Adding One, Large Commercial Property To the Decatur Tax Digest

Another item on the Decatur City Commission agenda tomorrow – a vote on officially changing the zoning designation of the Callaway Building site along Trinity Place from Institutional to Commercial/High Density Residential.

The City of Decatur purchased the property from DeKalb County back in 2013, when it also signed a contract with Cousins Realty to redevelopment the site.  The County has leased the property back from the City for the past two years.

Development plans for the site have not yet been released.

Cousins is currently constructing Phase II of its Emory Point mixed use project up on Clifton Road.

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17 thoughts on “Adding One, Large Commercial Property To the Decatur Tax Digest”

  1. Give us a Trader Joe’s. Or a school. No to apartments. Yes to craft beer and tapas. No to Walmart. Yes to any other multinational, capitalistic, worker oppressing, small business killing department store as long as it has a cool red logo and you can pronounce its name in French. Amirite?

  2. How is demand in the Decatur commercial real estate market? For developers, is there only money to be made on the residential side of things?

    1. Midtown seems to be where all the action is. They’re getting all the tech and web firms.
      What kind of corporate development could we attract 5 miles east in the pseudo-suburban hinterlands?

    1. I agree–there seem to be a LOT of apartments and condos going up in COD for a city so determined not to add any more children to its already cramped school system. Wouldn’t adding this property to the high school have been an obvious choice? I guess you don’t make tax money that way.

  3. There is a very large commercial parcel in Oakhurst where a Family Dollar and future church currently reside. The Family Dollar paid less than half of what I paid in property tax for my 2,600 sq. ft. home last year. The church is likely exempt from paying property tax. It’s too bad because that is a large piece of property that likely is bringing in little/no tax revenue for the City.

    1. The space is rented, right? So the owner of the building would be paying the property tax, not the church…?

      1. Pretty certain you’re right. Tax exemptions for churches only extend to owned property. Taxes on the property in Oakhurst are presumably paid by Bruce, the owner, regardless of who the tenants are.

  4. The owner of that parcel in oak hurst pays the bill. I bet you were looking at the dollar stores personal property tax bill.

  5. I continue to feel sad that with so much parking in this spot there isn’t a solution that could ease up the demand for parking at DHS. I hope there will be some thoughtful consideration of what this space can be….

    1. I get that DHS has to add classroom space for growing enrollment, but what is the parking crisis? Beyond faculty and staff who should be entitled to a parking space, other parking should be a low priority. For after hours the big county deck is right across the street from the Callaway Bldg. For the school day, students can walk, take the bus, or pay to park. Parking seems like a really poor use of a primo property like the Callaway lot.

  6. Decaturish has a post indicating that a substantial number of trailers will be added to both Renfroe and DHS next year. This is culture shock for those of us who remember the traditional fifth grade exodus to Paideia and our roomy, uncrowded, friendly middle and high schools. Hope we can keep the friendly.

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