Category: Suburban Plaza

Comet Lanes Extended Hours SLUP Permit-UPDATE

Community Council’s opinion after a 3-2 vote was Opposed to SLUP application.comet-lanes

The owners of Comet Pub & Lanes at Suburban Plaza have filed an application for a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) to allow extended hours past their current 12:30 AM closing time. The new closing times would be 1 AM Sunday-Thursday and 2 AM on Friday and Saturday. If approved, Comet Pub & Lanes would then be designated as a Late-Night Establishment. (Neighbors were previously notified about their pre-submittal meeting held on August 17th.)

The first of three hearings, Community Council, will be held on Thursday (October 13th) at 6:30 PM in the Clark Harrison building at 330 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue. If the owners wish to move forward from there, Planning Commission will be Tuesday, November 1st and BOC Hearing will be Tuesday, November 15th.

Comet Lanes Seeking Late Night Hours, Community Meeting August 17th-7pm

Community Meeting Held at Comet Pub Lanes August 17th at 7pm.




FILED BY: The Comet Pub & Lanes

Located: 2619 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur GA, 30033

Current Use- The Comet Pub & Lanes…Bowling Alley, Restaurant

Proposed Use- SAME…Bowling Alley, Restaurant

Hours of operation

Current: Monday-Saturday 10am-12:30am.  Weekday hours will start 8/8/2016.

Proposed: Monday-Wednesday 10am-12:30, Thursday 10am-1am, Friday-Saturday 10am-2am, Sunday 11am-12:30am.


Location: 2619 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur GA, 30033

Date & Time: Wednesday August 17th at 7:00 pm.

Contact Info: Comet phone: 470-225-1931,  email:

Decatur Heights Neighborhood Meeting January 27th, 2015

Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association

Your Voice for Your Neighborhood!

January 27th, 2015 at 7:15pm

Meeting to Include:

Plans for Suburban Plaza
Special guests, the Selig team, will showcase the plans for Suburban Plaza, including offsite street improvements.

Streetscape Improvements, etc
Learn about the traffic calming committee’s proposed streetscape improvements plan for Sycamore Drive and the top ends of Hillcrest Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue… to include intersection bulb-outs, a mid-block crosswalk, and median islands. Updates on the speed reduction efforts will also be provided.

*Annual Membership dues: a nominal $10/person!
Dues go toward basic expenses, incorporation costs, and a fun social event (or two!) per year!

2015 Jan Meeting FLYER-POSTER-1

Starbucks and Suburban Plaza to request a special land use permit October 8th *UPDATE*

*UPDATE*  The Variance was approved by the zoning board on October 8th, 2014
Suburban Plaza LLC  is requesting a front yard setback variance  be granted to allow a drive-through restaurant to be constructed at 2641 North Decatur Road, which is part of our Suburban Plaza shopping center property that is currently being redeveloped to include several new tenants including, among others,  Walmart and LA Fitness. The proposed tenant for this building will be Starbucks Coffee.  This variance application is seeking relief from the 75’ front yard setback requirement as noted in Sec. 27-581 of the DeKalb County Code of Ordinances..
The proposed Starbucks will be approximately 1,750 s.f and will be situated approximately 5’ back from our property line along North Decatur Road.   To accommodate this new building, an existing 2,000 s.f. building that currently encroaches upon the required 75’ setback by approximately 40’ will be demolished (the former Pizza Hut). With the sole exception of the front yard setback, our proposed site plan meets all requirements of the existing DeKalb County Code of Ordinances and it  has also been designed to meet all the requirements governing drive-through restaurants in Article 4.2.23 of the zoning ordinance update that is anticipated to be adopted in the coming months.
A Special Land Use Permit for the drive-through component was approved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners on September 23rd
The variance will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Oct. 8th. Hearings begin at 1pm and are held in Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr. Meetings are open to the public.


Starbucks Drive-thru SLUP Approved on Sept 23

The Special Land Use Plan needed for the Starbucks drive-thru was approved with Conditions by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) at their Sept 23 Hearing. It had previously received the approvals of the Planning Commission and District 2 Community Council.
Commissioners Gannon and Rader requested the attached Conditions and a landscape site plan be made part of the SLUP. Greg Catoe, project manager for Selig, has kindly provided the “unofficial” version prepared by the Dept of Planning and Sustainability. These are same conditions that were approved by the BOC. Note that these are unofficial until ratified by the BOC.

Selig is continuing to study and refine the details of the crosswalks to ensure the safety of those shopping at the center.

Suburban Plaza Site Plans, Commitments, and Timelines

Selig Enterprises has forwarded an update on the Suburban Plaza redevelopment timelines and restated their commitment to the community.

Here are the highlights of the current timeline:

demolition of parts of existing structures: summer 2014
facade renovations: fall 2014
anticipated redevelopment completion: summer 2015
new tenants open for business: fall 2015

Scott Selig Update on MOU, Schedule 6-6-2014

Below are the current concepts for the Suburban Plaza Redevelopment.

Suburban Plaza Redevelopment Conceptual Site Plan

Suburban Plaza – site plan_05-04-12

Selig Land Use Permit (SLUP) June 24th, 7pm

There will be a community meeting to discuss a special land use permit to allow a drive thru establishment in Suburban Plaza on June 24th and 7pm.

Selig and Starbucks representatives will show their plan for a proposed Starbucks with a drive-thru at Suburban Plaza. The Starbucks will be located where the stand alone restaurant is now with drive-thru traffic contained within the shopping center property. All interested neighbors are encouraged to attend.


611 Medlock Road

Decatur, GA 30033

If you are unable to attend, but you like to offer input please contact Greg Catoe (Senior Project Manager) at 404-876-5511.

pre-submittal meeting neighborhood notice

Suburban Plaza Redevelopment Can Resume

via 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.

Selig has always worked diligently with neighborhood representatives during its construction projects and this case has been no different.  Selig would like to recognize and thank the representatives from the Medlock Area Neighborhood Assoc., Clairmont Heights, Medlock Place, Springdale Heights and Decatur Heights, Sycamore Ridge, Sycamore Station, Glendale Estates, and the Christian Towers for providing valuable input over the past three years and helping Selig to transform the area with quality development.  Many details of the project have been the result of years of collaboration with these neighborhoods and have resulted in numerous features of the redevelopment, such as:  sidewalks, bike paths, and /or multi-use paths around all street frontages, interior pedestrian connectivity, several pocket parks, increased landscaping, the addition of almost an acre and a half of green space, architectural design elements, and traffic calming measures on surrounding streets.

Selig also appreciates GGD’s efforts to improve its community.  The additional items Selig agreed to do will further enhance the surrounding area.  Selig hopes to continue to work collaboratively with representatives from all surrounding neighborhoods and Dekalb County to continue to enhance the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza.

In addition to the Walmart, Selig is excited about the continued interest in the project by potential tenants – including LA Fitness (which will include a daycare facility), HomeGoods, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, and others to be announced at a later date.

The proposed redevelopment will significantly transform the appearance of the center and has already shown to be a catalyst for other development projects in the area.  Selig expects to begin construction immediately and looks forward to completion of the project that will serve the community.” has posted Good Growth DeKalb’s press release.

Suburban Plaza Permit Updates


Selig and Walmart have now received all needed permits (land disturbance, demolition, and building) for Suburban Plaza’s redevelopment. Demolition and construction are slated to begin in early 2013.

The cross-neighborhoods committee continues to meet regularly with the Selig folks. We do not have a plans update scheduled for December. For all official Suburban Plaza information, visit MANA’s site:


Deanne Thomas
Decatur Heights neighbor and cross-neighborhoods committee member