Statesboro Growth: 2014 & Beyond

Statesboro Growth: 2014 & Beyond

2012 Population Estimate was 29,779 (released in 2013)
2013 Population Estimate was 29,937 (released in 2014)

The US Census believes Statesboro gained 158 residents from April 2012 – April 2013.  Bulloch County was not so lucky as the Bureau announced last May that the county declined in population for the first time in modern history; from April 2012 – April 2013 the population estimate decreased from 72,694 to 71,214 – a loss of 1,480 residents.

Below are some of the more notable projects completed in 2014:



Georgia Southern University

City Campus FABLAB (Fabrication Laboratory)
East Main Street – $1.9-million Public-Private Partnership between the City of Statesboro, Georgia Southern University and the US Economic Development Administration located in Downtown Statesboro
– Center to become headquarters for the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development, the Center of Entrepreneurial Learning & Leadership, and the Small Business Development Center local office
– Current dance studio remodeled to provide ceramic studio rental spaces
– FABLAB includes facilities for digital fabrication & 3D printing

Fab Lab





Paulson Stadium
207 Lanier Drive $20-million – 53,000 square-foot Football Operations Center & Hall of Fame Exhibit, 6200-seat Stadium Expansion, adding a 4500-seat upper deck (25,000-seat total)
– Debut season 8-0 in the Sunbelt Conference, 3rd FBS program in history to win a conference title during the debut year





Sanford Hall Adaptive Re-Use
Southern Drive$8.65-million – Center for degree programs for Communication Studies, Multimedia Film & Production, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre.  Formerly a dormitory built in 1939.  Center will serve approximately 900 students.

Sanford Hall


Here is an interesting video above which was filmed during the adaptive-reuse construction phase.

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New Degree Programs:

Manufacturing Engineering – First ME program in Georgia & Southeast, one of 20 programs in USA
– High demand (and low supply) for such graduates
Ph.D. in Psychology – accredited by the American Psychological Association
Bachelor-to-Doctor of Nursing accelerated program (eliminates one-year of study)




Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Statesboro! Welcome Center
222 South Main Street – Adaptive reuse of former Shoney’s restaurant
– Museum on Main:  collaboration with Georgia Southern Museum and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Public History Program
– GSM will provide artifacts, student assistants & free-admission

Statesboro Regional Visitor Information Center





Downtown Infill Apartment Project
444 South College Street – Infill housing development with 9-units & 27-bedrooms

444 South Main Street Siteplan


Village at Mill Creek
552 East Main Street$1.6-million expansion of apartment complex, addition of 3 new multi-family buildings

Village at Mill Creek Expansion





The Boiling Shrimp
12218 US-301 South (OTP)Singapore-inspired Cajun/Asian fusion restaurant in the former Captain Joes/Shogun/Crabby Joe’s building
– I hope this one lasts (it sounds amazing), but the parking lot always seems to be empty when I visit for holidays (… but 2000+ likes on FB)



The Clubhouse (Expansion)
2704 Old Register Road$1-million expansion, adding 800-ft electronic go-cart track “Coca-Cola 125”, Adding 2 soccer training & tournament fields, Savannah-based Storm Soccer Academy expanding into Statesboro market



Coca-Cola 125


DaVita Dialysis
1989 Stambuck Lane$1.3-million new facility

Davita Dialysis

Davita Dialysis

Say what you will about our Southside’s commercial offerings… at least they are high quality developments. #read


El Jalapeno
711 South Main Street – Mexican Restaurant in the former location of the original Pizza Inn, (more recently Jaman’s Caribbean Restaurant – yum)
– I have not had the pleasure of eating here yet, but from what I am told of local friends, it is a very tasty competition for the dominant El Sombrero (3 locations)

El Jalepeno


Papa Murphy’s
582 Brannen Street – Portland-based (Vancouver, WA) “take & bake” concept
– 4 locations in Georgia, all in the Coastal Market


