‘Game-changer’: Pinewood Studios plans live-work, educational campuses in F’ville

Pinewood Atlanta Studios at build-out. Graphic provided by Foley Design Associates, Inc.

“This project is a game-changer for Georgia.” That was the assessment of the impact that Pinewood Atlanta Studios is expected to have, both locally and statewide, when it opens for business in January in Fayetteville, according to studio Vice President for Operations Brian Cooper.

Conceptual plans for the studio project (See below for more graphics) show why Pinewood Atlanta Studios could easily become the largest economic generator in the history of Fayetteville and Fayette County.

The plans for Pinewood Atlanta Studios continue to unfold and the large acreage north of Ga. Highway 54 on Fayetteville’s west side is expected to be annexed into the city in the coming weeks.

Including nearly 600 acres, the various properties along Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road are requesting annexation with a Planned Community District (PCD) zoning. The Fayetteville City Council is expected to vote on the annexation and zoning requests in August.

Conceptual build-out plans presented by project architect Bill Foley at the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission meeting June 25 showed nearly four dozen potential buildings on the 290-acre site on the west side of Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road and the potential for nearly two dozen buildings on the 97-acre site immediately to the south.

Potential plans for the 28-acre educational campus at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Veterans Parkway showed several classroom and other buildings while the 44-acre site adjacent to it showed as many as 15 buildings.

Potential plans include the establishment of a 117-acre tract on the east side of Veterans Parkway that would be the site of a residential campus.

Foley and other project representatives have stressed that the conceptual plans are essentially projections of what could develop as the project unfolds and are dependent on Pinewood’s success with the overall studio project. There has been no speculation as to the timeframe involved and how many years it might take to achieve build-out.

To date, the only activity is on the 290-acre site and includes the initial construction of a portion on the project’s first phase that will include several sound stages, workshops and offices.

An important aspect of the overall project, and one that has been stressed from the beginning, is the educational component designed to provide skills and training to the large and varied workforce that will fill the employment ranks of the various companies that are expected to move into the area.

The educational campus is to be located on the site of the former Rivers Elementary School. It has been noted at a number of public meetings that talks are underway with various colleges that might be interested in locating teaching facilities adjacent to the studio property. A sampling of those include Clayton State University, Savannah College of Art and Design and Southern Crescent Technical College.

“We will need a skilled labor force that will run the gamut,” Cooper said in terms of the various types of jobs that will be needed. “That’s why we need to look at a number of schools, to train the next generation in this industry.”

The idea behind obtaining an option for the 117-acre property for a potential residential campus deals with another aspect of Pinewood’s future in Fayette County.

“We wanted to protect our interest and Fayette County’s interest,” Cooper said of Pinewood’s interest having the parcel zoned PCD and in maintaining quality development in the area.

Foley at the June 25 meeting said the residential campus could be utilized by some of the television and movie production staff whose contracts will range from a few months to a year and by some of the students attending the various schools on the education campus a short distance to the north and accessible by foot within minutes.

Cooper said no timeline and no plans have been initiated for the residential campus, adding that the current emphasis is to get the studio up and running.

“The residential campus will be developed as needed,” Cooper said.

Once initiated, Cooper said the residential offerings will likely be along the lines of bungalows and townhouses in a manner that keeps the community in mind. Project representatives on previous occasions have stated the potential for a small number of mixed use offerings and limited retail such as coffee shops.

Cooper said Pinewood Atlanta Studios is envisioned to eventually encompass 700,000-800,000 square feet of enclosed space that will accommodate various types of movie and television production projects.

As the studio grows, a variety of types of vendors serving the industry will call Pinewood Atlanta Studios home.

“Everything from lighting to lumber, using local and Georgia companies as much as possible to spend money locally. This operation will bring a lot of people to the community,” Cooper said, citing post-production companies as an example. “There is nearly no post-production done [now] in Georgia. Most of it is done in California. This is a highly technical, specific industry. And some of them will come here to teach Georgia residents.”

