A 4-year-old plan for a 476-acre, mixed-use development off Ga. 365 in North Hall has resurfaced as a larger, mostly industrial project that no longer has a residential component.
Gainesville-based Capstone Property Group is proposing a 519-acre development consisting of 2 million square feet of industrial space, including as much a 1 million square feet for a single user, said Jonathan Collins of Capstone.
“We feel like there is a lot of activity for larger industrial space — certainly, you’re seeing that in Jackson County, Jefferson and North Gwinnett County,” he said. “Hall County has been extremely successful in recruiting large industrial companies … and available properties are at a real premium. There’s not a lot of those, if any, at this point.”
A 1 million-square-foot single user “would be nothing like (what is in) Hall County today, but we feel like that with the economy and the market, there’s a potential for that in the next few years,” Collins said.
Gateway Village was first proposed in 2014 as a 476-acre mixed-use development featuring 186 single-family homes, 310 apartments and townhomes and about 600,000 square feet of commercial and office space. Green space, including a trail system, also was planned.
Capstone’s development would be at 3240 Chiplan Drive, north of White Sulphur Road and across from Gateway Industrial Centre, a 518-acre industrial park featuring Kubota Manufacturing of America and other sites.
The proposal, which is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission on Nov. 5, also calls for 500,000 square feet for research and development offices, 130,000 square feet for commercial use and a sewer treatment plant.
It then would go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final approval.
Plans have been submitted to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as a “development of regional impact.”
“This area on (Ga. 365) has all the right ingredients for a top-quality development,” said Tim Evans, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for economic development.
In recent years, Hall County has extended sewer up the highway and the county has development standards in the area, he said.
“Hall County has benefited from the new jobs and investment in Gateway Industrial Centre, and the Lanier Tech campus (opening farther south on Ga. 365) is a tremendous asset for career training throughout our region,” Evans said.
“In this development plan, we are pleased with the mix of potential light industrial, (research and development) and agricultural/green space uses,” he added.