A Canadian real estate company with substantial area holdings is asking the Commerce Planning Commission for zoning changes on more than 400 acres it plans to develop in the area of Homer Road, Hospital Road and the U.S. 441 bypass.
The Commerce Planning Commission will hear the request Monday night at 7:00 in the Peach Room of the Commerce Civic Center.
The Walton Group wants the changes on the 266.2-acre tract in the triangle where Homer Road and U.S. 441 meet near the north end of Hospital Road; and for 143.73 acres on the opposite (west) side of Homer Road at Hospital Road for a mixed-use development combining commercial, single-family residential and multi-family residential projects.
“That’s the old Chatham property,” noted planning director David Zellner, referring to the larger tract.
Years ago, Atlanta developer David Chatham proposed a development featuring 505 units of housing nearly evenly divided between townhouses and single-family houses, and a large segment of commercial development. At one point, Chatham offered to donate a site on the tract for a new BJC Medical Center.
The city rezoned the property for Chatham, but aside from clearing the land of timber, no development took place.
According to Zellner, Monday night’s action on that tract involves rearranging the site plan to make better use of wetlands.
“They’re keeping the same amount of acreage for each zoning use,” Zellner said.
For the full story, see the Sept. 18 issue of The Commerce News.