Cooper on Monday noted how Georgia’s tax incentives for the television and movie industry continue to attract a larger number of projects to the state. In terms of large productions, Cooper said “Fast and Furious 5” was filmed in Georgia and was reported to have a production cost of $125 million. In terms of the future, Cooper said a $200-300 million production could be shot in Georgia.

Though initially expected to be presented for possible approval by the City Council on July 18, the annexation and rezoning request will be tabled until August.

Pertaining to the 117-acre residential area, it was initially intended to carry a PCD rezoning request though the signage advertising the rezoning indicated R-70 zoning.

Additionally, city staff and those with Fayette County are scheduled to meet July 9 to address a number of issues pertaining to the large Pinewood development.

Those issues must be approved and accomplished in tandem with the annexations that are being pursued so that Pinewood can begin operations this coming January.

 

Below (1), the foundations are being laid at Pinewood Atlanta Studios for five soundstages and one workshop. The work is ongoing on the 290-acre property along the west side of Sandy Creek Road and Veterans Parkway. The site is part of approximately 600 acres that will include a large movie and television production facility along with an educational campus and a residential campus. Photo/Ben Nelms.

 

 

 

 

 

(2) Graphic below shows examples of residential campus next to Pinewood Atlanta Studios. All graphics provided by Foley Design Associates, Inc.


 


(3) Graphic below shows examples of an educational campus to serve the studios complex.



(4) Graphic below shows examples of sets that might be used at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.



(5) Examples below of service providers and businesses at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

 


(6) Graphic below shows proposed annexation parcels.

 


(7) Map of educational campuses across road from the studio complex.

 


(8) Rendering below of typical soundstage.

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Pinewood Studio denied in the UK

I just found these 2 articles from early summer. Seems this was some if not all of the impetus to move to the Fayette County. Note the negativity from the local planners there and the need for over 1,000 mini-homes and apartments to go with the studio. Fayetteville is going to provide these living quarters on the adjacent land. Good luck with that Fayeteville.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/may/10/james-bond-franchise-pinewoo...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-15/bond-s-pinewood-studios-rejecte...

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Are you saying

Our planners don't know the real facts and are just trying to pad their resumes?

Will we be sorry for this?

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Will we be sorry?

Well, depends. Are we talking in the next 10 years? Probably not. Beyond that, go 20-40 years out? I won't be here. Just use those 2 stories i provided a link to as a cautionary tale of what the studio will do when we don't have what they need anymore. Pack up and leave.

Planners where? Fayette County? Fayetteville? No such thing. There not one person on staff in either government that has experience planning for a project of this magnitude. So, leave it to Jim Pace and his buds. And Dan Cathy with the cash and Gov. Deal pushing all the way in the background.

If anyone thinks Chase bank is coming into Kedron to open a mortgage bank for homes in PTC, they are dead wrong.

If anyone thinks the bank(s) that have shown an interest in the Chick-fil-A lot on 54 that will be vacated when moved over to 54 West think they want a presence in PTC for new homes in PTC, they are wrong. The mortgage companies are positioning themselves front and center for the hundreds of homes going to be built down the road.

While all of this is going on, notice that not one word has been uttered by the County, the GADOT, the city of Fayetteville or PTC about the need to address the traffic on Hwy 54 from the Coweta County line all the way to the Clayton County line. All are just in denial about the additional traffic mess this studio and the adjoining development is going to generate.

East-west on 54 has to be widened and improved in PTC and in downtown Fayetteville and in-between. You can try to put in alternate routes all around it, but this state highway is going to be THE major traffic corridor for years and years to come, thanks to Pinewood. And don't anyone tell me new cart paths are going to solve the issue. Or a bypass around Fayetteville. Or a TDK extension into Coweta.

Where was the traffic study that was done to assess the impact of Pinewood and this associated residential development going in adjacent to it? Oh, right, there was none done. Too much hurry to get that 7 story building up by January so that the new Bond film can start production while Skyfall is still fresh in everyone's mind.

Will we be sorry? No, not for a while. We will be grateful for the new jobs and the excitement of this very glamorous line of development. But, remember, PTC is only 50 years old and look at the issues within it's borders. Another cautionary tale for any planners in the offices of this county's and cities governments. Me, in 30 years? I'll be pushing up daisies in another field somewhere.

