Community Meeting for Proposed Mixed-Use Development at Sam’s Crossing (E. Ponce/ N. Arcadia Corner)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7-8 PM

Decatur Library (215 Sycamore Street, Decatur GA 30030)


The proposed redevelopment is in the preliminary stages and was inadvertently included in a batch of notifications sent out by Smith, Gambrell & Russell ahead of final 2016 zoning filings. Rather than cancel the meeting, an informal session will be held to let nearby residents know of the concept and get initial feedback.

Basic details (as supplied by zoning attorney Kathy Zickert of Smith, Gambrell & Russell) were shared with neighbors at last week’s DHNA meeting with DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader and City Commissioners Tony Powers and Scott Drake in attendance:

• Publix is most likely the main anchor with other retail shops included
• Up to 250 apartments are being proposed
• Avondale MARTA station proximity is the key selling point
• The assemblage includes parcels in Unincorporated DeKalb and City of Decatur
• Alliance Realty Services is the main developer; Worthing is the developer for the apartments

As the established neighborhood association immediately adjacent to the proposed redevelopment, the DHNA will be actively involved in the planning process. The DHNA looks forward to the participation of other neighborhoods in the East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Sycamore Street, and Katie Kerr Drive vicinity.

[Again, this project has not been submitted. Development proposals requiring a land use change by DeKalb County are heard only during the March and September cycles.]

Save the Date DHNA Meeting, October 25th 7pm





Save the Date!

Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tuesday, October 25th @ 7 PM*

The Church at Decatur Heights, Community room located at 735 Sycamore Drive

Plan to attend for the latest neighborhood related news and to hear from invited guests! Detailed meeting agenda will be sent out soon.

Want to become more involved? Then why not run to be an officer on the DHNA Board? If you’re up for serving, please submit a statement of interest before the start of the meeting. DHNA elections will be held at the November 2016 DHNA Meeting. To be eligible to vote, you must be an enrolled DHNA member by the October 25th meeting.

Annual dues are $10 per member and are used for hosting events and DHNA related expenses. Cash or check made payable to Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association.

Paypal option available on (+$1 service fee). Unable to attend the October 25th meeting? Make arrangements to enroll by emailing .

* Doors open at 6:45 pm for membership enrollment

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.