Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Photos: Brookhaven’s Martin Luther King Jr. dinner event honors residents of historical black community

Brookhaven’s fourth annual MLK Day and Dinner event on Jan. 20 attracted a full crowd to the Lynwood Park community center to honor the residents of the historical African American community. The community center that now belongs to the city was once the school for black residents living in Lynwood Park. The school was open for decades but closed in 1968 when students were integrated into the DeKalb County School System. The Lynwood students are known as the “Lynwood Trailblazers.” James Brown Sr., who grew up in the Lynwood community and was the Federal Reserve Bank’s first African American...

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New GDOT maps show properties that could be impacted or demolished by I-285 top-end toll lanes project

Approximately 155 properties in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs could be affected or demolished by Georgia Department of Transportation right of way acquisition for the I-285 top-end toll lanes project, according to new maps unveiled during a Jan. 21 open house. The draft plans show the project razing several residential and commercial structures, including some or all the Chateau Club Townhomes and possibly the swimming pool of the Georgetown Recreation Center, both in Dunwoody. Also marked for displacement are three to four buildings in the Dunwoody Village apartment complex, and two buildings in the Sierra Place apartments in Sandy...

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DeKalb Schools cuts funding for new Cross Keys High School

The DeKalb County School District has cut funding for the anticipated new Cross Keys High School. DCSD had nearly $85 million set aside for the planned 2,500-seat school in its E-SPLOST budget. Now, the funding has been cut down to $80,000 due to “insufficient unit cost estimates and insufficient escalation provided by Education Planners,” according to a budget update presented at a Jan. 13 Board of Education meeting. The new high school was one of the priorities for the current E-SPLOST budget. It was planned to alleviate overcrowding at the current Cross Keys High, which is located at 1626...

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Special tax district in effect for new Brookhaven annexations

The Brookhaven City Council has unanimously approved creating a special tax district for the newly annexed area of LaVista Park, implementing for the first time the ordinance city officials say is needed to preserve its tax base as more property owners seek to become part of the city. The move, approved Jan. 14, allows the city to charge residents of LaVista Park, who were annexed into the city in December, the same millage rate they had been paying to DeKalb County. The money will go to address infrastructure issues such as stormwater, roads, parks and other repairs. In November,...

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DeKalb County delays solid waste collection for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

DeKalb County will not collect solid wastes, including garbage, recycling and yard waste, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, and will delay all curbside pickups by one day for the rest of that week. Residents who are on a Friday collection schedule will receive service on Saturday, Jan. 25. The DeKalb Sanitation Division’s administrative office, North Transfer Station and Seminole Road Landfill will be closed on Jan. 20 and will reopen on Jan. 21 during normal operating hours. For more information, contact the Sanitation Division’s customer service team at 404-294-2900 or sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov, visit www.dekalbsanitation.com, or follow the Sanitation...

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Dredging of Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Lake begins

More than 20,000 tons of sediment and debris are expected to be removed during the dredging of a portion of Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Lake over the next six months. Dredging of the lake within the 135-acre Murphey Candler Park on West Nancy Creek Drive began Jan. 15, a day after the City Council approved a nearly $1.8 million contract to Merrell Bros. Inc. of Kokomo, Indiana, to complete the job. Dredging the lake was recommended in the city’s Nancy Creek watershed plan approved in 2016 and the city expects it to be finished within 180 days. The project includes...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 24

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 22-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Jan. 23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 23-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound between Glenridge Connector and Hammond Drive, one left lane. Jan. 24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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DeKalb Commissioner Gannon announces she won’t seek another term

DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon whose district includes Brookhaven and Dunwoody announced Jan. 17 she would not be seeking another term, saying after 15 years of service it was time “for the next generation to move on up.” Gannon’s announcement was made in a written statement with the headline, “Change is coming to District 6.” The statement included a list of Gannon’s accomplishments during her tenure, projects she will continue to work on during her final term in 2020, and her decision that it was time for new blood to serve on the county’s governing body. “So, I have...

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DeKalb Schools reveals different, temporary redistricting for Doraville United school

In the wake of controversy over a redistricting plan affecting several Brookhaven schools, the DeKalb County School District has announced a significantly different, temporary version that will take effect in July. The “interim” redistricting for the new Doraville United Elementary School will move 108 students from Hightower Elementary to Doraville United; 209 students from Cary Reynolds Elementary to Doraville United; and 381 students from Dresden Elementary to Doraville United. The plan was released at a Jan. 13 DeKalb County Board of Education meeting. Ramona Tyson, the district’s interim superintendent, recommended an “Interim Redistricting Plan” intended to prepare the way...

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Brookhaven passes nondiscrimination law protecting LGBTQ people

Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity will no longer be allowed in Brookhaven. That was the conclusion reached by the City Council Jan. 14 as it voted unanimously to pass an ordinance, sponsored by Councilmembers Linley Jones and Madeleine Simmons, that bans local businesses from discrimination against minority groups, including LGBTQ people. “This is our opportunity to step up and join the other cities in setting an example that discrimination is not tolerated in Brookhaven,” Simmons said before the vote was taken. “Not only is it good for business but it’s really good for our residential community...

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Sandy Springs’ Temple Emanu-El to host discussion on treatment of asylum-seekers

A Jan. 26 community event in Sandy Springs featuring many nonprofit groups and places of worship aims to raise awareness about the treatment of asylum-seekers in Georgia and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Three immigration experts will speak at the nonpartisan event, called “Bearing Witness: A Humanitarian Crisis,” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive. There will also be a “resource fair” of nonprofit organizations. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend, but registration is required by clicking here. “The goal of the day is two-fold: to shine a light on and...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, Jan. 5-12

From Brookhaven Police reports dated Jan. 5 through Jan. 12. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 1400 block of Northeast Expressway — On Jan. 7, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of theft by receiving stolen property. 3400 block of Buford Highway — On Jan. 8, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 3300 block of Clairmont Road — On Jan. 9, in the afternoon, a theft was reported. Assault 3100 block of Inman Drive — On Jan. 9, at night, a man was arrested and...

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