Future of Fayette’s middle being decided

Tue, 12/19/2006 - 4:07pm
By: Ben Nelms

Future of Fayette’s middle being decided

It is the opening conversation into the future of the heart of Fayette County. County commissioners Dec. 14 voted unanimously to approve the concept plan of the Ga. Highway 54 Task Force.

Coordinated by Fayette County and the city of Fayetteville, the master plan encompasses a 2,060-acre area in the county’s midsection situated along the burgeoning medical/office corridor and largely north of Hwy. 54 between Fayetteville and Tyrone Road.

The concept plan north of Hwy. 54 includes areas east of Sandy Creek Road and extends to Tyrone Road on the west.

The plan calls for future development efforts to include large areas of residential north of Hwy. 54, medical and other office use in proximity to Hwy. 54, limited commercial at Hwy. 54 and Tyrone Road and a potential institute of higher learning in proximity to the hospital and the proposed high school northeast of the Tyrone Road/Hwy. 54 intersection.

“The city and the county are continuously being approached by developers,” said Chairman Greg Dunn. “We don’t want small random developments, only to end up with 2,000 acres of one-half-acre lots. We want an overall concept plan in place between the city and the county. We think we can accommodate each other by using a common sense approach. This will send a message to developers that shopping around for more density won’t work. And the planning for this will go on for years with the quality we’re expecting.”

The concept plan calling for medical and other office use along Hwy. 54 centers around the availability of highway access and sewer capacity.

Whether in the county or city, the development of office areas would be basically the same with a greater intensity if the corridor area was annexed into the city due to the availability of sewer, the plan said. The approximate amount of office development square footage would range from 1.7-2.6 million on approximately 400 acres. As a result, some of the area might eventually be annexed into the city.

The concept plan proposes that an opportunity exists to create a major employment center with Piedmont Fayette Hospital as the driver for professional job creation. Planned residential development in the study area would provide housing for this workforce. This area would absorb a portion of the forecasted population and employment growth for the county as a whole and could relieve development pressures in other portions of the county for a period of time, the plan said.

A large area north and east of Hwy. 54 and the office corridor area is targeted for residential development. The area is bordered on the north by the wetlands basin associated with Sandy Creek. Residential density of one unit per one to two acres is forecast if the area remains in the unincorporated county.

Density would potentially be reduced to one unit per half-acre if the area was eventually annexed into Fayetteville.

The northernmost area of the concept plan, situated north and west of the Sandy Creek basin, would maintain a residential density of one unit per two to three acres, the plan said. No annexation is anticipated in this area.

The plan limits the amount of commercial development to the area to approximately 20 acres on the northeast corner of Hwy. 54 and Tyrone Road. The plan recommends a neighborhood shopping center to serve the immediate residential area.

Plans recommend a grocery store anchor with a total shopping center maximum of 150,000 square feet of retail and the anchor store of no more than 56,000 square feet.

The intent is to limit the amount and type of commercial development so that it neither becomes a regional shopping destination nor competes with the commercial development in Fayetteville and Peachtree City, planners said.

The concept plan also suggests the evaluation of an internal connecting road system within the study area to avoid increased traffic congestion on Hwy. 54.

The internal road system could include the proposed West Fayetteville Bypass, a road from Tyrone Road to the West Fayetteville Bypass with connection to Huiet Road and Hwy. 54, and a road connecting West Fayetteville Bypass and Sandy Creek Road north of the hospital.

Included in the transportation concept was the installation of an integrated multi-use path system to connect residential and non-residential areas with eventual access to Fayetteville and Peachtree City.

The concept plan also recommended the use of conservation subdivisions to aid in the provision of open space in the study area. The use of conservation subdivisions in conjunction with Sandy Creek basin will protect the environmental integrity of the streams included in the 2,000-acre area, the plan said.

The plan was developed by representatives from Fayette County and Fayetteville. The city and county met with major area property owners, including representatives from the Rivers, Lester and Horton properties, and with stakeholders that included Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Fayette County School System and Fayette County Development Authority.

The concept plan will be introduced in Fayetteville at the city council’s Jan. 4 meeting.

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muddle's picture
Submitted by muddle on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:19am.

....and a potential institute of higher learning in proximity to the hospital and the proposed high school northeast of the Tyrone Road/Hwy. 54 intersection.

You have my attention. What sort of institution?


My granddaugher, Amelia.

Submitted by bladderq on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 6:36pm.

The way the headline should reed (sic). You should probably look at Brewton-Parker in Newnan. Can you do Baptist philo.?

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 12/22/2006 - 8:57am.

The name sounded familiar, so I looked it up.

All I found was a school down in Mt. Vernon.

I'm not sure what Baptist philosophy would amount to, but I doubt that I would be able to limit myself to Baptist beverages. Ya think Jerry Falwell would discuss theology with me over a pint?


Papa Pirate and Eli the Pirate

Submitted by bladderq on Fri, 12/22/2006 - 10:27am.


Sorry for not making it "live" I haven't had all my coffee.
I believe they hold classes in the Univ of West GA building off Bullsboro on Amlajack Blvd down behind the RaceTrac.

Their former pres. was from Newnan or retired there but they have several external sites around the state.

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Submitted by Enigma on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:57am.

Specialists in bi-lingual instruction in the broad field of construction and landscape.

Sorry Muddle, no philosophy classes taught here (unless you consider 'gravity: why water seeks it's own level' a class on the philosophy!)

En espanol: La gravedad es las búsquedas del agua de la razón que es poseer llano.

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Submitted by muddle on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 1:47pm.

Bummer. I was hoping for Harvard South and was ready to apply.


My grandaugher, Amelia.

