Oconee County’s Code Enforcement Office has issued a building permit for the fourth of five planned buildings at the restaurant, retail and office complex being developed on Old Macon Highway across from the Athens Ridge student housing complex.
The new building, which will overlook McNutt Creek just downstream from the old mill dam, is for a restaurant, according to the building permit.
The building will join three others already in the complex, called The Falls of Oconee.
The county issued permits for the construction of the shells of those three buildings in May of 2015, but the county has not received applications for build-out permits for the three buildings, and they remain unoccupied.
The county issued the permit for the fourth building designated as for a restaurant on March 24 to Kelly Mahoney. Mahoney is owner of Value Added Concepts LLC, 8771 Macon Highway, Suite B.
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The 6,000-square-foot building will be steel, masonry and wood construction.
The shell is valued at $155,000.
The permit does not list any start or completion date for construction of the building.
According to Oconee County tax records, the property is now owned by Falls of Oconee LLC, with the 8771 Macon Highway address as well as a listing for Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The tax records indicate the property was transferred from Athens Ridge Commercial Property LLC with a Bloomfield Hills address to the Falls of Oconee LLC last February.
Site plans filed with the Oconee County Planning Depart show a total of five buildings on the 4.7 acre complex on Old Macon Highway between White Oak Drive and the bridge over McNutt Creek.
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The unpermitted building is the smallest, at 1,950 square feet. It is to be closest to White Oak Drive, acccording to the plans.
The buildings already constructed range from 6,000 square feet in size to 7,200 square feet in size.
The four permits issued so far are only for the shell or exterior of the building.
Normally, a developer gets a second permit to complete interior work on a building when a tenant has been secured.