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Development planned in Oakwood as part of public-private sewer effort
0713OAKWOOD
A local company hopes to build office/retail buildings on this site off Atlanta Highway in Oakwood, an effort firmed up by a joint sewer agreement with the city approved this week.

Two office/retail buildings are planned off Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 in Oakwood, but city officials are hoping it’s only the start of economic development in that area of town.

A joint sewer project between the South Hall city and 3740 Atlanta Highway LLC would bring sewer to the area north of Plainview Road and Chadwick Drive.

Sewer would be extended 2,000 feet from an area close to Cornerstone Assembly, a church at 3622 Atlanta Highway, to Old Plainview Road, City Manager Stan Brown said.

“This line would be laid adjacent to (Interstate 985) and then veer back to the (3740 Atlanta Highway property),” he said, speaking earlier this week to Oakwood City Council.

“The proposal here is we would split the costs 50/50 and that we would try to recoup some of our investment with future parcels that would tie on,” Brown. “There are parcels there that are developable, and we think it’s a good move in the future for us.”

The area is largely undeveloped, except for a few scattered businesses and houses.

The city could spend about $85,000 on the project.

“(The business entity) would get the design done, we would get the easements required, they would get the quotes, we would review the quotes and make sure (the project) is awarded properly,” Brown said. “And they would administer the work. When it’s all said and done, it would be a public sewer.”

He added: “If we were to do the project ourselves, we would probably see a 30 percent increase in the costs, by the time we bid it out as a city. I think it’s much more effective for the private side to do that.”

“Anytime we can extend sewer lines by partnering with someone — not having to carry the full brunt of (costs) — it’s something to consider,” Brown said.

Oakwood City Council ended up passing a resolution to move forward on the sewer agreement with the company.

Danny Gilleland, the LLC’s registered agent, couldn’t be reached for comment.

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