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The Oconee Planning Commission on Monday recommended approval of a rezone for a 23-acre site off Macon Highway to allow for a mixed-use development that would consist of restaurants, office space, retail, a daycare and possibly a hotel and small brewery. The project is opposite and diagonally across from Presbyterian Village.

The Planning Commission also voted for a recommended denial of a rezone in order for The Stone Store to relocate a few parcels to the north. The Board of Commissioners will vote on the rezones at its Tuesday, March 2 meeting.

Plans for Oconee Mercantile consist of seven buildings totaling 162,508 square feet. The project will be divided into two or more phases, with the first phase focused on retrofitting an existing 60,000‐square foot building into multiple tenant spaces and a 10,500‐square foot addition to that building.

That 60,000-square-foot building is currently home to Oconee State Bank’s operations center. In the near future, the bank will move its offices into a new building currently under construction on Main Street in Watkinsville.

The other tenant in that 60,000-square-foot building is D1 Training, an 8,000-square-foot fitness gym. Future plans for the building call for boutique retail shops, dining establishments and a large office space. 

The rest of the development will contain additional retail establishments, restaurants and a potential brewpub, which is a place that sells beverages brewed on the premises. 

Other potential uses on the site include a coffee shop with a drive-through,event space, a daycare and a four‐story building consisting of three floors atop a lower level of parking. This building is projected to be either an office or hotel. 

For more on this story, see the Feb. 18 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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