A proposed travel center center development in the gateway to the Golden Isles could change everything for our coast. The proposal includes a 73,372 sq. ft commercial building, 120 gas pumps, 500 parking spaces, and 24 hours of blinding parking lot lighting—and that’s only the first phase. This would overtake the world’s largest convenience center, currently found in Texas, which contains enough space for the equivalent of 22 average sized 7-11 food stores or two Whole Foods groceries! Learn more about this ill-conceived proposal…
The 2018 Glynn County Comprehensive Plan recognizes the land around the Exit 42 as a Community Gateway character area, an area used by staff and elected officials to make decisions regarding new development and redevelopment. During the Envision Glynn planning effort in 2017, the Mainland Steering Committee noted that its “appearance as a gateway to the County is important” and that the area “should not be industrialized.”
The area is also a gateway to our past. Travelers and descendants access the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Butler Island Plantation, the historic Altamaha Cannel, Hofwyl-Broadfield State Historic Site, and numerous cemeteries for the African American ancestors who worked the areas as enslaved people. This site is also considered a wildlife corridor of conservation, featuring the Altamaha River Corridor and Altamaha and Altama Wildlife Management Areas.
The developers do not yet own the property but estimate the Travel Center would bring an average 20,000 cars a day. The developers have not yet completed a traffic assessment, a stormwater management plan, or a wetlands assessment to determine impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. We are especially concerned about the impact this extreme footprint will have on nearby neighbors, including the Morningstar family care facility, Altamaha River, and the many historical sites in the area.
Tell the Glynn County Commission that you want to keep this area a Gateway to coastal history and nature—and not allow a take-over from a developer solely interested in achieving a new world record for concrete and gas stations. Please join us to urge the commissioners to vote reconsider permitting this planned development to continue.