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.