Fayetteville City Council members green-lighted three major developments Thursday night: A 168-unit senior living facility; a new industrial park; and a highway project that will reroute and connect Hwy. 92 North with Church Street and North Jeff Davis Drive.
The latter move was actually to commence a nearly $4.4 million contract with Southeastern Site Development of Newnan to build the already-approved Hwy. 92 realignment project. That project entails using a roundabout to merge Hwy. 92 North with Hood Avenue so that these two roads will now share one intersection with Hwy. 85. A new roadway will then connect that intersection to North Jeff Davis Drive beside Heritage Bank, and somewhere in the middle of the new roadway a roundabout will be built as well as another new roadway that will stretch down to Georgia Avenue across from Church Street, effectively extending Church Street from Hwy. 54 all the way north to Hudson Plaza (the Michael’s shopping center).
According to engineers, the first six months of the project will involve putting up new power poles and realigning water and sewer infrastructure. Building the actual roadways will take place after that. City officials have promised to give the public plenty of notice of road closures and detour options.
City council members also approved the rezoning of a newly-proposed, 19-acre industrial park to be built along both sides of Promenade Parkway across Hwy. 85 from Fayette Pavilion’s The Home Depot. The property had been zoned C-3 (Commercial) and is now zoned M-1 (Light Manufacturing).
As well, rezoning was approved on a nearly 24-acre tract of land developers are planning to turn into a 168-unit senior living facility along Hwy. 54 just east of the Gingercake Road / Burch Road intersection.
The land consists of two tracts, one of which was zoned R-40 (Single Family Residential) and the other C-3 (Commercial Highway). The combined tract is now zoned MO (Medical Office).
City leaders earlier this month expressed concerns about traffic problems along that stretch of Hwy. 54, because developers say they plan to place the entrance to the facility directly across the highway from Marquis Drive, which would create a four-way intersection not far from an existing four-way, traffic-lighted intersection. However, developers Thursday night noted that it is the State of Georgia that approves highway curb cuts and decides on placement of traffic lights and other traffic devices along state highways.
City leaders approved the project on the condition that aesthetic design plans come back to city council members for approval.