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Company with mining interests has acquired land on Van Buren Road

By Walter Geiger An Alabama conglomerate with considerable interests in the mining and quarry business, has acquired land off Van Buren Road. While no mining or quarry permit has yet been applied for on the tract, neighbors in the area are jumpy. Garner Properties, LLC. of Birmingham purchased the 275.59 acre site from USC Timberlands on Dec. 20, 2020 for $633,864. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo(s) are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form or format – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* Garner broke the CUVA agreement on the property at the time of purchase, paying all taxes and fees associated with that move. Garner then transferred the property to a Georgia corporation known as Hazel Hill, LLC. That LLC was formed on April 7, 2021.Hazel Hill also lists its address as Birmingham. Hazel Hill’s registered agent is Malik Law Group, LLC. of Atlanta. The law firm’s registered agent is Bilal Husein Malik of Decatur. Garner Properties executive Clayton Mobley is also president of GreenRock Mining, LLC. GreenRock was denied a zoning request for mining materials in Carroll County, Ga. earlier this year. GreenRock appealed and the matter is now in litigation. The property in question is located north of the Barnesville city reservoir but does not abut the reservoir property. The company’s purchase of the land was discovered by a a man who bought property nearby and discovered the quarry angle while doing due diligence. Vulcan Materials will open a rock quarry off Hwy. 36 East here this fall that was permitted years ago. At least one other area quarry in the conceptual stage. The planned construction of truck lanes along I-75 is driving the demand for rock. Clearing and surveying for that massive project is underway.

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