44-acre industrial, 8-acre retail site planned in Buford in South Hall

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44-acre industrial, 8-acre retail site planned in Buford in South Hall

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A 52-acre South Hall site originally considered for a hospital now looks likely to become a mostly sprawling industrial development.

Buford City Commission has approved a rezoning to pave the way for McCraney Property Company of Florida to put three buildings totaling about 600,000 square feet on 44 acres at Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 and Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13.

It would be tucked behind a planned 8-acre retail site, which would occupy the corner of Ga. 347 and Ga. 13.

The 52 acres is across from a QuikTrip convenience store.

A map of the retail site shows buildings housing a restaurant, gas station and car wash. No tenants are mentioned. Two other buildings are more generic, showing just retail, with one indicating “multitenant.”

The industrial site had been zoned for office and industrial but now is designated for “light industrial uses,” according to a Buford document.

No other details are given about the development, and McCraney officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

The retail site was rezoned from office and industrial to commercial “for general business uses.”

Northeast Georgia Health System requested the rezoning.

Health system spokesman Sean Couch deferred to the listing agent for the property, Frank Simpson of The Simpson Company.

“He can speak better about potential buyers than we can,” he said.

Simpson confirmed that McCraney was the industrial developer and that a retail site had been set aside.

In the early 2000s, NGHS was looking at the 52 acres “for future health care resources,” Couch said.

“It looks like they were weighing was (the site) going to be large enough for a hospital or was it going to make more sense for it to be a medical (office building),” he said.

In June 2004, the hospital board restudied the area’s growth and decided to look more seriously at a hospital location on the east side of Interstate 985.

Eventually, officials settled on 119 acres in what was wide-open land off Thompson Mill Road and next to Village at Deaton Creek, a retirement community, for what would become Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

The area around the new hospital has boomed with retail and medical offices, but the Buford location is far from sleepy.

Much of Lanier Islands Parkway is developed between Ga. 13 and I-985, and the Georgia Department of Transportation is widening Ga. 13 from Buford in Gwinnett to Ga. 347.

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