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New ‘blue-collar’ office building planned in Oakwood
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A 17,600-square-foot possibly multi-tenant “blue-collar” office building is planned off Thurmon Tanner Parkway in Oakwood.

Work could start in early 2018 on the building at 4148 Industry Way in Tanners Creek Business Park, said Eric Bott of GPC Capital Partners in Lawrenceville.

Plans call for the building to house up to five tenants, comprising mainly housing-related occupations such as plumbers, electricians, landscapers and remodelers.

“There’s a lot of homes in that area and there’s not a lot of that (type of office) product in that area,” Bott said.

“Tenants will tend to be more blue-collar, but not necessarily, though,” he added. “We don’t want to shoehorn people into that.”

Tanners Creek has “strict covenants” on tenants, something Bott believes “will help with building values.”

Brick office buildings dot Industry Way, with several sites, including Bott’s 1.61 acres, sitting vacant and for sale. Oakwood is looking at extending Industry Way from an existing cul-de-sac to a city-owned industrial park off W White Road.

Bott said he has owned the land for about 10 years on “multiple promises that Exit 14 was coming.”

Tanners Creek is near Exit 14, a new diamond interchange under construction off Interstate 985.

That $34 million project will connect Martin Road at Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side.

The project is set for completion in the fall of 2019, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“It’s been a little bit slow in the marketing there,” Bott said.

But things are now on track, including Bott getting Oakwood’s recent OK for annexing and rezoning the property.

“In our opinion, (the business park) is sort of a hidden gem, tucked between Flowery Branch and Oakwood and Gainesville and near Exit 14,” Bott said. “Hopefully, a little more knowledge of where it’s at will open it up to more development.”

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