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Frady: County did not want to revive TDK

Despite allegations to the contrary, the Fayette County Commission never intended to resurrect the TDK Boulevard Extension project in a recently-completed land swap with Peachtree City, according to commission Chairman Herb Frady.

The county’s only goal was to gain ownership of a parcel to provide access to the Lake McIntosh dam and recreation area, Frady said at the close of a commission meeting Wednesday.

In return, the city got a swath of land along Line Creek that gives the city a final say over whether the TDK extension will ever come to fruition.

The road extension would have linked with Coweta County via a bridge over Line Creek. It was scuttled in 2007 on worries that a proposed Coweta development along its side of the extension would flood Ga. Highway 74 south with traffic and potentially siphon customers from city businesses.

That development, called McIntosh Village, was approved for 3,100 homes and 600,000 sq. ft. of retail on 1,558 acres located on the Coweta-Peachtree City border.

Initially proposed by a different developer, the property is now owned by the Mormon Church.

There is a push to get the Coweta property developed, as representatives of the Mormon Church and local developer Doug Mitchell of Pathway Communities have met
with county officials about three times since late 2010, Frady said.

The county told the developers that Peachtree City will have to approve the road, not the county, Frady added.

“I told them three times we had no interest in participating in that,” Frady said. “I just want to set that story straight.”

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix said that Mormon officials have also attempted to convince him to resurrect the road extension, but they haven’t been able to do so.

Frady noted that back in 2006 there was an agreement in place for the city to chip in $200,000 for the road extension with the county paying for $800,000 on the road. In the end, the county refunded the city’s $200,000 and spent its own $800,000 on other projects, Frady added.

The 650-acre Lake McIntosh will stretch just south of Ga. Highway 54 West and north of Falcon Field Airport. It will be located along Line Creek though most of the land is in the jurisdiction of Coweta County. The land was purchased back in the 1970s and is owned by Fayette County.

The county expects to spend upwards of $400,000 to build an access road to the lake’s amenities. The 650-acre lake is projected to have a playground, a gazebo, two walking trails, a picnic pavilion, docks and parking for boat trailers. It also will feature a gate at the entrance so the park can be closed from dusk until dawn.



mudcat's picture

This is an offshoot of the "do unto others" thing, but it is a good one --"You must always remember that you will encounter the same people on your way down as you did on your way up"

Now we have another quote from John Munford's very fine article - "There is a push to get the Coweta property developed, as representatives of the Mormon Church and local developer Doug Mitchell of Pathway Communities have met with county officials about three times since late 2010, Frady said."

Doug Mitchell's promises to the Mormon Church were laughed at and discussed at great length last weekend by a large group of former associates. Among them an individual who had been in some of the meetings. Conclusion - Mr. Frady is not going to forget the Doug Mitchell of the 1980's when he was mayor and by giving the city ownership of that land, he's avoided the end run Boyo tried to do. Now Mitchell will have to go back and convince a lame duck Haddix or his successor to open the floodgates to the Mormon land. Looks like those trees over there will be safe for decades. Thank you Herb.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Sounds like the Mitchell slug bothers you a lot. Don't worry about that. And don't scratch the itch or pick the scab. He is irrelevant.

Anyhow, I doubt that Frady has a vendetta against Mitchell. But if he does, Boogie Boy can always go back to the playbook of the '80's which is to run Steve Black or Mike Rossetti for county commission or Jim Pace or Bob Stalder or Rich Parlonteri or Annie McMenniman or Bob Brooks for city council or Bob Lenox for Mayor and then get them to vote for the TDK entension so he can suck some more money out of the city he was sworn to defend and protect.

Sad and irrelevant old man. Leave him alone.

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