Fischer Crossings back on Coweta Commission agenda
Fischer Crossings is back on the agenda at the Coweta County Commission. A public hearing scheduled for April 5 may or may not lead to a resolution of the issue related to the placement of a Kohl’s department store, other retailers and ball fields on the portion of the Fischer Crossings commercial development located on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County.
The current rezoning request, identical to the one submitted last year by developer Scott Seymour, pertains to the planned location of the retailers on the northeast side of Hwy. 34 and Fischer Road in the area the borders Fischer Road directly across from Sam’s Club. It is also in that area that Wynn’s Pond Road intersects with Fischer Road.
The commission in September in a split vote sided with the property owners of the long-established Featherston Fishing Club at Wynn’s Pond to deny the requests to rezone a portion of the 14-acre site from rural conservation to commercial that would have resulted in the establishment of 225,500 square feet of commercial space for Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx and other retailers. Commissioners also denied a request to re-route the portion of Wynn’s Pond Road that is currently situated adjacent to the 14-acre site.
The commission’s denial resulted in the filing of a lawsuit in Coweta County Superior Court on Oct. 1. Seymour’s lawsuit claims that the denial by commissioners substantially and unreasonably diminished the value of the property and restricted its use.
One of the issues that may arise at the April 5 meeting pertains to a proposed median cut along Ga. Highway 54, less than a half-mile from the Fischer Road/Hwy. 34 intersection. Seymour in a previous meeting had suggested that such a median cut would provide Wynn’s Pond property owners an available access point to Wynn’s Pond Road that intersects with Hwy. 54 just east of the Fischer Crossings development.
The first of the businesses at Fischer Crossings, the 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club store, opened in January. NGC Cinemas is expected to open its 40,000 square-foot theaters sometime in April.
The Fischer Crossings development is zoned to accommodate approximately 800,000 square feet of commercial space on the northeast, northwest and southwest corners of the intersection of Hwy. 34 and Fischer Road.