Fortress assists City of Kennesaw in acquisition of “Depot Park” next to their 38 Townhome development “Terraces at Depot Park”


City buys land for Depot Park
By Anthony L. White

KENNESAW — The Kennesaw City Council has approved the purchase of 1.8 acres from Fortress Builders for future development at Depot Park in the city’s Central Business District.

Fortress agreed to sell the city the tract for around $450,000 or $234,782 per acre — the same price Fortress paid for the adjacent land on which it will build a 38-townhome community, The Terraces at Depot Park. The city plans to use the nearly two acres for future development at Depot Park and for a new gateway park located at the corner of Sardis Street and South Main. The city’s master plan for Depot Park calls for the city to purchase three parcels of land in the city’s Central Business District.

According to Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling, the city purchased one of those parcels from Fortress Builders, and Property acquisition, design, engineering and construction of Depot Park is being funded through the 2011 and 2016 special one percent sales tax programs. Based on funding availability, the development is expected to take five to seven years, Easterling said. Some parts of the Depot Park development will be available sooner than the expected construction time. When complete, Easterling said Depot Park “will serve as the ‘central green’ for Kennesaw.

“It will provide green space for major special events as well as a host of other smaller events throughout the year,” Easterling said. “The park will include, among other amenities, an amphitheater for a wide range of performances and a large plaza for special events and gatherings. This activity will generate traffic for the downtown businesses. In addition, the master plan calls for an additional 300 plus public parking spaces which will be critical to downtown businesses.”

Depot Park, and the development of the Terraces at Depot Park, are expected to increase the residential population of downtown Kennesaw. Easterling said Depot Park is “a critical amenity for attracting new residential development” that will drive and support downtown business.

The townhome community will consist of 1,800-1,900 square feet three-story homes with twocar garages priced between $220,000 and $260,000, according to Fortress Builders representative. “We anticipate beginning development in April 2017, completing infrastructure by October, then starting construction of our fee-simple townhomes immediately,” Fortress said. “The first ones will be available by April of 2018.”

According to Easterling, a separate but related project that could possibly impact the timing and build-out of the park is a 2016 SPLOST-funded road project that will rebuild, realign, and extend Sardis Street. The development of Sardis Street will be integrated with Depot Park’s development schedule, Easterling said.“the next steps in 2017, include completing acquisition of the remaining two parcels required for the park.” Easterling said the city is in negotiations to purchase the two additional parcels.

Fortress Builders Announces New Homes Ready Now at La Vida Facil

Homes priced from $300,000 at established Marietta active adult community offer best Cobb County value

ATLANTA – Fortress Builders announces that six homes are now ready at La Vida Facil, an established active adult, 55-plus community. Located in Marietta, the builder’s new homes are priced from $300,000 and offer the best value in Cobb County.

Three of the homes showcase the popular Marilyn floor plan. Priced at $309,900, each home has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage. A covered front entry leads to an open dining room and kitchen. The gourmet kitchen provides a chef’s island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and pantry. The open great room impresses with a marble surround fireplace. The owner’s suite on the main is a true retreat with tray ceiling and spacious owner’s bath with vaulted ceiling, dual vanities, granite countertops and walk-in closet. A separate media/loft area and covered rear patio off the great room complete each home.

Priced from $315,900, three homes feature the Desmond floor plan with four bedrooms, three baths and two-car garage. A covered porch front entry adds great curb appeal to each home. Inside, there is a dining room and kitchen with a chef’s island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and pantry. A marble surround fireplace is perfect for fall nights in the open great room. The owner’s suite on the main provides a tray ceiling and spacious owner’s bath with vaulted ceiling, dual vanities, granite countertops and walk-in closet. Additional highlights include a guest room on the main with access to a full bath, two bedrooms upstairs with a separate living area and a covered rear patio off the great room.

La Vida Facil offers several amenities such as planned clubhouse and included lawn maintenance, water and sewage services, and garbage collection. The community also has its own Homeowner’s Association.

Located off Barrett Parkway near the intersection of Dallas Highway, La Vida Facil has easy access to retail shopping, grocery stores and restaurants. Town Center Mall, golf courses, parks, Kennesaw Mountain and more are all minutes away.

For more information about these active adult homes at La Vida Facil, call the sales center at 678-348-0322 or visit

Fortress Builders: Six new home starts within Stonemill Creek

Fortress Builders announced six new home starts with in the last phase of 36 homes in the Stone Mill Creek development in West Cobb. Priced from the $400s, this community features large, wooded estate-sized home sites. Home styles include the Capistrano, Edgefield, Harper, Highland Place, Palisades and Stewarts Landing with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Homes also feature brick and cement siding accented exteriors with three-car, side-entry garages. Interiors have extensive hardwood flooring , granite kitchen countertops and main level owners’ suites with spa-like baths with granite counters, dual vanities, tile floors and shower surrounds.

Amenities include a community clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and a private, seven-acre park with walking trails.

For more information, call 678-348-0322 or visit