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MLC - I read the links again

These articles were posted in May of this year. Then over the summer, Fayette County pushed thru new zoning to permit denser housing and taller buildings.

Seems to me that our officials are once again allowing our local developers to do whatever they want on the promises of jobs and tax revenue. If they had actually done some homework instead of just drinking the cool aid, we may have had someone that actually used this information as leverage to get Pinewood to pay more of their fair share instead of giving them everything they ask for.

If the local government in the UK is willing to allow an extra 3100 jobs walk away, that is very telling.

"To have allowed this development of over 110 acres in the green belt and Colne Valley Park, would not only have caused significant degradation to the local environment but also harmed the quality of life for local residents,”

If commission had done a little homework, they could have learned from our neighbors across the pond that quality of life wasn't worth the added tax base.

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You answered my question

Loud and clear.

When Brown ran for commission a few years ago, he had a beautiful photo taken just west of the hospital and stated he wanted slow growth, studies performed for traffic and schools, ect...

Non of this was performed when they pushed Pinewood through. Nothing.

We have a 6-7 story structure approved AFTER it was already being built on site. How did this happen? (Back room deals?)

High density housing approved and possible school opening, but no traffic study? Plus, the county is paying for most of the new fire station. Why isn't Pinewood purchasing a new ladder truck at least?

The present commission has no experience negotiating and it shows.

Your right. At the next commission election, we will have a new problem. Traffic and schools. I can see this being a huge issue in 2016. Will history repeat itself with a new TSplost, with commission now backing it due to their poor planning?

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It's called progress folks

Welcome to the realities of progress. You have to decide one way or the other...because the plain truth is you can't have it both ways. We need the tax money and this is a very lucrative business that will give us the shot in the arm we need.
You want the benefits of a nice town but don't want businesses who keep the tax dollars coming in that will pay for it all. You want a small town country atmosphere but you want modernization. You don't want public transportation and upgraded roads, but you want the traffic stranglehold to stop.It is the 21st centur and we need find a compromise to survive.
Oh, and students at a majority of educational facilities do not rely on public transportation. We aren't talking Clark Atlanta here. This would be specialized education. I am sure they will find a way to get back and forth without bringing in MARTA.
Fayetteville hasn't been a sleepy little one horse town in a lot of years. You will just have to get over the notion of us going back to that. Look at Senoia. You can retain your charm and still embrace progress as long as you monitor it carefully.

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Right on

We live in a metro of almost 6 million people. There will be growth here. This is some of the best growth one could ask for, and all I hear is complaining.

I sincerely appreciate the effort the citizens of Fayette county to prevent over development. I love that there are hardly any apartment complexes, that's a good thing! I enjoy a nice hard drink every once and awhile, but I appreciate that there aren't any liquor stores in the city of Fayetteville. I love and appreciate what Fayette County is and those who fought to make it this way.

But COME ON GUYS, this is nothing short of an amazing opportunity for the county. This offers an exciting future for its citizens. The possibility of a well payed and interesting careers for its citizens. How great is it that Fayette County will be known as the county with all the pilots and movie production folks! We aren't bringing in some assembly line factory. This sounds to be good paying, exciting jobs.

With that said, stay vigilant and make sure that the land use plan is respected. It is perfectly reasonable to annex this land into the city. It is ripe for development and to just NIMBY up will foolishly pass on what seems to be the most incredible opportunity this county has had.

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Other than a few good paying careers such as accounting, tell me what kind of jobs will be forthcoming that are full time with benefits like the hospital, NCR, or Hoshizaki.

Pinewood leases their facilities to various productions. The production companies pay for use of the facility and therefore try to get done as quickly as possible.

