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Planning commission votes on $90 million expansion proposed at East Hall cold storage plant
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A $90 million addition to a poultry-based cold storage facility off Athens Highway is being proposed. The project goes before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday.

Update, March 21: The Hall County Planning Commission unanimously approved a $90 million warehouse expansion of Agile Cold Storage Monday, March 21, which Agile leadership said could bring 88 additional jobs. 

“We’re just about busting at the seams,” said Don Schoenl, founder of Agile, at the commission meeting. 

Agile opened its first warehouse in January, and it already must plan for expansion with business booming, Shoenl said. 

The new cold storage warehouse would be about 100,000 square feet with room for 20,000 pallet locations. It would be built at 3117 Athens Highway, across from Roy Parks Road and next to Eskimo Cold Storage. It would be 120-125 feet tall, but it would start about 20 feet below the current land grading, said George Bene, senior vice president of automated warehouses for Agile. 

“We plan on adding 88 additional jobs, and we’re going to serve local and regional companies,” said George Bene, senior vice president of automated warehouses for Agile. Local poultry producers are a significant part of its business, planning documents state. 

The commission approved the project 4-0 with Chairman Chris Braswell absent.

-Conner Evans



A boom in business has an East Hall cold storage plant seeking a $90 million expansion to current operations.

Agile Cold Storage is seeking approval of a 110-foot-tall, 100,000-square-foot building at 3117 Athens Highway, across from Roy Parks Road and next to Eskimo Cold Storage.

“As we ramp up operations, we have been blessed with volume that will exceed the capacity of the current building,” said George Bene, senior vice president of automated warehouses, in a letter to Hall County planning officials.

“We have requests from other local producers in Hall County with national distribution that require cold storage capability beyond the capacities of our existing building.”

The structure “would enclose the latest technology … to meet specialized distribution needs,” Hall County planning documents state.

Other details, including whether the project would create additional jobs, weren’t available Wednesday, March 16.

The proposal is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, March 21.

Planning officials are recommending approval with conditions.

Agile is seeking a conditional use permit because the building exceeds “maximum height requirements.” The planning board will have final say on the matter unless it’s appealed to the Hall County Board of Commissioners.