Ground is Broken on Two Projects Set to Transform the Fairview Area
On June 26, more than 200 people came out to join the Henry County Board of Commissioners, District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes, Nidus Development and the SPLOST Department for a groundbreaking ceremony on two transformative projects that will change the face of the Fairview area, serving to improve access to healthcare, stimulate commerce in the area, and improve commute times for citizens.
Project 1: Fairview Medical Center
Northern Henry County has been historically underserved by the medical community. This facility by Nidus Development answers that need, and provides a mechanism to jumpstart a new level of commerce and industry in this crossroads for Clayton, Dekalb, Rockdale and Henry Counties. It will be the first phase of a major mixed use campus planned for the area to include an upscale, village concept retail component. Preliminary plans call for approximately 88,000 square feet of medical office space and 80,000 square feet of retail/hospitality space, with opportunity for additional development. The campus will feature a park-like setting with splash fountains, green spaces, and walking trails. Planning and site development is expected to be completed by the end of first quarter 2014.
“As hospitals have begun to move away from centralized care to ambulatory settings, the Fairview concept will be at the forefront of that trend,” explained Dr. Greg Daniel, CEO of Nidus Development. “We’ll provide vital healthcare services to a medically underserved community recognizing that there are over 400 fewer physicians than needed in the Henry County region. And we will work diligently to alleviate this shortage which will benefit the residents of the community.”
Upon completion, the Fairview Medical Center is projected to employ over 1,300 persons directly and indirectly, with an estimated economic impact of $185 million.
Project 2: Fairview Road
The Fairview area is expected to be one of the fastest growing areas in the County over the next few years. In addition, Fairview Road serves as a major thoroughfare for those traveling to and from Fulton, Dekalb, Rockdale and Clayton Counties on a daily basis.
With this demand in mind, Commissioner Bruce Holmes has remained steadfast in moving forward with progress on Fairview Road, which is unquestionably one of the biggest transportation projects remaining on Henry County’s SPLOST III project list. It consists of widening to four lanes 1.85 miles of roadway from Anvil Block Road to just beyond the intersection of Panola and Fairview roads. Four signalized intersections will feature decorative stamped concrete crosswalks, mast arm signal poles and lighted street names. In addition, decorative light posts and enhanced landscaping will add to the curb appeal in the commercial area.
As part of Commissioner Holmes’ vision to transform Henry County’s District 5 into a “health and wellness community,” this road will also be the first in the County to include the installation of eight foot wide, multi-use paths on both sides of the road.
The Fairview Road Widening Project was designed by Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. and is being constructed by Construction Management Engineering Services (CMES). The total cost of the project is $13,291,079.61. It is expected to take approximately two years to complete.
“The two projects together signify a new economic era in Henry County and the southern region of Atlanta,” said Commissioner Holmes. “The combined projects will re-brand the Fairview community and stimulate positive growth in this part of the southern crescent. Providing capital investment, job creation, beautification, walking/ bike trails, and quality of life improvements is just the start of my long range goal to establish a ‘Health and Wellness Community’ in North Henry. The community, both private and business, has shown great support and pride and, to that point, I simply say, ‘the best is yet to come.’”
In order to foster quality development that will meet this burgeoning area’s anticipated needs, Henry County has contracted with The Collaborative Firm to develop an Overlay District for the community. The Overlay District is intended to encourage improvements through the use of development and design standards while conserving the integrity of the cultural resources and property values within the corridor.
Commissioner Holmes, together with the Board of Commissioners, the SPLOST Department and the Planning & Development Services Division, have worked diligently to see these projects to fruition and Commissioner Holmes in particular is encouraged by what these projects will mean for the community.
“This overlay district is meant to create standards for the Fairview area, to prevent unwanted types of businesses from coming into the area. It’s also going to help brand the area, and create an inviting appeal as you enter Henry County, so people can see how beautiful Henry County really is,” said Commissioner Holmes.
About Nidus Development
Headquartered in Amherst, New York, Nidus Development is a boutique commercial real estate development company, specializing in original campuses with progressive medical office space and retail environments. For more information, visit www.nidusdev.com.