A 20-acre industrial and commercial development is planned off McEver Road at H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway in Oakwood.
Harry Kitchen, a South Carolina developer, got the Oakwood City Council’s approval Monday night for the property’s rezoning from agricultural to light industrial and highway business, paving the way for the development.
The development also would take place off Aloha Way, or across from King’s Hawaiian, with a site plan envisioning an extension of Aloha Way from its stopping point at King’s Hawaiian to McEver Road.
Three sites are planned — a 180,000-square-foot industrial one that be accessed by Aloha Way and two smaller ones that can be reached from McEver Road.
The commercial area off McEver could include a convenience store and retail businesses, City Manager Stan Brown told the council during his presentation.
John Drake of Pattillo Construction Corporation, builder of Oakwood South Industrial Park, said his company has teamed up with Kitchen on the project.
“We’re very excited about this project and bringing another quality industrial building to the city of Oakwood,” he told the council. “We’re looking forward to getting started on this.”
Drake said the 180,000-square-foot building could be used for manufacturing or distribution, “or there could be a mix.”
“There could be one tenant or (several),” he said. “We’re working with some prospects now, so hopefully we’ll have something soon.”
Drake was asked by Brown about the area’s closeness to the planned new Interstate 985 interchange, or Exit 14, a Georgia Department of Transportation project that could begin construction in 2017.
“John, you also think that Exit 14 is an important factor for this type of development?” Brown said.
“Definitely, for this development and for the commercial side of it,” Drake said.
It should also get high exposure from McEver Road, a busy north-south artery running through West Hall, from Buford to Gainesville. Much of the area around the new development is industrial.
And H.F. Reed leads from McEver to another busy road, Thurmon Tanner Parkway, eventually to connect with the new interchange west of I-985. Martin Road, which leads to a mainly residential area, will connect to the interchange east of I-985.