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Suburban Plaza redevelopment update

From MANA: "The Cross-Neighborhoods Committee has some Suburban Plaza updates. First, some timelines:  Walmart construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014, with the store expected to open on February or March of 2016.  LA Fitness (old Winn Dixie building) has been granted their land disturbance permit and is in the process of applying for their building permit. Demolition of that building should begin soon.

Dunkin' Donuts Scott. Blvd. proposal withdrawn

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "The Dunkin' Donuts’ (DD) special land use permit (SLUP) proposed for 1450 Scott Blvd (old Avon Bldg. site) was withdrawn* at the Board of Commissioners’ session on July 22.  Many were looking forward to a Dunkin' Donuts but others warned that DD’s concessions, although substantial, did not address key impacts such as additional pollution from idling cars and traffic congestion...." [Read more.]

Dunkin Donuts public meeting

Event Date and Time: 
07/10/2014 - 7:00pm

From Dunkin Donuts re: their proposal for a drive-through DD on Scott Bl about halfway from North Decatur Rd south toward Ace Hardware: I am writing to invite you and other residents of Medlock Area Neighborhood Association to a meeting at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church on Thursday, July 10, at 7 PM.  .... As you know, Dunkin corporate had initiated this SLUP application with the idea of developing their prototype on the site.  Dunkin came to recognize that this site required maximum creativity and flexibility in order to develop the kind of coffee shop that could become a true neighborhood meeting place, so they turned it over to their best local franchisee, James Laskaris.   James owns the Toco Hills store so he knows the success of his store depends on meeting the needs of the neighbors like you, who are also his best customers.  He has a win/win mentality and has asked that any MANA members who might be available to come out and meet with him on Thursday, so he can listen to your concerns.

Meeting to discuss proposed drive-through Starbucks at Suburban Plaza

Event Date and Time: 
06/24/2014 - 7:00pm

From the developer of Suburban Plaza comes the attached announcement of a meeting with interested residents regarding their request for county permission for a drive-through Starbucks.  The Starbucks and drive through would be at a new building in the parking lot - roughly where Cozy Burger is now.  You would enter and exit at the main entrance at Suburban Plaza at the new light.  Meeting is to be held in the Parlor Room of the North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd.  

Suburban Plaza redevelopment update and timeline

From the developer via MANA: "Selig Enterprises has forwarded an update on its Suburban Plaza redevelopment project. In addition to restating Selig's commitments to the community, the letter includes this redevelopment timeline:

demolition of parts of existing structures: in the coming weeks (summer 2014)
facade renovations: fall 2014
anticipated redevelopment completion: summer 2015
new tenants open for business: fall 2015  ...." [Read more.]

New apartment development on Church St.

Location is near DeKalb Medical and within the Medline LCI Plan area.  See attached site plan.  From the developer: June 10, 2014. Atlantic Realty Partners is pleased to announce that on May 27, 2014, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved its applications for the development of a 330-unit apartment complex to be located on 9.4 acres on the corner of Church Street and Milscott Drive in Decatur. The site was previously occupied by a car dealership but has been vacant for years. The multifamily complex, to be named “The Reserve”, will feature two “U-shaped” buildings enclosing a terrace courtyard with landscaping and a swimming pool. (See attached site plan). To maintain an urban feel, the buildings are situated directly adjacent to the street and will largely shield the parking lot from view. Additionally, the developer will install sidewalks and landscaping along both Church Street and Milscott Drive. 

Medline LCI Study presentation

Event Date and Time: 
06/05/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Celebrate our plan! Thanks to your ideas and input, a draft of the Master Plan is complete. Come check out the overall vision!  Thursday, June 5 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. International Community School, 2418 Wood Trail Ln, Decatur, GA 30033.. Sketches, Demos, Food Trucks, Bike Tour.  Website:

N DeKalb Mall gets new owner

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle: "Lennar Commercial Investors LLC teamed with Sterling Organization to buy North DeKalb Mall for an undisclosed sum.  The development team, which also includes Atlanta-based Hendon Properties [current owner], plans to convert the enclosed portion of the property to an open-air concept. Lennar and Sterling acquired ownership interest in the property and Sterling will manage the center.

Suburban Plaza redevelopment resumes

From Selig Enterprises: "Selig Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce that after an almost two year legal delay over the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, all litigation between Good Growth Dekalb (GGD) and Dekalb County has been resolved and the redevelopment can resume.  During lengthy discussions with GGD, Selig was able to address most of GGD’s concerns in a manner that will only improve our planned redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, including agreeing to the installation of additional sidewalks along Medlock Road, as well other improvements such as landscaping and fence repair next to the neighborhood of homes located directly to the rear of the shopping center. 

Clairmont Rd redevelopment proposal

Event Date and Time: 
05/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

From a local resident who sent us a photo of a flyer left at her home.  The meeting may have been organized by the developer in order to gauge community support or resistance before submitting formal applications to the county.  This area sits between Emory's Clairmont Campus and the Gable Montclair townhome/apartment complex and between the boundaries of the Druid Hills Civic Association and the Clairmont Heights Civic Association.

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