These production companies look for places that provide incentives. 44 states including Ga lose money providing these subsidies for the glamour of the movie credits and a temporary shot in the arm in terms of increased jobs and taxes. The production companies search for locations that fit their films needs and negotiate the best deals. Will we get opportunities for beach or ski movies? Probably not. The production company then gathers the team of accomplished pros to get in and out. These are the well paid staff. Production utilizes locals for the misc labor that can be found anywhere there is skilled and semi-skilled labor. Carpenters, electricians, caterers, cameramen, hair and make-up. Nothing wrong with any of this, but don't be flabbergasted when the projects done and they are scrambling for work. These jobs aren't 9-5 either. Try 7 am to 2 am. Think of all the money that the baby sitters will make when the staff can't get home in time for the kids. Go on any states film website. There are thousands of wanna-bes hoping for work in this glamour field. Many states even listed people's email addresses. I contacted one person in a medium sized city with multiple studios and inquired about opportunities. They said they had 15 years in the business and work about 1/2-3/4 of the year, while their spouse does the same.

So when the Tea Party studies the subsidies provided to these production crews, they are going to raise Cain when they realize the return is not worth the expenditure that you and i are helping subsidize. Other states have already realized this and cut back on funding which in turn made the studios in that state (Michigan) uncompetitive and they closed down.

I would be more than happy to be wrong. But show me a studio in the US (other than Hollywood or Disney) that was actually a game changer for the town, providing good paying, steady careers and a solid tax base without your subsidies.

Pinewood will bring in money to the county. It already has provided a lift, but I'm afraid the production people will whore themselves to next studio that provides them the best deal. That's the American way.

I don't see the benefits of the risk in modifying our land plan as rapidly as the developers are pushing the county and city. Lets be smart and follow our slow growth plan Mr. Brown promised. If they can prove to us that they are here to stay and can stand on their own two feet without my subsidizing their business, then give them more for growth. But until then, let them finish the studio and prove to us they can make it. Do you really think they will pull the plug now?

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Dupe

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You just can't please some people

Listen to the crap spewing from most of ya'll. Our county is DROWNING. Have you guys not looked at Coweta County to the west? Ashley Park, A new Tech school, a new Hospital, a new Cancer center it all about the tax base. Wake up folks...

Pinewood will bring Jobs. Maybe not high dollar jobs like most of you holier than thou folks think they should be, but right now...any job is better than no job.

There's nothing like the Old Fuddy Duddys in Fayette County to be a buzz kill.

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Weeping in Fayette County

More than five years ago when a bunch of citizens looked at a map of the West Fayetteville Bypass (Veteran's Parkway), we all said at the same time, "It's a developer's road!!" It was more than plain to see. My husband and I were among that bunch.

However, former Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele, former Commissioners Jack Smith, Eric Maxwell, Herb Frady, Lee Hearn, and Robert Horgan said, "The WFB will relieve traffic in Fayetteville."

Former Commission Chairman Greg Dunn said that when he signed the contract with Mallett Consulting to oversee the WFB project that he had no intentions of it going any further than Phase I behind the hospital. He said that Phase I made sense. If that were true, then why did he give Mallett Consulting the go ahead to proceed with Phases II and III.

The West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition fought the project for 5 years. We were accused of NIMBY! We were accused of throwing the East Bypass Folks under the bus.

I know for a fact, the current commissioners had nothing to do with bringing the Pinewood project here.

Yep, money talks y'all.

Don't think I will ever eat at the Cathy family restaurants again.

We were sold out by our own.

Read it and weep!

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Yes, weeping on speculation

I was never in favor of the by-pass or the projections for a film studio when insiders are saying the ave Joe won't be able to afford a movie in a few years. Why are they planning for temporary housing when they want to hire locals? Can't you see mass transit to get these students to ATL or the airport?

Your mistaken to think that our current commission is not complicit, especially Brown and McCarty who are holdovers and had the inside information they are not permitted to divulge. Barlow and Ognio also stood on the Dias and preached they would stop the bypass and save our rural county feel. What the heck happened in 6 short months that changed their tune?

Your heros who stood up for you, left you behind on speculation. Remember what happened with the schools with speculation. The next few years will be interesting to say the least.

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PCD Zoning City of Griffin

Quality Growth Audit prepared by ARC staff June 2009.

