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Property Across From The Forum May Be Developed

An Atlanta-based company is interested in developing the Peachtree Corners property on Peachtree Corners Circle and Peachtree Parkway into a specialty retail center.

If you've driven by the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Peachtree Corners Circle, the blue and white sign announcing a new development on that corner has probably caught your eye.

The sign announces that a new "speciality retail development" called "Peachtree Corners Place" is planned for the corner across the street from Dreamland restaurant.

An Atlanta-based company, Fuqua Development, has its eye on the property. Patch spoke briefly with Jeff Fuqua, spokesman for the company who said the company was in the early planning stages.

"It's premature to talk about the development," said Fuqua. "We are about a month a way from announcing solid plans."

The company's website shows preliminary plans for a specialty retail development to be "anchored by a natural food grocery store, a bank, restaurants and small shops."

However, it's yet to file any plans with the city or Gwinnett County said Diana Wheeler, Peachtree Corners Community Development Director.

Wheeler said the company is likely trying to line up committments from businesses before it files development plans.

Fuqua Development is located at 3495 Piedmont Road in Atlanta, the company's website indicates it has "upcoming projects" in Denver, Palm Beach Gardens, Jacksonville and Atlanta.

Watch for a follow up story on this development when more information is available.

Liz Bigler November 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Yes, I know it's easier to rip down trees and build on mother nature than it is to redevelop something that's sitting empty, but it makes me sad to see yet another green space in our area paved over. Especially when half of the plaza one block south, where Goodwill anchors, sits empty. Also, the former Ingles at Pleasant Hill and Howell Ferry. Why doesn't someone adapt that? Reuse and recycle, developers!
Kat November 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
The drawing above looks just like the Forum. Is there really a need to to take more green space to duplicate an existing shopping area?
Rico Figliolini November 19, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Market demands are what drive real estate development. That is why, even though the middle parcel of this lot is zoned for apartments, it wasn't developed as such yet. But, retail in this area, across from the forum is different. The demand is there and that is quite frankly a prime space for retail. With that said I'd would like to see a comprehensive plan that includes keeping some "green" space as Suwanee did with it intended as a park. The ONLY space that Peachtree Corners may have that can work that way is right across from the Forum. BTW, I believe the only way to keep it green - other than negotiated use with the developer in trade of special use permits, etc. - would be to seize the property through eminent domain. Thoughts?
Lyn Ferraiolo November 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
When accepting plans, remember this is PeachTREE Corners. People will go for lunches there, but shopping in the heat ? Think of shady tree lined sidewalks,seating areas, and pergolas that make for a cooler , prettier shopping/meeting with friends area . We have a chance to build up this city as a beautiful place to visit, to shop, and to enjoy our neighbors, and we don't want another "strip mall" . Making a different shopping experience will draw not only locals, but visitors from other towns, as the Forum already does. Y ou will want people to go across the street to enjoy the new experience.
Judy Putnam (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Excellent point Lyn. Talking about ripping down trees, the Bush Road project is a perfect example of a developer simply coming in and mowing down a forest to build homes.
Judy Putnam (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Rico, I'd love to see the property preserved as green space. Have you talked to the City Council about your idea of seizing the property though eminent domain?
Jody Reeves November 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Aside from the loss of greenspace, we need to think about traffic. 1) Traffic is backing up on Peachtree Corners Circle at Peachtree Parkway, past the side entrance to Quik Trip and 2) there WILL be dump trucks coming up Peachtree Corners Circle from Peachtree Industrial, through the neighborhoods, to the construction site. Don't fool yourself that a sign will keep them out. Eighteen wheelers cut through already.
AL November 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Proper Planning was one of the key selling points in making Peachtree Corners a city, so I’m keeping a very close eye on how our city leaders respond to the development of this particular area. "Across-The-Forum" has the potential to be a very significant representation of PTC’s identity...we only have one shot at doing this right, so let’s make this effort a memorable one that will have a positive impact for decades to come. Also, I’m very glad (and relieved) to see so many posts citing the importance of preserving the “green”ness of this space as much as possible...and, FWIW, we just had visitors from out of town that were very impressed with the Forum (again, just more food for thought regarding how important it is to make the right decisions for what will happen across from it).
Mary November 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I would love to see a ground swell of suport for renewing the near empty shopping center one block south. This makes so much sense. Is this a value of the new city? Will we hear any of the council people champion this thinking?
Bob November 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
So long as it isn't apartments and doesn't impact the home values of the Simpson Elementary school district, I think that the Planning Commission and the Council will rubber stamp the plans.
Rico Figliolini November 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The middle portion of the area of land - directly opposite - of the Forum entrance on Peachtree Parkway is already zoned for R-13 apartments.It just hasn't been developed that way yet.
Lynden Carter November 24, 2012 at 03:28 PM
It's an unspiring shopping center that looks bland and uninteresting. John's Creek seems to attract far better architecture and I have to wonder why this developer thinks so little of this area that they are willing to add yet another boring looking mini mall.

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