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Livable Center Initiative grant application rejected

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: LCI proposal rejected. MANA was sad to hear that the Livable Center Initiative grant application spearheaded by Kathie Gannon [DeKalb Co. District 6 Commissioner] and her staff was rejected last week. As explained by Davis Fox, who serves as Policy and Projects Manager, "The grant would have paid a for a transportation and land use plan in an area that ran from Medlock to Shamrock Plaza along US 29 and along North Decatur Road from Medlock to the Kroger shopping center on DeKalb Industrial. Church Street from Medlock to Scott Boulevard would have also been included. The plan would also have proposed an economic development strategy and sustainable design guidelines for future development. We envision mixed-use development with bicycle trails and light rail stops.  We were able to raise a significant financial match from DeKalb Medical, Selig, Patel Brothers, AS Turner, City of Decatur and DeKalb County Development Authority. Based on the level of business community support, we are now looking at another approach and are trying to see if we can raise sufficient funds to conduct the study. If we do proceed with the study, we will form a non-profit organization to raise funds and guide the process. In all likelihood nearby neighborhood organizations will be on the board of directors."

Team Gannon is working on a Plan B and will follow up on this initiative in the coming year.  [Read more]

MANA E-Newsletter - Feb. 19, 2012

From: Medlock Area Neighborhood Association : Neighborhood Watch Meeting cancelled; Good Growth DeKalb meeting.

Community meeting on Walmart

Event Date and Time: 
02/23/2012 - 7:00pm

From Louise Runyon: Walmart at Suburban Plaza.  How would a Walmart at Suburban Plaza affect you? Let your voice be heard * Your chance to speak!  COMMUNITY FORUM Hosted by Good Growth DeKalb, Thursday, Feb 23, 7 p.m. N. Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033

Anti-Walmart rally

From a representative of Good Growth DeKalb [This posting does not constitute an endorsement by the CHCA Board.  Click here to see other postings on the issue.]: There will be a rally for those that oppose Walmart at Suburban Plaza at N. Decatur Rd./Scott Blvd./Medlock Rd. Intersection in Decatur FRI., JAN. 20 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Good Growth DeKalb (GGD) has formed to help residents promote healthy economic development. GGD supporters will rally on four Fridays: Jan. 20 & 27, Feb. 3 and 10. 

Suburban Plaza redevelopment moves forward

From the Patch: "With Variance Approval, Suburban Plaza Redevelopment Moves Forward. Selig Enterprises, the center's owner, now moves into the planning and engineering process, though no timetable has been set, a Selig senior vice president said...." [Read more]

Commissioner Gannon on Walmart

Re-posted with permission from commissioner Kathie Gannon.  These comments were originally sent in response to an inquiry from the Emory Grove neighborhood: "Thank you for writing Commissioner Gannon regarding the Wal-Mart parking variance. This issue will be brought before the Board of Zoning Appeals on December 14th at 1 PM in the Maloof Auditorium. Neither Commissioner Gannon nor the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will have an opportunity to vote on the request. The decision is being made by a group of 7 DeKalb County citizens that serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals. This Board meets monthly to consider requests for special exceptions and variances. The zoning ordinance specifies the criteria that the Board of Zoning Appeals must apply to determine the merits of the request.

Notes on Walmart variance hearing 12/14/11

Re-posted with permission. From Michelle Page-Rivera via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association. "I attended the Walmart hearing today out of general curiosity.  Hearing was related to Seligs request for a variance to reduce the current number of parking spaces at the future Walmart location. Parking would be split between surface parking and underground parking. After much heated discussion among the Board, the request was approved.

MANA E-Newsletter - 12/15 Update on Suburban Plaza

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Dear neighbors,Earlier today, the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved Selig Enterprises' special exception to reduce parking; this vote clears the way for the next stage in the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza. It was a very contentious meeting as many people felt it was their only venue for stating how they feel about Walmart. As noted elsewhere, Suburban Plaza is already zoned for a big box store with Walmart's specs and the ZBA could only vote to do one of three things: accept the request, reject it, or defer it for later consideration. The ZBA voted to accept the request with conditions (see below).

December MANA E-Newsletter - Suburban Plaza

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association.  CHCA is working with MANA on this. 

Decatur residents' meeting re: Walmart at Suburban Plaza

From North Druid Hills Patch: "Decatur Residents Question Walmart, Suburban Plaza Developers.  Developers say Walmart would be "Decatur funky" in style...." Read more.

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