Koch Foods this week gained approval from the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board to move forward with an expansion of its chicken processing facility in Gainesville, Georgia.

Koch requested that the land on which its current facility sits be zoned to heavy commercial and plans for the new facility to total 90,000 square feet for poultry processing and deboning operations, 24,000 square feet of office space, 62,826 square feet of freezer space, 234 employee and visitor parking spaces, 50 trailer parking spaces, and 16 truck bays/docking stations, according to city documents.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board held a hearing on November 9 with none speaking in opposition. The Gainesville City Council will hold a hearing to consider the plans on December 7.

This expansion, which would total between 170,000 and 183,000 square feet, would more than double Koch’s current plant, which measures 74,000 square feet. That plant was built in the 1960s and was purchased by Koch Foods in 2002.