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ATLANTA-Largely rural Henry County, which is attracting commercial developers quickly, has closed a deal to buy 23.2 acres from LaTrelle Brewster for $251,000 or $10,811 per acre (25 cents per sf) for green space preservation, according to a published report.

The acreage is in south 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 US 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 (15 cents per sf) for 66.2 acres, and Samuel Round II $100,003 for 13.18 acres or $7,587 per acre (17 cents per sf), 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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