Kohl’s back in play for PTC?

Tue, 08/28/2007 - 4:02pm
By: John Munford

If Capital City Development has its way, a Kohl’s department store will anchor a large retail center at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Planterra Way, once the site of Peachtree City’s last community gardens.

The latest schematic plan filed with city officials does not indicate how large the Kohl’s would be, nor the size of the other stores at a development Capital City is calling “Central Park at Line Creek.” A previous plan sized the store at 89,000 square feet, well over the city ordinance’s size limit for big box stores.

Under the ordinance, the developer must get a special permission from the City Council in order to erect a store larger than 32,000 square feet on the 14.2 acre site, which is zoned for general commercial use.

The new plan will be discussed by the Peachtree City Council at a workshop meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The site is located at the eastern portion of Planterra Way, the entrance to the Planterra Ridge subdivision, and along Ga. Highway 54. To the rear it is bordered by the Cardiff Park subdivision. Until Planterra Ridge was developed, that frontage along Hwy. 54 served as a free community gardens site.

City Planner David Rast said at Monday night’s Planning Commission meeting that the council needs to determine if it is willing to allow Capital City to purchase the street right-of-way in the area so it too can be developed. The City Council has previously rebuffed the idea after City Manager Bernie McMullen conducted an informal poll of council members, Rast said in June.

The Kohl’s store was removed from the previous version of the plan submitted by Capital City, in part because there was no room to locate it there due to the necessary setbacks along Line Creek Drive and Line Creek Circle, Rast said at the time.

When the first plans were filed for the site, Capital City called the project “McIntosh Village” and it featured not only a Kohl’s but also a large Lowe’s Home Improvement store. The Lowe’s was removed from future drawings submitted to city staff.

The new plan shows a 50-foot undisturbed buffer along Cardiff Park, several areas of parking for golf carts and three outdoor patio areas with a fountain at each patio.

A future Lowe’s, meanwhile, has popped up in two separate proposed locations.

One, across from Wilshire Pavilion Shopping Center in the very southernmost part of the city, was scrapped, but another developer is suing the city for rezoning for a Lowe’s at Ga. Highway 74 South at TDK Boulevard.

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Submitted by TinCan on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:25pm.

Here’s a thought for the bourgeois, don’t go to Kohls. Let us poor slobs buy our junk where we can.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:44pm.

You've got a point there. . .some of us have gotta do what we gotta do, whether we like it or not! However, while the discount stores are drawing hard working folk doing the best they can; we must admit it draws the other sort too, sad but true.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 8:27pm.

We already have k-mart, walley-cheat-our-employees-and fire-pregnant mothers-when-they-take-maternity-leave, and we have target.

If we want cheap clothing we have an abundance of places to shop. The cops have all of those parking lots and the cart paths to set up the drug stings....so umm....we are good here.

We need Tommy Bahama, Nordstrom, Frontgate, Pottery Barn, Smith and Hawkin, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, a blues club like Blind Willies in Virginia Highlands. Those are our needs. Now shoooo cheap fly.
We need an art school, we need a community college. Those are our needs.

We don't need more cheap stores that will go out of buisness in a couple of years and leave their ugly big boxes for the drug dealers to use. In other words we don't need you. You know LaGrange is going to take off when the car factory opens up......why don't you go down there and start to ruin....ooppps I mean develope that place.

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Submitted by Peachica on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 6:46am.

I don't understand why Kohls is being classified with Walmart, Kmart and Target. It is a nicer establishment than all of those and I know of many people who are looking forward to getting one in PTC.

I'm a spiritual being having earthly experiences

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 10:46am.

I can't for the life of me see how resident could think this was good for PTC.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 6:42pm.

Walmart and K-Mart should serve anyone's needs looking to purchase junk clothes. PTC doesn't need this.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 7:02pm.

We can indeed go to Wal Mart or Fayetteville or Newnan for junk. 89,000 square feet does not work. There is no way my buds on council will give this the green light. Most development is good - this is not. Keep the trash out of PTC.

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