City Council Announces Plans to Buy 'Roberts' Property

Peachtree Corners leaders said they would seek to enter into a contract to purchase 20+ undeveloped acres across from The Forum.

There was only one item on the agenda for Monday night's City Council meeting - but it was a big one.

The City of Peachtree Corners will pursue the purchase the 20+ undeveloped acres across from The Forum on S.R. 141.

Becoming land owners was not the intention when the city was formed said Mayor Mike Mason in his opening remarks. But to avoid having the property developed into 250+ apartments, it ended up to be the city's only option.

"We didn't know until October 2012 that Charlie Roberts (the current property owner at the time) had plans to sell it," said Mason. The new owner was Lennar, a Miami, Fla.-based apartment developer. "It was a big surprise to us," he added.

Mason said the city looked for other options but time was running out as the new land owner intended to break ground later this year on an apartment complex.

"When we took the oath of office we promised to protect the quality of life of Peachtree Corners," said Mason. "The city is already at a 50/50 mix of single family homes to apartments." The additional apartments would "not benefit the community in the long run," he said.

After adjourning to executive session the Mayor and Council returned and by unanimous vote approved empowering the Mayor, City Manager and City Attorney to enter a contract to to purchase the property.

"I think it's a great idea, and it's good for the community," said Peachtree Corners resident Tom Hering after the meeting. "And it's good to resolve the issue (of the Roberts property being developed into apartments) that has been hanging over our heads for years."

But at least one of the 50 or so residents who attended the meeting didn't agree. "I think it's a terrible idea to buy the land," said Brent Johnson, who had run for the Post 5 seat last year.

Editor's note: Please read the Q&A posted on Patch which provides a good bit of information on the land purchase, how it will be financed, what will be done with the property and more. Click HERE to be directed to the Q&A.

Deborah Parks February 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM
What I quoted was cut directly from the AJC article. If we are welcoming to diversity, what exactly about the apartments is a threat to our "quality of life?"
don simpson February 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I don't have any problems with apartments. But is the last large tract of undeveloped land on a major street in the town. It is directly across from the forum. It is perfect for town city type development. One that should include some apartments, without question. This is implicit in a mixed use development.
don simpson February 20, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Of course I meant a town center type of development.
Vox Rationis February 20, 2013 at 09:49 PM
No, Deborah, that is not correct. You suggested Mike made a statement that he did not make, by incorrectly quoting from the article. The single quotes around the clause 'They don't have to move' indicate that it is a heading in the article. The double quotes around what Mike actually said indicate what he said. 'They don't have to move' is the heading for the next section of the article, which is about what Larry had to say. Just like 'Roots of community' and 'One service, few powers' and 'Unmatched coverage' are headers in the article. You can make your point without misquoting somebody. In fact, people might listen to you more if they don't think you are "cheating" to make a point.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 21, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Of course one could argue that the fees that will now dedicated to bond service here would have been used elsewhere, reducing taxes spent in those other areas...


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