A small commercial development company has big plans for an industrial park near downtown Oakwood.
Work is well underway on a 10,500-square-foot building on Old Oakwood Road, off Explorer Trail and sandwiched between downtown Oakwood and ultra-busy Mundy Mill Road.
It’s one of three buildings being developed by HB LLC, based in Oakwood.
The first building will be occupied, possibly in September, by Outdoor Furniture Solutions, a supplier of high-end pool and patio furniture for commercial properties, such as hotels, country clubs and resorts.
Outdoor Furniture Solutions, owned by Curtis and Lorrie Burns, is moving from a 3,200-square-foot location at the end of Explorer Trail. The new building features 2,250 square feet in office space alone.
“We’re totally out of space,” Curtis Burns said of the need for the move.
The Burnses, along with Shannon Hamilton and his wife, Alicia, all Hall County residents, make up HB LLC.
The company has plans to add another 10,500-square-foot building — also including 2,250 square feet in office space — facing Old Oakwood. It’ll feature the same facade of red brick and stacked stone but will be built to suit the tenant.
A third building also is planned on Explorer Trail. At 6,000 square feet, it’s smaller but could feature one or more tenants.
“It would be nice to get (the second and third ones) pre-leased before we get to building them,” Hamilton said.
The foursome is open to any potential uses, he added.
“There’s been discussion of the medical industry looking for space in this area,” Hamilton said. The Burnses started the business in 2014, with Curtis embarking on a new venture in his life. He had spent 37 years with a beer and wine distributor.
In his new role, he still travels a fair amount.
“We cover six states,” Curtis Burns said. “We go out about 6-7 hours. That’s about as far as I want to go, unless it’s a really big job.”
Oakwood has been trying to increase housing within city limits, but the South Hall city is still a hub for industrial development.
Much of that has centered around McEver Road and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway, although industry is scattered around downtown.
City Manager Stan Brown said that from “the city’s perspective, (HB LLC) has done a great job on the (new) building, and we look forward to them being part of the Oakwood community.”
Hamilton shares the same sentiment.
“It's been an exciting project for us, and we are thrilled to see the first building near completion,” he said.