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Discussions continue over Georgia Square Mall redevelopment

There's still a long way to go until Athens sees revitalization off Atlanta Highway.

Future redevelopment plans for the Georgia Square Mall remain unconfirmed, but under evaluation.

Plans for a multifamily residential/commercial development on the property are still under Planning Commission review, as an advisory committee for the Mall Area Tax Allocation District meets today with Athens-Clarke County Planning Director Brad Griffin.

Griffin is expected to discuss zoning and future land use at the meeting, which largely remains informational until development plans formalize. Advisory committee meetings are closed to public comment, but viewable on the county YouTube page.

The billion-dollar development plan off Atlanta Highway was submitted late last year. It’s expected to include over 1,000 housing units and some new commercial spaces. So far, planning commission members have asked developers to add more greenspace and pedestrian infrastructure while residents have expressed concerns about potential effects on an already congested traffic corridor.

The planning commission will revisit the development proposal at a meeting on April 7.

To access money from the Tax Allocation District, developers must prove the construction benefits the area. Once developers formally request TAD funding, the advisory committee will review those plans and submit recommendations to the Mayor and Commission.