Council says yes to new land

Mon, 02/20/2006 - 9:54am
By: Ben Nelms

Fairburn council members Feb. 13 voted to annex and zone property on both sides of I-85. A 101.6-acre tract along I-85 between Bohannon Road and City Lake was cited for possible use as an office park with accompanying retail while a 1.2-acre tract at Ga. Highway 74 and Oakley Industrial Boulevard is currently being developed for retail.

Council members agreed to annex and apply an Office & Institutional (O&I) zoning to the 101.6-acre Shugart property that borders I-85 on the south, Bohannon Road on the west and City Lake on the east. City Administrator Jim Williams said O&I zoning was requested for a future office park with a mixture of supporting retail and services businesses.

Williams said the property is an undeveloped island of unincorporated land with the city. Fulton County had previously asked that the property be annexed to eliminate the island, he said.

The request was recommended for approval Feb. 7 by Fairburn Planning Commission. Conditions for approval included items related to architectural and landscaping plans that conform to city standards.

The site of an 11,000-square-foot center currently under construction on the northeast corner of Hwy. 74 and Oakley behind McDonald’s and adjacent to Hampton Inn, the property will likely house several as yet unidentified retail businesses, Williams told the council. The project was identified as The Shoppes at Oakley and was zoned C-2 Commercial. Plans for the development called for a 10,980 square-foot L-shaped building with 54 parking spaces. The shops face both Hwy. 74 and Oakley.

Williams said the owner of the property had requested the annexation. It was a request, he said, that met with no opposition from Fulton County.

The city council approved the measures 4-0, with council member Mario Avery abstaining.

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