A local company plans to build a 25,475 square foot campus for Georgia Military College on four acres of vacant land in north Columbus, developer Bud Allen told Columbus Council Tuesday morning.
Allen Development Group has entered into an agreement to build the $5 million facility and lease it to GMC, Allen said.
The property, directly across Blackmon Road from Blackmon Road Middle School, is part of a large undeveloped tract that is currently zoned for residential use, but is slated to be eventually rezoned commercial under the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. Allen and several others involved in the project were before council Tuesday to ask that the four acres for the GMC project be rezoned soon so work can begin.
GMC is liberal arts junior college established by the Georgia General Assembly in 1879 on a campus in Milledgeville, Ga. It has since established campuses in Augusta, Fairburn, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Fairburn and Columbus.
It opened its first Columbus campus on Fort Benning in 1997, then moved to Cross Country Office Park in 2004. If council approves a zoning change that was presented on first reading Tuesday, Allen said he expects to break ground in June and classes to begin in January.