A former West Hall marble plant once part of heated rezoning debate is up for rezoning again — this time under new ownership.
Michael Massey is scheduled to ask the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, March 4, to rezone property off Hidden Hills Drive, just south of Browns Bridge Road, from planned industrial development to agricultural-residential.
Massey said in an interview last week that he has no plans beyond removing old Mincey Marble buildings on the property.
“Right now, it’s going to go to a pasture,” he said. “... I’m not using it for any industrial or any kind of manufacturing.”
Hall County Planning Commission
What: Proposed rezoning to turn old Mincey Marble site off Hidden Hills Drive into pasture
When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 4
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
In 2016, the property became a focal point for residents opposing Mincey’s request to build a 100,750-square-foot plant off Browns Bridge Road, across the road from the main plant and less than a mile from Hidden Hills operations.
Residents complained Mincey was illegally operating the Hidden Hills facility. Mincey officials said that during the rezoning, they found out the plant didn’t have a current certificate of occupancy.
Mincey officials said they would shut down the Hidden Hills plant once the new building was opened.
Just months after winning the rezoning battle, Mincey announced it was moving all its operations from the main plant and the Hidden Hills plant to Gainesville Business Park on New Harvest Road off Calvary Church Road. The park is next to Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.
Mincey has since moved all production capacity to 1940 New Harvest Road, while the company’s new corporate offices are still under construction there, spokesman John Vardeman said last week.
“Mincey hopes to wrap up all construction at the new site by this spring and move its corporate staff over from the company’s longtime Browns Bridge Road location,” he said in an email.
The company “has completed the sale of its former Hidden Hills plant site and continues to market the sale of its main office location on Browns Bridge Road,” Vardeman said.
Massey said he bought the property in December.
Hall County’s planning staff is recommending approval of Massey’s request. The Hall County Board of Commissioners would have final say at a later meeting.