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Next potential buy has river frontage
McClure property also on Dick Creek
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County's fourth purchase of green space appears to be under way.

County commissioners voted 4-0 on Thursday night to sign a contract to buy 100 acres along the Chattahoochee River and Dick Creek in south Forsyth. Chairman Charles Laughinghouse was absent.

According to officials, the county will pay $50,000 per acre for the property, known as the McClure tract, off Old Atlanta Road.

That's about $5 million of the $36 million earmarked to acquire green space as part of a $100 million bond voters approved last year.

The entire parcel, about 243 acres of rolling hills dotted with trees, is operated as a full-service horse care facility called Verse Noia Farm.

With the vote, the board also approved buying 60 feet of right of way from Old Atlanta Road to the property's boundaries.

County Attorney Ken Jarrard said the county will pay $25,000 per acre for the right of way, but officials "don't know the exact price or acreage yet."

"We've not shot the survey yet," he said.

The county will put down $15,000 in earnest money and have a 60-day due diligence period to further examine the property.

The site, which sits next to the Olde Atlanta Club subdivision, includes 4,000 feet of river frontage and 3,000 feet along Dick Creek.

The county has made official its first three purchases of green space.

Those include: $5.1 million for the Buice property, about 43 acres in southwestern Forsyth; $8.9 million for Wallace Tatum tract, 186 acres in northwestern Forsyth; and $8.5 million Harrison property, 63 acres on the county's south end.