You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

UPDATE: Development planned near historic Mimosa Hall in Roswell

Mimosa Hall, an antebellum estate in Roswell, could soon get a few neighbors. 

And some preservationists are not keen on the proposed development.

The estate, along with 21 undeveloped acres, is currently on the market. Sotheby's International Realty has the current list price for the home and surrounding 9 acres at $3.85 million. The cost of the home, surrounding acres and the other 21 undeveloped acres is $7.85 million.

Mimosa Hall's location in historic downtown Roswell makes it prime real estate. Hedgewood Homes, an Atlanta-based design-build firm, has proposed a 50-home development on the 9-acre property.

Sally McKenzie, a longtime city resident, said many of her neighbors are concerned about new development ruining the character of Roswell’s historic district. 

"We have a small, quirky historic district," said McKenzie, who helps run the group Citizens for Responsible Development in Roswell. "It's fragile."

In recent years, the city has worked to revitalize the downtown area with new businesses and homes.

“Development and preservation can go hand in hand, and they should go hand in hand,” she said. 


RELATED: Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation releases Places in Peril list


RELATED: For less than $8M, this historic Roswell antebellum estate is yours




Mimosa Hall is an important part of Roswell’s story, she said. 

The estate was designed for Roswell founding father John Dunwoody in the mid-1800s, according to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

A later owner, General A. J. Hansell, dubbed it "Mimosa Hall" after its many mimosa trees.

Hedgewood Homes has done several projects in historic Roswell. Don Donnelly, a developer with the firm, said the proposed plan for the property will preserve the house and the gardens while incorporating new homes. He expects the planning stage to take about six months.

The home has been placed on the trust's "Places in Peril" list due to the proposed sale and development.

Roswell council member Nancy Diamond said the plan is still in a preliminary stage. It's easy to rush to judgement over building in the historic district, she said. Diamond is pleased the firm has been open about proposed development before drafting formal plans. 

UPDATE: A meeting of the Roswell Historic Preservation Commission has been postponed until January. The development was previously scheduled to be discussed at a Dec. 14 meeting.

"We need everybody at the table," she said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

WATCH: Video released of deadly Bankroll Fresh shooting
WATCH: Video released of deadly Bankroll Fresh shooting

Video obtained Wednesday by Channel 2 Action News shows the moments before a local rapper was killed.   Bankroll Fresh, whose real name was Trentavious White, died in a shooting at Street Execs recording studio in southwest Atlanta last March.  White, best known for his single “Hot Boy,” was affiliated with another local...
Website aims to help disadvantaged APS students
Website aims to help disadvantaged APS students

Rebecca Schmitt has a 4.2 grade-point average and is valedictorian at Maynard Jackson High School. But she and her mother, who is disabled, once were evicted from their home in South Florida, Channel 2 Action News reported. Schmitt recalled recently how social workers helped her get ready for the prom. So Schmitt can relate to a new website, Purposity...
Q&A on the News

Q: I’d like the address for former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama so I can write to them. —Phillip Meade, Canton A: Now that they are private citizens again, they have created an “Office of Barack and Michelle Obama” website that allows anyone to correspond with them, request a greeting, make a press inquiry or invite...
Man who stole mother’s money to fuel drug habit gets 10 years in prison
Man who stole mother’s money to fuel drug habit gets 10 years in prison

Richard Jackson Thomason had already been kicked out of his mother’s home once. That was after his daughter noticed he was stealing from her grandmother.  But that didn’t stop him from breaking into the Rome home and stealing again after already using his 81-year-old mother’s bank accounts to fuel his drug habit, the Rome News-Tribune...
02/23 Mike Luckovich: Professional protester.
02/23 Mike Luckovich: Professional protester.

More Stories