Boat retailer, medical office get initial OK from Gainesville planners

A burgeoning speedboat retailer got the OK from the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday to develop a storefront at the intersection of McEver Road and Hillside Gardens Lane in Hall County.

City Council will have the final say when it reviews and votes on the proposal at its Feb. 6 meeting.

Skier’s Marine Southeast opened a temporary location in Oakwood in December, and owner Rett Tyler said he plans to complete construction of the permanent Gainesville retail center by the end of the year.

Tyler has opened other retail locations in Alabama and Tennessee.

The Gainesville store, which would also be adjacent to Gainesville Exploration Academy, Hall the County recycling center and a funeral home, will have MasterCraft ski and wakeboard boats displayed inside and out.

Tyler said the facility would be “state-of-the-art” like the Porsche equivalent of a boat store with most selling for an average of $130,000.

Tyler said he’s making a $6 million investment and expects to have $12-15 million in retail sales annually.

“We know what we’re doing,” Tyler said.

Planning officials said they would advocate for Tyler to use a gravel road and lot rather than a paved, impervious surface at the location, but the city’s Department of Water Resources must first review the proposal.

In other business, the planning commission also gave its approval to the development of a 10,800-square-foot medical office building on the corner of Park Hill and South Enota drives.

The location is catty-corner to a CVS Pharmacy and adjacent to a senior living facility opened in the last few years.

City Council will also vote on this proposal at its Feb. 6 meeting.


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