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Atlanta River Walk set for Thursday public hearing, vote
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A proposed 508-acre waterfront development in South Hall near Jackson County is now primed for a public hearing and final action Thursday.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners had little comment on the Atlanta River Walk at its work session Monday afternoon.

South Hall Commissioner Kathy Cooper asked Hall Planning Director Srikanth Yamala whether a road running through the project would connect with Winder Highway/Ga. 53 near an industrial park neighboring Road Atlanta.

“That’s the game plan,” Yamala said. “I believe the applicant has to work with two property owners — one being Road Atlanta.”

The $700 million multi-use project, which has gotten a nod of approval from the Hall County Planning Commission, would be off Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 at Union Church Road.

The proposal calls for 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.

Peachtree City-based ARW Group LLC’s 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 main feature is construction of “a man-made feature similar to a river and surrounding it with world-class mixed-use development,” ARW Group principal Jorge Duran has said.

The proposal has drawn concerns from some residents, with worries including traffic, noise and environmental impacts.

Hall planning staff is also recommending approval of the project, as long as certain conditions are met. One concern is traffic.

“Staff is recommending that the developer work with Hall County engineering and/or (Georgia Department of Transportation) on determining the road improvements necessary to serve this development,” states a Hall County document.