City agrees to annex property on Ga. Highway 142

COVINGTON – A new building could soon be the home to two national retail chains, adding to the commercial businesses located along Ga. Highway 142.

Terry Sullivan, managing partner and founding member of The Trilogy Group LLC, is developing a .916-acre parcel at 10375 Ga. Highway 142 and requested an annexation into the city of Covington in order to build a two-tenant retail building.

Sullivan said the building would be about 7,000- to 8,000-square feet.

“We have one tenant lined up right now that is a national retail chain, but we’re waiting for their committee approval,” Sullivan said. “Ideally, if everything falls into place, we’d probably open the building about a year from now.”

Sullivan did not reveal the name of the national retail chain because it’s still under consideration.

The land, which was previously a Flash gas station, was located in unincorporated Newton County and shared split zoning as both commercial neighborhood and commercial highway with all adjacent properties within the city’s jurisdiction, City Planner Scott Gaither said.

Sullivan said the parcel was like an island surrounded by the city and it only made sense to have it annexed into Covington.

Gaither said the retail development won’t make much of an impact to the city, but will diminish an eyesore.

“I believe they’re looking at 7,000 square feet so it won’t make a great deal of an impact, but it will help clean up that corridor south of Interstate 20,” Gaither said. “It’s an eye-sore right now and Trilogy will be able to develop a building and draw retail tenants into the city.”

The City Council approved Sullivan’s request during Monday’s meeting.

Sullivan and The Trilogy Group have a long history with the city of Covington. They purchased parcels from Walmart and developed the retail strip on Industrial Boulevard containing Verizon Wireless, McDonald’s, Sprint and IHOP.