The Oconee County Code Enforcement Office on Friday issued occupancy permits for two tenants of The Falls of Oconee commercial complex on Old Macon Highway at McNutt Creek.
The permits were for The Olive Basket, a gourmet food store, and PT Solutions, a physical therapy facility.
The issuance of the permits comes more than three years after the county’s Development Review Committee gave first consideration to the plans for the five-building complex opposite the Athens Ridge student housing complex.
Work on another phase of the project, between Athens Ridge and Falls of Oconee, also is underway.
The county late last year issued 10 buildout permits for storefronts in three of the four buildings at The Falls of Oconee. The project takes its name from the falls on McNutt Creek over a historic mill pond dam, visible from the complex.
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One of those buildout permits was for The Olive Basket, previously located at 297 Prince Avenue in Athens.
Another was for PT Solutions, a physical therapy practice currently located in Kennesaw.
The third identified tenant was Lodge Management, with Derek Lodge listed as the owner. Lodge gives his address as 8771 Macon Highway, Suite B.
In May of last year 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 developer Strategic Holdings, told the Board that the office building would be used by Value Added Concepts LLC, 8771 Macon Highway.
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 and of The Falls of Oconee.
The Development Review Committee, made up of representative of county departments affected by development, examined the plans for The Falls of Oconee early in 2014.
The shells of four of the buildings at The Falls of Oconee already have been constructed, including one with dramatic views of the mill dam and falls.
Promotional materials indicate that the complex will include restaurants as well as commercial outlets.
Plans for the fifth building at The Falls of Oconee have been designated as Phase II of the project. Value Added Concepts presented those plans to the DRC in January.