The Coweta County Commission on Dec. 8 approved a variance for the former Orchard Hills Golf Club property on Ga. Highway 16 to make room for a potential 1 million sq. ft. industrial building.
The 281-acre former golf club site on Hwy. 16 at Interstate 85 was sold nearly two years ago. In its place, and approved in June, will be a 3 million sq. ft. industrial center with and additional 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space along the roadway.
The applicant asked for a variance for a potential 1 million sq. ft. building constructed with “tilt-up” concrete. The variance was approved on a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Tim Lassetter recusing himself due to a conflict of interest.
The commission on June 28 voted unanimously to rezone the golf course property for a future retail and industrial site with a roadway that will connect to Campus Drive and Turkey Creek Road to the north.
The golf course large tract had been zoned RC (rural conservation) while the zoning approved by commissioners changed the zoning to C-7 (major commercial) for the4 36.2-acre parcel and M (industrial warehouse, distribution, manufacturing) for the 245-acre portion of the property.
The proposal received DRI (Development of Regional Impact) approval from the Three Rivers Regional Commission, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The conceptual site plan calls for several industrial buildings ranging from 52,000 to 460,000 sq. ft. situated mainly to the center and rear of the property and a number of retail buildings such as restaurants, support retail, a gas station and grocery store along Hwy. 16
A transportation feature included in the development includes the extension of Campus Drive from the west side of the West Georgia Technical College campus off Turkey Creek Road through the new industrial/retail development and on to Hwy. 16.