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Grocery, more retail, restaurants coming to Fischer area

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Oct. 17, 2021 - 7:45 AM

Grocery, more retail, restaurants coming to Fischer area

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The 4-acre Peachtree Seventh Day Adeventist Church site has been rezoned to expand the proposed Fischer Marketplace development at the southwest corner of Highway 34 East and Fischer Road. The property will retain its permit for a church in case the church can’t find a new site.

A grocery store and 80,000-square-foot "retail warehouse" as well as other retail, restaurants and medical offices are proposed for property at the Fischer Crossings area.

The Fischer Marketplace development will be the third corner of the Fischer Road/Highway 34 East intersection under development.

Last week, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to rezone an additional 4 acres for Fischer Marketplace.

The 4 acres are currently the home of the Peachtree Seventh Day Adventist Church. Under the church's agreement with developer ForCAST Real Estate Development, the conditional use permit allowing a church on the site will remain active if the church cannot find another property to relocate to.

The new land will adjoin 41 acres that were zoned for commercial development back in 2006. The three corners were initially conceived as one master-planned development, though that never happened, and the properties changed owners several times. Development at the intersection moved slowly, and the third corner has never been developed. The land went through several ownership changes and was split between two owners. In 2016, the owners of the western half of the property brought forth a proposal for an office development and requested several changes to the zoning conditions. But that project never happened either.

In 2019, ForCAST Real Estate Development proposed joining the two tracks together for a development known as Fischer Marketplace.

The site plan presented last week to the commissioners for the entire property is a bit different than the one presented in 2019, and no longer shows a gas station on the corner.

The site plan changed a few times during the process for rezoning the additional 4 acres, and action on the rezoning request was delayed in late September after a new site plan was submitted the day of the commissioner's meeting.

The latest site plan shows a grocery store with an adjacent strip center on the western end at the front, and the retail warehouse toward the rear of the property, next to existing wetlands. Along Highway 34 to the east of the grocery store, the plan shows four restaurant outparcels of various sizes and a 3,800 square foot retail space, with a "health care building" and health care building expansion to the rear.

The property borders Fisher Road on the east and Lower Fayetteville Road to the south. Much of the property bordering Lower Fayetteville Road is wetlands which will remain undisturbed, and stormwater ponds will also be on the Lower Fayetteville side.

The project will also include an intersection improvement at Lower Fayetteville Road and Fischer Road. Under the agreement from 2019, the developer will perform studies to determine the best way to improve the intersection and will cover 75 percent of the cost of the improvement.

Commissioner Paul Poole asked about the timing of the intersection improvement.

The plans for the improvement have been reviewed, said Coweta Public Works Director Tod Handley, and there are limits to how many of the buildings in the development can open before the intersection project is complete.

"It's already a nightmare with traffic right there," Poole said. "We've got to fix that … before it grows much further."

A new traffic light is also proposed for Highway 34 west of the Fischer Road intersection. ForCAST has submitted plans to the Georgia Department of Transportation for a new traffic signal at the main entrance to the development, which is across from the driveway to Sam's Club, flanked by Waffle House and Battery Source.

The current site plan also shows a right in, right out access across from the right in, right out to Sam's club, at the Tidal Wave car wash.