Publix shopping center taking shape


The developer of the new Publix shopping center, dubbed Lakeside Commons, is wasting little time clearing and grading land at the corner of Log Cabin Road and North Columbia Street.

For passers-by, it's now easier to get a visual of how the new shopping center will be laid out. The parking lot and grocery store will be much closer to North Columbia Street and more visible from the road, relative to Kroger's proximity to North Columbia.

Pictured at top is a Google Earth image of the new Publix shopping center prior to the land being cleared.

Included in the clearing and grading is a pair of "large outparcels," designed for big-box retailers. Both "large outparcels" currently remain available  "for a purchase or ground lease," according to Sembler's website. That portion of the shopping center most likely will remain grassy and unsettled until a contract is signed with a big-box retailer.

The Kroger shopping center developers originally had the same big plan and hoped to target big box stores more when it began construction in 2011. After more than 10 years with no bites, however, the developers apparently gave up and those outlying properties in the Kroger shopping center are now for sale, outright. The 19.02-acre property is listed for $2.38 million.

North of the new Publix large outparcels, meanwhile, will be a 10-unit strip mall. A business identified as "Nail Dior" already has reserved a lease for two of the 20-foot-by-60-foot slots in the strip mall, while the others remain available, according to the project's leasing brochure.

Also, according to Sembler's website, a pharmacy will be included in the far left corner of the Publix grocery store with a drive-thru, very similar to Kroger.

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The new Lakeside Commons shopping center essentially will occupy two large pre-existing properties. The first is the 19.6-acre property at 111 Log Cabin Road, an undeveloped piece of land that borders the tunnel car wash to the east and the Long Leaf Trail/Horton Homes neighborhood to the north. Also involved is the 8.77-acre property at 2781 North Columbia Street, just south of Elements Car Wash and closer to town. The third property involved, much smaller, sits at the dead end of Turkey Run in the Long Leaf Trail/Horton Homes neighborhood.

Part of the land previously was "county property" and annexed into the city of Milledgeville, meaning that the Milledgeville Police Department will be responsible for responding to any calls from the new shopping center.


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