Update, Jan. 4: A 60,000-square-foot self-storage facility and 6,943-square-foot retail building proposed off Friendship Road in South Hall was recommended for approval.
The recommendation now goes before the Hall County Board of Commissioners, which is set to take up the matter at its Feb. 10 meeting.
A 60,000-square-foot self-storage facility and 6,943-square-foot retail building are proposed off a busy Friendship Road intersection in South Hall.
The retail building would include 4,255 square feet for a convenience store/gas station, according to plans.
“It’s been presented to Circle K and they are looking it over, but nothing is firmed up,” said Mitch Peevy, spokesman for the development.
The development is proposed on 3 acres at 4396 Friendship Road and 4426 Ridge Road, near Hog Mountain Road and about a mile from Interstate 985. Buford Corn Maze is across the road from the property.
The project would take place in two phases, with the gas station being built first. A septic system would be in the area designated for the self-storage facility.
“Once sewer is accessible to the property and the septic system is no longer necessary, the area will be the site of the self-storage building,” according to planning documents.
Hall County is applying for a $42.48 million grant for sewer improvements throughout the county, including on Friendship Road.
The area is prime for development, with property across Ridge Road approved in 2019 for a shopping center. A QuikTrip gas station is planned off Friendship Road near I-985, in front of Friendship Distribution Center, a new 78-acre office-warehouse park that extends from I-985 to North Bogan Road.
The self-storage/gas station plans are set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The applicant, SAAD Investments Inc,, is seeking to rezone the site from agricultural-residential and suburban shopping to planned commercial development.
Hall County Planning Commission
What: Rezoning for proposed 60,000-square foot self-storage facility and 6,943-square-foot retail building, including gas station, off Friendship Road
When: 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.