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Flowery Branch City Council takes action on Hardee's, rock quarry, cabinet shop, townhomes
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Flowery Branch City Hall - photo by Scott Rogers

Update, Sept. 16: Flowery Branch City Council took the following actions Thursday, Sept. 16, on these proposed developments:

$30 million industrial center OK'd over resident objections

Hardee’s restaurant on McEver Road approved

A Hardee’s restaurant at 5512 McEver Road as part of a strip shopping center was approved..

JPC Design and Construction LLC is seeking to build the restaurant as part of a makeover of the shopping center now anchored by a Chevron gas station/convenience store.

“The end unit will be demolished and the restaurant built,” according to a city of Flowery Branch report about the Hardee’s project. “The remaining suites will be renovated inside and out. Landscaping will be enhanced and new signage will be installed.”

JPC Design and Construction LLC is asking to rezone the 2-acre site from neighborhood shopping to highway business to allow for the restaurant.


McEver Road townhome proposal gets OK’d

A 152-home townhome proposal at 6495 McEver Road and 6509 McEver Road was approved.

The 25-acre project was annexed and rezoned from Hall County agricultural and highway business to Flowery Branch multi-family residential.

The number of townhomes has varied throughout the year. Hall County objected to the original application, with Fall Leaf agreeing to reduce density. Prices haven’t been determined yet.


Cabinet shop pushed as possible restaurant site

Council gave its first OK to rezoning from light industrial to central business to allow for a potential new restaurant or other retail business in the old Hamilton Cabinet & Shutters at 5205 Railroad Ave.

The property is between Spring and Chestnut streets.

Kevin Hobgood has said he has several prospects for the site, including “established restaurants.”

The final vote is set for Oct. 21.


Rock quarry looking to expand operations

Vulcan Materials Co.’s rock quarry was given initial approval for a 30-acre expansion.

The company is seeking to add property off Friendship and Hog Mountain Roads, which surround the quarry at 4195 Friendship Road, along with Blackjack Road.

Two parcels being leased to residents will remain occupied, while remaining parcels are vacant, according to city documents.

The “proposed use is for aggregate mining and associated production of asphalt and concrete, more specifically, storage.”

“The improvements will extend the quarry’s operational life and create a sustainable buffer between the operations and community,” the company says.

Specifically, Vulcan is seeking annexation of the properties and rezoning from agricultural to a manufacturing category with a conditional use permit to operate a quarry.

The final vote is set for Oct. 21.


Gas station planned at McEver/Gaines Ferry intersection

A variance to allow gas pumps in front of a planned 6,006-square-foot retail building/gas station was approved on first reading.

The building on 2-plus acres at 6477 McEver Road near Gaines Ferry Road would include a 4,158-square-foot convenience store and 1,848 square feet for other retail, according to a city document.

A final vote is set for Oct. 21.

Original story: A full slate of proposed developments are scheduled for votes Thursday, Sept. 16, by the Flowery Branch City Council.

Here’s a look at the proposals:


$30 million industrial center sought near I-985

A long-vacant, highly visible lot could be the home of another industrial development.

The $30 million project calls for two buildings with a combined 336,960 square feet on nearly 38 acres off Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Phil Niekro Boulevard, near Interstate 985.

The land is part of an 85-acre tract between Thurmon Tanner and I-985.

“The property has been marketed as a retail development for many years and has not seen any development take place as currently zoned, suggesting there is not a reasonable economic use as currently zoned,” says Hines Acquisitions LLC in a letter to the city describing the industrial project.

“With global e-commerce sales up over 140% in the last five years, logistics and industrial real estate have become the new retail in many respects.”

Hines is seeking to rezone the property from highway business to light industrial. A tenant or tenants aren’t named in city documents.

If approved, the development would join many such projects underway in the Flowery Branch area, including Makita off Falcon Parkway near I-985.


Hardee’s restaurant set for final vote

A Hardee’s restaurant is planned at 5512 McEver Road as part of a strip shopping center already there.

JPC Design and Construction LLC is seeking to build the restaurant as part of a makeover of the shopping center now anchored by a Chevron gas station/convenience store.

“The end unit will be demolished and the restaurant built,” according to a city of Flowery Branch report about the Hardee’s project. “The remaining suites will be renovated inside and out. Landscaping will be enhanced and new signage will be installed.”

PC Design and Construction LLC is asking to rezone the 2-acre site from neighborhood shopping to highway business to allow for the restaurant.

Social media has been abuzz with talk about the proposed Hardee’s, drawing both supporters and foes.

Flowery Branch staff supports the project, saying in a report that it “will fit in with the surrounding proposed and current businesses and residences.”


McEver Road townhome proposal may get final vote

A McEver Road townhome proposal that has dragged throughout much of the year, including withdrawal by the developer at one point, may get a final vote.

Fall Leaf is seeking annexation of parcels at 6495 McEver Road and 6509 McEver Road totaling 25 acres and rezoning from Hall County agricultural and highway business to Flowery Branch multi-family residential.

The number of townhomes has varied throughout the year, with the latest number at 152.

Hall County objected to the original application, with Fall Leaf agreeing to reduce density.

Prices haven’t been determined yet.

A Flowery Branch staff report supports the project saying “the proposed residential use will fit in well with the corridor.”


Cabinet shop pushed as possible restaurant site

An old shop, Hamilton Cabinet & Shutters, at 5205 Railroad Ave. in the downtown area could become a restaurant.

The property is between Spring and Chestnut streets.

Kevin Hobgood is seeking to rezone the business from light industrial to central business district. He doesn’t have a user yet for the site but is requesting the rezoning so he can “market it as a restaurant-eligible site,” city planner Rich Atkinson said.

The new designation “may make it easier to market as opposed to the current light industrial zoning designation,” Atkinson said.

Hobgood said he has several prospects.

“We’re talking to established restaurants,” Hobgood said.


Rock quarry hopes to expand operations

Vulcan Materials Co.’s rock quarry is seeking to grow by nearly 30 acres.

The company is seeking to add property off Friendship and Hog Mountain Roads, which surround the quarry at 4195 Friendship Road, along with Blackjack Road.

Two parcels being leased to residents will remain occupied, while remaining parcels are vacant, according to city documents.

The “proposed use is for aggregate mining and associated production of asphalt and concrete, more specifically, storage.”

“The improvements will extend the quarry’s operational life and create a sustainable buffer between the operations and community,” the company says.

Specifically, Vulcan is seeking annexation of the properties and rezoning from agricultural to a manufacturing category with a conditional use permit to operate a quarry.


Gas station planned at McEver/Gaines Ferry intersection

A 6,006-square-foot retail building/gas station is proposed off McEver Road at Gaines Ferry Road.

The building on 2-plus acres at 6477 McEver Road would include a 4,158-square-foot convenience store and 1,848 square feet for other retail, according to a city document.

Specific users aren’t mentioned.

The property owner, Blessing Trader Inc., is specifically seeking a variance on the property to be able to install gas pumps.


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