Opposing Sides Speak Out in Suburban Plaza Court Case, More Potential Tenant Info ReleasedDecatur Metro | August 14, 2013
Selig has sent a letter, which is posted on the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association website, stating they are confident they will “prevail over Good Growth DeKalb’s attempts to stop the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza.” They continued that “Judge Tangela’s Barrie’s dismissal of our motion to intervene was not surprising and was expected. Selig has the same position as DeKalb County, so there was no reason for two sets of lawyers to stand up in court and repeat the same argument. Duane Pritchett the county attorney handling the case did an excellent job presenting the facts in response to the claim that ordinances weren’t followed when permits were issued for this project.”
Late last week, Good Growth DeKalb also sent out a letter stating that they were”…pleased with the outcome” of the judge’s decision to defer motions that the group had brought before the DeKalb County Court against the Suburban Plaza redevelopment. They noted “that their attorneys represented them with strength and clarity, and that the Judge is taking a serious look at their case. In addition to studying the zoning code, Judge Barrie is giving Good Growth DeKalb until September 1 to submit arguments against the County’s motion to dismiss specifically on the issue of standing. “Standing” refers to whether or not the plaintiffs meet the criteria for parties who have the legal right to sue.”
In addition to that, Walmart spokesperson Bill Wertz has contacted us stating that “Walmart is looking forward to Judge Barrie’s decision in this matter and remains firmly committed to the Suburban Plaza redevelopment.”
Selig’s letter also details a longer list of potential tenants at Suburban Plaza. The letter notes that Selig has already executed lease agreements with Walmart and L.A. Fitness (which will include a daycare facility).
Additionally, they state that they are in “serious negotiations” with Home Goods, Joann’s, and Ross Dress for Less “to anchor the balance of the center”. As for restaurant prospects, the only mention is of a Starbucks Coffee shop with a drive-thru.