Sunday, May 19, 2013

Oconee County Issued Building Permits For Central Complex At Epps Bridge Centre

No New Tenants Listed

Oconee County Code Enforcement issued a shell permit last week for building 700, part of the central, four-building cluster at Epps Bridge Centre.

The county had issued a shell permit for building 500 on May 8 and a foundation permit for building 400 on May 3.

Code Enforcement issued a permit for building 600, the fourth building in the cluster, in January of this year.

Theater 5/12/2013

These four buildings will sit in front of the University 16 Stadium Theatre, scheduled to open next month.

County records show the permits for buildings 400, 500 and 700 being issued to Epps Bridge Centre LLC, the shopping center owner, rather than to any tenants.

Utility Department records also indicate that the capacity fees for water and sewer services have been paid by Epps Bridge Centre, rather than by tenants.

12 Tenants Identified

County records list 11 tenants in addition to the theater for the $76 million shopping center now under construction inside SR Loop 10 between Epps Bridge Parkway and the Oconee Connector Extension.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart, cosmetics retailer Ultra, Five Below and Pier 1 Imports are to be part of Building 100, located northwest of the theater. Five Below targets the teen and pre-teen market with a variety of products.

Off Broadway, a shoe discounter, and Marshalls are to be located in Building 300 to the theater’s northeast.

Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Children’s Place are to be in building 600 in the four-building cluster to the north of the theater and between the theater and the Oconee Connector Extension.

County records do not show any new tenants since these tenants were listed in Utility Department records late last year.

Records Show 60 Percent Occupied

The identified tenants will occupy about 60 percent of the space in the seven-building central part of the shopping center.

An additional 12 out parcels surround that seven-building core. Tenants for these have not yet been listed in county records.

Last Fall the Bishop Company, developer of the shopping center, provided the Planning Department with a leasing plan that listed the Georgia Theatre Company (for the theater), Marshalls, PetSmart and Dick’s as companys with whom it has executed leases.

It listed Off Broadway, Ultra, Pier 1, Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Ross and Vitamin Shoppe as companies for which leases were in negotiation. Ross is an off price clothing and housewares retailer.

It listed 11 other retailers as companies with which letters of inquiry were in negotiation. Largest of those, in terms of retail space, was Best Buy.

Five Below is the only retailer on that list of 11 that county records confirm will be part of the shopping center.

Beer And Wine

Plans submitted when the Bishop Company and land company Epps Bridge Centre LLC were before the county for rezoning back in 2008 indicated that restaurants would occupy many of the out parcels.

Those almost certainly will require a beer and wine license. Many national franchises likely would prefer to be able to sell liquor by the drink, but Oconee County voters have turned down authorization for such sales on numerous occasions.

The Georgia Theatre Company applied for a license on May 3 to be allowed to sell beer and wine in three areas of the theater, the food service area, the banquet room and one of the theater auditoriums.

The Board of Commissioners delayed action on the request at its May 7 meeting because of a technicality regarding the gap between the time of the application and the Board meeting, but the BOC is expected to have the item on its agenda at its meeting on May 28.

Building 700 To Cost $1 Million

The permit for building 700, provided to me late Friday by B.R. White, director of Planning and Code Enforcement, is for a 19,170-square-foot building with an estimated value of just more than $1 million.

Construction of the steel and masonry shell is estimated to be completed by June 1.

The permit for building 500 is for a 13,200-square-foot building with an estimated cost of just less than $1 million.

It also is to be a steel and masonry building, and construction of the shell is expected to be completed by the middle of August.

The county will have to issue interior permits when the developer wants to finish work on the buildings before occupancy.

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