Avondale Estates recently produced this new annexation study map that is roughly twice as large as its last study map in Jan. 2017. The annexation study areas are A, B and C, with current city limits inside the black borders. The expanded areas are essentialy C, which stretches up Clarendon Ave to the Steel LLC plant in Scottdale, and A which surrounds the Rockbridge Road sector. City Manager Patrick Bryant said recently that Avondale will likely spend most of 2019 studying and discussing annexation scenarios. Courtesy of Avondale Estates

Avondale hires Vinson group to study much larger annexation map

Avondale Estates has allocated $15,000 for the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute to produce a feasibility study for potential annexation. This is the third Vinson annexation study for the city in the last three years.

The difference this time around is that the study area is roughly two times larger than the 2017 map.

It stretches alongside the western edge of Clarendon Ave., north almost to Steel LLC in Scottdale. It also includes more territory east of the city surrounding Rockbridge Road along with the neighborhoods of Forrest Hills, Decatur Terrace and Katie Kerr Drive west of Avondale, along with the Rio Circle commercial district also west.

Other areas new to this annexation map are an apartment complex on Nottingham Drive and the American Legion property, both east of the city. It also includes a patch of green space southwest of Walmart.

The Vinson study won’t analyze future developments, like the two mixed-use projects (one nearing completion, one yet to start) in west Avondale, or just below the southwest portion of C on the map. There is not yet a timeline for completing the study, according to City Manager Patrick Bryant.

As of last year, Avondale Estates has a tax base that is 89 percent residential and 11 percent commercial.

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