Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

ALPHARETTA, GA-Elected officials in this suburban city, 30 miles north of Downtown Atlanta, have postponed voting on Cousins Properties Inc.’s $291-million mixed-use project for the second time in the last 30 days. The City Council again asked for more time before voting on the 220-acre suburban venture. A new hearing date hasn’t been set.

Area industrial and real estate brokers who attended the council’s public hearing Tuesday tell GlobeSt.com increased traffic and high density are among the city’s main concerns on the project. But those factors didn’t upset the city’s planning commission in early August when that agency recommended the city approve the rezoning for the project, as GlobeSt.com previously reported.

The planning commission’s approval raises hopes for Atlanta area residents that the long-discussed North Fulton Centre for the Arts will also break ground eventually within the Cousins project, area brokers following that undertaking tell GlobeSt.com.

But backers of the planned 27-acre, $70 million arts center face a December deadline to come up with $4 million to buy the land for the project. Fulton County and the city have each pledged $1 million to date. The price equates to $148,148 per acre, or about an average $3.40 per sf.

Besides the major development aspect of the Cousins project, the Alpharetta City Council’s decision is also being awaited by Tom Cousins, the company’s former CEO, who bought 600 acres for his company in north Fulton County between 1970 and 1985 for about $10 million, or $17,000 per acre, according to company records. The 220-acre Cousins mixed-use venture sits on that tract and requires rezoning approval before a groundbreaking date can be set.

Tom Cousins sold 100 acres in 1988 for the development of the North Point Mall. The price: $12.5 million, or $125,000 per acre. Area industrial brokers dealing in land sales tell GlobeSt.com current prices for comparable north Fulton County land run from $217,000 per acre to $240,000 per acre.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dig Deeper


GlobeSt. NET LEASE Fall 2021Event

This conference brings together the industry's most influential & knowledgeable real estate executives from the net lease sector.

Get More Information


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.