Clayton Commission chairman to deliver ‘State of the County’ address Wednesday

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Credit: Natrice Miller /

Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will deliver the south metro Atlanta community’s annual “State of the County” address on Wednesday.

The event is set for 11 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The meeting comes as the county is at a bit of a crossroads, with its former sheriff Victor Hill expected be sentenced to prison on Tuesday and an upcoming special election to replace the lawman on March 21.

The county also is facing questions about an $800 million mixed-used development called The Roman that has been proposed for a dying shopping center in Lake City. After showing support for the proposal last year, commissioners are now questioning its viability because of missed deadlines for key benchmarks, such as securing permits and construction contracts.

Leaders also are shopping to real estate brokers a $4 million business incubator that was supposed to be built at The Roman, another sign the county has lost confidence in the project. If the incubator is moved to another site, the county is expected to seek the return of $559,000 it has already paid Roman United -- the company behind The Roman -- for architectural and design studies.