More homes could be coming to Griffin Park in Hinesville.
Hinesville City Council members approved the preliminary plat with 97 single-family homes on 26.5 acres off Grayson Avenue. The plat is the final phase of the Griffin Park extension.
The first phase consisted of 22 lots, and the second phase was 51 lots.
The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission recommended approval back in February, but it took the state’s Environmental Protection Division’s water division five months to review and approve the plans, city council members were told.
Lot sizes will range from 4,750 square feet to 19,250 square feet, with the average size at 7,675. There will be three types of lots — patio, small single-family and large single-family. Plans call for 76 patio lots, 13 small single-family homes and eight large single-family homes.
Once the third phase is finished, there will be 112 of the smallest lots, 45 small single-family homes and 13 large single- family homes, for 170 homes total. Council members also approved a change for utility relocation at Highway 84 and Old Sunbury Road in Flemington.
Palm Coast Utilities was awarded the bid at $203,000 in late 2021, but couldn’t go forward with their work after the state Department of Transportation re-bidding its part of the project. The notice to proceed was held up for 15 months until GDOT got a contractor to do clearing and grading.
“They’ve started clearing and they will be ready for the utility relocation in about two or three weeks,” engineer Paul Simonton told council members.
Material and labor costs have gone up by $51,000 since Palm Coast won the bid, leading to the change order.
“That’s about 25% of the total contract, which is about what we are seeing in the market,” Simonton said. “Some material prices are going up 300-400%.”
The total contract amount now is about $254,000. The City of Hinesville’s portion is increasing from about $11,800 to about $16,700.