Wall Orthodontics
1512 Brampton Avenue$450,000 office building




Walmart Neighborhood Market
349 Brampton Avenue$14-million, 41,000 sf 24-hour grocery store, 95 jobs added, Murphy’s Gas Station II, 15,000 sf secondary shop space attached to building (TBA)

WNM & Hotel

Walmart Neighborhood Market







I took several pictures of the new store and surrounding development to show how context-sensitive this store is to the Market District.  I was very very skeptical after seeing what WNM had built in other communities, very bland rectangles.  I am quite pleased with this design, detail features, colors, etc.  I think it looks great with its neighbors – blends in pretty well with the McDonald’s, Hampton Inn, Market District Center, The Grove apartments, Walker Pharmacy, Main Street Village.  It looks cohesive so I am thankful that they were held to the established development covenants of Market District.  Below is a rendering of what Wal-mart originally proposed to the Market District Architectural Review Committee followed by a rendering of what was actually built – a before and after if you will.



Wild Wing Café
52 Aspen Heights Drive – 6,000 sf, 200-seat prototype restaurant featuring 2-story patio

Wild Wings Cafe


Zaxby’s II
1605 Chandler Road$1.1-million new ‘where it started’ restaurant in the location of the first Zaxby’s restaurant
– Statesboro once had three Zaxby’s locations as it was where the company was started by Georgia Southern students before it went ‘viral’ per se.  Two locations were closed several years ago around the time the company started expanding into new territories.

Zaxby's coming back




STATESBORO EXPANSION – Under Construction as of January 2015

Bulloch County Administrative Annex II
115 North Main Street$2.5-million Phase I of facility expansion



BC Admin Annex II Phase I (front)


BC Admin Annex II Phase I (rear)


Not entirely sure what they are going for here…. unique architectural feature? *facepalm*


Connection Church
1342 Cawana Road $3.5-million new-construction religious facility

Sally Z & Church
Rear view of Sally Zetterower Elementary School and the Connection Church facility (right) under construction.


GSU Health Center
Chandler Road at Plant Drive $8.3-million, 39,000 sf medical facility
– 48 exam rooms, Women’s Health Unit with 12 exam rooms, physical therapy center, classrooms for health education
– Conceptual design by Stanley Beaman & Sears (beautiful!)

GSU Health Center


GSU Military Science Building
$9.5-million, 30,000 sf facility, to serve cadets at Georgia Southern, Armstrong State, Savannah State, and SCAD-Savannah

Military Science1


GSU Shooting Sports Education Center
Akins Boulevard$7-million
– Public-Private Partnership with Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Archery Trade Association
– Only facility of its kind East of the Mississippi River
– Expected to boost economic development and tourism, attract thousands annually to Statesboro for training, tournaments and classes
– Center will host national shooting sports events
– Phase I:  30,000 sf, 25-acres, 16-lane/25-meter firing range, 2 class/training rooms
– Phase II: 20-acre outdoor archery park, 90-meter lighted Olympic archery range, 300-ft covered shooting line, 20-station 3D field archery range



SSEC Floorplan


SSEC Conceptual Site Plan


The Hamptons of Statesboro
351 Rucker Lane$20.3-million multi-family mixed-density development
– Tuscaloosa-based IMS Development, English-inspired homes, featuring a 10,000 sf clubhouse

HOS Site plan













The Lodge at Bethany
77 Bethany Way$5.4-million, 44,000 sf, 48-unit assisted living community
– Primitive Baptist owned/operated, L@B will be the flagship property
– 24 traditional units, 24 memory care units

L@B Coming Soon!

