When the Powers Ferry Road Master Plan was completed last year, L.A. Fitness wasn't on the radar.
The county-appointed committee, which included significant citizen input, targeted the largely-empty Terrell Mill Village Shopping Center as a key for the area's commercial renewal.
L.A. Fitness, which specializes in building in redeveloping areas and had a nearby location on Akers Mill Road, became the first notable major business to move into Terrell Mill Village when it opened its doors last month.
But as the grand opening celebration continues, community and business leaders are hopeful it will serve as a linchpin for further redevelopment.
"I think it can be," said East Cobb commissioner Bob Ott, who pushed for the creation of the Powers Fery Master Plan project in 2009 (see attached PDF). "I've always felt that if we could get something like that, we could get the whole area."
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Another major business will be moving into Terrell Mill Village in April when Christos' Pizza, a well-known restaurant in the area, will be rechristened Kouzina Christos.
Openings of new restaurants have preceded the corridor project. In June 2010 the Rose and Crown Tavern opened on Powers Ferry in an area of abandoned restaurants just south of Windy Hill Road.
And last fall, across from Terrell Mill Village, the Botekim Brazilian Bistro opened, adding to the area's collection of Brazilian eateries.
At his town hall meeting last week, Ott stressed that Terrell Mill Village's developers, Houston-based Realm Realty Co., could have saved $1 million with rule changes the commission made last week to the county code.