Two parcels of land within the county have been approved to change hands following actions taken by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners at its most recent meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved the sale of just under 11 acres of land owned by the county on Ga. Highway 92 at its intersection with Priest Road to the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, while also approving buying 23 acres of property along Ball Ground Highway and includes 1,300 feet of frontage along the Etowah River.

County Manager Jerry Cooper said the county originally had plans for the parcel of land on Ga. Highway 92, but these changed in recent years.

“The county originally planned to build Fire Station 19 or a park on the 10.89 acre parcel, but built Fire Station 19 on a parcel near the site on property donated to the county,” Cooper said. “The county purchased other park and greenspace property in the area, including Patriots Park, 39 acres near the site and 43 acres on Kellogg Creek Road near Old Alabama Road. As a result, the 10.89 acres were no longer needed.”

After these plans for the land changed, Cooper said COED approached the county about wanting to purchase the land. The two sides negotiated a sale of the property for the price of $272,250, which Cooper said would essentially be enough money for the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency to complete all of the work needed to upgrade the former Hickory Flat School gymnasium to be usable by the community. In addition, he explained that COED told the county they would comply with the Southwest Cherokee Area Plan, with a focus on job growth, when developing the property.

The 23 acres of land on Ball Ground Highway was first brought to the county’s attention by the city of Ball Ground, and Cooper said the county has agreed to the seller’s price of $650,000 and has formulated a handful of ideas on what could be done with the site.

“During our initial evaluation of the property, we discovered that the property was located near the future boat dock to be built by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and thus would be an ideal location for outdoor recreational activities, to include but not limited to, kayaking, canoeing, archery and other outdoor sports,” Cooper said.

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