The Oconee County Code Enforcement Office has issued 10 permits for buildout of three of the four units in The Falls of Oconee commercial complex at the corner of Macon Highway and White Oak Drive opposite the Athens Ridge student living complex.
All of the permits are for interior suite buildouts, but the permits list tenants for only three of those suites.
One of those is The Olive Basket, a gourmet olive oil and vinegar store, currently located at 297 Prince Avenue in Athens. The Facebook page of the store indicates it is moving to the Oconee County site.
Another is PT Solutions, a physical therapy practice currently located in Kennesaw.
The third identified tenant is Lodge Management, with Derek Lodge listed as the owner. Lodge gives his address as 8771 Macon Highway, Suite B.
All of the permits were issued to Value Added Concepts, the developer of The Falls of Oconee complex. The address for Value Added Concepts also is 8771 Macon Highway, Suite B.
Russ Henson, commercial building inspector for the county, signed all 10 of the permits on Nov. 15.
|White Oak Drive, Building 2 (Left) to Building 5 (Right)|
According to the permits, construction was to start immediately, and estimated completion date is Feb. 1 for all 10 suites.
Four of the permits are for Building 200, which is the 7,000-square-foot building furtherest from McNutt Creek and the waterfalls over the historic dam. An old, abandoned mill is on the Clarke County side of the Creek, which forms the border between the two counties.
The four permits are for all of the space in Building 200, according to the square footage listed in the building permits.
Lodge Management is one of those four suites.
Five of the permits are for Building 300, including one for PT Solutions.
Those five permits encompass all of the 7,200 square feet in Building 300.
Building 400 totals 6,000 square feet, and the Olive Basket will use up only 1,450 square feet of the building.
Building 400 and Building 500 have views of the dam and beach beneath it. That beach is commonly referred to as Red Neck Beach and is popular with students in the summer.
Building 500 also is 6,000 square feet in size.
The building permit indicated Building 500 would be a restaurant.
The 10 permits issued on Nov. 15 are the first for interior work on any of those shells.
The property is owned by Falls of Oconee LLC, with the same address as Value Added Concepts.
In May, the Board of Commissioners rezoned 10 acres across Macon Highway from The Falls of Oconee and in front of Athens Ridge to allow for a drive-through restaurant and construction office.
Land planner Ken Beall, of Beall and Company, working for Strategic Holdings, told the Board that the office building would be used by Value Added Concepts.
Kelly Mahoney is the registered agent for Value Added Concepts and also represented Strategic Holdings of Madison in the rezone process.
Kelly also was developer of Athens Ridge.