By Bill Johnson
Site work has started on property across the street from The Forum shopping center.
PPH Properties, the owner of a four-acre site along Peachtree Parkway next to Piedmont bank, has started clearing their property in preparation for the development of a natural foods grocery store and several small retail stores.
Part of the site work on this property will involve the stockpiling of excess dirt onto the adjacent, city-owned property.
Community Development Director Diana Wheeler said the city's property will need significant amounts of fill dirt when it is eventually developed and taking the excess dirt from the adjoining property while it's under construction will save the city costs and eliminate hundreds of truck trips to bring in fill dirt later.
City officials were concerned about the impact that dump trucks filled with dirt would have on existing roads, traffic and air quality.
"Not having to move the dirt twice -- off the developer's site, initially, then back onto the city's property later -- seemed like the best option for all concerned," Wheeler said.
The excess dirt from the developer's property will be stockpiled at the center of the city's property and trees will remain along the perimeter to create a natural buffer to help mitigate the view of the stockpile until the property is developed.
Further south on the same block at the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Peachtree Corners Circle, Chase Bank recently acquired a building permit and will start construction on a new branch bank facility.
Editor's note: Bill Johnson is the public information officer for the City of Peachtree Corners.