The location of a building that once housed Our Little Candy Store in Richmond Hill has become something of a mystery to those in Liberty County.
As the Associated Press re ported Friday, a truck hauling the structure had to change courses when moving the building into Liberty County somewhere “near Hinesville.”
Richmond Hill resident Jamie Parker said the building was moved from its former Station Xchange development and had not received active business in several months.
While many joked that certainly they ought to be in the know if a new confectioner is coming to town, no one in county building and licensing or administration could put their finger on the building’s new location.
“We would know when they try to energize the building,” County Administrator Joey Brown said.
If the building was driven to a private location, the owners could unload it from the truck and set it on land undetected, Brown said. But they would need a permit to run utilities in the structure, he added.
Gabriele Hartage, assistant zoning administrator, said her department typically would be in the know about the structures but that she hasn’t heard anything “out of the ordinary.”
The Savannah Morning News reported that the building came within inches of the Interstate 95 overpass on U.S. Highway 17 when the driver realized the top of the building he was hauling might not fit under it.
The driver, Angus Crawford of Crawford Specialized Movers, enlisted the help of the Richmond Hill Police Department in stopping traffic so that he could move his truck and the building out from underneath the overpass.
Crawford said he’d gotten clearance measurements from the Department of Transportation before starting out, but that the highway must have been resurfaced since the last measurements were taken.
Crawford decided to turn back and take another route — Highway 144 south to Belfast River Road and then to Belfast Siding Road, which crosses above the interstate — to get the store to its destination in Liberty County.
Neither Crawford nor the Richmond Hill planning and zoning departments return calls to the Courier on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.