The Rise Project on Hold

The proposed redevelopment of the Sears property at the corner of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard is still under consideration by the Tucker City Council – although the pace recently slowed.

Developer Stephen MaCauley’s original request was withdrawn in January after the council felt there were too many unanswered questions and concerns regarding sewer capacity and traffic. Previous versions of the plan for the 88-acre mixed-use project included a post-production movie studio and hotel, which have subsequently been removed. MaCauley enlisted the services of Atlanta attorney Doug Dillard, who asked the council on July 10 for more time before a decision is rendered. City leaders agreed, and the first reading of the plan is scheduled for Aug. 14.

If approved, the development could include nearly 200,000 square feet of retail, 88,000 square feet of office space, an elementary school and daycare and a mix of residential units appealing to everyone from millennials to seniors.