Construction crews last week began assembling equipment and materials in preparation for pouring the foundation for another two-story office building that will be part of the University Parkway Office and Technology Park at 2500 Daniells Bridge Road.
The building will join two others under construction in the quickly-developing area around the Oconee Connector, SR 316 and Virgil Langford Road.
One of those, a storage facility complex of two three-story buildings, is visible across SR 316 from near the site of the office building to be constructed on Daniells Bridge Road.
The other, at the corner of Virgil Langford Road and Jennings Mill Road, is part of a medical park being developed by a North Carolina company. The first building will be occupied by Athens Regional Health System, parent company of Athens Regional Medical Center.
Oconee County Code Enforcement on Oct. 2 issued the foundation permit to Kevin Price General Contractor, 3651 Mars Hill Road, for the Daniells Bridge Road building.
The building will be 18,000 square feet in size and two stories tall.
|Future Daniells Bridge Road Office|
Construction is expected to be completed in February of next year, according to the permit application.
The new structure will sit on a 1.7-acre-tract between the existing three-story, 69,000-square-foot office building and Daniells Bridge Road and just east of the University System of Georgia Information Technology Services building.
It will be west of the three-building complex called The Exchange, where St. Mary’s Health Care System has a number of offices and facilities. Each of those three buildings is 19,000 square feet in size, or about the size of the building for which the permit was issued on Oct. 2.
No Zoning Change
The land on which the new building will sit is owned by KPGCHQ, LLC, with the same address as Kevin Price General Contractor, according to county tax records.
The land has been zoned for office use for years but has been undeveloped.
The county’s Development Review Committee reviewed site plans for the project in May.
Those final site plans, approved on June 11, show access to the property from the University Office and Technology Park entrance road. The rear of the building will face Daniells Bridge Road.
The site plans list use of the building as for offices.
Sentry Self Storage
Site plans for the Sentry Self Storage facility show two buildings at the reconstructed end of Virgil Langford Road after it crosses an orphaned section of Jennings Mill Road.
The building now under construction is the eastern-most of the two and will be three stories tall and 60,000 square feet in size. The building is labeled Phase I on the site plans, received by the county Planning Department on June 26.
A second building, also three stories tall, is 45,600 square feet in size.
|Sentry Self Storage|
The land is owned by LCN Oconee LLC, 2500 Daniells Bridge Road, with Carl Nichols listed as the contact. Nichols has his office in the existing three-story office building in the University Office and Technology Park.
Sentry Self Storage, 2375 Lexington Road, Athens, is the developer. Sentry serves homeowners, renters and commercial businesses.
At its current facility, Sentry Self Storage also offers temporary office warehouse space.
That Athens Regional building under construction at Virgil Langford Road and Jennings Mill Road will include an urgent care center, outpatient laboratory services, outpatient rehabilitation, a sleep laboratory, a mind-body institute, a breast health center, and offices for physicians.
The building also will include a retail pharmacy and a café.
The building under construction and a second anchor building each will be two stories tall and have 44,000 square feet of space.
The two buildings sit on four acres at the front of the health complex being developed by Summit Healthcare Group, based in Winston-Salem, N.C. The two buildings will have access off both Jennings Mill Road and off Virgil Langford Road.
The estimated completion date for the Athens Regional building is July or August of 2016.
This area has been destined for greatness for decades.
After overcoming delayed decision-making until it became even more expensive, there is no surprise the 316 corridor is exploding.
And the money just pours in.
The cost of small-ticket items such as fees and fines continues to creep up, hitting the average citizen over the head.
With all of these revenue sources crowding in, why should any small-ticket item cost more?
Bet there is an answer in the fine print.
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