Update, Oct. 15: A proposed 706,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center near Interstate 985’s Exit now looks like a project in both Flowery Branch and Oakwood.
Flowery Branch City Council was poised for final annexation and rezoning votes on Chicago-based CA-Ventures' project when it voted Thursday, Oct. 15, to approve an agreement with Oakwood that would tweak city limits around the project.
Under the agreement, Flowery Branch would rezone one 21.75-acre parcel already in the city – which they did at Thursday’s meeting – and Oakwood will annex and rezone two remaining parcels totaling 25.6 acres off Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 north of Martin Road and across from Memorial Park South Funeral Home.
Oakwood City Council is set to consider the matter in an Oct. 27 meeting, according to the city.
“This is an opportunity for the two cities to cooperate and jointly facilitate the development of (the project) that straddle municipal boundaries,” the joint agreement states.
“The staff is very happy with the terms of this agreement,” Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew told the council.
The proposal calls for two buildings that could serve several tenants, from “Fortune 500 to local warehouse and distribution users,” said Steve Rowley, CA-Ventures' senior vice president and market officer, in an earlier interview.
Update, Oct. 1: The rezoning and annexation for this development were approved Thursday, Oct. 1 by the Flowery Branch City Council. Councilman Chris Mundy was absent Thursday, and all other councilmembers voted in favor.
A 706,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center is being proposed near Interstate 985’s Exit 14 in South Hall.
Chicago-based CA-Ventures is seeking an annexation into Flowery Branch and rezoning of 47-plus acres off Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 north of Martin Road and across from Memorial Park South Funeral Home.
The proposal calls for two buildings that could serve several tenants, from “Fortune 500 to local warehouse and distribution users,” said Steve Rowley, CA-Ventures' senior vice president and market officer, on Monday, Sept. 28.
Flowery Branch City Council
What: Rezoning/annexation for proposed 706,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution center
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
Where: City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.
“We’re going to build a Class A, great-looking facility the community can be proud of,” he said. “It will look good from the road, look good from Interstate 985. We have no tenants yet, but we are in discussions with a couple of active parties.”
CA-Ventures is set to go before Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday, Oct. 1, with the annexation and rezoning requests.
The project would be one of the first developments around the new interchange, which connects Martin Road on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side. Exit 14 opened in January 2020.
Under construction near the proposed warehouse/distribution site are apartments and retail off Martin Road across from the Hall County School System’s Martin Technology Academy. Some 300 apartments are being built and rezoning maps show nearly 40,000 square feet of retail space spread out among six buildings stretching to Ga. 13.