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                  drives        of new retail.

        ?   Coming out of the Recession, Barrow has added approximately 200,000 square feet to the tax digest in new commercial
            development in both 2015 and in 2016. These year over year additions equate to a combined digest value increase of $25.1

        ?   On the north side of University Parkway / Highway 316, The Gateway at University Parkway and Barrow Landing are entitled
            for over 700,000 and 1.4 million square feet in retail respectively.  The Gateway continues to add restaurants and office uses
            at a strong pace, including such tenants as Taco Bell, Barberitos, Dunkin Donuts, Edible Arrangements, Northeast Georgia
            Medical Physicians Group, The Exchange Apartment Complex and Holiday Inn Express.

        ?   Redevelopment of historic multi-story buildings and in fill properties
            continues to grow in Downtown Winder. Mr. Van Kirk's revitalization work
            has created his company's corporate offices, the local Brand Bank office and
            the new farm to table restaurant, The Bistro Off Broad. The Winder Barrow
            Middle School was repurposed to create The Wimberly Center to support
            workforce development through Lanier Technical College's Adult Education
            program and provide one location for multiple health and human services.
            Mr. Diaz's work on the Peskin Building has begun creating 13,000 square
            feet of mixed uses development. Infill developments such as Jimmy Johns,
            Dunkin Donuts and Cookout, have opened along May Street.

        ?   Increased commercial interest is developing on the south side of University
            Parkway  /  Highway  316  adjacent  to  the  highly  successful  400,000  square
            foot  Barrow  Crossing,  which  is  home  to  such  big  box  retailers  as  Target,
            Publix, Belks and Petsmart, with the development of Applebees, IHOP and
            the entitlement of 40+ acres for office and institutional uses.
        ?   Interstate 85 and Highway 211 in Braselton continues to attract interest as
            a  retail  and  commercial  corridor  with  over  one  million  square  feet  of
            entitled   commercial   property,   proposed   Highway   211   access
            improvements,  the  addition  of  the  Chateau  Elan  Hampton  Inn  and  the
            widening of I-85.
        ?   The  City  of  Auburn's  Whistlestop  Shops  opened  to  provide  the  City's
            "micro-retailers" an incubator to grow their businesses. The shops are a
            destination for visitors and residents, drawing people into downtown to
            shop  for  popular  products,  such  as,  custom  apparel,  sport  novelties,
            coffee, ice cream, unique jewelry, hand-made quilts, wine, sweets, and
            baked goods.

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