Face of downtown Tyrone could be changing

Mon, 01/29/2007 - 10:36am
By: John Thompson

A development proposal received by Tyrone official late last week could be the first step in revitalizing the town’s aging downtown.

Developer Burt Clark and his company Olde Town tyrone wants to develop nearly 54 acres near Palmetto Road and Swanson Road as office space and age-restricted single family homes for seniors.

Town Manager Barry Amos said 13.89 of the acreage would be developed as office, while 40 acres would be for senior residents and contain 146 homes. The total acreage is spread over two tracts that is also bordered by Arrowwood Road on the west.

“This fits in with what was approved by the Mayor and council last year as part of the master plan for the downtown area,’ Amos said.

In fact, the residential component is actually less dense than the plan, Amos added.

For years, Tyrone officials have been looking for a kick-start for developing the area, and this proposal could be the first one in creating a more viable downtown.

Clark is seeking sewer capacity for the projects, but the town’s sewer capacity agreement with Fairburn is already at the point of capacity. But Amos said, the town’s staff was also given the charge of examining the infrastructure necessary for implementing the master plan. Asking Fairburn for more capacity could be an answer for this development, and for another issue that has caused the town problems for years.

“The Town council wants Tyrone Elementary School to remain a viable school, and we’ve had many septic problems at the school for years,’ Amos added.

Clark’s development proposals will go before the Planning Commission Feb.22.

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Submitted by eyeonfayette on Fri, 02/09/2007 - 9:52am.

Tracy Young, good job on all your points. I find what Barry Amos said, “The Town council wants Tyrone Elementary School to remain a viable school, and we’ve had many septic problems at the school for years,’ funny. He has made the statement too many times to mention that septic problems are not his concern, they are the concern of the F.C. Health Department. It amazes me that he is only mentioning that "we've had many septic problems" when it suits him. He hasn't been troubled with Millwood, that has been very apparent.

Submitted by Tracy Young on Mon, 02/05/2007 - 11:20pm.

How many times will Tyrone citizens have to fight this type of development?

Barry Amos stated that the development will be comprised of 13.89 acres of office development and 146 homes will be built on 40 acres. This equates to 3.65 homes per acre and is in violation of the cities ordinance that requires homes to be built on no less than one acre.

Mr. Amos also mentioned that this development fits in with what was approved by the Mayor and council last year. The important item left out was what the citizens said during the visioning effort late last year. The community stated that low density is what they wanted.

To support such a development, sewer service will be needed. There are two options. The first is to allow Mr. Clark to tie into the existing sewer. The issue will be just that, how will it tie in. To accomplish this, Mr. Clark will have to build a pump station and force the sewer from downtown to the nearest point on the sewer system. The real issue here is that the town already owns a pump station and there are a few more on the way besides the one that will be required for this development. The real question is, how will Tyrone support the new development when there is no maintenance plan to support the existing infrastructure? This solution would assume that Fairburn will agree to give Tyrone more sewer capacity.

The other sewer option to support this high density development is a drip system. The only point I will make here is that an existing drip system was installed by Mr. Clark in Milbrook subdivision behind the new theatre. This system has had numerous problems and I would suspect it would be no different for this development. There were so many issues and so many complaints from the homeowners that Mr. Clark requested approval from the council to connect to the existing sewer but was denied. Keep in mind that Mr. Clark will eventually ask the homeowners of this new development to take ownership of the drip system.

Mr. Amos also indicated that Tyrone Elementary has had problems with the septic tank. It’s convenient to publish this in the newspaper while never mentioning any specific issues during a public meeting. If there are issues why haven’t they been addressed in a public forum?

High density such as this has an impact on the police and fire departments. If this will be a senior or retirement community, rescue services will be impacted.

Lastly, Mr. Clark is the developer who approached a few members of the council and said that he would be willing to SELL some of the property from this development to the town for a new municipal complex.

I am sure there will be a hearty debate over this development.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 12:54pm.

