STOCKBRIDGE – A proposed convention center and park could be the centerpiece of a mixed-use development in the Reeves Creek area in north Henry County.
Forest Development Group Inc., in a public/private partnership with Henry County, has proposed the convention center on a 469-acre property located at the intersection of I-75 and I-675. Forest Development Group has reportedly agreed to donate 107 acres to Henry County for use as a convention center and park, part of a major mixed-use development in the area.
“This major mixed-use development, to be known as Reeves Creek, will be the premier destination on this side of Atlanta,” said Gary Furrow, chief operating officer of Forest Development Group in a press release. “The Henry County Board of Commissioners has envisioned a renaissance in South Metro Atlanta, making Reeves Creek a regional focal point for entertainment, office, destination retail and residential in a walkable live/work/play community.”
The project is named for Reeves Creek, which flows through the site, and the nearby Reeves Creek trail.
The development will include over 750,000 square feet of office space, which according to a press release from District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes, will provide residents in Henry County job opportunities in the area, rather than traveling to downtown Atlanta or north of the city.
The development will include four-lane roads and a 4-mile trail infrastructure that will connect to Reeves Creek Trail, and will also feature a performing arts center, full-service hotels, chef-driven restaurants, a variety of destination retail, residential, an innovation center, greenspace and water features.
Holmes said in a release that the facility was originally earmarked as a warehouse development, but the county convinced the developers to come up with a different plan.
“It’s going to take vision, guts and leadership to move this kind of project forward, knowing the existential benefits for our county’s economic future,” Holmes said. “This project has the potential to bring great amenities to our community and give us an economic advantage we’ve never had before.”
Holmes predicted the feasibility study for the development would “reveal very positive data with significant increases in direct and indirect (new business) revenues for our commercial tax digest.”
“With tax revenue generation in the millions, the Henry County Board of Commissioners could move to reduce the current millage rate, reducing the future tax burden for our residents,” Holmes said.
“There has already been great interest in the project, and many homebuilders, retailers, and hoteliers have inquired and shown interest in this location,” Furrow said in a release. “The future looks very bright for Reeves Creek and Henry County.”
Holmes said the land will be donated to the county, while the developer will pay for building out the road infrastructure.
“This project will have a powerful impact on the region and will create an entirely new I-75 skyline that will brand Henry County throughout the world,” Holmes said. “This will be a regional project that will have a tremendous direct and indirect impact, creating an entirely new cultural atmosphere and sense of place that will attract talent to our communities and new industry and jobs to Henry County.”