Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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!
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.
* Doors open at 6:45 pm for membership enrollment
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.)
October 1, 2016
North Decatur Square Now Officially Approved
The Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association Board (DHNA) is pleased to share that the applications filed by S.J. Collins Enterprises for North Decatur Square, the multi-use development to be anchored by 365 by Whole Foods Market, were unanimously approved by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners at the September 27, 2016 Zoning Hearing.
The DHNA’s key focuses when approaching a development project are: How does it fit with the Medline LCI objectives of connectivity, walkability, wellness, and aging in place? Will it bring beneficial amenities for local residents? Our goal from the onset was to obtain needed offsite pedestrian and traffic-related improvements which we are proud to have achieved for the community.
- Installation of thermoplastic pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection of Church Street and North Decatur Road, the intersection of Church Street and Sycamore Drive, and on Sycamore Drive near Rufus Evans Drive;
- Installation of signage warning drivers not to block the Church Street and Sycamore Drive intersection;
- Installation of either a traffic signal or a pedestrian crossing beacon on Church Street near Milscott Drive
- Upgraded coordinated signal system timing for the Church Street signal system; and
- To explore with MARTA the potential for a sheltered bus stop located at the development.
Our congratulations go out to the S.J. Collins team. The final design reflects their extensive community engagement with its tree-lined multi-use paths, inviting public spaces, and improved pedestrian connectivity throughout the site. The 300 apartments will include a minimum of 30 units of Workforce Housing so as to accommodate hospital workers and others earning up to approximately $44,000 annually. The 365 by Whole Foods Market and similar caliber commercial businesses will be welcome additions to the area.
- Jeff Garrison (Partner) and Matt Widmaier (Project Manager) of S.J. Collins Enterprises
- Julie Sellers (Partner) of Pursley Friese Torgrimson
- John Bell (City Partner) and Greg Power (City Partner) of Terwilliger Pappas
- Donnie Longenecker (Director of Landscape Architecture) and Deanna Murphy (Planner/Intern Architect) of Sizemore Group
- Abdul Amer (Professional Engineer) of A & R Engineering, Inc.
The DHNA Board also appreciates the many other good things that have resulted from this endeavor. We’ve established ties with Church Street area neighborhoods, joined with board members of the Sycamore Station and Sycamore Ridge HOAs, strengthened our relationship with DeKalb Medical, and gained a new community partner in S.J. Collins. DeKalb’s Davis Fox (Policy Advisor for District 6) and Patrece Keeter (DOT) continue to provide invaluable support for the DHNA’s pedestrian and traffic-related efforts.
Praise and encouragement go to our city and county commissioners as they begin reviewing together the existing plans for the area now that the developments are springing to life. Our sincere thanks to Mayor Patti Garrett and Commissioner Tony Powers for stepping forward on the Church Street area neighborhoods’ behalf.
North Decatur Square will now enter into the construction phase with a slated opening between June and September 2018. We look forward to encountering old friends and new as we walk over to shop, dine and play.
Final Site Plan
For More Detailed Plans See the PDFs Below:
September 27, 2016 Board of Commissioners Zoning Hearing (agenda items N.6-8):