The following article by Asia Ashley was featured in the Henry Herald.
The start of 2016 has been booming with plans for development in Henry County.
RCP Companies, an Alabama-based real estate firm, announced last week its plans to build a $300 million, “experiential, mixed-use development” at the southwest intersection of Jodeco Road and Interstate 75 at Exit 222. The development has been called Jodeco-Atlanta South.
Preliminary plans for the development include retail and restaurants, an entertainment hub, amphitheatre, outdoor fitness and recreation areas, and sophisticated residences within an amenity-rich urban district, according to a RCP press release.
“Our intention is to craft a new, vibrant community that brings the energy of a high-density, urban design — as well as the options that a larger city might provide — to South Atlanta,” said Max Grelier, chief development officer of RCP Companies.
The development also includes over 500,000-square feet of local, regional and national retailers including an organic grocer and “best in class” new-to-the market anchors, as well as a 12,000-square-foot food hall to be called Mt. Olive Market, according to a press release.
Two upscale hotels and an estimated 600 residences, some of which are situated over retail in the heart of the project, also are called for, as well as a 30-acre park system with a natural wetland preserve, along with multi-purpose lawns and an outdoor amphitheatre. A perimeter bike path, boardwalk bridge and other trails that encircle the wetlands will offer connectivity throughout the development.
“The physical environment at Jodeco Atlanta South is designed to shift our patrons’ social and professional networks offline,” said Grelier. “By building for the customer, our developments focus on experiences, soft programming and architectural patterns at human scale and we’re really proud of that.”
Urban Design Associates, an urban planning firm based in Pittsburgh, is the architect for the development and will establish and monitor the architectural patterns, building forms and place making.
Henry County Planner Stacey Jordan said the development had initially been brought to the Henry County Planning and Zoning Board in December 2014. Because the development could have a large regional impact, the plans had to undergo a state transportation study before proceeding, which has been the primary reason for the hold-up over the last year.
In order to move forward with the development, the zoning board would have to approve the company’s request to rezone 158-plus acres from RA (Residential-Agricultural) to MU (Mixed-use). Jordan said the item will be placed on the agenda for the board’s March 10 meeting. If approved by the zoning board, and ultimately the Henry County Board of Commissioners, construction is expected to begin later this year with initial tenants opening doors in 2017.
Just last month on Jan. 21, the zoning board approved a rezoning request to locate an outdoor shopping mall on Jonesboro Road, just one exit away on I- 75 at Exit 221. That plan included specialty retail, big box retail, restaurants and two hotels with about 220 rooms on a 122-acre site.
More recently, Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church announced last week its plans to partner with several agencies to develop 65 acres of its property, located at Ga. Highway 42 and Brannan Road, that would include a $45 million continuing care community and relocating the Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry County, Eagle’s Landing Christian Counseling Center and United Hope for Children to the property.