CONYERS -- Rockdale Water Resources Director Dwight Wicks said Friday that the county water and sewer system has enough sewage treatment capacity to serve the first phase of a proposed mixed-use development, but the collection system would have to be upgraded.
Wicks confirmed that the county could meet the 170,000 gallons per day of sewage treatment capacity needed for the first phase of Four A International's development. However, he said the sewer line needed to get the wastewater to a treatment facility would require upgrades that would be funded by the developer.
"(Four A) has been made aware of that and certainly recognizes that it is going to be their responsibility to upgrade the interceptor," Wicks said.
An interceptor line is typically a large sewer line that collects sewage flow from smaller lines and carries it to treatment plants.
Wicks said there are already inflow and infiltration problems with that interceptor line. An upgrade to the line funded by Four A would correct the problems and help RWR keep down the system's capital replacement costs.
Wicks said he did not yet have an estimate on how much it would cost to upgrade the interceptor line.
A future phase of the development would require more treatment capacity -- 571,025 gallons per day -- according to a "will serve" letter Wicks sent to the developer in April. That would require upgrades to the Tanyard Branch interceptor line as well as the Almand Branch treatment plant.
The proposed Four A development would be built on property located in Conyers south of Interstate 20 and bounded by Flat Shoals Road, Johnson Road and Iris Drive. The project is described as a walkable community offering a mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses.
The project would entail 300,000 square feet of retail space, more than 200,000 square feet of office space and a total of 1,451 housing units -- 726 single-family detached, 290 townhomes and 435 multi-family units. Developers have indicated that build-out could take 10 to 20 years.
Four A International has planned an open house to provide residents with more information about the project. The event will be held Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Corner Market Meeting House, Building D, at 1785 Parker Road. Information is available at www.newchoicesforconyers.com.
The property is zoned General Business District with conditions; Four A is asking the city to rezone the land to mixed-use development and is also asking to amend the Conyers Comprehensive Land Use Plan from General Commercial to Special Mixed-Use Activity Center. The City Council tabled a vote on the rezoning request until its June 5 meeting.