Georgia Square Mall Redevelopment

Project Description

The Georgia Square Mall Redevelopment project is a 74.77-acre redevelopment of the long-dormant Georgia Square Mall located in west Athens, Georgia.

Since May 2020, each of the W&A’s departments, including Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering, and Land Planning have been collaborating both internally and externally with project stakeholders on the recently-approved masterplan.

The redevelopment plan, which received unanimous approval by Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission, features a portion of the existing mall, including Belk, remaining to be renovated with the rest slated for demolition to be replaced with 70,000 square feet of commercial space plus 1,200 apartments, townhouses and senior living spaces. Ninety-nine of these apartments will be specifically reserved as affordable housing with rental rates set at 60% of the Area Median Income. Fourteen thousand of the 70,000 square feet will feature reduced rent for women and minority owned businesses and 5,000 square feet of rent-free space for a daycare or youth development center in addition to the Boys and Girls Club recently established within the mall by the developer.

Also featured in the plan are 1,000 newly planted trees, 19-acres of impervious area will be converted to greenspace, 1.5 miles of 12-foot multi-use path, stormwater detention and water quality improvements, a transit center to tie into Athens-Clarke County’s existing public-transportation system, ample parking areas, and a network of pedestrian and traffic mobility solutions that include three roundabouts to alleviate conflict and congestion concerns.

Construction will take place over the next five to seven years.

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