Category: Real Estate

Wright’s sandwich shop, a Dunwoody icon, abruptly closes

The owners of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody announced Feb. 12 the restaurant had immediately closed, shocking a community where the restaurant had been an institution for more than 30 years. Matt Wright, manager and member of the family that owns the restaurant, posted a farewell message on Facebook, but did not explain the reason for the abrupt closure. The landlord of the restaurant’s location at Shops of Dunwoody at 5482 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road said he was surprised by the announcement, but later said Wright told him declining sales led to the decision. A simple “closed” sign was posted...

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Lenox Park senior apartment project is revised, delayed

A proposed “senior living facility” project in Lenox Park is being slowed after the developer requested more time to review Brookhaven’s new workforce housing mandate along with backlash from residents living in the area opposed to more apartments. The Brookhaven Planning Commission voted Feb. 6 to defer for two months a request from Greystar GP II LLC to rezone four parcels at 1035, 1045, 1055 and 1065 Lenox Park Blvd. for the project. Originally proposed as a 199-unit apartment building for seniors 55 and older, the project now includes 188 apartments and 11 for-sale single-family attached townhomes. The proposal...

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Residents decry toll lanes at meeting, fear they will ‘destroy’ communities

Construction of new toll lanes along the top end of I-285 could create a “dead zone” in Dunwoody, and cause some property values to sink in Brookhaven, according to residents attending a Feb. 10 meeting with Georgia Department of Transportation representatives. In Sandy Springs, some residents living on Northgreen Drive were recently informed their homes are in the way of planned of toll lanes along Ga. 400 and could be part of a property taking.   Close to 100 people packed into a classroom at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody for the GDOT meeting hosted by...

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Mall parking lots become prime real estate for new development

As high-density developments continue to make inroads in the once sparse suburbs of north Atlanta, property owners are finding a new area ripe for redevelopment – large, expansive parking lots. Mall owners in Dunwoody and Buckhead are already monetizing their sites and their parking lots with the additions of hotel and office towers, but the future could include residential as well. Perimeter Mall’s owners, Brookfield Properties, got the green light from the city of Dunwoody last month to build two restaurants on nearly 3 acres of a far corner of their massive parking lot on Ashford-Dunwoody Road in the...

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Planning Commission OKs Brookhaven’s first bungalow, courtyard project

A proposed luxury residential project that cracks the seal on Brookhaven’s brand new zoning code cleared its first hurdle Feb. 6 after the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval. The project, proposed for nearly 5 acres at 3876 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, would include 26 bungalow houses built around a central courtyard. This kind of development, new to the city, is now possible after the city approved in November an overhaul of its zoning code that includes a provision for “courtyard housing” subdivisions. The Planning Commission recommendation for approval came in a rare 4-3 split vote. Voting in favor of recommending...

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Luxury hotel options are proposed for City Springs area

The city of Sandy Springs is exploring ways to attract a luxury hotel next to City Springs. Helping fund the hotel through a public-private partnership and relocating the nearby Georgia Power substation are among a consultants’ recommendations to draw a hotel to the new civic center area around Roswell Road and Mount Vernon Highway. The hotel should be a luxury “boutique” property operated by a major brand, according to the study, which was presented at the City Council’s Jan. 22 retreat. “The short answer is: a hotel would be feasible for someone to build and operate,” said Andrea Worthy,...

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Sandy Springs begins cracking down on short-term rental properties

Sandy Springs is cracking down on short-term home rentals nearly a year after passing registration and licensing rules and has begun issuing citations to the many who have not yet complied. The City Council in February 2018 passed rules requiring owners of short-term rental properties listed on sites like Airbnb to receive a business license and pay hotel taxes to try to get a handle on the controversial trend. The ordinance went into effect in May of 2018, but the city did not start enforcing it until January. The city monitored the rental sites to send notification letters to...

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Retail recommended for Dunwoody self-storage project; developer says no thanks

Dunwoody Planning Commission members want people renting a unit at a proposed self-storage building in the Georgetown community to be able to buy a croissant and a cup of coffee or visit with a tax specialist in the same building. The developer, however, said there is no chance of that happening. The situation of a developer securing a recommendation for approval that includes conditions it doesn’t want stems from the Jan. 15 meeting of the Planning Commission. At that meeting, commissioners voted 5-1 to recommended approval of a special land use permit for Adevco Corporation for an up to...

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18-story luxury senior housing tower proposed in Buckhead

An 18-story luxury senior housing tower is proposed for a Buckhead site across Peachtree Road from the Shepherd Center. The plan, which also involves renovating an existing 10-story medical office tower on the site, joins a boom in Buckhead-area senior residential projects. Dubbed “Heartis Buckhead,” the senior housing is proposed by Caddis, a Texas-based real estate firm specializing in healthcare-related properties. The 213-unit, 278,000-square-foot building would stand at 2045 Peachtree at the intersection with Peachtree Valley Road. Caddis aims to open the building in 2021, but is still in the permitting phase, according to a spokesperson. “This will be...

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Controversial Brookhaven daycare plan is withdrawn

A controversial plan to build a large daycare center in Brookhaven’s Ashford Park neighborhood has been scrapped. Foundation Academy had sought to build a two-story, 14,000-square-foot daycare center at Clairmont Road and Bragg Street, a plan that required rezoning. After neighborhood and city Planning Commission opposition, a Foundation Academy requested City Council permission Jan. 22 to withdraw the plan “just to be able to reassess our options.” The council approved the request, essentially sending Foundation Academy back to the drawing board. A large number of residents had opposed the plan for its size and possible traffic effects, and the...

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Hotel redevelopment plans gets OK for Brookhaven City Hall site

The city gave the green light to plans to build mixed-use development, including a six-story hotel, on a section of Peachtree Road where Brookhaven City Hall now sits. The city has a lease with property owner Delta Life Insurance for the City Hall building until 2024. The lease agreement includes a provision that either party can get out of the lease with a nine-month notice. The city has not received any notice of when redevelopment may begin. City officials have said a search for a new City Hall site is not a top priority. City Manager Christian Sigman said...

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Salesforce gets $2M incentive for Buckhead expansion

Salesforce’s 600-job expansion of its Atlanta regional hub and renaming of the Buckhead tower that houses it came with a $2 million grant as a state incentive. The technology company’s expansion was announced in October and touted in state and corporate press releases as a $12.25 million investment with no mention of the incentive request or offer. The $2 million Regional Economic Business Assistance grant was approved Jan. 8, according to Andrew Capezzuto, general counsel of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and will be delivered via Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency. According to the Georgia Department...

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