Work is scheduled to be completed in early May on a half-million-dollar remodeling of a building on Hog Mountain Road just east of Butler’s Crossing known as Oconee Plantation strip mall.
The building, with a 10,500 square feet of space, formerly was home to a Subway sandwich shop, a Chinese restaurant and a barbeque shop. It has gotten a complete facelift and now has a brick exterior.
Plans on file at the Oconee County Planning Department show two tenants splitting the space in the new building, Tribe Fitness, a gym now located on Macon Highway, and PharmD, a hospital pharmaceutical firm.
The renovation joins a large number of nearby construction projects planned or underway, including clear-cutting of University of Georgia agricultural land at the intersection of Mars Hill Road and Cliff Dawson Road for a farm pond and planned construction of an administrative building at Athens Academy.
The county issued a demolition permit to Gibbs Capital and owner Duke Gibbs, 1120 Mars Hill Road, for the two-story Oconee Plantation building on June 5 of last year.
|Facelift Underway 2/6/2016|
The demolition permit documents also list Hog Mountain Investments, at the same Mars Hill Road address. County tax records list Hog Mountain Investments as the owner of the property.
The county issued a building permit for the renovation of the building on Dec. 9, 2015, with work to begin immediately and estimated to be finished by May 1 of this year.
The estimated value of the renovation on the permit is $486,000. The property is currently assessed at $556,787. The building was built in 1996.
The plans on file with the county show the first floor of the front of the building being used for a workout area for Tribe. Part of the second floor would be open to the gym, and the remainder of the second floor would be used for offices and conference rooms.
The first floor of the rear of the building is shown as being occupied by a pharmacy and work area. The second floor is designated for offices.
Tribe is currently located on 8081 Hog Mountain Road, opposite the construction site for Lavista Office Park. That building has a sign showing it is available for occupancy.
The web site for PharmD lists its address as 1607 Lea Haven Way off Daniells Bridge Road. That is the home of Carmen Barrs, according to Oconee County tax records.
The web site for PharmD lists Andy Barrs as president and CEO.
The University of Georgia land that stretches from Hog Mountain Road to Mars Hill Road mostly has been used for experimental fields, but it also contains a pond used for irrigation.
|Clearing For Farm Pond 2/6/2016|
The part of the 253-acre parcel with frontage on Mars Hill Road has been wooded until recently, when it was nearly clear cut.
On May 12, 2015, B.R. White, director of Planning and Code Enforcement for Oconee County, wrote to Carter Engineering Consultants, 3651 Mars Hill Road, informing the consultants that the proposed expansion of an agricultural pond on the property did not fall under county jurisdiction.
White said the farm pond fell under the jurisdiction of the National Resources Conservation Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
White told me he had been contacted by Carter Engineering regarding the planned expansion of the pond.
Athens Academy submitted a preliminary site plan to the county on Dec. 23 of last year for its new administrative building at 1281 Spartan Lane.
The two-story building would have 594 square feet of space on the lower level and 607 square feet on the upper level.
The building would be on the south of the Athens Academy campus and would be connected to that campus via a footbridge across a creek.
Street access would be from Spartan Lane.