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POSTED: November 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Work on the Hinesville Professional Center continues. Officials estimate construction will take about 18 months.

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When the construction site across from Liberty Regional Medical Center becomes the Hinesville Professional Center, John Carnes, owner of John Carnes construction, hopes it will be a hub for area professionals. Carnes owns the center and the land it’s being built on. He plans to lease spaces when it’s complete.
“It’s in the early stages right now, but it’s set up to be a professional place for professional people,” Carnes said. “What we’re looking to do is create an upscale looking building, not something that’s mediocre looking.”
Nothing will be average about the project set to span seven and a half acres, with a mix of single- and two-story buildings, including an approximate 3,000-square-foot pharmacy, eight 7,200-square-foot office buildings and 11,500 square feet in retail buildings.
Construction will take about 18 months, but Carnes said they will be completing the buildings one at a time.
“We’re looking to have the first building up and in operation in the next eight or nine months,” Carnes said. “We’re still in the process of developing the land.”
 Jay Maupin is president of the project’s site engineering company, Savannah-based Maupin Engineering, Inc.
“We’re still a little ways off before having vertical construction going on,” Maupin said. “There’s still a couple of issues on constructional plans regarding right-of-way.”
Hinesville City Council approved rezoning the property from a residential to a commercial district in 2006 after a traffic study.
In addition to Georgia Department of Transportation requirements, traffic improvements included implementing deceleration and acceleration lanes on E.G. Miles Parkway and a center lane.
Council required the improvements to be in place before one-third of the building went up. Instead of moving ahead planning and construction then having to backtrack, the engineers are adjusting their plans now to meet the additional standards.
“We’re going to do it all at one time,” Maupin said. “It doesn’t make sense to do it all in piecemeal.”
The GDOT did not require a $50,000 traffic light in the plans, but council anticipated a swell in traffic volume from the new military brigade and required the developer to keep the money for the light in reserve.   
“Instead of a new (traffic) study being done, the money is going to be put in escrow,” Maubin said. “It’s a portion of the money needed to install a light if the traffic generation we start to see on the streets (requires it). It’ll be one of those kind of wait and see things.”
Maupin Engineering currently has a partial permit to do clearing and grading and will need to work with others to establish right-of-way in order to get a full permit.
“(Establishment of right-of-way) hasn’t been resolved but still in the process of working on it,” Carnes said.
So far, it is not certain which professionals will  lease office spaces.
“It’s a big plus for community to expand the medical center,” Maupin said of the pharmacy. “Being directly across from the hospital, to try to expand the city’s medical (service), I think it’s a much needed thing.”
 

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