On the evening of Thursday, November 7, dozens of people gathered at Corner Market for the first of a series of discussions to look at trends relevant to the area and to contemplate new choices for Conyers. The conversation was framed by Dr. Phil Stafford, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University… [cont.]
With Conyers City Council’s recent rezoning approval of mixed-use development on Four A’s property, we now have the opportunity to pursue our plan for a variety of options for living, working, playing, dining and shopping — all within easy walking or biking distance of each other… [cont.]
In June 2013, Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to a higher level than it has been in more than five years — bolstered by a more optimistic outlook for hiring. Consumer confidence in the economy is widely regarded as a key national economic indicator because consumer spending accounts for approximately 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. We’re seeing other positive signs locally as well… [cont.]
By David Roper
With Baxter building a plant near Covington and other businesses expanding in the area, growth is coming to cities and towns east of Atlanta.
With signs of economic recovery, Four A International sees a rare opportunity to plan for this growth in an orchestrated way and to create a unique place that allows Conyers and Rockdale County to reap the benefits of this growth, not just react to it.
As the economy begins to rebound, the timing is right to create a new place with new choices that meet the needs of current and future residents and employers.
These are not the days of “build it and they will come…” [cont.]
Learn more about our proposed mixed-use community — a new place under design for 308 acres owned by Four A International along Iris Drive. Join us for an open house between 4 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Corner Market Meeting Hall in Building D, at the fountain. Corner Market is located at 1785 Parker Road, at the corner of Flat Shoals and Parker Roads… [cont.]
Watch this space. The strongest ideas from a two-day design workshop in Conyers are being refined into a proposal for a new mixed-use community on 315 acres just off Exit 80 on I-20 East.
The inspiration for the plan is drawn from the unique site and from a commitment to key principles likely to distinguish the homes, offices and shopping options from just about anything else in the region. High on that list of principles is a determination to make the most of new design approaches that support healthy living… [cont.]
Before the designers and planners came to town, Four A International director of development David Roper and marketing guru Jackie Benson proposed the fundamental question: If we build this community, what will we want people to say about its core character?
The range of answers to that question would define the principles that would guide the planning team… [cont.]
Here’s how to tease out an inspired community site plan for a demanding site:
Assemble a team of experienced experts with plenty of opinions. Then, let them draw and critique and draw some more, debating alternative approaches until a consensus forms around the best ideas.
That’s was the agenda on June 19, when Bill de St. Aubin of the Sizemore Group led designers, planners, engineers and marketing pros through 10 hours of brainstorming. Everyone was impressed enough by the opportunities the 315-acre site presented to put in the hours… [cont.]
The rolling topography. The flowing creeks. The dramatic rock outcroppings. Those all add up to out-of-the-ordinary challenges and opportunities crying out for out-of-the-ordinary development.
Four A International’s director of development, David Roper, is encouraging his team of planners, engineers and other experts to treat the 315-acre site for a new, mixed-use community adjacent to I-20 in Conyers, GA as an entity with a character all its own… [cont.]
Not so long ago, the focus of amenities in new developments were all about taking a load off – relaxing by the pool or dining in the members-only clubhouse. But now developers are as likely to picture folks running or biking through their proposed community as they are to show them loafing. Even without the dismal statistics about increasing obesity, especially among children, active recreation has become a must-have component of community plans.
No wonder then that there’s so much interest in associating community development with the top brands in family health. And there’s no better brand in that category than the YMCA. Health industry lawyer Bill Boling, Jr. told a June 18 meeting in Conyers, GA that getting a YMCA in a new community is like “winning the lottery…” [cont.]