Penn Hodge is the developer that was instrumental in bringing the Verizon Amphitheater to Alpharetta and coincidentally applied for a 15 story condominium on Windward Parkway a few months later. The condo tower will be part of the Windward Mill high density mixed use project that has been stalled for years. Once the Alpharetta City Council approved his project Mr. Hodge touted its density as unthinkable by area standards.
Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann has now appointed the strip mall impressario from Johns Creek to the Development Authority of Fulton County. Ms. Hausmann is quoted in the Alpharetta Revue here as saying:
“Penn Hodge’s impressive economic development background and his service as a member of the Economic Development Board for the State of Georgia will bring tremendous value to all of Fulton County,”
The urbanization of North Fulton County continues. Full speed ahead!
An article in yesterday’s Atlanta Journal reports:
“North Fulton legislators re-introduced a bill Monday that could lead to the re-creation of Milton County, hoping this year is the turning point for a proposal that failed in previous sessions.”
I lived in unincorporated Fulton County before it was annexed into Alpharetta and when the topic of Milton County was first raised I was enthusiastic about the possibility. The thought of never having to witness the foolishness that occurs at Fulton County Commission meetings was incentive enough.
If you haven’t watched one of the county commission meetings you really should. You won’t believe your eyes.
But over the years my enthusiasm for Milton County has faded. Given my frustration with some of my elected officials here in Alpharetta I’m just not sure we would be any better off.