Seems the issue is no sooner defeated and people express they DON'T WANT it than a certain group pull it out and go at it again, hoping to wear down the public so they can have it their way.
You are right about the drip system, or "community outhouse, they have at Millbrook. It has been said, that system is no longer allowed in Coweta county. Reason? It stinks!
The people have said over and over THEY DON'T WANT higher density. You can not make it seniors only, that is against the law, does anyone remember discrimination? This is just a way to get smaller lots. Then who stands to gain from this? Not us, we will be left with the problems of overcrowed schools, stinking and maybe even leaking community septic tanks, but, we will have a happy deverloper...who chooses NOT to live here! So why is this being drug up again? People of Tyrone should all go to the meeting 22Feb..and tell them again you are against it. But this time, watch the ones on town council that want it and make sure they understand they will not be back after the next election if this keeps up!

Submitted by beaumont on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 3:57pm.

The problem is how much damage will the Sheryl Lee, Paul Letourneau and Mike Smola do to the town before they are no longer on council? I don't think the town will be able to with stand their damage. We can be there on the 22nd, but you know as well as I that they don't listen to the recommendation of the Planning Commissioners.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 7:20pm.

so they can say if they want it...or not...with a lot of people....maybe they will want to vote...for the people if they are inclined to do otherwise...If you don't show up..you may be forever silenced and that would be ashame because it is your, the voters, tax dollars that will be spent, and you the voters, lives who will be impacted...not someone's who has already moved away to Brooks where the only way they will be impacted is the jingle in their pockets and a happy face.

Submitted by beaumont on Tue, 02/06/2007 - 8:19am.

Several good points Mr. Young. I hope that you are considering running for office in Tyrone.

Submitted by Don Rehwaldt on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 10:32am.

Mr. Amos seems to be counting his chickens before they're hatched!
And, to make matters worse, his analysis of what the people of Tyrone want as expressed via the Comprehensive study is a far cry from the facts. Let's go over some of the people's desires:
These are all opinions expressed - the strongest desire listed.
Tyrone should establish a population gap
Tyrone should remain a bedroom community
Commercial and Industrial growth should NOT be pursued
Tyrone should NOT provide sewer for any development; i.e. housing,.commercial or industrial.
The people of Tyrone are NOT willing to pay for sewer via property taxes.
The people of Tyrone are NOT willing to development a sewer system
The people want green space protected and environmental regulations should be vigorously enforced.
The people of Tyrone do not want cluster homes
The people want single family homes
The town should NOT provide for a wide range of housing prices
The people DO NOT want smaller lots to be permitted
Nor do they want larger houses on smaller lots.
Or attached single family housing
And, traditional, free-standing residential housing should continue.
Instead of developing new property, Tyrone's management would serve the public much better by hiring a code enforcement officer, cleaning up the violations that exist, adhering to their own zoning and code regulations, replanting the trees that were blatantly chopped down in triangle park, following their own sign ordinances,etc.
Folks, the Planning Commission meeting is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 22. It's your town! Please plan on attending and speak out!

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 11:45am.

on the city limits signs is should read : "We make our developers happy!" Opps! the Old Town Tyrone developer does live here anymore. He moved to the uncongested wide open spaces of Brooks. Guess that says what he thinks of Old Town Tyrone.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 5:42am.

"Developer Burt Clark and his company Olde Town tyrone wants to develop nearly 54 acres near Palmetto Road and Swanson Road as office space and age-restricted single family homes for seniors."
If he doesn't already know it,someone needs to tell Burt Clark that its against the law to restrict housing to "single family homes for seniors." Why doesn't he just come out and say he wants to get an ok to build homes on 1/4 acre lots in Tyrone? Everyone knows you can't restrict it to seniors only. There's already a glutt of housing in Tyrone and most seniors would pick the Bob Adams homes accross from the hospital in Fayettville or the ones in Summer grove on the lake over sitting in downtown Tyrone any old day. So guess who will live in the little homes on the little lots? People with lots and lots of little children!

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Submitted by Xaymaca on Tue, 01/30/2007 - 12:45am.

I didn't even know Tyrone had a downtown. No Offense.

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