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Scott Blvd. Baptist Church redevelopment project approved

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "On April 8 and 9, 2014, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) reviewed Fuqua Development’s Scott Boulevard Baptist Church (SBBC) proposal. The plan was presented to the communitylast February and is outlined here.

Scott Boulevard Baptist Church development update

From the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee, via Theresa Same (MANA Zoning Chair): [Note that the community meeting with Fuqua to discuss these plans is Feb 26th, 7pm.  Location :  Scott Boulevard Baptist Church.] "As many of you know, Scott Boulevard Baptist Church (SBBC) will soon be closing its doors. Membership has been declining for many years and has dwindled to the point that the congregation can no longer sustain the facility and the property. Last year, after exploring many options and careful consideration, SBBC began looking for a buyer. Atlanta-based Fuqua Development has had this property and all 9 homes on Barton Way under contract since early 2013. In June of 2013, MANA became aware of their plans to redevelop the property as a mixed used development (earlier site plans can be viewed here) and these plans were shared in a Community Meeting in July, 2013. After taking some time to think about what makes the most sense at this busy intersection and envisioning this project in a larger context of redevelopment, Fuqua Development is now proposing the project detailed below, which includes apartments, townhomes and limited retail as Phase 1 (Figure 1) of their larger vision (Phase 2, described later in this article)...." [Read more.]

Court ruling on Walmart 10/31/13

From Scott Selig Enterprises of Suburban Plaza, with permission: "Yesterday, a DeKalb County Superior Court judge ruled that Good Growth DeKalb does not have standing to appeal DeKalb County’s decision to issue Selig a building permit to construct a Walmart at Suburban Plaza.  Good Growth DeKalb had claimed that it had standing to appeal DeKalb County’s issuance of Walmart’s building permit.  The Court disagreed.  As a result, the building permit is valid and the project is now cleared to move forward.

Emory Point phase II begins

From Emory news: "The next phase of Emory Point [the mixed-use development on Clifton Road] is in full swing—construction has begun on the $70 million project that is expected to bring an additional 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 307 luxury apartment homes to the Clifton Corridor area.

Walkable Urban Places the growing edge in metro Atlanta

 From the Reporter Newspapers:  "A study says “Walkable Urban Places” in the Atlanta region offer a harbinger of things to come across the country as urban sprawl ends and more pedestrian-friendly communities emerge.  The report, authored by Chris Leinberger of the George Washington University School of Business, says that walkable places, which he called “WalkUPs,” will drive tomorrow’s national real estate industry and the economy, turning

Suburban Plaza Pedestrian Improvement Study

The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association has a couple images and a link to the newly released study. 

County meeting on cell tower zoning change

Event Date and Time: 
09/16/2013 - 6:30pm

From DeKalb County: Public Information/Input Meeting, DeKalb County, Wireless Telecommunication Regulations (Cell Towers). Monday, September 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Maloof auditorium, 1300 Commerce drive, Decatur, GA 30030.  Join  state representative Karla Drenner, commissioner Larry Johnson & Andrew Baker, Dekalb county planning department and provide input on the proposed cell phone tower ordinance. Your input is solicited.

New zoning ordinance issues

Members of the Druid Hills Civic Association have gone through the proposed new ordinance carefully and have identified potential concerns.  "A proposed new zoning ordinance for DeKalb County has serious implications for the Druid Hills neighborhood. Under the new ordinance, all properties in the county will receive a new zoning classification. The DeKalb County administration appears eager to push through the new ordinance.  Here are some of the proposed changes:

-Reduce the size of buffers between zoning classifications to make it easier to redevelop commercial corridors;

-Eliminate the 35 ft. height limitation in zones classified for office buildings, thereby permitting five-story buildings to go up adjacent to single family homes;..." [Read more.]

Suburban Plaza redevelopment update 8/13/2013

The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association has published an open letter to the community from Selig Enterprises, where they address the ongoing court case with Good Growth DeKalb, announcement of potential new tenants and construction expectations.  It includes news that they have an agreement with LA Fitness as well as Walmart and are in discussions with Home Goods, Joann's, Ross Dress for Less and Starbuck's.

Fuqua plans for Scott Blvd. Baptist Church

Medlock Area Neighborhood Association has posted a detailed update on the plans for redeveloping this site across from Suburban Plaza.  "As noted in previous posts, Fuqua Developments wishes to convert the Scott Blvd. Baptist Church property (2532 N Decatur Rd.) into a mixed use development. As proposed, the development raises questions about its effect on traffic at the Church St./Scott Bldvd./North Decatur Road intersection and impact on the quality of life and property values for Blackmon Drive residents...." [Read more.]

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