A project that opens up sewer along potentially developable property off Winder Highway in Oakwood has a targeted completion of April 30.
“We’re on the last leg of it,” said Don Rogers, whose company, Prostar Renovations, is handling the construction. “We’ve already (placed) straw and seeded in areas that have been disturbed.”
Once that work is done, as well as ensuing inspection work, “it should be ready to go,” he said.
The South Hall city is working with Smokehouse Barbecue & Catering on the project, which is costing about $200,000.
The work involves installation of some 2,100 feet of sewer line along Winder Highway, between Walden at Oakwood apartment complex and Smokehouse Barbecue off Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway.
Smokehouse will pay to tie onto the new sewer line but also a “pro rata share of the actual line extension,” City Manager Stan Brown has said.
“And then our connection fees for the other properties (that tie on) in the future would recoup our costs,” he added.
Smokehouse is overseeing the construction, with the business receiving prices and the city reviewing bids.
The project is enabling the business to open a new restaurant.
For years, Smokehouse has served customers from a takeout order counter in one building and used another building on the property as a dining room.
Plans call for Smokehouse to renovate a third building that was, at one time, a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and turn it into a 125-seat, air-conditioned dining area, Rogers has said.
“Not only will the sewer be great for our business, but for all the property along the line,” he said. “There are vacant lots existing along the sewer line. These properties could also flourish with commercial business.”
Brown agreed, noting that a Publix-anchored shopping center sits across the road.
“I would say there’s the potential for something similar to that,” he said. “And they both lay similar in that they both fall away from the road.”
The highly traveled intersection also features a Chick-fil-A restaurant, a couple of buildings featuring other retail stores and the large Blackshear Place Baptist Church.
Rogers said Smokehouse should open the new restaurant in mid-May.
“The thing is shutting down (current operations) and moving over and getting the final inspections,” he said. “But we need the sewer hook-in for (plumbing work). All that’s got to be completed first.”