Gardner 42 project adds 96 acres in Locust Grove

Site plan for Gardner 42 expansion
The Gardner 42 project will have site entrances along highway 42 and Marketplace Blvd. (applicant photo)

The Gardner 42 industrial development in Locust Grove is expanding to include 96 acres located immediately north of the existing construction. The property is bank owned and zoned M-1 (light industrial) so no public hearings are required for the project.

As part of the expansion, Scannell Properties has updated their site plan to include an increase in trailer parking but decrease in total warehouse space. The below chart, copied from the Kimley Horn traffic impact study, summarizes the changes:

Gardner 42 (2018)Expansion (2019)
Land Use
Building 11,005,004 SF1,012,440 SF
Building 21,005,004 SF657,600 SF
Total2,010,008 SF1,670,040 SF
Acreage120 +/- acres217 +/- acres
Proposed Parking
Auto Parking Spaces836 Spaces992 Spaces
Trailer Parking Spaces650 Spaces1,863 Spaces
Total1,486 Spaces2,855 Spaces
Site Access
Number of Driveways2 Driveways4 Driveways
Gross Trip Generation
Gross Daily Trips3,222 Trips4,256 Trips

The project plans three entrances along Georgia 42 and one driveway on Marketplace Blvd. A traffic signal is proposed at SR 42 and Colvin Drive to support the commercial vehicle entrance for building 2.

The traffic impact study identified several other intersections in need of improvement to support the development. The recommendations factor in the future trip generation from surrounding industrial developments.

The study recommends the following:

  • SR 42 at Bethlehem Road – install a traffic signal, if warranted, and provide turning lanes.
  • SR 42 at Site Driveway A / Colvin Drive – install a traffic signal, if warranted, and provide turning lanes.
  • SR 42 at Site Driveway B / N Jackson Street – provide turning lanes along Georgia 42.
  • SR 42 at Site Driveway C – provide turning lanes along Georgia 42.
  • SR 42 at Marketplace Blvd – install a traffic signal, if warranted.
  • SR 42 at Bill Gardner Parkway – restripe the median on the eastbound approach to provide two eastbound left turning lanes and restripe Georgia 42 to provide two northbound receiving lanes.
  • Bill Gardner Parkway at Tanger Boulevard / Marketplace Blvd – restripe the northbound approach to provide one left turn lane and one shared through/right turn lane. Remove split signal phasing.
  • Marketplace Boulevard at Site Driveway D – provide turning lanes along Marketplace Blvd.

Documents uploaded by the city of Locust Grove indicate a traffic signal will be installed at Georgia 42 and Marketplace Blvd before year end. Improvements are not expected at SR 42 and Bethlehem Road until the new interstate exit is constructed in 2025. The Gardner 42 expansion is expected to be completed in 2020.

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