"Goal: Creation of pedestrian-oriented mixed use centers"

pages 3 and 4 "The PCD category does not provide for pedestrian-scale development along the street-front. The PCD is most commonly used in communities to bring order to big box retail developments. It does not include the considerations that must be a part of regulation of street front, pedestrian scale development."

Also, an article from the Citizen from 2011:

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/05-18-2011/f%E2%80%99ville-consider-d...

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Just Say No - PCD

Mr. Smithfield, you were correct. Our officials are up to no good. PCD's were not designed for this location. High density student housing, inexpensive temporary housing for staff doesn't jive with the idea to hire locally either. Developing this for outsiders will also most likely result in those students and temp workers requesting mass transit.

This was exactly what our commissioners (Brown, Barlow, Ognio) campaigned against. If Fayetteville annexes and changes from R-70 to anything else, everyone should protest.

The developers will sell revenue projections to the county and city officials looking to be heros from work planned long before they were elected or hired. The planners will push the value of the PCD's as this will enhance their green resumes for their next job hunt.

Don't believe for one Hollywood minute that this wasn't the plan all along. High density, commercial and industrial facilities along the road to nowhere.

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Actually they campaigned on a pledge to stop the WFB

An impossible pledge to keep, but they got voted in anyway and Brown became chair - which is what he was really running for. No prior planning by the commissioners on this one. Mudcat is correct - smoke and mirrors from a highly-skilled development team who did in fact know what they were doing. Commission has been led and managed on this one. Now it is impossible for them to object publicly because the studio deal made the road to nowhere argument go away and the school deal and the promise of jobs and more jobs means that anything the developer wants - he can get. Annexation into Fayetteville and sewer access is a forgone conclusion. And sewer makes the density of the proposed housing much higher. The developer is viewed as a savior of sorts for the county, bringing in an industry some see as glamorous. Must make Brown uncomfortable that he can't bash the biggest development project in years, but he can't because his next campaign will be about how he made this happen. Count on it.

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If you believe that commission was led and managed by others, then we elected some very inept managers. Where was Oddo's list of questions he proposed to use during his campaign? Why didn't Barlow or Ognio ask any "pertinent" questions?

Brown and McCarty spent two years on commission reading the FCDA monthly reports and listening in on the executive sessions. Didn't they pick up on any of this?

I predict in 2 years:

Brown: Running for state office using Pinewood as his platform.
Ognio: Busy running his electrical business assisting other electrical contractors servicing or building new facilities related to Pinewood.
Otto: Busy helping with the taxes of those new firms locating to FC
McCarty- Consulting for Pinewood
Barlow - Working as a camera man

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Yes, I do believe that. Not inept, more like bypassed

This thing was flown way under the radar and didn't show up on any reports until days before the announcement. Not asking questions is a sign one was taken by surprise or saw an easy way out of the stop WFB pledge.

Predictions?
Brown Sure. Oddo maybe.
The others will be surprised to learn about unions and union work rules, but won't be on county commission.

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Inept

It's quite obvious now, that FCDA did very little and was not the true liaison bringing Pinewood here. The developer appears to be the gatekeeper and FCDA received too much credit.

In a normal setting, the FCDA would have acted as the liaison and brought all questions from Pinewood to the county to answer. (Like, can we build student housing and retail) Seems like your saying the developer told Pinewood what they wanted to hear and then worked behind the scenes to make things happen which normally wouldn't happen.

Inept commission was too stunned to react.

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FCDA was certainly involved

I only know this part from the newspaper, but it seems FCDA was simply along for the ride when the developer was pitching hanger space at Falcon Field for the soundstages. Airport noise killed that idea and at the last minute FCDA suggested the road to nowhere acreage. So they were involved and may have even been instrumental in getting this site, but the whole thing was driven by the developer who went to England and sought out Pinewood and convinced them to visit Peachtree City.

It is probably better for developers to take the lead and spend their own money for expensive trips. Tax dollars for such trips are in short supply ever since the hotel/motel tax dollars were redirected away from business development and toward tourism. That was stupid and needs to be reversed. Yes I know it is the law, so to restate - the law is stupid and needs to be changed.

