A developer planning to build what he said will be the “largest industrial speculative building ever built in the Atlanta-metro area” is one step closer to breaking ground on the project.
The Braselton Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals approved a stream buffer and setback variance last week for the planned 1 million square foot distribution center. If all goes as planned, the building will be constructed on a 114.86-acre piece of property at Lewis Braselton Boulevard and Green Street in Braselton.
Mike Gray, president of Ridgeline Property Group, LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, said the building would be built with no tenant in mind.
“This is a ‘build it and they will come’-type scenario,” said Gray, who along with Rose Leypoldt, director of development for Ridgeline, discussed the potential of the industrial development. “It’s a balance of cost,” said Gray, adding that there is potential risk involved with the $4 million capital investment. “This is the modern distribution center here. There is nothing else in Atlanta that exists that will be like this.”
Board member Gail White expressed concern with truck drivers being able to pull into the development.
“That’s a little troubling based on how very few facilities there are for truck drivers in this area,” said White. “It’s just that we have several distribution centers in the area and they’re smaller. Even with traffic lights, if the traffic is horrible and the restaurants are jammed with people trying to eat during lunch hours…”
Gray assured her that the design would offer great care in the feeding area for the truckers to come in at a counter-clock-wise motion. “It is actually designed and throated for a long run so when the trucks do go down Lewis Braselton they actually have to travel down two roads. They will pull into the site and will immediately pull up into this key area… We don’t want trailers on the road. We want them off. We want people to be safe. It’s very important to us.”
Gray added that he thinks the development will be beneficial to the community. “This is chosen for good reason and it’s very exciting,” he said.
The property is located a mile from Interstate I-85 and is owned by A&B Real Estate Partners, LP (Jackson County Tax Parcel 112001) and is zoned M-D (Manufacturing-Distribution). The current development code in Braselton requires property zoned M-D to have a 50-foot undisturbed buffer and a 75-foot impervious surface setback on each side of all streams as measured from the top of bank outward.
Braselton planning director Kevin Keller read the town staff recommendations for approval of the variance request under the condition that the applicant meet all the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer and Environmental Protection Division (EPD) requirements, meet storm water management requirements, be built with green-design concepts, as well as report at least once a year with the town.
The building itself will not be green-certified or LEED-certified, but Leypoldt said the structure will be built to use less utilities, adding that the company is doing “the right thing environmentally.”
During a public hearing held prior to the board’s vote on the matter, no one spoke for or against the applicant, except for the applicant. The only members of the public at the meeting were Steve Payne, town engineer for Braselton, who Keller said drafted the recommendation for the variance request, and Josh Fenn, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce president.
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