This is a portion of the 13 acres owned by Avila Real Estate and slated for a mixed use development. Currently an expanse of cracked concrete and kudzu, this is the former site for Georgia Duck & Cordage Mill and later Fenner Dunlop, the former business dating to 1916.The mill buildings were razed and the property annexed into the city in 2010. Bill Banks for the AJC

Developer asks Avondale Estates for ‘wish list’ regarding old mill site

In October 2014, Avila Real Estate (then known as Euramex Management) purchased 13 acres just north of downtown Avondale Estates, former site for the Fenner Dunlop mill. Since then, the company’s made no public statement regarding its plans for the property.

But Avondale officials say they’re optimistic after meeting with Avila representatives last week.

“Avila is definitely getting more robust,” Mayor Jonathan Elmore said. “There is more movement than we’ve seen on their end. They are preparing to submit some kind of permit.”

The developer even asked the city to submit a “wish list” of ideas that could be assimilated into a developer’s agreement. Elmore said commissioners, the Downtown Development Authority and residents will contribute wish-list suggestions.

Elmore said that some ideas he’s discussed with other officials include connecting Washington and Parry Streets, which would form a southern border to the Avila development. Others are a retention pond, sidewalks and that any open or green space is open to the public.

Months ago, Avila submitted a rough draft of a site plan for the 13 acres, which included 28 town homes and 400 apartments. Elmore said the mixed-use development won’t include a grocery.

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