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This old manufacturing site could soon return to being a pasture
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An old Mincey Marble plant off Hidden Hills Drive in West Hall is up for rezoning on Monday, March 4. The applicant wants to take down old Mincey buildings and turn the property into a pasture. - photo by Jeff Gill

A former West Hall marble plant once part of heated rezoning debate could be torn down as part a new rezoning OK’d Monday night by the Hall County Planning Commission.

The board recommended March 4 to rezone property off Hidden Hills Drive, just south of Browns Bridge Road, from planned industrial development to agricultural-residential.

The request by new owner Michael Massey now goes before the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final approval.

Massey said in an interview last week that he has no plans beyond removing the old Mincey Marble building.

“Right now, it’s going to go to a pasture,” he said. “... I’m not using it for any industrial or any kind of manufacturing.”

Massey said as much to the planning board.

“We’re going to put it back the way it used to be,” he said.

That made at least one former Mincey rezoning opponent happy.

“Glad to see this moving in the right direction,” nearby resident David Chastain said.

At one time, Mincey operated both the Hidden Hills plant and its main plant off Browns Bridge Road less than a mile away. In 2016, residents protested when Mincey sought to build an additional 100,750-square-foot plant across the road from the main plant.

Just months after winning the rezoning battle, Mincey announced it was moving all its operations from the main plant and the Hidden Hills plant to Gainesville Business Park on New Harvest Road off Calvary Church Road. The park is next to Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

Mincey has since moved all production capacity to 1940 New Harvest Road, where the company’s new corporate offices are still under construction, spokesman John Vardeman said last week.

“Mincey hopes to wrap up all construction at the new site by this spring and move its corporate staff over from the company’s longtime Browns Bridge Road location,” he said in an email.

The company “has completed the sale of its former Hidden Hills plant site and continues to market the sale of its main office location on Browns Bridge Road,” Vardeman said.

Massey said he bought the property in December.