The Woodstock City Council, at its Jan. 28 meeting, was asked to approve a project management fee of $51,900 to Horizon Group Properties, developer of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, for Ridgewalk Parkway road improvements, which it is overseeing.
The council voted, 5-1, with Ward 6 Councilwoman Tessa Basford dissenting, to grant the request.
City Manager Jeff Moon explained to the council that the additional fee was due to costs Horizon is incurring with landscaping, streetlights, sidewalks and engineering that were not included in the original agreement. The work extends along Ridgewalk Parkway from the new interchange at Interstate 575 to Woodstock Parkway. Moon said the city has saved funds in the way of not having to pay mobilization costs and in ordering streetlights along with Horizon ordering its lights.
Basford said she voted the request down because she believed the cost distribution and potential savings to the parties were clear when the agreement was originally reached.
“Although I understand that Horizon underestimated what their actual share of the costs would be, I do not believe that correcting their mistake should be the responsibility of the taxpayers,” she said.
The work to Ridgewalk Parkway is the third of a three-part phase. Phase I includes work between the interchange and current Woodstock Parkway intersection and phase II from the mall’s entrance to the relocated Woodstock Parkway intersection.
A representative from Horizon told the council that the Woodstock Parkway should be opened in the next two to four weeks, and work on Ridgewalk Parkway will start in the next week, opening the latter part of March.