Category: Real Estate

Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center mixed-use remake gets a zoning boost

MARTA’s desire for mixed-use, transit-oriented development around Lindbergh Center Station is close to getting a long-sought zoning designation that could make the vision easier to achieve. That’s significant as negotiations continue on a major apartment, hotel and retail project on Piedmont Road. NPU-B on Dec. 4 approved including Lindbergh Center in the Special Public Interest District 15 zoning, which currently applies to the other side of Piedmont, replacing a previous designation that allows more traditional, and often car-centric, commercial uses, among other factors. Nearly 20 years ago, Lindbergh Center was planned as MARTA’s first transit-oriented development, but ended up...

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Brookhaven pioneers an affordable housing requirement

Brookhaven is the first city in metro Atlanta to adopt a mandatory citywide inclusionary zoning ordinance as one way to tackle housing affordability. The new regulation is being praised by an Atlanta city councilmember who is working to create regional affordable housing policy guidelines, but is also being knocked by building professionals who say a mandate could hurt future development efforts. The City Council adopted its new zoning code at its Nov. 27 meeting that states when a special land use permit or rezoning is approved anywhere in the city for a multi-unit residential housing project, then 10 percent...

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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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Dunwoody Planning Commission delays vote on proposed storage building

The Dunwoody Planning Commission will wait until January before making a recommendation on a proposed three-story storage facility on North Shallowford Road in the Georgetown community. The site is near I-285 where a former U.S. Post Office annex building is currently located. Questions about a shared parking agreement with the city and how a storage facility would fit in with the city’s vision of transforming the Georgetown area into a walkable, bikeable district were raised at the commission’s Dec. 11 meeting. The commission agreed to defer voting on the proposed project until Jan. 8. The City Council has final...

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Brookhaven begins work on Greenway’s ‘model mile’

Construction of the “model mile” of the Peachtree Creek Greenway in Brookhaven is now underway with plans to complete the first link of the planned 12-mile regional trail within nine months. City officials are also set to invest $200,000 in a future bridge in Buckhead to ensure the Greenway connects to the Atlanta BeltLine. A ceremonial groundbreaking of the first 1.2-mile section of the Greenway between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road was held Dec. 12. Officials from Atlanta, Chamblee, Doraville, DeKalb County as well as state lawmakers and federal officials were on hand for the ceremony held...

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Two Buckhead senior complexes plan major expansions

Two of Buckhead’s biggest senior residential complexes aim to get even bigger along their section of Peachtree Road near the Brookhaven border. Canterbury Court and Lenbrook currently have hundreds of residents living in their respective tower complexes, which face each other across Peachtree between Club Drive and Kingsboro Road. Lenbrook’s $100 million expansion is already approved by the city and may start construction in mid-2020. Canterbury Court is still in talks with Historic Brookhaven neighbors concerned about local impacts. The two facilities are independently operated, but have a similar model as not-for-profit “Life Plan Communities.” That’s an industry term...

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Sandy Springs’ north end redevelopment concepts head to City Council

The Sandy Springs North End Revitalization Task Force’s report is headed to the City Council, calling for a new multiuse trail, a community center and one large “catalyst” project that would spur retail and residential redevelopment in the area. The plan includes some affordable housing concepts, though there is tension within the group on how successful they would be. A citywide affordable housing policy, one goal of the task force’s work, was not clearly laid out as expected. Also missing is a clear plan for paying for all the redevelopment concepts other than a broad reference to government subsidies....

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Photos: Brookhaven breaks ground on Peachtree Creek Greenway

Shovels of dirt were tossed to mark the official beginning of Peachtree Creek Greenway construction at a ceremonial groundbreaking event Dec. 12 in Brookhaven. The “model mile” between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road is slated to be completed within nine months. The Greenway is part of a growing regional trail network in metro Atlanta. Brookhaven’s portion of the full 12 miles is nearly three miles. The city is paving a 14-foot wide multi-use trail with concrete that will run beside the creek that mostly follows the length of Buford Highway. “This is very exciting,” said Angel Poventud,...

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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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Brookhaven unveils design of new public safety building to overlook Peachtree Creek Greenway

The new Brookhaven public safety building to be built behind Northeast Plaza overlooking the Peachtree Creek Greenway includes outside patio areas and walls covered in glass windows. The building will house the police department and municipal court facilities and include public restrooms and a community meeting space. The preliminary designs of the two-story and nearly 34,000 square foot building were presented to the City Council during its Nov. 27 work session by representatives from Rosser International Inc. The city awarded Rosser an $800,000 contract for architecture and engineering of the new facility. Because Georgia Power easements and power lines...

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Brookhaven transfers Buford Highway gas station to city’s Development Authority

The Brookhaven City Council recently transferred ownership of a Buford Highway gas station purchased this year for $1.7 million to the city’s Development Authority. The Brookhaven Development Authority will now pay back the purchase price to the city using money from its own coffers. Earlier this year, the city used $1.7 million from its budgetary reserve to purchase the shuttered QuikTrip station at 3292 Buford Highway at the North Cliff Valley Way intersection. City officials said at the time it was a strategic purchase to ensure quality redevelopment along Buford Highway as outlined in the city’s 2014 Buford Highway...

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