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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) – More business growth could be coming to Lee County.

Commissioners voted to rezone a large chunk of land on busy Ledo Road, including part of the Grand Island Golf Course property.

The move will allow commercial development there.

Traffic is the norm on Ledo Road, and that's good news for businesses at Ledo Crossing.

"It's been great," say Kate Henry. "We've really enjoyed the location and love that everything is kind of coming out this way."

Henry has owned Blush, a women's clothing store, for 3 years.

"It's definitely grown over time," she says. So has neighboring business Ezee Copy.

"Business is booming. Business is great," says employee Guy Outlaw.

The printing, packing, and shipping store also opened 3 years ago. It hasn't slowed down since.

"It's a great location. You've got the traffic from Walmart and the traffic from Lee County and Dougherty County coming through as well," he said.

And soon, more business could move in along Ledo Road. The Lee County Commissioner vote unanimously Tuesday night to rezone the area of land. Everything within the 2400 foot boundary from Grand Island Drive stretching to Walmart's property line is now commercial property.

It includes county owned land that is currently part of the driving range at Grand Island Golf Course.

"There are people kicking the tires all the time looking for things to do and develop," said Lee County Planning & Engineering Director Bob Alexander. Alexander say he believes the property is a prime location for development.

Local business owners agree, and welcome the idea of having neighbors.

"The more the merrier," said Outlaw. "Any kind of growth will help everyone around here," added Henry.

As of right now, nothing has been confirmed as to what businesses may locate there, but the property has attracted some big box interest in the past.

County leaders say if a buyer purchases the golf course land, they'll look at options to restructure the driving range.

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