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Submitted by Enigma on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 5:15pm.

I hope you realize that I actually have no idea what (if any) 'Institute' of higher learning is being built nearby ... I was just having a little fun Eye-wink

Merry Christmas Sticking out tongue

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Submitted by muddle on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 5:29pm.

Ah! Hope remains alive, then!

For reasons that I should not divulge, I have a special interest in any talk of a proposed college campus in our area.

Suffice it to say that if a full-blown liberal arts college were to come to Fayette county, I would be on cloud nine.


Papa Pirate and First Mate Eli

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 9:54pm.

Sooooo...that's your little scally wag eh? Who's the old hippy next to 'em? Errrrrr.....

Muddle ole buddy. I know you have a brilliant mind and I know that you are good teacher and all...but I have to ax you a question. Are your students able to remain awake during your class after a late night out?

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 12/22/2006 - 8:51am.

Not always.

My early morning classes are often small enough that we meet in my office where I grind fresh Starbucks (or better). That helps to keep them awake.

And I try to keep a ratio of one part stand-up comedy to two parts lecture. (Or is it the other way around?) It helps when you're a certified lunatic.

And, yep, that's my first mate. One of them, anyway. Looks like my crew will be mostly boys: three already on the decks and one in the galley. That leaves two girl pirates.


Papa Pirate and Eli the Pirate

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Submitted by Git Real on Fri, 12/22/2006 - 9:09am.

Especially on mornings like this. Ahhhhhh...smell the aroma.

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 9:55pm.

Who's the knucklehead that didn't close their italics out?

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Submitted by ManofGreatLogic on Wed, 12/20/2006 - 9:37pm.

Sorry, folks, but Peachtree City is over.

1. The kids are being bused out (starting next year) to attend schools in Fayetteville.

2. The City has proven that it has no problems letting the developers build BEFORE the proper infrastructure is in place (wider roads, bridges, etc.).

3. More big box stores, including a warehouse store.

4. More crappy restaurants that are all the same, like Chilis, Outback, Macaroni, Applebees, Ruby Tuesday, etc. Seriously, how many unique restaurants are there? Two or three? Now, go to Savannah or Athens and you see more mom and pop establishments than the chains. Ah, we live in yuppieville.

5. Traffic is a nightmare, and it's going to get worse.

6. More and more illegal immigration to Peachtree City.

7. Loud trains that park graffiti-covered cattle cars and toxic chemicals fifty feet from sleeping kids in Centennial, Cedarcroft, and near many restaurants.

8. Litter is getting worse.

9. Crime is getting worse.

10. And the big kicker? The citizens keep voting for right wingers who favor developers. And when disappointed about their decisions, what do the voters do? Vote for developer-friendly politicians again.

Face it: It's over. The only question is: Who'll be the last sucker to leave?

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Submitted by muddle on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:05am.

The assessment might be a bit on the pessimistic side.

But I think you're pining for essentially the same thing as I: a place where there is a genuine sense of community.

With the WalMarts, Targets, Applebees, etc., etc., you might as well be in a suburb of Phoenix or Dubuque or Cleveland. It's all generic and corporate owned. And impersonal suburbs, filled with houses constructed by incompetent and very utilitarian (lacking aesthetic sensibilities and hiring no true artisans) developers have sprouted up with all the spontaneity--and longevity--of mushrooms.

An experiment in the direction of community is currently underway at Serenbe--just west of Palmetto. Interesting place. It is premised upon the notion of ecological sustainability. There is a main street that combines unique (and expensive!) single family homes with small businesses and restaurants (such as the Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakery) with loft apartments above. They have thus created their own little traditional downtown--a sort of Mayberry with a politically correct twist. There are annual festivals (such as May Day) involving the entire community, and a strong interest in the arts.

I'm not sure about this, but I suspect that this is part of a larger trend. I believe the town of Fletcher, NC (Asheville area) has something similar in the works, called "Heart of Fletcher."

Another option is to find a community that has not experienced the sort of exponential growth that many of us lament. But where? I once lived in a victorian home right on the main street of Northfield, MN, an idyllic midwestern mill town with two nationally recognized colleges and a quaint downtown. I loved the community there. I could walk downtown and sit in the cafe to write or grade papers. There was a locally owned pub downtown. But in the ten years since I've been there, they have introduced a transit system linking it to the Twin Cities. And the big boxes on the outskirts are making it almost impossible for the downtown businesses to survive. (There is also a heavy influx of immigrants, presumably because the town is right on I-35--a main north-south artery ending in S. Texas).

My wife and I have done a lot of "scouting" in the past few years, trying to find such a small community within reasonable commuting distance from my work in Atlanta. We've pretty much given up.

Another option, ironically enough, is to move intown. There are areas of Atlanta where old homes have been renovated and it is actually safe to walk the sidewalks at night. Further, many of the neighborhoods have their own areas of businesses, shops, cafes, etc.


My granddaugher, Amelia.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:02am.

You don't get out much, if you think all those things are true.

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Submitted by cowtipn on Wed, 12/20/2006 - 3:07pm.

I hope they put more banks, gas stations, nail salons, and traffic lights all along 54! Or maybe, build another Pavillion complete with Wal-mart, movie theater, and crime! I can't wait!

Submitted by ptcloyal on Wed, 12/20/2006 - 9:41am.

Good work! I like the idea of having a grocery store and a learning institute there.

Submitted by flip212 on Wed, 12/20/2006 - 7:36pm.

Lets throw in another big box....wait..we have that coming to PTC soon..oh what the heck...lets have another one anyway!

Come on crime...come on traffic....

Good-bye small towm atmoshpere.....hello rich politicians

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