Truck stop site approved at 1-16 and 280

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Another truck stop is en route to the busy Hwy 280 / I-16 interchange at Black Creek.

Drayton-Parker LLC plans to install a truck stop and Parker’s Kitchen convenience store on a 7-acre site on the southwest side of the interchange along Highway 280. The company has a 19.45-acre site. at the interchange, which is the site of the Inter-State Center I and II industrial parks.

Drayton-Parker plans to put a 128,000 square foot warehouse on the additional 12.45 acres, after Bryan County commissioners approved rezoning of the land from commercial to general industrial in a rare meeting Monday. The commissioners, who usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month, added a handful of conditions to approving the rezoning. Those who will need to be satisfied before the developer can begin work, officials said.

The conditions, including the requirement for developers to submit a final plan to the county for approval, as well as entering into agreements with the county on water and sewerage, traffic mitigation and obtaining l County approval for the 12-acre site before work begins.

The new Parker would be seated next to a BP already at the eastbound entry ramp at 1-16.

A new Love’s truck stop opened in June 2020 north of 280 and east of I-16. The new Parker’s will be approximately a mile and a half west of a Parker’s located at the intersection of Highways 80 and 280.

The area, which county officials refer to as the Hwy 280 Corridor, is growing rapidly, and northbound truck traffic on Hwy 80 of 280 from the Port of Savannah to Blitchton is increasingly regular at as the port expands.

During the brief public dezoning hearing, spokespersons Daniel Ben-Israel of Drayton-Parker and Joshua Cox of Alpharetta’s Bucket Design Group said they have already submitted a traffic analysis to the Georgia Department of Transportation and had worked with county planning officials. .

“We realize that there are some pretty significant upgrades on offer on Highway 280,” Cox said, adding that the company wanted to make sure the project was in line with DOT’s plans to upgrade the increasingly busy interchange. .

In addition, the county has started to expand water and sewers in the area to help stimulate growth in the area, which will make water available for the project as early as 2022. Enmark at 144 spur

Also on Monday, county commissioners approved the abandonment of an easement that was intended in the 2000s to be part of the Green Creek Trail, a walking trail near Highway 144. The abandonment came at the behest of Enmark, which plans to convert the former Zip N grocery store at Fort McAllister Road into an Enmarket.

The easement ran past the property, which was in the middle of a construction zone due to the widening of Highway 144 and the development of a residential neighborhood nearby.

The easement was never part of the trail, according to county officials.

During a discussion of the project, Enmark’s Doug Carroll said his company originally planned to “directly rebuild” the original store, but those plans have changed and “we’re going to do a major overhaul. “.

Work is expected to start soon, he said, and plans are for the live oaks on the land to stay where they are.

The future of the site at the busy intersection has generated a lot of interest from area residents, District 3 Commissioner Dallas Daniel said.

“I probably hear more comments about this than anything else.”

Carroll said the new store will include a full grocery store and sell marine gas. The COVID-19 pandemic caused part of the delay in finishing the new store.

As well:

First-year sheriff Mark Crowe will get a pay hike along with other sheriffs in similar-sized counties after Gov. Brian Kemp enacted Bill 129 in April. This bill raised the minimum base salary for sheriffs in counties with a population of 39,000 to 49,000 from $ 79,762.39 per year to $ 83,750.51.

This will cost the county $ 4,275, according to county officials and required a budget amendment, which commissioners approved.

The commissioners also approved the modification of the 2021 budget to a maximum of $ 35,000 to repair the roof of the Richmond Hill library.

Other elements:

The county conducted the first reading of an application from Ludowici-based Tibet Creek Investors to rezone 48.89 acres at 7309 East Highway 280 near Pevey Road from rural residential to single-family residential to build a 50-lot subdivision. lots. No action was taken.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funded disaster recovery and public education plan adopted for coastal communities. County officials met for about nine months online with officials from the state, Pembroke and Richmond Hill on the plan.

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