Category: Real Estate

18-house development proposed for Sandy Springs’ Dalrymple Road

A developer is seeking a rezoning to build single-family houses on 18 lots along Dalrymple Road in an area that is currently heavily wooded. A preliminary community meeting on the rezoning is set for Oct. 29 at 6:15 p.m. in Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Road. The proposal seeks to rezone the properties, which include 0, 309, 314 and 354 Dalrymple Road, from RE-1 to RD-18, lowering the minimum lot size from one acre to 18,000 square feet, less than half an acre, according to proposal documents. All lots fronting Dalrymple would be at least one acre, however, to be similar to other...

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Sandy Springs may build trail as ‘prototype’ for citywide network

Sandy Springs and a parks advocacy group are proposing a creekside trail off Abernathy Road, connecting the city Tennis Center and a forthcoming new park at the Aria housing development, that could be a “prototype” for a citywide path network. A partly city-funded study for the “Marsh Creek Trail” is underway and construction could start as soon as 2020. The Sandy Springs Conservancy is also reviving a long-stalled idea of building a pedestrian bridge across the Chattahoochee River at Morgan Falls dam. Trails and multiuse paths have long been a city policy goal, but no major ones have yet...

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Salesforce to add 600 jobs and its name to Buckhead tower

The technology company Salesforce says it will add 600 jobs to its Buckhead regional office and put its name on the tower that houses it. The expansion was jointly announced by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which described it as a $12.25 million investment. In response to an open records request from the Reporter, the state said Salesforce will receive some type of state incentives for the project. But the company and the state declined to provide any details pending a signed agreement, with the Department of Economic Development citing an exemption in the open records that allows...

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Boutique hotel gets Buckhead approvals

A proposal for a 10-story, 200-room boutique hotel at Buckhead Avenue and East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead got a thumbs-up from Special Public Interest District 9’s development review committee Oct. 3. NPU-B’s zoning committee recently approved it as well. The co-development by the Loudermilk Companies and Regent Partners would replace a sizable two-story office building with the Thompson brand hotel, with construction possibly starting in late spring. The office building is currently occupied by a State Bank & Trust Company branch, which aims to relocate elsewhere in Buckhead, according to a spokesperson. The 1.1-acre site has a triangular...

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Sandy Springs’ north end task force presents potential projects

Members of Sandy Springs’ North End Revitalization Task Force presented possible projects and proposals at its latest meeting Oct. 3, where they also discussed their potential role in gentrification. The discussion came ahead of an Oct. 18 community meeting, where the task force will solicit feedback from the public. Over a month-long break from meeting, the members were tasked with coming up with proposals for specific topics they were assigned, including parks, transportation and zoning issues. An overall component of the north end’s recommendations is expected to include several “nodes” that have different character and proposed developments. The members...

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900-condo plan moves forward in Dunwoody amid affordability talk

A proposed 900 condominium and mixed-use development in Perimeter Center got the go-ahead from the Dunwoody Planning Commission Oct. 9. But the commission’s chair is expressing concern that affordable rental units are not part of the plan. The Planning Commission voted Oct. 9 to recommend approval of North Carolina-based Grubb Properties’ proposed development, named The Park at Perimeter Center East. The 20-acre site at 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East was formerly the home of City Hall and currently holds two other office buildings and large parking lots. The developer is seeking to rezone the property from office...

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Hotel proposed for Sandy Springs’ Barfield Road

A 14-year-old plan to bring two new buildings to Barfield Road at Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs has been updated with a proposed hotel. The original designs were approved in 2004 by Fulton County, before the city’s incorporation. Now the developer, MidCity Real Estate Partners, is seeking to have Sandy Springs approve a hotel in place of one of the office buildings, with construction to start next year. The 3.7-acre lot sits west of Ga. 400 and is adjacent to the Promenade at Northplace condo development. It is located at 6403 Barfield Road. There are already several hotels...

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Dunwoody Planning Commission to consider Grubb development

Grubb Properties is slated to go before the Dunwoody Planning Commission on Oct. 9 to seek approval for its proposed 900-condo and mixed-use development on about 20 acres in Perimeter Center East where City Hall was formerly located. Grubb Properties was forced to withdraw its original development proposal from the City Council earlier this year after members balked at density and raised traffic concerns. Apartments were also a major issue for Dunwoody officials and residents, so Grubb Properties relented to only include for-sale condos and townhomes in the proposed mixed-use development. The new proposal also includes 500,000 square feet...

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Luxury senior housing community proposed in Dunwoody’s Kingsley neighborhood

A proposed infill development on 4.5 acres in Dunwoody’s Kingsley neighborhood would include seven luxury homes for people 55 and older. The concept comes on the heels of another proposed housing development on Roberts Drive also targeting older adults. A community meeting for the Kingsley development is set for Oct. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at 2281 Whitfield Drive, located down a private driveway off Seaton Drive. Robert Donner, owner and president of Southern Gentry Homes, said he is proposing building the new cottage-style homes starting at $750,000. The custom-designed, single-story homes are expected to be 2,800 to 3,500 square...

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Short-term home rentals may be restricted in Brookhaven zoning code

The city of Brookhaven may restrict Airbnb and similar short-term home rental services in its new zoning code. A proposed draft of the city’s zoning ordinance rewrite bans short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods and only allows them through a special land use permit process in multifamily residential properties, in certain areas of the Peachtree Overlay and the proposed new mixed-use districts. But some Planning Commission members have said they believe homeowners ought to also have the right to list their property with short-term rental agencies like Airbnb as a way to make extra cash. City Councilmember Joe Gebbia is...

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Commentary: A city’s approach to preserving Buford Highway’s community

Stretching from the tony outskirts of Buckhead to a bustling I-285 and beyond, the Buford Highway Corridor stands at the precipice of an economic renaissance the metropolitan Atlanta area hasn’t seen since Atlantic Station opened for business in 2005. However, unlike the toxic brownfield that once sullied the north Atlanta skyline, the Buford Highway corridor has a lot that needs to be preserved and curated. Celebrated for its ethnic diversity, hundreds of businesses, large and small, call the corridor home and its collection of international restaurants can take diners on culinary adventures around the globe featuring exotic cuisine from...

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Brookhaven residents caught in crossfire of failed development deal

Residents living on Bramblewood Drive at Buford Highway expected to make good money off the sale of their homes as part of a proposed townhome development. But negotiations between the developer and the city collapsed, leaving them with an uncertain future. Allen Lucas, 75, has lived on Bramblewood Drive since 1980. He said he has been wanting to leave the area for years. So when the Ardent Companies’ proposal came along last year, he jumped at it, as did all the other 29 property owners on the street. “At least four of us did [buy second homes],” he said....

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