility,” he said. “The attractive thing for us is it’s pretty much ready to go.”