County official also says developer has interest in Anheuser-Busch property

IDI Logistics rezoning hearing pushed back to November

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The developer behind a proposed 637,000-plus square foot business center along Highway 293 will have to wait at least another month before a decision on a 47-acre rezoning request is finalized.

Atlanta-based IDI Logistics was originally set for a Bartow County Planning and Zoning Commission hearing Monday evening. However, the applicant's date before the board has now been moved to Nov. 4.

“They haven’t complied with the Etowah Valley Historic District provisions in our ordinance, which require an archeological survey and notification to the Indian tribe nations about anything significant they find,” Bartow County Administrator Peter Olson told The Daily Tribune News. 

It’s normal procedure for the County, Olson said, noting that such evaluations are required for any developer seeking a land disturbance permit within the roughly 4,400-acre protected area near the Etowah River. 

He said he fully expects the applicant to be back on the commission’s agenda next month. IDI Logistics seeks the rezoning of the property, which runs along Old River Road, from M-1 mining to I-1 industrial zoning.

According to a document filed by Bardell Properties, Inc. President Kena R. Butler to Bartow County Zoning Administrator Brandon Johnson, dated Sept. 11, 2019, IDI Logistics has signed a sale agreement with Forty One North Ponds, LLC for the two parcels of land, which are situated west of Old River Road along Highway 293.

The applicant filed a Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) submission to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) earlier this year. According to that filing, IDI Logistics has plans for a three-building development, spanning about 637,500 feet at the site, which would be in fairly close proximity to the Chemical Products Corp. facility along Old Mill Road.

“I think they have a specific user in mind, but I don’t think I can say who that is yet,” Olson said. “I’m not sure if there’s a non-disclosure [agreement] or not, but it looks like a good fit for that location.”

The applicant holds industrial properties throughout the United States, including sites in California, Texas, Florida and Illinois. 

“They have a broad range of customers,” Olson said. “You can look at their website and see the number of good companies they’ve worked for and the kind of projects they’ve done.”

While he doesn’t have any hard data on the size of IDI Logistics’ potential investment in the community — nor any job creation projections — Olson said he nonetheless anticipates the developer getting groundwork on the project started shortly.

“They seem to be moving pretty fast,” he said. “It seems to typically take about a year to get one of these large, industrial buildings built, looking at Shaw’s plants, looking at Ashley Capital, looking at the way that these big, tilt-up buildings go.”

While Olson said the developer has spoken to representatives of both the DCA and the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development about the technical aspects of the project, he said the applicant has not had any discussions with County government about possible incentives for the project.

Nor did Olson say he is aware of any potential special-use permits the applicant may be seeking for the development. He did, however, note that IDI Logistics has been looking at additional properties throughout the county, including some land near the local brewery. 

"They have an option on some property up there that was former Anheuser-Busch property," he said. "So they're looking at another potential development up there."

Indeed, the local community has become quite the hotbed for logistics investments as of late. Elsewhere in the community, Olson said the Highwoods tract in Emerson, which had been on the market for close to 10 years, finally found a purchaser, while another large GALCO Investment tract near the Highland 75 industrial park off Cass-White Road is now generating considerable interest from potential developers.

Much of that interest, Olson said, can be attributed to the county’s geographic placement.

“We’re an hour outside of Atlanta on the I-75 corridor … I can’t tell you why, just suddenly, a whole bunch of folks are looking at multiple projects,” he said. “The Anheuser-Busch property was on the market for years, and now it’s been sold and developers are looking at it. The stars aligned where, suddenly, the logistics market thinks this is the right place to be.”