Huge industrial park proposed near future $5.5B Hyundai plant
Project to include 3.9M square feet of warehouse space.
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By Zachary Hansen - zachary.hansen@ajc.com
BRYAN COUNTY

An enormous plot of woods and wetlands in the Savannah area soon may become a sprawling industrial park.

Haiseal Timber, a Dublin, Georgia-based company that owns swaths of undeveloped forests across the Southeast, recently submitted a proposal to rezone a massive property in Bryan County for potential warehouses, industrial facilities and distribution centers.


Under the project name “Haiseal Tract,” the development would include six industrial facilities that include 3.9 million square feet of warehouse space.

The property is just across I-16 from the Bryan County Megasite, which will be home to Hyundai’s $5.5 billion plant breaking ground later this year. A representative for the local development authorities, which heavily have been involved in the Hyundai project and recently took part in approving $1.8 billion in incentives for the automaker’s new factory, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the authorities aren’t involved in the warehouse project, and it “is not related to the Hyundai project.”

The project, which doesn’t include a named developer, is proposed for a 1,144-acre site owned by Haiseal Timber.

Due to the size of the proposed industrial park, the property owner had to complete a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) application, which is required for gigantic projects that will affect more than just the city or county where the project is located. The Atlanta Regional Commission vets those applications, including an analysis on how local infrastructure will be affected.

DRI applications are among the first steps in the development process for large projects, so details often change before a project is completed.

Audra Miller, community development director for Bryan County, said the property owner approached the county about three months ago to begin exploring the warehouse project.

“The county, in the past few years, has been very focused on diversifying our tax base, because we were primarily residential,” she said. “Economic development has been a goal of the county for the last five to 10 years.”

Initial paperwork filed by the property’s owner last Friday did not make it clear if the industrial facilities will span the entire parcel or only a portion of the land.

It’s unclear if the warehouse proposal is speculative or if it includes one or more anchor tenants. The AJC tried to contact Haiseal Timber regarding the project and received no responses before publication.

The project site runs along Old Cuyler Road, and the plot of timberland stretches to the Bulloch County line. The land currently is valued at roughly $2.7 million, according to county property records.

The first development steps will require local officials to rezone the parcel to industrial use from agricultural use and amend their future land use map. The warehouse park is expected to be completed by 2028, and it’s estimated to be worth roughly $234 million — about $60 per square foot — when it’s finished.