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River Walk project in South Hall revived, but without the river
The new project, known as Reveille, will include 122,500 square feet of retail space, 122,500 square feet of office space, 560 apartments, 75 townhomes, 25, assisted-living townhomes and a 175-room hotel. A southern coastal craftsman type architectural theme will be used throughout the development.

The proposed Atlanta River Walk project in South Hall has been resurrected, but with a new name and without the river.

Atlanta-based Rotunda Land & Development Group LLC is seeking to revive the 508-acre development off Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 at Union Church Road.

Plans for several styles of housing, retail, hotel and an event center are still in place, but the man-made river that was the centerpiece of the $700 million Atlanta River Walk isn’t, said Henry W. Massie, Rotunda senior vice president, in an email this week.

The new project, known as Reveille, would be divided into three areas.

One area of the development would have 122,500 square feet of retail space, 122,500 square feet of office space, 560 apartments, 75 townhomes, 25 assisted-living townhomes and a 175-room hotel, Massie said.

Another section would have a 5,000-square-foot event facility, 92,000 square feet of retail/commercial space and 160 residential units above the retail area, he said.

And a third area would have 219 residential units, and a fourth pod would have 340 townhomes and 220 cottage homes, Massie said.

Rotunda is seeking a change in conditions from the old River Walk plan, which faded in 2018, two years after approval by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

Changes include specific types of uses for each area of the development, Massie said.

Also, “we are planning to have a Southern coastal craftsman-type architectural theme to be present throughout the project,” he said.

“The master plan will be developed in three phases and we expect to be breaking ground” in late 2019, Massie said.

Because of the development’s size, a regional impact study is being conducted by the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

“Hopefully, that review can be completed by the end of March,” said Srikanth Yamala, Hall County’s planning director.

The proposal could go before the Hall County Planning Commission on April 15, he said.

Atlanta River Walk triggered some concerns in its 2016 regional impact review about environmental impacts.

“After construction, water quality will be impacted due to polluted stormwater runoff,” said the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Residents, speaking at meetings, said they were worried about traffic.

“We’re all for the (development), but let’s do it right,” area resident James Guyton told the Hall Planning Commission in June 2016. “The first thing we need to do before we consider building anything is widening (Ga.) 211.”