County approves rezoning for pediatric medical pavilion

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This map shows the proposed pediatric medical pavilion, including a play park, nature trail, and stage.

At Thursday night’s Fayette County Commission meeting, the rezoning request needed to develop a pediatric medical pavilion was approved, clearing the way for what is hoped will be a great boost to area families.
Dr. Megan Almond spoke to the board, laying out her vision for what the facility could become. Almond noted that a particular focus for the facility will be increasing access to pediatric sub-specialists for area parents. With limited options on the south side of Atlanta, many parents currently have to travel an hour or more for appointments if their child needs more specialized care.
“We can do more,” said Almond, adding that she has been working on the project for nine months and has already reached out to interested pediatric medical colleagues. “I feel it’s really going to be an enrichment to this community.”
Almond said she would like to make it a destination for families, offering a nature area, a play park, and a stage to host movie nights and other events.
“This would be a place for us to bring enriching resources and events to the south end of Peachtree City and the county,” said Almond.
The 8.5-acre property fronts SR 74 South near Starr’s Mill High School and is currently undeveloped. The request conforms to the current Fayette County Comprehensive Plan. The owner accepted the condition granting permanent easements for the county for future expansion of multi-use paths.
Residents of nearby neighborhoods came out to support the project, but they expressed concerns with the proposed changes to the traffic pattern in the area via the Georgia Department of Transportation, including that a Restricted-Crossing U-Turn be constructed at the intersection of SR 74 and their neighborhood.
On behalf of the Brechin Park Homeowners Association, Richard Meyer submitted a letter to the county detailing their concerns.
“One hundred percent of all Brechin Park residents go north on Hwy. 74. We have been doing this for 10 years since the road was widened without an accident,” said Meyer, warning that a u-turn would be much more dangerous that the current left turn. “Needless to say, this is a prime example of fixing something that is not broken. It is a matter of safety and only safety. There is no reasonable story that can be made for the proposed changes.”
Even with traffic concerns, it was clear the crowd supports the development.
Said one resident: “Dr. Almond is doing this from the heart.”

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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