TDK is key to getting OK for big Coweta project

Tue, 03/13/2007 - 4:56pm
By: John Thompson

The proposed — and controversial — TDK Boulevard Extension is proving to be a key to Coweta County approval of a massive city-sized development planned adjacent to Peachtree City’s western border.

Building the road from Peachtree City across Line Creek and into the currently undeveloped rural lands of eastern Coweta may become the pivot point for a rezoning request before the Coweta County Commission in less than a month.

Developer Tom Reese is asking for 1,597 acres to be rezoned from Rural Reserve to New Communities and create McIntosh Village.

At its build-out, projected for 2016, the new city across Line Creek on Peachtree City’s western limit would contain more than 600,000 square feet of office and retail space to serve more than 9,000 people in 3,000 new homes, townhomes and lofts.

In addition, several road-widening projects inside Peachtree City are being required by the state to accommodate traffic from the Coweta project.

Meanwhile, several well-known Fayette County developers are now listed as property owners adjacent or close to the proposed McIntosh Village.

During the next month, the Coweta Commission will consider a stack of information provided by its staff. After the project was announced last year, many considered the project would be a slam dunk. But after examining the staff’s reports, it appears there is no real conclusion on whether the project should be approved.

One concern came from Coweta Development Review Coordinator Ben Sewell. In a Jan. 17 memo to Zoning Administrator Angela White.

“It is my opinion that approval of this project should not be granted before the construction of both the Vernon Hunter Parkway and the extension of TDK Boulevard is underway,” Sewell wrote.

Sewell concluded his memo by suggesting the development be postponed until the highway improvements are imminent.

One of the biggest concerns comes from Coweta County Fire Chief Dennis Hammond. In a Jan. 12 letter to Planning Director Robert Tolleson, Hammond outlines his worries.

“Some of the immediate issues we face are facilities, manpower and equipment. Our current station at Turin is too small to accommodate additional equipment,” he said.

The chief also explained that Reese plans to build more than five structures that could exceed the county’s 35 feet building height requirements.

“To purchase an aerial truck and hire additional firefighters will cost approximately $1.5 million. If we build the new station within the McIntosh development that cost would be an additional $2 million for the station and equipment,” he added.

Hammond did say that Reese had agreed to donate three acres of land for a fire station, but worried that his budget would not be able to fund the costs associated with the project.

While the expansion of the bridge over Line Creek from two to four lanes has garnered most of the headlines, there are numerous other traffic improvements required by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority that stretch from Senoia to Peachtree City. Included in the GRTA-required improvements are:

• A traffic light at the intersection of Ga. Highway 16 and Broad Street in Senoia.

• A southbound left turn ramp at the intersection of Ga. Highway 154 and Interstate 85.

• A remake of the Hwy. 74/54 intersection, the major intersection in Peachtree City. GRTA suggests adding a third northbound, southbound and westbound through lanes, along with adding a second northbound and westbound left turn lane and adding an exclusive northbound right turn lane.

• A third northbound through lane and a second westbound left turn lane at the intersection of Hwy. 74 and Peachtree Parkway, site of the Kedron Kroger-Target shopping center.

While the Coweta Planning and Zoning Department does recommend approval of the rezoning, it appears the traffic conditions will be a factor if the rezoning is approved by the County Commission.

One of the planning department’s conditions is that developer Reese be limited to building no more than 1,000 residential units and 150,000 square feet of retail and office space until the Vernon Hunter Parkway and TDK Boulevard Extension are completed. Another condition stipulates a 50-foot buffer be built when residential development exceeds the density of adjacent property.

The rezoning has drawn the attention of Fayette and Coweta residents, and the adjacent property owners reads like a Who’s Who of Fayette County.

Property owners next to the new city include Scarbrough and Rolader Development, Dan Stinchcomb, Suburban Home Sales of Atlanta and Fayette County Administration, which owns the property for the proposed Lake McIntosh, next to the development.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. April 12 at the Coweta County Administration Building on Perry Street in Newnan.

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Submitted by NOT A GOOD OL BOY on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:43am.

the mayor of peachtree citytook advice form secret squirrel on this one. you know to make a little (big) money.

Submitted by Roadrunner on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:25am.

