Roadwork supporting New Holland Marketplace in Gainesville is mostly done, and newly installed traffic lights should be operational by year’s end.
The project involves construction of an additional left-turn lane for Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway motorists turning north on Ga. 11/Limestone Parkway and roads/driveways leading into the 56-acre shopping center — anchored by a Kroger grocery store — off Limestone, Jesse Jewell and White Sulphur Road.
Also under construction is a new city road, Textile Way, which will loop through a 12-acre site across the road from the Kroger. It will run from Limestone at Jesse Jewell to White Sulphur at Jesse Jewell.
Textile Way is in place, but needs resurfacing, work that also will be complete by the end of the month, said Mike McNicholas, president of the project’s Greenville, S.C.-based developer, Carolina Holdings Inc.
“The new (traffic) light at Limestone, which will serve the shopping center, will be installed before the end of the year,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Transportation will be inspecting the work.
“That’s ongoing for a little while after the end of the year,” McNicholas said.
The DOT has done some work of its own in the area, resurfacing Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell between Ga. 11/Limestone Parkway and Interstate 985.
That work was based on the road’s “pavement condition rating only,” not related to the development, which “came later,” district spokeswoman Teri Pope has said.
The DOT awarded the project contract to Pendergrass-based Allied Paving, which was hired later to do the paving work for the development.
The Kroger is on track for a March 19 grand opening, and a QuikTrip convenience store is under construction on a 12-acre site.
“And then we’ve got four or five leases we’re working on that we’re not announcing yet,” McNicholas said.
Announcements also could be forthcoming on several other outparcels, he added.
McNicholas said he is pleased with the way the development is shaping up overall.
“We thought we had a really nice design,” he said. “It’s always good to see it when it’s being completed. We think it’s going to tie in together very nicely and be every bit as attractive as we hoped.”
Gainesville traffic engineer Dee Taylor has said he will be interested in seeing whether the new development will change traffic patterns.
Limestone Parkway has some retail, as well as medical offices, but the shopping center will mark the first major retail presence in that part of Gainesville.
In the past few years, Dawsonville Highway at McEver Road — on the opposite side of town — has turned into one of Gainesville’s hottest retail spots.
But New Holland Marketplace, especially as it grows, “might balance it out a little bit,” McNicholas said.