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Lanier Produce will relocate if student housing project takes over Oakwood property
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The rezoning proposal for a planned 512-bed student housing project in Oakwood to allow for larger student housing project includes removal of Lanier Wholesale Produce. - photo by Jeff Gill

Update: Rezoning for a 486-bed student housing project was approved by the Oakwood Planning Commission Monday, and a local produce business could be getting a new location to allow for the development.

Earlier this year, Suwanee-based GAH Holding LLC got city approval to annex and rezone 6.82 acres off Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Frontage Road. The request approved Monday allows for a larger site for the development, which would include the site where Lanier Wholesale Produce currently stands.

This site plan, however, included some challenges that could not be resolved easily without the addition of (Lanier Produce),” the rezoning application states. “The addition of a parcel allows some of the challenges of topography, utility easements and drive access to better adapt the development to the location.” 

But Lanier Produce wouldn’t be shutting down. The business, which has been open for about 40 years and has had three locations, would move to a new location, owner Mitch Reddick said. The new location has not been finalized yet, he said.

The private housing development will serve University of North Georgia students.

Construction could start in March 2020 with the first residents moving in fall 2021, Stephen Klee with bSide Partners said Monday.

The Oakwood City Council will have the final vote at a later date.



Original story: A planned 486-bed student housing project in Oakwood is going to need a longstanding produce business’ property before making the development a reality.

Umar Sayed of Suwanee and Mitch Reddick of Lanier Wholesale Produce are set to ask the Oakwood Planning Commission on Monday, Oct. 21, for a rezoning that would allow a bigger site for the housing development — one that would include Lanier Produce at 2874 Frontage Road.

Earlier this year, Suwanee-based GAH Holding LLC got Oakwood’s OK to annex and rezone 6.82 acres off Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Frontage Road for the housing project.

“This site plan, however, included some challenges that could not be resolved easily without the addition of (Lanier Produce),” the rezoning application states. “The addition of a parcel allows some of the challenges of topography, utility easements and drive access to better adapt the development to the location.” 

As a result, the Lanier Produce building would be removed.

Neither Sayed nor Reddick could be reached for comment.

The development “will support the growth” of the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus and otherwise “bring additional economic opportunity into the community,” the application states.

The development would have eight buildings, including a clubhouse. The complex would feature a study lounge, food truck plaza, park and pedestrian connection from the UNG commuter parking lot to the Highlands to Islands Trail, which runs along Ga. 13. Also planned is a commercial office/retail building.

Construction could start in March 2020 with the development open for leasing by the start of the fall 2021 fall semester, according to a letter from the architect, McMillan Pazdan Smith.

The Oakwood Planning Commission can only recommend approval or denial. The matter would go to the Oakwood City Council for a final vote.


Oakwood Planning Commission

What: Rezoning to allow for larger student housing project, including removal of Lanier Wholesale Produce

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21

Where: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle

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