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What’s planned for Oakwood property that’s been vacant more than 50 years
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A farm that has sat vacant for 50 years is now being eyed as part of 128-home subdivision proposed off Atlanta Highway near Plainview Road in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

A once “viable farm” that has sat unused and vacant for 50 years is now being eyed as part of 128-home subdivision proposed off Atlanta Highway near Plainview Road in Oakwood.

“Historically, it was a viable farm that supported the local economy,” Blue River Development of Cumming says of 35 acres at 3619 Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13, also near Old Plainview Road.

“The surrounding areas have evolved into residential communities, replacing the farms that once occupied the area.”

Blue River is set to ask the Oakwood Planning Commission Monday, Aug. 20, to recommend that the Oakwood City Council rezone the property, as well as an adjacent 20.6 acres, to allow for the subdivision, which would be known as Falcons Ridge.

The 20.6-acre property, now zoned for commercial, also has sat “vacant and unused for 50 years,” Blue River states in its rezoning application.

The property at 3727 Atlanta Highway “is not suitable for commercial development or low-density residential use due to topography and demographics,” the developer said. “The cost to develop this property requires enough homes to support the construction costs, in turn keeping the housing product affordable and marketable to the public.”

The proposed subdivision features several open spaces and a swimming pool, as well as one entrance/exit off Atlanta Highway, a map of the development shows.

“There is a current need for more residential to support the existing commercial properties,” Blue River states. “There currently is a low inventory incapable of servicing the demand.”

A couple of years ago, Oakwood city officials began focusing particularly on ramping up the number of homes in an otherwise heavily commercial and industrial city.

“Our City Council decided it was important to diversify our tax base with more residential development,” City Manager Stan Brown has said. “The goal was to provide housing opportunities for those working in Oakwood.”

Many homes have been approved this year or are being built in Oakwood.

One of the largest getting government’s OK is a 255-home subdivision across from West Hall High School on McEver Road. That project also features commercial development, such as a shopping center, off McEver and Chamblee roads.

Oakwood Planning Commission

What: Proposed rezonings for 128-home subdivision in Oakwood

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20

Where: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle

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