The Clayton County Board of Commissioners is set to vote tonight on more financial assistance to the Gilbert Road Joint Venture development in Mountain View. The new limit, which would come through the Development Authority of Clayton County, would be set at $6,935,000.
Under a deal approved in December 2021, if Clayton County Department of Transportation and Development provides funding and technical assistance to DACC, then DACC would buy “the completed Road Improvements” from Gilbert Road Joint Venture.
Because of inflation, according to Resolution 2022-146, the price of those repairs has gone up, and the road has to be improved in order to develop the roughly 88-acre property as an industrial park. The location will have five buildings, totaling about 700,000 square feet of industrial space.
The joint venture sued the county in 2019, claiming they were prevented from developing their properties by “commissioners, or other elected officials, of Clayton County, Georgia who continue to impose unconstitutional, illegal, null and void zoning ordinances, zoning regulations and/or land use regulations or restrictions on the property.”
At the time, former District 4 Commissioner Michael Edmondson had approached Amazon with a freelance bid for Amazon’s HQ2 headquarters. All proposals were to go through the state. Georgia did not get HQ2. Since then, the county has tried to patch up relations with the joint venture.