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ATLANTA-Largely rural Henry County, which is attracting commercial developers, has closed a deal to buy 23.2 acres from LaTrelle Brewster for $251,000, or $10,811 per acre, for green space preservation, according to a published report.

The acreage is in southern Henry County next to the county-planned 1,477-acre Tussahaw reservoir project that Brewster previously opposed, the report states. Brewster and the Georgia River Network sued the county in 2001 to stop the reservoir project but a judge ruled against them in January 2002.

The project continued to fuel controversy when the Georgia River Network and the Altamaha Riverkeeper sued the county this year in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, according to the report. That suit hasn’t been resolved. Brewster is not involved in the second suit.

Henry County continues to add land to its green space inventory with the purchase of 80 acres in the north end of the county, the report states. The county paid the Folsom family $430,446, or $6,502 per acre, for 66.2 acres and Samuel Round II $100,003, or $7,587 per acre, for 13.18 acres, according to the report.

Georgia’s green space program began in 2000 when former Gov. Roy Barnes sought to protect at least 20% of metro land from commercial development, the report states.

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