News 4 Exclusive: Details On Country Crossing Location

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

It's been the talk of the county for weeks. Where is the proposed Country Crossing development going to be located? A lot has been speculated, but now it’s confirmed. Country Crossing will be located off of 231 South and Highway 109 in Houston County.

In an exclusive interview with News 4, Developer Ronnie Gilley tells us what steps are next for the project.

Now that the land has been purchased, the project is expected to come fast.

Ronnie Gilley intends to break ground on Country Crossing within three to four months.

“When you have 17 pieces of land all contiguous with each other you need a multitude of signatures. We finally got it down and are excited." The pieces of land that Ronnie Gilley is talking about adds up to a whopping 776 acres.

Parts can be seen along 231 South and Highway 109, a majority of it being on Smithville Road near Rehobeth.

Now that the location is determined, the project is ready to take off in full speed.

“Next week, our land planners, Apogee Designs in Boston, MA will be here applying our land concept between the perimeters of this property that we have," Gilley said.

The next step would be coming up with a plan in 90 days that will be suitable for investors.

From there, the permit process begins, and when that is through, we could see the first phase of jobs opening up in construction.

"We’ll bring in a multitude of commercial construction companies and we look forward to presenting a lot of companies and hopefully some from Houston County," Gilley added.

Developers hope that those traveling 231 will stop at Country Crossing on their way to or from the beach.

"The reality of it is, that highway has an excess of four million cars that pass through on their way to Panama City Beach or the Panhandle; so, that was the determining factor for us choosing Hwy 231 South," Gilley concluded.

As far as the price tag goes on the piece of land, Gilley preferred not to comment. He did say, however that it was a fair price for all parties.


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  • by Joe Location: Slocomb,Al on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    My Family and I have Been to Branson Mo. if this is anything like that than my family will love it, so go far it Ronnie Gilley
  • by helenhtch Location: Fadette,Al on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    Go! Country Crossing,we need you here and want you, we have our right to voice our opinions just as pastors but they need to realize everyone don't see as they do.I am a christian and believe in God. We have crime in this area already and you aren't hear yet so what's to blame for that.
  • by eddie Location: abbeville on Mar 16, 2008 at 01:24 AM
    what are the names of the contractors that will be doing the construction on the country crossing project.
  • by Debbie Location: Hartford on Mar 15, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    Praises to Ronnie Gilley for his going on and praises to those who are letting this go on through. I am a Born Again Christian and I do not believe that anyone could love God or His Word any more than myself but we cannot play God. He gave us the right to choose and our pastors whom I love in the Lord very much are wrong by chasing the Devil up a tree. Worry weather or not your flock is going to heaven and not weather or not there is sin in the the world. For your information there is and has been since Eden. And think of the people that could be reached if someone opened a southern country gospel dinner theater featuring country gospel music. WOW!!!
  • by Maggie Location: Geneva County on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:32 PM
    Yea, Ronnie Gilley!! All this talk about crime in the area when we get electronic bingo? What do you call all these holdups and shootings? I am a very proud born again Christian, but you know, the Lord didn't remove the forbidden tree from the garden of Eden to keep Adam and Eve from partaking of it. That's when freechoice began. We all know what's right and what's wrong and anything done to excess is a sin, be it eating, sex, acquiring material goods or whatever. And you don't see them closing the bars to keep the alcoholic from drinking up his family's grocery money. Come on, folks, we need all the economic help we can get in this area. If there were more jobs, there might not be so many meth labs? I lived in Orlando when Disney came there. The only thing I saw was a little city grow into a big city. Of course there was crime, but there was crime before. There's bad stuff in the world. Go, Country Crossings!
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