Developers behind a sizable mixed-use community that’s now officially underway south of Atlanta have likened Henry County’s current “spectacular growth” to what occurred in Gwinnett County throughout the 1980s and ’90s.

The project, Oak Grove Vista, is aiming to capitalize on that jobs and population influx by remaking one of the largest undeveloped, contiguous tracts of land left in Henry County, where multifamily development has not kept pace with demand, per the development team.

As Multifamily Biz relays, national development firm Vista Residential Partners has broken ground on the first phase of Oak Grove Vista at a site just east of Interstate 75, roughly 27 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

The 33 acres are located along Jonesboro Road, between Foster Drive and Mt. Carmel Road, near McDonough’s downtown area.

Vista Residential Partners; designs, Niles Bolton Associates

Oak Grove Vista's location just east of Interstate 75, near McDonough's historic downtown. Google Maps

The two-phase mixed-use project will eventually see 348 multifamily units and 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant development along Jonesboro Road, all meant to meet “pent-up residential demand” in McDonough and complement commercial space nearby, according to project officials.

Phase one will see the bulk of the garden-style residential component—302 units—delivered with what’s described as “a low-density residential community feel” that includes a centralized amenity area with a pool, club room, and gym.

Expect a mix of one to three-bedroom options (averaging 1,000 square feet) alongside eight carriage homes that have direct-access garages, as designed by Atlanta-based architecture firm Niles Bolton Associates. Other amenities are set to include a large pet park and coworking spaces.

The project is a joint venture between Vista, Atlantic American Partners, and Township Capital, with financing provided by Trustmark Bank and First National Bank.

According to project leaders, the location will afford quick access to more than 75,000 jobs in logistics and e-commerce around McDonough, which has emerged as a hub for that industry. Access to Atlanta’s airport is also cited as a perk.

The project's location in relation to downtown Atlanta and other south metro landmarks. Google Maps

Chase Beasley, Vista’s managing director, said Oak Grove Vista marks the company’s second project in “this burgeoning pocket of Henry County,” where “we have strategically aligned our homes and amenities to provide a superior living experience in a location providing all of life's comforts within close proximity to downtown Atlanta,” according to a prepared statement.

An unrelated Jonesboro Road retail development next door is expected to include a national coffee concept and restaurants, in addition to a RaceTrac gas station.


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