Update: A $12 million commercial development featuring a Clipper gas station and other possible future uses, including a 22,900-square-foot shopping center, was approved Thursday, Jan. 19, by Flowery Branch City Council.
In addition to rezoning property allowing for the development, the council voted to allow gas pumps in front of the Clipper store, waiving a local requirement that requires pumps to be “behind the principal structure in order to effectively screen the pumps from view of the street.”
Original story: More growth may be headed to Exit 14 in Flowery Branch.
A $12 million commercial development featuring a Clipper gas station and other possible future uses, including a 22,900-square-foot shopping center, is proposed on H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway and Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 off Interstate 985, according to Flowery Branch documents.
The nearly 14-acre site is on the northeast corner of the H.F. Reed/Ga. Intersection and would sit next to Zion Hill Baptist Church.
A map filed with the city depicts the 5,400-square-foot Clipper, a 4,000-square-foot restaurant, a 5,150-square-foot building with three retail spots and the strip shopping center on the corner of the property nearest to I-985.
The Clipper store is more of a lock, while the other uses are “speculative,” Flowery Branch city planner Rich Atkinson said.
The convenience store would be built “as quickly as commercially feasible after property acquisition,” a Flowery Branch document states.
“There are no specific development plans for the remaining acreage on the property. The buildings shown are conceptual drawings showing what could be built at a future date.”
The applicant, VM&R LLC, also “would anticipate a quick-service restaurant at the corner” of H.F. Reed and Ga. 13, according to the document.
Scott LeFevre, listed as a contact for the project, couldn’t be reached for comment.
A public hearing on the proposal is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, before Flowery Branch City Council.
VM&R is seeking to rezone the property from agricultural to highway business.
The project would be part of a growth explosion on the eastern side of Exit 14, which opened in 2020.
Apartments have opened off Martin Road — which is what H.R. Reed becomes as it crosses Ga. 13 — and another 300 could be on the way, along with other retail developments, including a Wendy’s restaurant, Christian Brothers Automotive car repair center and another convenience store.
Flowery Branch City Hall
What: Public hearing on proposed 14-acre commercial development at Interstate’s Exit 14
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
Where: Flowery Branch City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.