Category: Perimeter Business

Buckhead Business Association honors first responders for life-saving rescues

The Buckhead Business Association honored police officers and firefighters for rescues that saved lives – both human and animal – with awards given in its annual “Signature Luncheon” on June 13. The Buckhead Public Safety Awards are sponsored by Georgia Primary Bank and recognizes first responders who are nominated by a supervisor or fellow public safety officers. Those recognized on June 13 included first responders from the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which covers Buckhead; the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department; and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. Zone 2 Police Officers Chris Davis, Charles Tierney and Brittney Williams were honored...

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Major Perimeter Center mixed-use project to break ground early next year

A new Dunwoody mixed-use development on 10 acres in the heart of Perimeter Center is expected to break ground early next year, anchored by a grocery store and including restaurants, retail space, a bank and a gas station. A stormwater detention pond popular with migrating Canada geese will be paved over for a parking lot as part of the redevelopment. The Dunwoody City Council voted 6-1 at its June 10 meeting to approve the Branch Properties’ “Perimeter Marketplace” project to be built at the former dining hub at the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody and Meadow Lane roads, where now only...

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Hotel, restaurant/retail development proposed near I-285 in Dunwoody

A developer is seeking to build a mixed-use development on nearly 4 acres of undeveloped land in Dunwoody at the intersection of Ravinia Parkway and Ashford-Dunwoody Road,  between the I-285 interchange and Perimeter Center’s Crowne Plaza hotel. The proposed development would include a 42,500-square-foot restaurant and retail space that would be 1 to 2 stories tall and a maximum 10-story hotel catering to business travelers, according to the rezoning application filed with the city. The hotel is planned to be built at the rear of the development, near I-285. A 3-story parking deck would be built in the internal...

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Former Kroger shopping center in Sandy Springs gets new owner

The Northridge Shopping Center in Sandy Springs has a new owner who expects to fill the vacant anchor space left by Kroger soon. Rafat Shaikh, the president and CEO of Safeway Group, Inc., the new owner, said he is negotiating with “several” potential tenants. He did not provide more details. Kroger operated a supermarket at 8331 Roswell Road in the Northridge Shopping Center for more than 35 years before announcing a surprise closure in 2017. The closure was seen by city officials at the time as an opportunity to bring in higher-end retail and fueled their effort to promote...

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Abortion law will be ‘tough for business,’ movie studio head tells Buckhead group

Georgia’s abortion-restricting “heartbeat bill” is putting stress on the state’s booming filmmaking industry and will be “tough for business,” a movie studio head told the Buckhead Business Association at a June 6 breakfast. “This heartbeat bill has put some stress on the industry in ways that I’ve never seen before,” said Dan Rosenfelt, president of Doraville’s Third Rail Studios, which regularly rents its stages and facilities to major Hollywood productions. “…This year will be tough for business… I’m sure there will be a percentage of [film productions] that we don’t even hear about that just don’t show up.” The...

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Dunwoody, Doraville council members sign petition opposing I-285 toll lanes

Elected officials in Dunwoody and Doraville are speaking out against the planned I-285 top end toll lanes and have signed a petition opposing the estimated $5 billion project expected to begin construction in 2023. Dunwoody Councilmembers Lynn Deutsch, John Heneghan, Pam Tallmadge and Tom Lambert and Doraville City Councilmember Joseph Geierman have all signed the change.org petition started by Dunwoody resident Travis Reid. All said adding more lanes would not solve the traffic woes on I-285 and they are urging the Georgia Department of Transportation to reevaluate the project. “The plan being presented is additional lanes and then there...

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Worth Knowing: At 92, a jeweler is a gem of the community

Helen Sher, the 92-year-old owner of Camelot Jewelers, tucked in a corner of a nondescript little shopping center on the east end of Dunwoody, is one of these people who inspire the rest of us. Her shop, which she operates with the help of her son, daughter and granddaughter, has been in the same location since 1977. Camelot, at 2484 Mount Vernon Road in the Shops of Williamsburg, in Dunwoody carries a variety of fine diamond and gemstone jewelry in gold and sterling, along with sterling and crystal gift items, but it isn’t Tiffany’s and doesn’t pretend to be....

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PDK Airport eyes eight new corporate hangars near Brookhaven border

Officials with DeKalb Peachtree Airport are asking the city of Chamblee to allow them to skirt required streetscape designs should it decide to build eight new corporate hangars, a new fire department building and other infrastructure on 19 acres of its southernmost property. News of such a potential expansion near the Brookhaven border is putting residents living near the airport once again on edge as they worry about more trees being cut down, eliminating a long-standing sound between the state’s second busiest airport and Clairmont Road. Environmental concerns and increased air traffic are other concerns being raised. Brookhaven City...

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Former Buckhead Council chair appointed to Fulton County Development Authority

Tom Tidwell, a former Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods chair, has been appointed to the Development Authority of Fulton County by Commissioner Lee Morris. Tidwell was confirmed by the Board of Commissioners at a May 15 meeting. On June 1, he will replace Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who held the seat since late 2018 after DeKalb County School District Chief Financial Officer Michael Bell resigned mid-term. Tidwell chaired the Council of Neighborhoods, an influential coalition of civic associations, from 2013 to 2018, when he stepped down and Mary Norwood took the post. In his last months holding the...

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Long-dormant High Street unveils new website, illustrations

The massive $2 billion High Street mixed-use development that developers say is slated to break ground by the end of the year has unveiled a new website and new illustrations that touts the planned project as an “entertainment destination” site. The new website includes an “about” sections that describes the planned project on 42 acres at Perimeter Park Center and Hammond Drive near the Dunwoody MARTA station as a place to “charge your spirit.” “A destination that proves that life at the heart of Atlanta’s Perimeter can hold within it the culture and character of a city and the...

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Buckhead Business Association to hold Signature Luncheon June 13

The Buckhead Business Association will hold its annual Signature Luncheon on June 13. The event includes the annual public safety awards to local first responders. The keynote speaker will be Nadia Bilchik, an editorial producer at CNN and president of Greater Impact Communication, a public speaking consultancy. Tickets are $75 for members, $85 for non-members. The event will run 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead hotel at 3300 Lenox Road. For more information, see...

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Movie studio president to speak at Buckhead Business Association breakfast

The president of Doraville’s Third Rail Studios, a film and TV studio, will speak at a June 6 Buckhead Business Association breakfast. Dan Rosenfelt also had a previous career in film and TV production, working on such movies as “The Ides of March” and “Argo.” He will speak at the June 6 breakfast, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Road. Tickets are $25 for non-members and pre-registration is required. For more information, see the BBA website...

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