GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Garden City is looking to develop nearly 20 acres around City Hall on Dean Forest Road.
This week, the Garden City Planning Commission approved site plans to build a new town center. WTOC spoke with Garden City Mayor Don Bethune about the mixed-use development plans that include both residential and commercial properties.
Before you get your hopes up - this project has been in the works for almost 10 years and officials say it could be another three before it's complete. However, if it all works out, the plans will include retail, restaurants, and apartments. An Atlanta-based developer released renderings of what they expect it to look like, but this isn't the first time someone has had a vision for the area.
In 2010, a private developer contracted with the city to construct a similar development, but those plans fell through. Mayor Bethune says the circumstances this time are different, and he believes this vision will come to fruition.
"I feel very confident that he will follow through on this. He has put some earnest money down now that he's gotten the approval from the planning and the zoning board. He will actually be going into the engineering side of it, doing plans and all of the engineering work, so we feel very confident that this project will move forward," said Mayor Bethune.
The developer is actually buying the land from the city, so it's hardly costing taxpayers. In fact, the mayor says they're expecting to make about $1.2 million by selling the land.
The complete PowerPoint presentation presented to the Planning Commission is viewable below: