A proposed development on 88 acres at the corner of Mountain Industrial Boulevard and Hugh Howell Roads, called “The Rise,” is under consideration again by the City of Tucker. Developer Stephen Macauley’s initial request for rezoning the former Sears distribution center was delayed by concerns about increased neighborhood traffic and insufficient sewer capacity for the sprawling development.
The proposal includes 192,000 square-feet of retail space, 88,000 square-feet of office space, 705 housing units, senior living space, and a new elementary school and daycare as well as a 36,000-square-foot grocery store, a brew pub, and a food hall similar to the restaurants in Ponce City Market, in addition to apartments, townhomes and cottages backing up to a 22-acre greenspace that would line Camp Creek.
Residents in Smoke Rise and central Tucker expressed concerns about increased traffic and loss of trees and greenspace, but Macauley said a study was done on traffic impacts of the project, with feedback received from the county as well as GDOT. The net overall impact found was a seven percent increase in morning traffic and a 12 percent increase in afternoon traffic. Improvements are proposed to mitigate the traffic increase impact, including installing a new traffic light at the entrance on Hugh Howell Road and Flintstone Drive, and improving traffic flow by adjusting the timing of traffic signals in the area.
After the substantial revisions to his original proposal that had included a post-production movie studio and hotel, Macauley brought his revised plan to the Tucker Community Council on May 10. Under the current schedule, the project will go before Tucker’s City Council July 24. If the council approves the developer’s application, he said they could begin demolition of existing buildings within the next few months and could begin building by summer of 2018.