Author: Dyana Bagby

More nightclubs appeal Brookhaven’s denial of alcohol license renewals

Three more nightlife venues are appealing the Alcohol Board’s denial to renew their alcohol licenses after they refused to pay the $100,000 fee the city charges to the newly established “entertainment venues” to serve beer, wine and liquor. Josephine’s, Medusa and XS Restaurant & Lounge, all located in Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway, filed their appeals in DeKalb County Superior Court last month. All are represented by attorney Cary Wiggins. Rush Lounge, represented by attorney Alan Begner, also has appealed the Alcohol Board’s denial of its alcohol license renewal, stating the $100,000 fee is illegal. The fee stems from...

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Dunwoody’s newly legal backyard chickens are few but beloved

Brianna Harris, 13, opened her hands and revealed three pastel blue eggs. Easter egger chickens, she explained, lay pale blue, green and sometimes pink eggs. She got the eggs after walking through a large-sized chicken run and into a coop located under the deck of her backyard on Leisure Drive. The run was built by her parents, Erika and Laurence Harris, to hold a total of six chickens — four Easter Eggers and two Silkies. Brianna Harris was one of several young people who spoke out last year in favor of the city adopting an ordinance to allow backyard...

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Brookhaven on the lookout for new police headquarters

The search for a new Brookhaven police headquarters and municipal court site is underway. A Buford Highway residential neighborhood, already proposed for a townhome redevelopment, is one of several sites under consideration. The Ardent Companies is seeking to rezone approximately 15 acres on Bramblewood Drive and two parcels on Buford Highway for a 197-unit townhome development. The rezoning request was given the go-ahead by the Planning Commission at its April 4 meeting and now goes before the City Council. But the city is also looking at property on Bramblewood Drive to possibly purchase for the police and court building....

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Tree loss in Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park renovations a concern

Several residents and Dunwoody City Council members are raising concerns about the planned renovations to Brook Run Park and the number of trees that may be cut down to make way for new amenities. The mayor and council voted April 9 to approve a preconstruction services contract for $15,250 to Reeves + Young. That company joins Lose & Associates, hired in February for $324,000 to design phase one of the Brook Run Park master plan that includes the two multiuse fields at the back of the park; the Great Lawn, to include a stage and pavilion; more parking; a...

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Brookhaven first city to receive Corporate Champion Award from Latin American Association

The city of Brookhaven became the first city to receive the Corporate Champion Award granted by the Latin American Association (LAA) during the 29th Annual Compañeros Award Luncheon held April 12 at the Georgia Aquarium. The 2018 Corporate Champion Award was presented to Brookhaven for being “exceedingly supportive of the Atlanta Latino community and has diligently promoted diversity and immigrant inclusion along Buford Highway, metro-Atlanta’s famous international corridor,” said LAA Board Member At-Large Willie Rivero in a city press release. “We are humbled to receive such an award from the Latin American Association,” Mayor John Ernst said. “As such...

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