A proposed 508-acre waterfront development in South Hall near the Jackson County line is set to be heard by the Hall County Planning Commission on June 20.
The $700 million development, being sought by Peachtree City-based ARW Group LLC, is planned off Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 at Union Church Road. Its property line would also abut the Road Atlanta racing course in Braselton.
The proposed development would include some 265 single-family homes, 215 townhomes, 600 multifamily units, 242,000 square feet of retail space and 424,000 square feet of office space, according to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ website.
Plans also call for a 200-room hotel, 20,000-square-foot convention center, 50,000-square-foot grocery store and 60,000-square-foot theater.
But its centerpiece is construction of “a manmade feature similar to a river and surrounding it with world-class mixed-use development,” ARW Group principal Jorge Duran has said.
Both Jackson County and the Atlanta Regional Commission have raised environmental concerns about project.
“There are lakes and additional wetlands shown on various aerials that are not being designated on the concept plan,” according to a Jackson County written response to the project.
And the Atlanta Regional Commission says, “After construction, water quality will be impacted due to polluted stormwater runoff.”
The planning board’s meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. in the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.
The board’s recommendation will be sent to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action at a public hearing set for July 14.