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They really came on strong with their A-team

It is fun to watch professionals at work. Here we have Group VI, Bill Foley, Historical Concepts, The Cathy family and others running rings around the so-called overseers. County Commission did a 180 on the road to nowhere and now they are out of it as the project gets annexed into Fayetteville. Note that construction is proceeding very rapidly. The buyout of the school is another smooth move making the current school board look better in the wake of the Smith and Smola overbuilding and overspending era. And in every press release - Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Kudos to whoever coordinated the PR effort on this one, Great overall feel-good campaign by professional developers. Superb visuals and graphics distract from actual zoning and land use. Now what emerges almost unnoticed? Townhomes! Dormitory Housing for students! Transient housing for workers!
Translation - MULTI-FAMILY!!!!

Now where is all the opposition? Are we going to hear Steve Brown stand up and ask "What happens to the multi-family units if the studio project fails? People like him have asked a version of that question on Aberdeen Woods, Towne Club and even the HaddixGaffe Senior Section 8 in Kedron Village.

And they are going to throw in a little retail, too. Yes indeed, the pros really worked over the county and the city on this one. They never saw it coming. No wrong-doing on the part of government officials, IMHO - they were just clueless. Here, look at this shiny thing in my left hand while I pick your pocket with my right hand.

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Good question catbreath

They are debating it now at County Commission. Will Steve Brown renounce - meaning "I was against it before I was for it" ? or vice versa? I guess we will find out after the intrepid John Munford returns from tonite's meeting, Inquiring minds want to know.

My bet is that no one - including Brown, will object to the Multi-family zoning tonite. No cojones in either group - city or county.

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Mudcat. - You really think they were clueless?

Have to give props to the PR people who slowly but surely add another new feature each month waving the carrot in front of the hungry mule with promises and projections.

Pinewood wanted the land possibilities because they had a need and a dream. Our officials have the same dream of professional and fiscal advancement. One cannot be this niave to believe that all this fell into place after the fact.

FCDA had to know that someone had a plan for all the land Pinewood coveted and knew if they could sell the project, each persons resume would explode with bigger and better opportunities.

The architect and engineers after a few years of struggle, see their fees skyrocket compared to the previous 5 years and don't want to let go of the cash cow (pun intended).

Mr. Brown sees this opportunity to jump to state level and with Pinewood, he can say this happened under his watch because he has projections. The Otto boys get to meet all the important deal makers who steer accounting business their way, Ognio reeps the rewards from bringing in electrical business, and someone will eventually give Barlow some consulting fees to video progress so he can finally pay off his creditors and open his own church. Move over Rev. Dollar.

Then we have people telling us hairstylists can make $1650 wk working on the stars. Not explaining that the hours are long, unsteady, and your family life will suffer. But we have husbands on line trying to line these jobs up for their wives so they can rest a little easier, lol.

What ever happened to the promises to keep the rural character of FC? What happened to the R-70 developments? What happened to the stopping of the By-pass?

It's every man for himself. Can you say Gwinnett or DeKalb politics.

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Cash Cow indeed - "Bild mor chickin coups"

Sorry Todd, they are very good looking chicken coops - very traditional, but undeniably - multi-family housing.
When the Cathy Family Trust signed on, the possibilities went through the roof. Lot's of upside potential, fees, jobs and the huge pass given to good Christians who have contributed mightily to the community.

I doubt County Commission or City of Fayetteville were much involved in the "pull a fast one" presentation. FCDA probably had a clue how the project would grow and expand in all directions, but remember, this whole thing was deliberately put together under the radar because Pace and FCDA were trying to put it in Peachtree City and obviously no one invited the mayor to fly to England for the sales pitch. This land got attention at the last minute after airport noise at Falcon Field moved them off that location.

So, I do think county and city were indeed clueless and taken by surprise and they just put on a happy face and kept grinning at each presentation - like that mule on Hee Haw. The proof of this is that not one single politician had any credible way of claiming credit, nor did anyone try.

To quote a famous formerly-local cynic and newspaper owner, "They are not smart enough to mount a conspiracy or organized enough to keep it quiet"

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