November 17, 2015
The Johns Creek City Council authorized the Mayor on Nov. 16 to execute a purchase agreement for approximately 133 acres of land for recreation and parks.
“I am very pleased for our residents that City Council authorized this significant purchase,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “This large tract of land provides the city additional park space, and will add to the high quality of life in Johns Creek. The public has said loud and clear that adding park space in Johns Creek is a high priority.”
The property will be utilized for recreation and/or open space for the benefit of the public. The purchase aligns with the top recommendation from the draft Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan to acquire at least one 100-plus acre tract of land. The purchase price, which includes the Cauley Creek Water Reclamation Plant, is $152,500 per acre for a total of a little more than $20.3 million.
The property is located in the eastern half of the city adjacent to the Rogers Bridge Trail and the proposed Rogers Bridge connection to Duluth. The property has vehicular access from Bell Road and has nearly 2,000 ft of frontage along the Chattahoochee River. The property is bordered to the west by Cauley Creek and to the east by the Rogers Bridge Trail.
Cauley Creek Water Reclamation, LLC, which is selling the property to the city, will continue to maintain the plant for one year following the transaction. The plant is not in use and the City will consider all options regarding the future of the plant.
The final park site plan has yet to be determined. The public will have input into the final park layout.