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BeltLine, PATH meet on trail; ignore public input on route

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net An email sent Dec. 18 to the leadership of the Brookwood Hills, Peachtree Hills and Piedmont Heights neighborhoods makes it clear that BeltLine planners and leadership met with the PATH Foundation sometime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 27 and decided to virtually ignore public sentiment against early proposed PATH routes through the Armour Drive area and again route the trail along and through a conservation easement owned by the Brookwood Hills neighborhood. It became evident at a Nov. 27 BeltLine Studyarea 7 Steering Committee meeting that BeltLine and PATH officials had decided to revert back to an earlier trail alignment that three surrounding neighborhoods previously had been assured would not be part of the final Master Plan for Studyarea 7. In the email, Jonathan Lewis, senior project manager for the BeltLine within the city’s Bureau of Planning, wrote: “Between the 10/30 Study Group meeting and our Steering Committee meeting on 11/27, we met with the PATH Foundation to discuss trail options throughout the Study Area, which affected our thinking in the area.” Lewis’ email was in response to one sent to him by Rod Cook, head of long range planning for the Brookwood Hills neighborhoods. Cook wrote to Lewis: “I was very disappointed when I reviewed the map representing the most up-to-date plan for the Beltline’s Sub Area 7. It was surprising to see the...

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NYC eatery, 2 more retailers sign at Streets

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Demolition work was completed and foundation work had begun for new construction at The Streets of Buckhead, as Ben Carter Properties announced Dec. 15 that another new upscale restaurant and two more retailers have committed to the $1.2 billion Buckhead centerpiece that is scheduled to open in 2009. Japanese restaurant Japonais will open its first Atlanta location at The Streets of Buckhead. “Japonais is one of the hottest and most talked about restaurants in the country and will be a perfect complement to the Atlanta palate,” said Ben Carter, founder and chairman of Ben Carter Properties, LLC. “Japonais is the third New York-based restaurant to join The Streets of Buckhead and we expect to announce several others soon.” Additional restaurants announced to open at The Streets of Buckhead in 2009 include Bottega del Vino and La Goulue. Japonais currently has locations in three hotspot cities, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas. Japonais offers signature sushi and cold appetizers by world-renowned sushi chef/partner Jun Ichikawa and hot appetizers and entrées by celebrated chef /partner Gene Kato. The restaurants’ signature red brick walls, ebony wood screens and gold accents create a dramatic, inviting and warm space (www.japonais.com). Also Dec. 15, Carter Properties announced the signing of two additional luxury retailers, Vilebrequin and Optical Shop of Aspen, for The Streets of Buckhead. Debuting in Saint-Tropez in the early...

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Piedmont Hospital upgrades emergency unit ; $13 million spent to provide patients faster, more efficient care

By C. Julia Nelson Bluffton University head baseball coach James Grandey from Ohio was thrilled to learn the emergency department at Piedmont Hospital, which he credits for saving his life after the bus accident on March 2 at Northside Dr. and I-75, just got better. “There’s no question, I received outstanding care,” Grandey said. “The paramedics immediately at the scene and the staff at Piedmont’s emergency department saved my life and will be able to save others with this new expansion.” After more than two years of planning and construction, serving emergency patients has become more efficient with a $13 million dollar upgrade at Piedmont Hospital, 1968 Peachtree Rd. NW, in Buckhead. The upgrade rounds out a $100 million master plan, which began in 2005 and will be complete in 2008. Administrative Director Nettie Klein said building the capacity of the emergency department (ED) is a significant achievement for Piedmont Hospital. “(The expansion) was designed to better serve the capacity of patients; we serve about 55,000 patients per year,” Klein said. “We have a very acute patient population as emergency departments go.” She said they expect to care for 75,000 patients in 2008. Opening phase one of a four-part improvement plan on December 18, the new 30,500 square foot expansion of the ED encompasses a wide range of growth and improvement. It gives the emergency staff about 46,000 square...

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BeltLine’s Master Plan delayed for S. Buckhead

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net The presentation of the final proposed BeltLine Master Plan for Subarea 7—which includes the bottom area of Buckhead—is being delayed from Jan. 22 to early March in order for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. to prepare a market study involving all the sub areas along the entire BeltLine route. In an email sent to members of the Subarea 7 BeltLine Steering Committee, Jonathan Lewis, the senior project manager for the BeltLine in the city of Atlanta’s Bureau of Planning., said the scheduled Jan. 22 meeting would now be used as the public forum to discuss the final recommendations for the Tanyard Creek Park trail section. The Jan. 22 meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center on Peachtree Hills Avenue. In what some considered to be an attempt to limit public input and possibly press coverage of some BeltLine discussions, Lewis also informed members of the Steering Committee that meetings of that group were not designed to be public meetings and encouraged them not to invite non-Steering Committee members to attend those meetings. He said the Study Group meetings are the public forums. Lewis wrote: “Atlanta BeltLine, Inc has decided to prepare a market study for the BeltLine with findings by subarea, which will improve the quality of the final master plans. In order to incorporate the results, we need to delay our final Study...

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R.E. Magazine features Petersen team

Husband and wife Sandy Springs real estate agents Jill and Dan Petersen, better known as Petersen Partners, were featured on the October cover of R.E. Magazine. The cover story is an in-depth interview with the Petersens, including the way they got into the real estate field and their customer service philosophy. The Petersens have spent their entire real estate careers with Prudential Georgia Realty and are based at the firm’s Sandy Springs office in CityWalk Plaza. For 2006 sales, the Petersens were honored with the Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award, the second highest level a Prudential agent or team can achieve within the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates (PREA) organization. The award is given to sales associates in the top 2 percent of the company (out of 77,000 agents) for sales or units closed. They were also named one of Prudential Georgia Realty’s Top 25 Teams (out of 1,500 agents), placing in the number five spot. Specializing in residential and commercial real estate in the Cobb County and surrounding region, the Petersens had nearly $28 million in gross real estate sales and closed 51 properties in 2006. These sales placed them in the top 20 teams with the Atlanta Board of Realtors, the largest regional real estate association in Georgia with more than 6,000...

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