It’s a huge week in terms of grand openings and ribbon cuttings in Northwest Georgia. Blend all the projects together and you’re talking about an estimated $200 million in combined investment that has wrapped up or else is getting under way. Three of the four projects are based in Cartersville while the fourth – and largest in terms of dollars and size — is on the campus of Berry College.
Here’s a look at what’s up, listed in chronological order:
Tuesday: Georgia Highlands College’s new STEAM-focus building off Ga. 20. GHC opens the academic building with a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday from 4 until 6 p.m. The 52,000-square foot addition has a full slate of classes planned for spring and will be focused on STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) areas of study. GHC received $22.5 million in state funding to advance the project: $2.2 million for design, $17.7 million for construction and $2.6 million for equipment. “The addition of this new academic building will include spaces for laboratories, classrooms, a lecture hall, study rooms and more,” President Don Green said. “This increases GHC’s ability to directly impact and support the community workforce through STEAM-based degrees, and it allows GHC to better serve as the University System of Georgia’s primary access institution in the region.”
Wednesday: Chick-fil-A, Cherokee Place, Cartersville. Much like Rome’s Dwarf House, the Cartersville restaurant was closed in early June and demolished. Limited service was available throughout the construction phase as a mobile “express location” while crews crafted a totally new restaurant. As stated in a recent Facebook post, “We will now be able to cook twice as much of your favorite Chick-fil-A chicken in the bigger kitchen.” Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. Look for opening-day specials all day Wednesday.
Thursday: Harbin Clinic Cartersville grows again. Harbin Clinic will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 200 Gentilly Blvd. “to commemorate the beginning of our newest expansion in Cartersville.” The event is from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. The site is adjacent to Harbin’s medical offices at 150 Gentilly Blvd. near Home Depot just off U.S. 41/Joe Frank Harris Parkway. The construction site is three acres and plans filed with the city of Cartersville call for 34,000 square feet under roof with 200 additional parking spaces. The parking lot will adjoin with the medical office building Harbin opened 10 years ago. It features more than 72,000 square feet and a host of medical offices. The Cartersville office is Harbin Clinic’s latest investment in Bartow County, following the new home for the Harbin Clinic Family Medicine & Pediatrics Adairsville at 115 N. Central Ave. which opened in April. It features more than 10,000 square feet under roof with room to grow.
Friday: The Spires at Berry College gets under way: The Spires at Berry College has topped 120 deposits on residences, a milestone signaling the start of construction. The project, with a buildout price estimate of $135 million to $145 million, offers an assortment of living arrangements — from independent cottages and rooms to memory and advance care. The move-in estimate for the first residents is now set for 2020. Greenbrier Development is planning 295 living units and common areas totaling 403,200 square feet. There will be 188 independent living units including free-standing cottages and apartments; plus an additional 107 health care suites for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Some of those numbers have changed, especially with the strong demand for cottages. The Spires comes with several dining options, fitness center, health center and other amenities. It is designed to offer residents differing levels of accommodations and care as their needs change. Click Background