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North Georgia Nursing Academy plans for site in Fairground Business Center
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North Georgia Nursing Academy plans on building a new school on this property off Southland Drive in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

North Georgia Nursing Academy is planning to add up to two new buildings off Southland Drive in Oakwood.

The school got the Oakwood Planning Commission’s approval Monday, Dec. 17, to reduce setback requirements, a move that would allow construction on the nearly 4-acre tract.

The property is in the Fairground Business Center off Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13.

The school at 3616 Southland Drive was founded in 2012 and offers several health care programs, including medical assistant, nursing assistant and emergency medical technician.

A 5,150-square-foot building is planned on Oakly Avenue, a short street jutting off Southland Drive and ending in a cul-de-sac, according to a map of the property.

The now-vacant property sits just north of an existing building used by the school.

The map also shows space for a 7,275-square-foot addition. A large part of the property will be used for parking.

The project would mark near build-out of Fairground Business Center, which is west of Wallis Road and across from Cresthill Drive.

The park has a mixture of commercial buildings, including restaurants.

Buford-based Versa-Gard recently proposed building a 15,000-square-foot plant there that makes sneeze guards, the see-through shields that protect food in restaurant buffet lines from germ-carrying patrons.