Is anyone surprised? Seriously, this road/bridge is so obviously such a bad idea for PTC & Fayette there had to be a reason this kept getting pushed by our mayor & city council... Even Coweta is smart enough to know these thousands of new residents are going to clog their own roads to the point of gridlock without the ability to flood PTC especially Hwy 74 & 54 instead. Can anyone imagine what PTC is going to look like with all these extra lanes & cars flowing through the heart of PTC 54@74 all hours of the day? Just look at the neighborhoods adjacent to 74S to see that where once there were trees buffering back yards, these houses now back up to what will be an increasingly busy road as additional housing is built in Senoia. If TDK is built, forget quality of life as a selling point for any neighborhood adjacent to these widened roads.. Mayor & city council, "DO NOT BUILD TDK". The truth is finally out, and this is all about benefitting influential developers and nothing about the good of either PTC or Coweta residents.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 1:46pm.

There is another side to this fiasco. If sufficient retail, professional, and other things are built in south PTC or the Brooks area, who can come there sooner than going to Newnangotham?
Why, of course, that would be the thousands in Coweta City east!
Now, ask yourself who is developing the area I discussed above? People stay up all night sorting out these kind of things!

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:02am.

Once again, the infamous mayor got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. These types of occurences have become almost common with him.

Does it really shock anyone to know that the Coweta "development from hell" is dependent upon TDK the "road to ruin" being hooked into PTC? Will it really shock anyone when Mayor Logsdon continues to push for the road even though we know it's a fraud?

Vote Republican

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 1:48pm.

I'm sure when Harold Logsdon made the decision to run for Mayor he probably never thought it would become the toughest, most thankless part-time job he'd ever hold.
At the time everyone, was excited about Logsdon running; the "any body but Steve" crowd was downright giddy that there was a candidate that could unseat the evil Brown. Now the Mayor, faced with an unpopular road development project that had been in the works long before he even thought of running for office, has seen everyone (but the developers)turn on him.
It was supposed to be a simple little road that would help ease traffic in PTC and alleviate some congestion at the 74/54 intersection. Then we find out about this proposed, mammoth residential and commercial development the size of a small city right across the county line (read that: as of absolutelty no financial benefit to Fayette County of PTC) just waiting to dump massive traffic through our community. On top of that we now discover a large portion of the big developers in the area just happen to own property around the development. Well now isn't that interesting?
It's a tough call Mr. Mayor but if this east Coweta development of unparalleled size (one that could cripple us with traffic and be of no financial gain to the city) can be stopped by scrapping the TDK extension, then kill it!
Stand tall with the city council and do what is best for the citizens of Peachtree City.
Kill it! Kill it now!

Submitted by Doug on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 7:32pm.

The mayor has lied his way through office for a year and half. The whole financial discipline crap is out-and-out laughable now. Lower taxes, yeah right.

A 100% pay raise for his part-time job, we paid for the tennis center twice and we blew around $60,000 on a financially troubled bike race, and that's the good news.

I wish I had kept all the campaign junk he sent in the mail. He doesn't give a darn what our city looks like or how much traffic is on our roads.

I can't ever remember a time when so many people were so discouraged about the future of any place where I have lived. With TDK and the big box junk, people living in Peachtree City 10-years from now are going to be cursing Logsdon's name. Or maybe anybody who cared will go live somewhere else.

Someone on the web site was talking about an investigation. If Logsdon still wants to proceed with TDK, we ought to think about talking to the State Attorney General.

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 6:37pm.

Do you have an idea of what Harold should do at the next city council meeting? Have you ever been to one, by the way?

Attorney General investigation for what? Are you willing to sit down and fill out the paperwork? Then testify? No, I didn't think so.

And now, here comes the payoff question - Who would you rather have as mayor now? Steve Brown? Phil somebody? Gary Rower? Frank Murphy? You? - are you a candidate now or just a critic?

Oh yea, I can remember a time when we were much more discouraged about living here than now - that would be when the Brown clown was mayor and we lost our place in line at DOT for road improvements because he was such an ass to them and they retaliated the way government types do.

Thanks Doug, you need to answer this if you can.

I know, I'm mean. Sorry. Bad tuna tonight.

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 7:38am.

Under Brown we were listed as one of the top 10 cities. That was 2 years ago. We didn't even make the cut this year.

The only mag/rag that thinks this is still a great place is the local rag. We are listed as one of the better places to live in the Atlanta metro area. This is the same rag where realators advertise heavily. Gee I wonder how much that cost? This city used to sell itself.

I predict that when harold and the developers are through with building more trashy strip malls we won't measure up even in the Atlanta area.

Submitted by Doug on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:35am.

