Can Cherokee Support 2 Malls?

Return to Patch for live updates from the first Board of Commissioners meeting of 2012.

The this afternoon is expected to review a proposal for a second outlet mall within 10 miles of another proposed shopping center.

Construction on  is slated to begin in the first half of the year, according to a Dec. 13 news release from Horizon Group Properties, the Michigan company that plans to develop the 365,000-square-foot mall at Ridgewalk Parkway and Interstate 575.

But commissioners will talk about another shopping center at Highway 92 and Interstate 75 at today's 3 p.m. work session. Discussions actually started at the .

Commissioner Karen Bosch, who lives along the Sixes Road corridor, told the Cherokee Ledger-News that she and Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper first sat down a few months ago with Taubman Centers, a national shopping mall developer.

While she told the Ledger-News that she believed the Taubman "outlet mall would do well" at Highway 92 and I-75, she added that she didn't know if both proposals would survive.

Can Cherokee County support two outlet malls? Let us know in the comment box below.

“What we have here is dueling proposals,” Post 1 Commissioner Harry Johnston told the Ledger-News. “The Horizon project is at the 90 percent stage and this is only at the 10 percent stage. But then again, Taubman is not asking for any monetary help from the city or county.”

At the Dec. 20 commission meeting, Woodstock officials asked the county for $700,000 to assist them with improvements to Ridgewalk Parkway. They suggested using a portion of the $3 million in SPLOST funds earmarked for the Arnold Mill bypass. The money will likely not go to the bypass.

The  on Dec. 13 unanimously approved a request from Horizon to move forward with The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Similar centers across the country include brands such as Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap Outlet, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger.

Open the PDFs on this page for the commission agendas.

KELLI January 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This article doesn't give enough information on the proposed location of this OUTLET MALL. What town is it going to be in? The name denotes Atlanta but that is probably misleading since Atlanta is much further south than the Cherokee Commissioners are talking about... why not name it Cherokee Outlet Mall (honesty won't confuse people)! AND, an Outlet Mall is different from a regular mall (in that it is supposed to offer outlet prices (discount prices) and that's a good thing for the area..... South Florida (where I winter) has the Sunrise Outlet Mall (notice the area it inhabits is Sunrise, FL), it is not called the Miami Outlet Mall (get my point?)... Anyway, it is a thriving mall !!!
Rodney Thrash January 03, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Morning, Kelli! You might have missed this line: The Woodstock City Council on Dec. 13 unanimously approved a request from Horizon to move forward with The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Hope that helps! Have a great day!
Marc Allen January 03, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Cherokee county's infrastructure isn't able to handle this. In my opinion Cherokee county is light years behind surrounding counties in roads, emergency services, and overall infrastructure. It's time this county woke up and started preparing for future growth instead of fighting it. Growth is inevitable, we must prepare for it or it will overwhelm us.
Evans Roberts January 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Why is growth inevitable in Cherokee county? What would be driving this growth. Perhaps a robust local economic environment? Perhaps the announcement of some new manufacturing plant? Or perhaps it is the overwhelming success of the industrial park off of exit 19? Yes, yes, let's go spend a bunch more money that the county does not have on projected growth trends that seem to be running counter to the national trend...... {sigh}.


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