This is going to be either approved or denied at tonight’s BOC/P&Z meeting.  I suggest going to the meeting if you don’t want to see traffic get even worse.  The location for this will be on the road DIRECTLY off the mall access road–and it is a dead end road.  Which means all traffic out of this community will be coming onto the road that people use to get in and out of the mall.  Why not put this where it won’t make traffic worse than it is already, and during a time when people will buy a house?  Probably because the builders want to be where all the action is, near the mall and restaurants and other shopping–except when you’re building a planned community with 75 homes, that’s not always a good thing.  Also, do we really want condominiums in downtown Douglasville?

In the 2/28/09 edition of the Sentinel:

13-acre community planned
Homes for ’empty-nesters’
By Winston Jones
Staff Writer

While many people are comparing the current economic downturn to the Great Depression of the 1930’s, one local developer is using the early 1900s theme for a planned 13-acre community development near Arbor Place mall.

John Denny of Carrollton, spokesman for the Reservoir Holdings LLC development group, said Tinley Green will be a “pedestrian friendly and ecologically sensitive community for active adults” with 75 residential homes and up to 70,000 square feet of commercial and office property.

Denny will appear before the Tuesday night joint meeting of the Douglas County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board and Board of Commissioners (BOC) to seek a special use permit for a mixed use, master planned development. His plans involve 13.54 acres located on Reservoir Drive, a short, dead end street that connects to Arbor Place Boulevard, just off Chapel Hill Road.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Citizens Hall at the county courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville.

“We have two demographic target populations,” Denny said Thursday. “One is the empty nester, older couples whose children have left home, and they are downsizing. The other is adult professionals or semi-professionals who are single or married without children.”

Denney said the development will be oriented to an active, adult lifestyle with no amenities for children.

He said the community will try to recreate an early 1900s, turn of the century, small southern town main street.

“It will have a mixture of small businesses, shops and restaurants with residences and offices stacked on top,” he said. “It will have the feel of a small town.”

Denney said other residential areas will include townhouses and stacked condominium flats, not connected to the commercial buildings. All homes will have two-car garages, he added, and range in size from 1,300 to 1,400 square feet each.

The community will have sidewalks throughout the development, including a sidewalk up Reservoir Drive, connecting with the existing sidewalk leading to Arbor Place mall.

“I visited about 14 or 15 small towns, looking for places that haven’t changed or have renovated their downtowns,” Denney said. “I looked for specific types of features we want to include.”

Towns visited included Senoia, Newnan and Fitzgerald in Georgia and Eufala in Alabama.

Denney said it’s difficult to say, with a level of certainty, when the development will be completed and ready for occupancy.

“It takes a considerable time for engineering, design, county approval of plans and actual construction,” he said.

Denney said he hopes the housing market, now in a slump, will have turned around by the time Tinley Green is ready. He’s optimistic that good times will be awaiting the opening.

“When it feels like things are never going to turn around, that’s the time to start planning,” he said.

Denney is being joined in this venture by architects Clayton Preston and Gregory Ramsey, co-owners of Village Habitat Design, LLC, of Atlanta.

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