Exactly what are you talking about "when Brown clown was mayor and we lost our place in line at DOT for road improvements"? I can't remember a time when we've had so much road construction going on: 54-W, 74-S, TDK (hate it or not). Highway 74 was supposed to be widened when my son started middle school back around 1995. I'll definitely disagree with you on that.

I don't think anyone will deny that Steve Brown genuinely cared about the people living here. I could even make that statement about Lenox to some degree. But you can forget about greedy Logsdon! If he doesn't drop the road now, especially knowing the developments hinge on it, he's crooked.

Submitted by johenry on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 8:13am.

Doug is right on the roads. If DOT had a problem with Steve, they certainly had a hard time showing it. They have been moving dirt ever since he was in office.

I disagree with Doug on the Lenox issue. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, police stations on landfills, Pathways best friend. Lenox looked out for his own.

Logsdon is a bumbling butt-kisser who is out for himself. By now it should be pretty obvious to everyone that TDK makes the new city sized development possible on the other side of the border. Can anybody trust Logsdon anymore? It's darn hard to find anyone who thinks he's honest.

No one ever accused Steve of looking out for his own interest. Outspoken yes, dishonest no.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 7:37pm.

Lenox if we could get him back from the "Dark" side.

You and everyone else will have to admit there hasn't been a more tenacious mayor in PTC's history.

By God, if Lenox said he wanted it, he got it.

If SB and Bob could have seen past their past, PTC would have received 50% of the SPLOST money if Bob had backed it.

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:15am.

You are correct. Lenox and Brown feuding with each other probably did hurt the city. Everybody likes to paint Brown as a gadfly and Lenox as a developer's tool, but they both had times when they were working closer to the center - and each other. Obviously the 2 personalities were like oil and water, but mature people would not let that get in the way. Looks like both were acting like kids and it hurt the city.

If either Lenox or Brown were mayor today, this TDK thing would be handled 2 different ways with the same result (yes it will and should be built to 2 lanes). Brown would cave and maybe even go to 4 lanes because he's in love with grant money and would fear the loss of it. Lenox would go to war with Coweta and GRTA, sue everybody in sight and lose - end result road built. The differences are in style, not results.

Without question Lenox or Brown would be more colorful and grab more headlines than Logsdon. Not sure whether that is good or bad for the city - entertaining, yes, but not sure it would be productive.

Submitted by Jones on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 9:33am.

Oh wait a minute! If Coweta County gets stuck with all of the traffic, building the Titanic on the other side of TDK is not such a good idea.

We are such suckers! They want to mess up Peachtree City for good and their whipping boy, Mayor Harold Logsdon, wants to help them do it.

Submitted by johenry on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 8:34pm.

Go back and read Steve's letter to the newspaper from last week. This is exactly what he's been telling us.

How can there be any doubt about TDK being the "road to disaster" for Peachtree City and Fayette County? How can there be any doubt Mayor Logsdon is a phony?

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Submitted by CCB on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 10:38am.

Even if Steve Brown has been right on a number of things, I still don’t think that he should be allowed to impose his opinions on the public through this newspaper. Upsetting the public is not the answer.

Mayor Logsdon may not have portrayed the TDK Blvd. matter entirely accurately, but he still deserves the benefit of a doubt on the matter. I think if he changed his stance from two-lanes to four-lanes on TDK Blvd. to account for the large number of cars coming from Coweta County and addressed a plan for raising the tax dollars necessary to widen our roads and intersections, most citizens would take his side.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 12:26pm.

If you know anything about politics you know that it's not 'what you promised me' or 'what you're going to do for me' but rather 'what have you done for me lately'.

Well I'll ask; what has Logsdon done for me lately?

Buying me a slightly used Tennis center that needs work and I didn't want doesn't count.

Rezoning industrial property so a developer can build a REGIONAL size shopping center can be built doesn't count.

Authorizing a pay raise for himself and the City Council doesn't count.

Not hiring the needed personnel for both the police and fire departments doesn't count.

Having our paper tiger lawyer file a lawsuit against GRTA doesn't count.

So what's left?

I figured after 18 months, the mayor should have at least one GOOD thing we could all give him credit for.

Maybe, just maybe, the mayor could do the right thing and just tell his contributers that TDK isn't going to happen. Perhaps after Coweta county has their infrastructure in place to support it we may reconsider.

As soon as Fayette County needs it more than Coweta county does it should be ok to build it.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 5:13pm.

Told you if we didn't build the bridge and widen all of our roads this would not be built.
Also, to check and see who owned all of the land around the new city. Can we get that published now that we know?

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