Wicks: Developer would pay for sewer line upgrade

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.


Elmo 2 years, 6 months ago

So, the "developer" is going to foot the line upgrade bill for the "first stage" of this monstrosity, a little like saying the taxpayers will get the check, and the developer will pay the tip.

It looks like the council would identify the NEED of such an extension of urban sprawl, instead of salivating over any possible tax revenues it might, MIGHT bring. And with the economy, and all of the already empty buildings from closed or relocated businesses, why do we need another shopping center? Don't we have enough nail shops, beauty supplys, and "gold" shops?

It sounds like another fools' errand, like the Horse Park, elitist leaders dreams of noteriety and prestigue, financed with other peoples' money, which will fall into disrepair and chaos as soon as the "new" wears off. Money spent that will probably never be recovered...at least not anytime soon.

What is it with the local leadership, and their inability to see a vacant space and not build something on it. Brings to mind the lyrics of the song, "they paved paradise, and put up a parking lot...".

"...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."

A total recipe for communal disaster, and Conyers will be the loser in the end. They should call a special referendum vote on the matter of the rezoning and taxpayers should respond to the council with their feelings on the matter. They are acting like spoiled kids in a toy store, jumping for anything that sparkles for momentary gratification.

The city, county, and the nation are not in the position to GAMBLE on pies in the sky, and we certainly don't need such incentive for additional urban sprawl. I would suspect that IF it's built, even more people are going to leave Rockdale/Conyers, and further shrink the tax base.

In every transaction there comes a point of diminishing returns, and this folly sounds like a prime candidate for being a taxpayer money sponge, delivering only more crime, and rabble to plague our community.

I tried Googling "Four A Development", and found nothing. Who are they and why this debacle, and why now?



roots 2 years, 6 months ago

Better to try and discover who in local government has these guys in their pockets. Are they a public traded company? Put Lipstick on a Pig and its still a PIG.


Sundance 2 years, 6 months ago

Ask them if the will do it without puuting in residential rental units. I am telling you guys the only reason these guys want this is to stack it up with renters. And (generally speaking) most renters do not add value to the community through participation. They are not invested in the community. I heard that 78% of the housing in the city limits is rental property. That is our biggest problem. The worst kids at our schools? mostly renters. Jail inmates? mostly renters. Welfare recipients and freeloders? mostly renters. Nothing against the good people that rent but you are the exception not the rule.


Clark 2 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps in a few years once Conyers is back on its feet, but NOT NOW! This development will either just add another abandoned block like the Corner Market disaster, or will result in a bunch of section-8 housing. Make Conyers desirable again for the middle class, then we'll talk. And yes, that includes high-capacity transit into Atlanta whether that means MARTA heavy rail, or new commuter rail along the existing railroad. Look where the middle class is moving to right now: either in-town, or places that are within reach of in-town without having to deal with traffic.


ClaytonBigsby 2 years, 6 months ago

Clark, you are actually correct, even though you get lots of grief here. The MARTA we DON'T need is buses running up and down the road servicing every festering apartment complex. I'd offer Chicago's Metra as an example of what's needed on the underutilized CSX freight line. MARTA heavy rail is too expensive and unnecessary; commuter rail is what I'd like to see, but I seriously doubt I'll live long enough. The CSX line is more apt to become a trail first.


Clark 2 years, 6 months ago

To be clear, I also agree that local buses are what we don't need either. Commuter rail is certainly the way to go, the only reason I keep talking about the heavy rail is because it's the one that actually has a chance to get out here. MARTA's I-20 east project would bring Heavy Rail to Stonecrest where it's only two miles to Sigman Road by rail, or about an extra 10-15 minute drive if there's no traffic. That 10 to 15 minutes could make a huge difference in someone deciding where to live.


BUBBA 2 years, 6 months ago

Elmo I too tried to find 4A and only found a local address. Makes me wonder who or what they are. We know about the corner market and how well that has done.


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