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400,000 square feet of industrial space proposed near Flowery Branch
Nearly 400,000 square feet of distribution facility space is being proposed on some 34 acres off McEver Road in South Hall.

Pulling out of the addiction recovery center that Farley Barge operates on McEver Road in South Hall is hard enough.

He’s having trouble imagining nearly 400,000 square feet of distribution facility space as a neighbor.

“I’m concerned about the same things the community is concerned about, and that’s primarily centered around safety and security,” said Barge, who has started a “Stop McEver Warehouse Construction” push on the social media site Nextdoor.

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Nearly 400,000 square feet of distribution facility space is being proposed on some 35 acres off McEver Road in South Hall. The project calls for two buildings at 6533 McEver Road, south of Gaines Ferry Road. (Courtesy City of Flowery Branch)

“If you look at the development, we’re going to be adding a sizable amount of traffic,” said Barge, who runs Lightway Recovery.

Diane Crawford of E&S Development, CA-Ventures, is seeking to annex 35 acres at 6533 McEver Road for the development.

The project is set to go before the Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Crawford is seeking to annex and rezone the property, which is just south of Gaines Ferry Road, from agricultural-residential to light industrial.

No other details about the project were available, but Crawford says in her application that the  rezoning would “permit a use that is suitable in view of the use and development of adjacent and nearby properties.”

Crawford is also seeking to annex a 50-yard strip on two other parcels into Flowery Branch. Those strips are being requested to bridge Flowery Branch city limits to the property featuring the distribution buildings. The rest of those first two properties “will be annexed and rezoned at a date to be determined,” according to a city staff report.

City staff, which is recommending approval of the project, agrees, saying, “The development will not adversely affect the area and will in fact enhance it.”

Angela Martin, who lives across the road from the proposed development in Glenwood Park subdivision, also opposes the project.

“I cannot imagine adding a facility such as this, that would place 18-wheeler trucks in this already congested area, not to mention competing with them to even pull out of our subdivision,” she wrote in an email to Flowery Branch City Council members. “To put it plain, this proposal is dangerous.”

Flowery Branch City Council

What: Annexation and rezoning for 400,000 square feet of distribution facility space

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17

Where: Flowery Branch City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.