Developer plans apartments, hotel and retail space in abandoned Acworth shopping center

Aug. 13—A developer has big plans for an Acworth property formerly occupied by a Kmart.

Marietta-based Lynwood Group has submitted a proposal for a mixed-use development at Cherokee Street and Old Cherokee Street off Interstate 75 in Acworth to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

According to the proposal, the development would include 210,000 square feet of medical space, a hotel, 500 multi-family units, 15,200 square feet of restaurant space and 11,312 square feet of retail.

Mayor Tommy Allegood said the city and Woody Snell, who runs the Lynwood Group, had been discussing for years how best to develop the property.

“We started working with them on a concept plan, the idea being that it would be redeveloped and it would have a mixed use. It would be a combination of retail, residential, and we added what we call a component medical center,” Allegood said.

The mayor said the medical component would likely be staffed by one of the “top medical providers” in the area, but which one remains to be decided.

A representative for the Lynwood Group declined to comment when reached by DOJ.

James Albright, town manager of Acworth, said the project was only a proposal so far.

“The project is still being formulated,” Albright said. “It has yet to be presented to our planning and zoning commission as well as our city council.”

Documents submitted to the state by Albright aide Alex Almodóvar give the proposed development a tentative completion date of March 2028.

Allegood recalled that the site was originally a mall anchored by a Kmart and Ingle’s grocery store, which closed in the 2000s.

“(Snell) and the city thought that having a medical provider on site, who would create high-paying jobs, would be a really good foothold,” Allegood said.

According to Cobb County property records, the 13-acre site was purchased from Ingle’s in 2019 for $7.2 million.

“They were our first legitimate developer who started looking at concepts for the site,” Albright said.

Allegood expects city planning and zoning staff to review the proposal next month, with a possible vote by the council of aldermen in October.

Albright added, “The city has always been excited about the redevelopment potential of this particular site.”

Edwin S. Wolfe