On Monday night, the Woodstock City Council approved demolishing the Walden Chase apartments on Dupree Road to make way for the park space.
The city will use a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to begin demolition, which will start within the next two to three weeks, said City Manager Jeff Moon.
The apartments were flooded in September 2009, and about 20 people had to be evacuated from the complex, which has been closed since the flooding.
The demolition is expected to take between a week and 10 days, Moon said. The land will be used for a dog park, which will be the first in the city.
The demolition will remove five buildings on the site: four complexes and one office building. The city has already filled in a swimming pool located on site.
The city was awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency Mitigation Grant in November. The grants provide state and local governments with funds to pay for long-term measures after a major disaster declaration.
The council approved a purchase agreement to buy the six-acre property for $450,000 in March.
The grant allowed the city to acquire and demolish the apartments. Of the $450,000 purchase price, the city's share is $67,500, with a portion of the federal and state grants funding the remainder.
Moon said the city received a quote of $243,000 to perform the demolition. However, Public Works Director Pat Flood said doing demolition by city government staff instead will cost between $75,000 and $90,000.
The park's construction and its cost will be "addressed" in the fiscal year 2012 budget, Moon said, adding construction "won't be that expensive."
Part of the land will be used as a trail head to the city's planned trails in the area. Development of the trail head won't begin until the surrounding trails are built, which will come out of the city's share of Cherokee County's parks bond monies.
The city staff, Moon said, has received "specific requests" from residents about building a dog park within its boundaries.
The Leita Thompson Memorial Park's dog park area located on Highway 92 in Roswell is "extremely popular" among area residents, he added.
Councilman Bob Mueller said the apartment property is suitable for a dog park as it sits in a flood plain.
He noted the city receives many calls inquiring about its lack of a dog park.
Mueller, who owns a nine-month old Great Dane, said he would take his pup there to meet new friends.
"He likes dogs and people, so it'll be a good way for him to socialize," he said.