Monday, October 09, 2017

Oconee County Approves Building Permit For Hobby Lobby In Expanded Epps Bridge Centre

***Now On Atlanta Highway***

Oconee County has issued a building permit for Hobby Lobby in Epps Bridge Centre II, signaling that another big box retailer is leaving the Atlanta Highway commercial corridor for Oconee County.

The permit is for a 54,947-square-foot building and is the first issued by the county for Epps Bridge Centre II, which is across the Oconee Connector from the existing shopping center at the newly opened Plaza Parkway.

Hobby Lobby now shares a 87,543-square-foot building on Atlanta Highway at Epps Bridge Parkway with 2nd & Charles and Athens Pool Spa.

Oconee County also has issued a building permit for a second restaurant in Falls of Oconee, the commercial complex on old Macon Highway opposite Athens Ridge, a student housing complex.

The county has received plans for construction of a branch office of Robins Financial Credit Union on Mars Hill Road opposite the Oconee Primary School and Oconee Elementary School, just west of the Burger King now under construction.

Initial plans had called for two fast food restaurants on the property, both with drive through operations. The submitted plans show a drive through for the credit union.

Hobby Lobby

Construction on the site for the Hobby Lobby is underway, and the building is expected to be completed on Feb. 25, 2018, according to the building permit application.

Rain Falling On Hobby Lobby Atlanta Highway 10/8/2017

The single-story building is valued at $2.35 million.

Hobby Lobby is a privately owned chain of retail arts and crafts stores based in Oklahoma City.

Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement issued the permit on Sept. 27.

Site plans show a large anchor store and two smaller ones at the rear of the property that makes up Epps Bridge Centre II. Hobby Lobby will occupy the large anchor store site.

Hobby Lobby will join Best Buy, Pier 1 Imports, Old Navy and Bed Bath & Beyond as well as smaller stores such as Gap in the move from the Atlanta Highway to Epps Bridge Centre.

Falls Of Oconee

Falls Restaurant will be located next door to Mama’s Boy in Falls of Oconee, the commercial project on Old Macon Highway on McNutt Creek just inside Oconee County.

Hobby Lobby To Go At Site (White) At Left, Rear
Oconee Connector And Parkway Boulevard In Center
Aerial Photo on 8/27/2017 By Chris Greer

The build-out permit, also issued on Sept. 27, is to Kelly Mahoney of Value Added Concepts, developer of the site.

According to the application, construction on the interior of the 2,400-square-foot restaurant will be completed by Feb. 15, 2018.

Carlos Miranda, who was granted an alcohol license on Aug. 1 for a convenience store in the complex, submitted an application to the Oconee County Environment Health Department for the restaurant.

Utility Department records indicate the restaurant will seat 80 persons.

Robins Financial

Robins Financial Credit Unit, based in Warner Robins, submitted plans for the 3,660-square-foot branch office on Sept. 27, and those plans are scheduled to be reviewed by the county’s Development Review Committee on Oct. 20.

Falls Restaurant In Building At Center
Mama's Boy In Building On Left

Parking will be in the front, side and rear of the building, with the drive through operation facing east and to the Burger King.

Traffic will be able to enter and exit onto Hog Mountain Road.

Initial plans for the site met with resistance because of the traffic to be caused by two drive-through restaurants.

B.R. White, director of the Planning and Code Enforcement Department, told me on Friday that a bank is expected to have lower traffic volume than a drive through restaurant.

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