Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Sandy Springs City Council to vote on Ga. 400 toll lane recommendations

The Sandy Springs City Council will vote on recommendations for Ga. 400 toll lanes at its June 18 meeting. The recommendations, which will be presented by Councilmember John Paulson, call for changes to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plans for the toll lanes on the Ga. 400 section of the project, which runs north of the North Springs MARTA Station. Paulson said the recommendations that will be presented include: Build the toll lanes underneath the Northridge Road bridge. Residents there are concerned the flyover lanes would change the character of the area and bring more noise and pollution. GDOT...

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Brookhaven wraps up 2019 paving ahead of schedule

Brookhaven’s summer paving program wrapped up May 31, putting the city a year ahead of schedule of a 5-year plan, according to the city. The last streets paved were Winchester Trail and Clearview Drive. The city’s 5-year program, from 2017-2021, is being funded with the special local option sales tax dollars DeKalb voters approved in 2016. The list of roads to be paved was determined by the City Council that year based on scientific data known as the pavement condition index. “Since that time, we’ve always been working ahead of schedule,” Public Works Director Hari Karikaran said in a...

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DeKalb offering free residential bulk items curbside pickup

Bulky items, including furniture and appliances, can be picked up free from DeKalb County residents’ curbsides as part of the county’s Operation Spring Clean Sweep campaign. Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday will be serviced either Friday, June 21, or Saturday, June 22. To prevent collection delays, items should be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on Friday, June 21. Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday will be serviced either Friday, June 28, or Saturday, June 29. To prevent collection delays, items should be placed at the curb no later...

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Brookhaven included in ‘More MARTA’ expansion plan

The MARTA board on June 13 approved a tentative “sequencing” plan to expand bus services and rail connections throughout metro Atlanta, including to Brookhaven. One plan to be completed by 2025 as part of long-awaited “More MARTA” expansion plan includes an arterial rapid transit bus service on Route 110 on Peachtree Street/Road between Midtown’s Arts Center Station and Brookhaven’s Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Station, running through Buckhead. Arterial rapid transit means a bus that runs especially frequently and with priority at signals and in lines. Focused on transit projects within the city of Atlanta, “More MARTA” is funded by a half-penny sales...

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Brookhaven to host first ‘Developers’ Day’ to showcase potential development sites

The city of Brookhaven is inviting commercial real estate developers and business owners to its first “Developers’ Day” event on Sept. 12 to tour areas where city officials are seeking major redevelopments, including Buford Highway, the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA Station and medical centers. Economic Development Director Shirlynn Brownell said plans are to make “Developers’ Day” an annual event. It is intended to raise the city’s profile among developers and businesses who are seeking places to build or even locate a corporate headquarters. “This is an opportunity for us to showcase our assets … and to show Brookhaven in the best...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 23

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. Abernathy Road street/ramp closures June 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Ga. 400. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 southbound closed. June 21-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., street and...

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Brookhaven nightclub pays overdue liquor taxes after alcohol license suspension

After not being able to sell alcohol for nearly two weeks, XS Restaurant & Lounge will be able to pour again in time for the weekend after paying the city of Brookhaven more than $18,000 in overdue liquor taxes. XS Lounge, as it commonly known as, made the payment of $18,433.88 to the city on June 13. The city had suspended the club’s alcohol license on June 3 after not receiving the payment, which was due last month. XS Lounge, located in Northeast Plaza at 3375 Buford Highway, was cited last year for not paying its liquor excise taxes...

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Alarm ordinance differences cause confusion in Brookhaven

Alarm ordinances changes in Sandy Springs have led to confusion in Brookhaven, where one alarm company sent letters to residents inaccurately saying the city will no longer respond to security alarm calls, officials said. “In short, Brookhaven is responding to all security alarm calls, and statements to the contrary [are] false,” city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. Brookhaven has implemented some similar requirements to Sandy Springs’ controversial alarm ordinance. Alarm companies register users and pay the false alarm fines, but evidence of an intruder is not required. But in Sandy Springs, video, audio or in-person verification must be submitted along...

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Brookhaven to hold public hearings to set millage rate

The city of Brookhaven will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., to set the city’s millage rate. The hearing will be at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. Following the June 25 public hearing, the City Council will vote to set the millage rate. The anticipated millage rate for 2019 is 2.74 mills, the same rate as in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The city’s first public hearing on the millage rate was June 11. Due to a decrease in DeKalb County’s revaluation of real property tax assessments, the proposed 2.74 millage rate results in a...

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Immigration advocates seek apology for Brookhaven Police’s assist in ICE arrest

Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, an organization that advocates for immigrants and tenants, is asking the Brookhaven Police Department to publicly apologize for assisting federal immigration agents in a recent arrest at a Buford Highway apartment complex. The apology is needed “rebuild the trust” between the police and those living along Buford Highway, according to the organization. Brookhaven Police Deputy Chief Brandon Gurley said officers were only serving as backup for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency agents during their June 6 operation to arrest a suspect at the Terraces at Brookhaven apartments at 3510 Buford Highway. Plans are...

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Local State Transportation Board member backs building toll lanes with bus lines

Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs resident and State Transportation Board member, has spoken out in support of the planned toll lanes on I-285 and Ga. 400 and building bus rapid transit on those lanes. In a Facebook post, Abel said that “Atlanta’s transit future will be reborn with BRT on express lanes.” Leaving BRT out of the toll lanes would be a “devastating missed opportunity,” he said. Abel represents the 6th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, which oversees the Georgia Department of Transportation. His district includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and areas of Cobb and...

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Atlanta History Center to observe Juneteenth on June 15-16 weekend

The Atlanta History Center will hold its Juneteenth family program, commemorating the 1865 emancipation of slaves in Texas and the end of slavery in the United States, on June 15 and 16. The program allows visitors to explore the themes of freedom and family history through talks, museum theater workshops and storytelling. Observance highlights include author Christina Proenza-Coles on Saturday discussing her new book “American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World”; and Kenyatta D. Berry, co-host of the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, on Sunday discussing genealogy and her new book “The Family...

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