Fayette County


Developers eye land across from F’ville Lowe’s

Developers have their eyes set on the vacant land across the road from Lowe’s in Fayetteville. Plans are in the early stages, but Tuesday night’s City of Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission meeting offered a glimpse at one proposed project that would bring a mixture of commercial and townhouses. The presentation was part of a work session and is not yet an item to be voted on.

Matt Boone with ForCast Real Estate Development, who is partnering with Brent Scarbrough and Bob Rolader, will be asking to rezone a 30.7 acre plot to allow for Highway Commercial and Residential Townhouses. His plans call for a string of businesses to front Hwy 85, with 68 townhouses behind.

“We see this as a property that has a lot of opportunity,” said Boone, noting that he already had businesses lining up to be a part of it. “There are a number of national brands that want and need and desire to be in this market.”

Commission member Kenneth Collins expressed reluctance to bring in more fast food to the city. Boone said he would want the ability to put one or two fast food eateries in place.

“This could be a very good catalyst for the city in many ways,” Boone said.

Commission members warned Boone to expect to hear plenty of complaints as he moves through the process.

“You’re going to get opposition from people in the area because it’s already congested,” said Derryl Anderson.

An annexation request also brought questions about expanding the city. A resident on Sandy Creek Road near Pinewood Studios is seeking annexation into Fayetteville, leading Debi Renfroe to wonder how far it will go with the growing desire to tap into Pinewood’s pull.

“We’re just expanding the city and expanding the city,” she said. “We’re going down this path where we’re trying to straddle yesterday and tomorrow, and we’re expanding and getting farther away from being able to do that.”

Senior Planner Julie Brown noted that the city is working on revising the annexation request process. The new process would require applicants go before city council for review before the application can be accepted.

The commission voted to recommend approval of the annexation request which will go before the city council at a future meeting.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.