Category: Perimeter Business

Northside Hospital making moves even as Gwinnett merger has stalled

The mysterious delay in the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System is continuing, month after month. The mega-deal, once forecast to close in 2016, is still in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission, which must approve the transaction. But Northside hasn’t been sitting idly by, waiting for the FTC to act. The powerful Sandy Springs-based hospital system has developed a new medical office building in Midtown Atlanta – invading prime territory long dominated by Emory Healthcare and Piedmont Healthcare. Most of the new building is occupied by Northside medical providers. And the system has filed for...

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Dunwoody’s long-dormant High Street to break ground next year

The developer behind Alpharetta’s Avalon is joining the High Street team with plans to break ground on the long-dormant mini-city in Dunwoody’s section of Perimeter Center by the end of next year. North American Properties announced last month it was teaming up with High Street property owner GID to develop “High Street Atlanta” on nearly 40 acres at Perimeter Center Park and Hammond Drive near the Dunwoody MARTA station. As part of the announcement, NAP said a groundbreaking is expected in late 2019. NAP was behind Avalon in Alpharetta, a 1.1 million-square-foot mixed-use development on 86 acres. Other NAP...

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Buc shuttle could become on-demand ‘microtransit’

The “buc” shuttle that serves Buckhead business district commuters could become on-demand “microtransit” in a kind of van-meets-Uber approach, according to a consultant studying the service’s future. Operated under the supervision of Livable Buckhead since 2003, the shuttle is currently a small bus that provides commuter service to MARTA stations on two routes: Buckhead Station to Piedmont Center, and Lenox Station to Lenox Park. Its service has been cut back in recent years and consultant Joel Mann is now reviewing options for its future. At the Nov. 28 meeting of the Buckhead Community Improvement District board, Mann previewed the...

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Sandy Springs Crossing shopping center gets a new owner

The Sandy Springs Crossing shopping center at the intersection of Abernathy and Roswell roads has been sold, but no immediate redevelopment is planned, the new owner said. FCA Partners, a North Carolina-based company, announced it has bought the property, located at 6690 Roswell Road, Dec. 11. Built in 1989 and renovated in 2011, the shopping center is anchored by an L.A. Fitness. Other tenants include Nori Nori, Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Savvy Cellars and a satellite campus of Gwinnett College, according to a press release. The 133,000-square-foot center is at 93 percent capacity, and FCA plans to fill the vacancies with “services...

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Dunwoody greenlights 900-condo mixed-use development

The site of Dunwoody’s former City Hall is now expected to be home to a massive mixed-use development including 900 condominiums, commercial space and a pocket park. The Dunwoody City Council approved at its Dec. 10 meeting rezoning nearly 20 acres at 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East to make way for the Park at Perimeter Center East project. The project includes building four residential towers up to 14 stories tall on what is now mostly underutilized surface parking lots, and tearing down one 5-story office building to make room for a new 20-story office tower. Grubb Properties...

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Dunwoody City Council to take up design funding for Ashford-Dunwoody commuter trail

The Dunwoody City Council is slated to vote Dec. 10 on a contract to design the second phase of the Ashford-Dunwoody commuter trail. Money to pay for the design would come from the new revenue being collected after the city last year approved raising its hotel-motel tax. City staff is recommending the council approve a $410,000 contract to Wolverton and Associates. The item is listed on the council’s consent agenda, which typically means there is no discussion of the item. The city raised its hotel-motel tax last year to generate revenue to fund trail connectivity within Perimeter Center. Public Works...

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Buckhead CID to give $50K to homelessness program

The Buckhead Community Improvement District will contribute $50,000 in seed money to a major program aimed at solving chronic homelessness in the city. HomeFirst Atlanta, a joint effort of the city and the United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessness, aims to raise $50 million and leverage even more funds for a variety of tactics to provide housing and otherwise reduce chronic homelessness. At the BCID’s Nov. 28 board meeting, member Thad Ellis of Cousins Properties said he and Executive Director Jim Durrett recently met with Jack Hardin, an Atlanta businessman well-known for his work on homeless assistance. Ellis said...

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High Street developer invites Dunwoody officials to tour Avalon

The High Street developer is telling Dunwoody officials the massive mixed-use project planned to break ground next year in Perimeter Center would resemble the popular Avalon development and has invited them to tour the Alpharetta site. But the mayor said he’s more interested in seeing final plans for High Street. “I’ve seen Avalon,” Mayor Denis Shortal said. “But we haven’t seen the full proposal yet [for High Street] and we can’t comment.” He added the recently implemented six-month moratorium on multi-unit buildings also limits any public discussion of the project. The moratorium is needed to give time to review...

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Dunwoody’s High Street gains new development partner, says construction to begin next year

The long dormant High Street mixed-use development including 3,000 residential units planned for Perimeter Center in Dunwoody has a new real estate partner with plans to break ground next year. But how a moratorium on apartment construction in place until April may affect those plans is not clear. North American Properties announced in a Nov. 29 press release it was teaming up with High Street property owner GID to develop “High Street Atlanta” on nearly 40 acres at Perimeter Center Park and Hammond Drive near the Dunwoody MARTA station. As part of the announcement, NAP said a groundbreaking is...

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City funding shortfalls threaten PATH400, Buckhead road projects

The PATH400 trail and three significant road improvements are among the Buckhead projects that could be jeopardized by unexpected funding shortfalls — to the tune of roughly $410 million — in the Renew Atlanta and TSPLOST programs. With a process to prioritize such projects starting up, Buckhead Community Improvement District officials say they’ll push for the city to stick to its local commitments. At the BCID’s Nov. 28 board meeting, there were some concerns that Buckhead might get lower priority due to the neighborhood’s wealth and the CID’s self-generated tax revenue. District 7 City Councilmember and BCID board member...

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Airbnb banned in city where co-founder’s dad is on City Council

Not even having your father sitting on the Brookhaven City Council will keep your multibillion-dollar business from being outlawed. Joe Gebbia Jr., a co-founder and chief product officer of short-term rental behemoth Airbnb, faced that reality this week. Gebbia Jr.’s father is Joe Gebbia, a Brookhaven City Council member since the city’s incorporation in 2012. The council voted Nov. 27 to completely ban short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods as part of a rewrite of the city’s entire zoning code. The council did agree to allow short-term rentals in apartment complexes, but only through the public process of obtaining a...

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Super Bowl may take away traffic cops, put General Assembly on hold

When the Super Bowl comes to town early next year, it may take traffic cops off Buckhead streets and put the state legislature on hold as out-of-town lawmakers struggle to find hotel rooms. The Buckhead Community Improvement District, which hires off-duty police officers to direct commuters, is bracing for what its chairman called “horrific” traffic for the week of festivities prior to the Feb. 3 NFL football championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium downtown. Those officers likely will be on Super Bowl security duty, BCID officials say. Meanwhile, at the Gold Dome, there is early talk of suspending the General...

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