Category: Perimeter Business

Buckhead CID tax audit finds $120K shortfall

An audit of the Buckhead Community Improvement District’s tax collections found that they are largely on target, but that 25 properties that should be paying are not, to the tune of around $120,000 a year. “Not a huge number, but it it’s still a number,” BCID staff member Tony Peters told board members at a Nov. 27 meeting, adding, “Two of you [property owners] are in this room, so we’ll talk later.” The BICD is a self-taxing group of commercial properties. The BCID spends the money on improvements related to transportation, public safety and beautification in the neighborhood’s central...

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Buckhead CID kills Ga. 400/East Paces interchange idea

A controversial concept for adding a Ga. 400 interchange at East Paces Ferry Road is dead, according to the Buckhead Community Improvement District, while possible improvements to the Lenox Road interchange are still on the drawing board. The East Paces interchange concept was proposed nearly three years ago in a master plan study commissioned by the BCID, Livable Buckhead, the Buckhead Business Association, the Buckhead Coalition and the Rotary Club of Buckhead. The very idea drew criticisms and lawsuit threats from neighborhood groups in Pine Hills and Peachtree Park. The BCID has been studying it since then. Staff member...

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Proposed grocery would be eighth near City Springs

Downtown Sandy Springs is bustling with grocery stores, with a new grocer filing to enter the already saturated market, which means more choices for residents and competitive pricing. But in the North End of the city, there are significantly fewer options and proposed stores for the area have not panned out. In October, Lidl, a discount German grocery store, filed a permit with the city to open a store in Sandy Springs in the City Center Crossing Center at 6337 Roswell Road. Within a 2-mile radius of the hub of Sandy Springs, City Springs, which is just a block...

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Buckhead’s ‘revolutionary’ shuttle service is delayed by liability question

An on-demand shuttle van service that was to debut in central Buckhead in January has been delayed – and possibly endangered – by legal liability questions. The service, involving four free-roaming vans hailed on Uber-style cellphone apps, would be operated by a company called Via in a contract with the Buckhead Community Improvement District. It is intended to replace the current fixed-route “buc” shuttle bus service. The Via program was approved by the BCID board earlier this year, with one member praising it as a “revolutionary” service that could be imitated metro-wide. But in contract negotiations, the BCID ran...

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Buckhead Aldi grocery seeks to add large retailer beside it

An Aldi grocery store that opened last year in Buckhead leased more space than it needs and is seeking to add a large retailer beside it. The plan involves carving a new storefront into what is now a blank wall between the Aldi and a PetSmart in the Buckhead Pavilion shopping center at 3221 Peachtree Road. The proposal was reviewed Nov. 6 by the Design Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 9, a zoning area in central Buckhead. Patti Wallis, a permit consultant representing property owner Coro Realty Advisors, said “I have no clue” who the proposed retail...

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High Street set to get $19M tax break for first phase of massive mixed-use project

A $19 million tax break for a portion of the massive High Street mixed-use development in Perimeter Center is being considered by Dunwoody officials as it appears the project may actually soon break ground. The entire $2 billion High Street project that has been stalled for more than a decade would be built on 42 acres of property at the northwest intersection of Perimeter Center Parkway and Hammond Drive, near the Sandy Springs border and the Dunwoody MARTA station. The mini-city would span 10 city blocks and include 8 million square feet of residential, retail, restaurant, hotel and office...

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Financing slows groundbreaking for 900-condo mixed-use development in Perimeter Center

Grubb Properties is unsure when it will break ground on its massive mixed-use development in Perimeter Center in Dunwoody nearly a year after the city approved the project, citing troubles with financing. The City Council approved in December 2018 rezoning nearly 20 acres at 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East to make way for Grubb Properties’ project named the Park at Perimeter Center East. The project includes 900-condominiums, office towers and a pocket park and is planned to be built out over 10 to 15 years. But when construction will begin is unknown. “We are finishing up the...

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Ribbon-cuttings in Reporter communities

The following businesses recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities. Art of Healing, 154 West Belle Isle Road, Sandy Springs. aohealing.com. DaVita North Atlanta Home Training, 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Suite C110, Sandy Springs. davita.com. Elaine Sterling Institute, school and spa, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. elainesterling.com. McDonald’s, restaurant renovation reopening, 6049 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. mcdonalds.com. MORPHE, cosmetics, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. Info: morphe.com. Tyler Cheshire State Farm, insurance agency, 5180 Roswell Road, Suite 104, Sandy Springs. cheshiresf.com. Vape Shop Near Me, 255 Mount Vernon Highway N.E., Sandy Springs. vapeshopnearmellc.com. Vernon Woods Dental & Implant Center, 6100...

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Wonder chemical and confusing craze: Inside the CBD sales boom

Cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is the wonder substance of the moment, showing up everywhere from dog treats in Sandy Springs to an oil-selling booth at Perimeter Mall to craft cocktails in Buckhead. Retailers say the hemp extract can help treat pain, anxiety and insomnia. But some medical experts say the booming business causes confusion with marijuana products and that CBD needs more safety research, regulation and enforcement of existing rules. The Georgia Hemp Company, a store specializing in CBD products, opened last year at 290 Hildebrand Drive in Sandy Springs. Its sells CBD oil, as well...

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Buckhead businesses, residents find unity in common foe: traffic

It’s not unheard of for the head of a business district group to update the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods about a project or two. But something different was in the air at on Oct. 10 meeting where Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, broadly offered the BCN “just an intention to work with you and really nail down solutions and get them activated” on commuter traffic, an issue that has often divided the business and residential advocates. A new era of unity on transportation and transit is dawning between Buckhead’s major business and neighborhood groups....

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Old-school bowling rolls on at Funtime Bowl

The rumble of balls rolling down the lanes and crashing into pins together with the laughter of friends are the sounds of a night at Funtime Bowl. “This is a classic bowling experience,” said Jaqui Flynn, 33, of Lenox Park, on a recent Thursday night. Flynn was there with a crowd of people who work in the nonprofit world and bowl in the Charities of Atlanta United through Sporting Events, or CAUSE, bowling league. The overhead screens keep scores, but no one is really paying attention. Neon orange, blue, green and yellow shapes painted along the back wall reflect...

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Buckhead’s HUB404 park fundraising begins

Fundraising is officially underway for “HUB404 Atlanta GA,” the proposed park that would cap Ga. 400 in central Buckhead. The nonprofit group organizing the effort is first raising $250,000 to hire staff and start the main capital campaign. Building the park could cost $175 million to $200 million, backers have previously estimated. Originally conceived by the Buckhead Community Improvement District and now promoted by an independent nonprofit, the park concept is a roughly 9.5 green space and plaza built above Ga. 400 between Peachtree and Lenox roads, and incorporating a redesigned Buckhead MARTA Station. The name refers to the...

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