Vacant for about a decade, the 211,600-square-foot Southwire Plant off Barnett Shoals Road is about to make a comeback. 

In December, Southwire Company sold 66 acres of the site, including the warehouse, to Wire Park LLC for $3.115 million.

Future plans for the property include a combination of retail, professional offices, single-family detached homes, condo flats and town homes. 

It’s too early to speculate on price points or architectural details,” said developer Duke Gibbs, “but the goal is for the entire wire park to have a consistent architectural theme.” 

The LLC is managed by Gibbs, whose work includes the repurposed turkey hatchery building off Old Bishop Road and the Hog Mountain Road building that houses Creed Fitness, PharmD and soon a protein shake and green tea business.

The Southwire building dates back to 1957 when the groundbreaking of the Anaconda Wire & Cable Companydrew the likes of Gov. Marvin Griffin and Agriculture Commissioner J. Phil Campbell. Although companies came and went, the campus was always a big employer in industrial manufacturing until the early 2010s. 

Gibbs said he envisions a development similar to Krog Street Market in Atlanta.

For more on this story, see the Jan. 23 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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