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Peachtree Corners partners with neighbor for city land project

PEACHTREE CORNERS — Taking advantage of a project next door, site work will begin on the first piece of property owned by the new city of Peachtree Corners.

While officials are reviewing three proposals for the development of the 20.6-acre site across from The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, site work is expected to be under way soon.

Because the property will need significant amounts of fill dirt when it is developed, the city reached an agreement with Bob Cheeley, the owner of a four-acre tract adjacent to the city land, to get the excess dirt from his property. Cheeley’s property is slated for development of a natural foods grocery store and several other shops, a press release said.

Peachtree Corners Community Development Director Diana Wheeler said the partnership will save the city money and eliminate hundreds of truck trips to bring fill dirt to the site later.

“Not having to move the dirt twice — off the developers site, initially, then back onto the city’s property later — seemed like a win-win, ” Wheeler said.

While the dirt is stockpiled in the center of the city property, officials said trees will remain along the perimeter to act as a natural buffer to the view.

With hopes for a city center type project on the land, officials are currently reviewing proposals submitted by TPA Group, Fuqua Group and Mccauley + Schmit. No time table has been set for a decision, the release said.