L@B Graphic Rendering

L@B Floorplan

L@B Conceptual Site Plan


OTC Natural Resources Building
Joe Kennedy Boulevard$12.6-million, 59,000 sf facility
– 32 acre tract, first 2-story building on OTC campus, first building outside of the ‘campus perimeter’ (Joe Kennedy Boulevard)




ULTA #1142
349 Henry Boulevard – ULTA enters the Statesboro market in a 10,000 sf building adjacent to Petco
– Statesboro Crossing shopping center adds a new junior anchor – positions Statesboro higher as a regional retail center
Dalton, Warner Robins, Rome, Hinesville among metropolitan areas in Georgia which are larger than Statesboro with no Ulta location
Augusta, Savannah, Columbus, Macon among regional economies with only one Ulta location



Walnut Street Apartments
Walnut Street – 1-acre infill development, 6-buildings, 12-units, 625 sf studios

Walnut Street Apts




STATESBORO COMING SOON – Speculative Developments

Disc Golf Course
Mill Creek Road – Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department
– Opening date set for Disc Golf Course in February

Disc Golf


Firehouse Phase III
Bulloch County Fire Department
– Bidding is underway


Gentilly Gardens Expansion
Gentilly Avenue $6-million, 156,000 sf addition

Gentilly Gardens


Horace Mitchel Road
– Paving & Reconstruction

Horace Mitchell Road


I-16 @ US-301 Interchange
$10-million water main extension from Statesboro to the 1800-acre TAD (Tax Allocation District), planning for a 50/50 Commercial-Industrial development mix
– 1-million gallon water tower
– Gas main extension, Pumping Station & Water/Sewer stubs at NW, SE & SW quadrants
– 200-acre Industrial Park at SE quadrant
– Expecting initial commercial development to be truck stops, motels & restaurants to primarily serve commuters
– Plan for 1,400 residential units

Water Tower






The Islands of Statesboro Phase III
5-acre tract, 30,000 sf commercial retail center

The Islands of Statesboro Phase III Siteplan


The Islands of Statesboro Phase III Elevations
This shopping center proposal looks to be very high quality judging by these renderings.  They remind me of the Forum at Peachtree Corners.  Obviously, this would be scaled down from the Forum, but the architecture looks great!


Kroger Marketplace (Speculative)
– Via a personal conversation with an undisclosed source, there is a high level of interest in the Statesboro market for development of the new ‘Marketplace’ concept (typically 115,000 – 125,000 sf)
– At time of conversation, there were no real-estate (site-selection) leads for development of a store in the Statesboro market


Publix (Speculative) – Armstrong Development
Veterans Memorial Parkway $24-million, 130,000 sf ‘main-building’ shopping center with grocery anchor, additional buildings possible
– Armstrong Development specializes in Publix Supermarket anchored shopping centers in the Southeast, primarily in Georgia and Florida


S&S Railroad Bed Road Phase I
61-acre tract, 268-units, Estimate of 938-bedrooms (using 3.5 bedrooms per unit calculation)

L&S Acquisitions LLC Siteplan



S&S Railroad Bed Road Phase II
39-acre tract, 22 6-unit buildings, 4 4-unit buildings, 148 units, 252 bedrooms

H Jack Wallace Siteplan
The above site plan and below rendering is referenced from the September planning commission packet, but the street network shown on the site plan does not correspond to anything found in or near Statesboro because this site plan is actually for a project that is located in Tuscaloosa, AL called Beacon Hill Apartments.  The agenda packet refers to the above site plan as “proposed site plans” and “exhibit B” but the survey documents read “Beacon Hill Apartments” with a Tuscaloosa AL location address, developed by IMS (the same firm behind The Hamptons of Statesboro).  Perhaps this is a “conceptual” site plan for what is being proposed on Cawana Road & S&S Railroad Bed Road or maybe the surveyor forgot to delete the lightened-peripheral Tuscaloosa street network surrounding the development originally proposed/developed in Tuscaloosa.


H Jack Wallace Elevations
These are a sampling of the elevations included in the packet as well.


665 S&S Railroad Bed Road
14-acre tract, 34-units, Estimate of 119-bedrooms (using 3.5 bedrooms per unit calculation)



T-Hangar Building
Newton Road – Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport – $400,000
– Bidding is underway