The Southern Skillet restaurant closed in January 2011 after 30 years of serving the city. The restaurant anchored the Roswell Plaza Shopping Center on Alpharetta Street. The city bought the 4.3-acre shopping center for $4.8 million in January 2016.
Fairburn-based developer S.J. Collins Enterprises purchased the land from the city for just over $5 million about three weeks ago, said S.J. Collins partner Jeff Garrison. Plans are to break ground on Southern Post in January and to build 100,000 square feet of office space and 40,000 square feet of retail along with 128 apartments and 10 townhomes.
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Garrison said the hotel and Southern Post have different owners, but people shouldn’t be able to tell.
“We’re blurring the lines between the two projects so there’s a seamless integration,” he said.
The area is near Norcross Street and Ga. 9 by the city’s historic and bustling Canton Street. History is part of what makes downtown Roswell so charming, but history can also make things a bit more complicated.
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Part of the proposed hotel's property is one of the 509 plots listed on Georgia's Hazardous Site Inventory. The brownfield used to be home to Roswell Cleaners & Coin Laundry. Soil and groundwater samples from 2007 showed traces of hazardous substances, like the cancer-causing vinyl chloride used in dry cleaning, according to records from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
“We began the brownfield process with Georgia EPD to help alleviate the contaminants from the former dry-cleaning company that was previously on this site,” Mattis Partners wrote in a letter to the city.
No opening date was listed for the hotel. As for the brand of boutique hotel that will go near the old Southern Skillet property, Matt White with Mattis Partners said they still need to hash it out.
“We haven’t selected a brand at this point,” he said, “but our intent is to select a brand in either Marriott, Hilton or Hyatt.”
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