Milton OKs $1.25M greenspace purchase next to ex-country club

An undeveloped, 12-acre parcel at 14620 Freemanville Road is under contract to Milton for $1.25 million. The city intends to preserve it as a greenspace. GOOGLE MAPS

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An undeveloped, 12-acre parcel at 14620 Freemanville Road is under contract to Milton for $1.25 million. The city intends to preserve it as a greenspace. GOOGLE MAPS

The Milton City Council has approved a $1.25 million purchase agreement for 12 acres of undeveloped land that would provide southern access to the city-owned, former Milton Country Club.

The parcel, at 14620 Freemanville Road, is being sold by U.S. Bank National Association as trustee; the land previously had been foreclosed upon, according to a staff presentation. If the deal closes as planned after a 45-day due diligence period, the acquisition would be the seventh for Milton’s greenspace initiative.

Colt Whittall, chair of the Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee, told the council his members unanimously support the purchase. He said the site meets the three criteria formulated with the Georgia Conservancy: It’s next to existing public land; buying it puts the brakes on development; and it preserves Milton’s rural views.

“We think this particular purchase meets all three criteria in spades, particularly No. 1,” Whittall said. Access to the former country club “has always been a bit of a challenge. This gives us an outstanding option.”