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Avalon-style development may come to south Forsyth

 
POSTED: July 26, 2015 12:30 a.m.

SOUTH FORSYTH – The Forsyth County planning commission discussed a potential development in the extreme south end of the county that they noted may rival Alpharetta’s Avalon.

An application submitted by RocaPoint Partners LLC requested to rezone 134 acres roughly between Ga. 400, McFarland Parkway, Ronald Reagan Boulevard and the Fulton-Forsyth county line at McGinnis Ferry Road.

If approved, the property would become a master planned district, or MPD. It is currently both MPD and restricted industrial district, or M1.

That zoning would allow the mixture of commercial retail, office and hotel space with residential units.

As initially planned, there would be 92 residential lots, 168 attached residential units and 430 apartment homes with a total density of 5.13 units per acre.

This would be combined with a total of 456,500 square feet of non-residential use – restaurants, shopping, office space and hotels – and 2,041 parking spaces.

Various properties already neighbor the property, including warehouses, homes, a bank, a research lab, a gas station, apartments and retail space.

Robert Hoyt of District 5 mentioned the possibility of building residential units, such as apartments or luxury homes, on top of a parking deck to use more of the same square footage.

He said if this development is built, Forsyth County may be able to retain a significant tax-base by attracting people away from Avalon’s high-end live-work-play lifestyle.

The only entrance to the vast acreage would be on Ronald Reagan, as one on McFarland Parkway could increase traffic congestion to Ga. 400.

It was also noted there would be no three-bedroom living spaces to reduce the number of families with children in the already overcrowded south Forsyth schools.

The application should be heard at the Aug. 20 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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