At “Decatur Crossing,” Fuqua’s future development on the soon-to-be-former site of Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, things are little more preliminary. Fuqua said his firm closed on the church and nine surrounding homes in the North Decatur Road/Scott Boulevard/Barton Way triangle last fall. A salvage company has reportedly already stripped the church, and many adjacent homes are boarded up.
Twenty-eight other nearby homes are still in the zoning process, which Fuqua expected to be complete in April or May. Following that timeline, construction would begin this summer and take about 18 months.
The first nine-month phase of that, Fuqua said, would bring 250 apartment and/or condo units, about 50 townhomes and some office and retail spaces — namely a “natural food store.” Exact specs for Phase II weren’t available, but Fuqua said it would, residentially speaking, “get a little denser” than the initial phase.
UPDATE: Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett tells us he wants to hear what CEO May has to say in the State of the County Address before responding.
The AJC reports this morning that DeKalb CEO Lee May will propose Thursday in his State of the County Address that the County should build a new government center along Memorial Drive.
The AJC report says that a specific location along Memorial has not been disclosed, but points out that the County owns a lot of land around the Kensington MARTA Station.
Regardless of the location along Memorial, county offices leaving Decatur would be at least a temporary hit on Decatur’s downtown economy. According to Decatur’s website, the County is the city’s largest employer, employing 1,200 at last count. At the same time, if the vacated land was converted to commercial property, it could help Decatur increase its low % of commercial land inside the city limits without annexation.
We’ve reached out to the City and will update this post if we receive any reaction or reply.
Photo courtesy of Google Streetview
From the Decatur Heights Neighborhood blog…
Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association – January 27th, 2015 at 7:15pm
Plans for Suburban Plaza
Special guests, the Selig team, will showcase the plans for Suburban Plaza, including offsite street improvements.
Streetscape Improvements, etc
Learn about the traffic calming committee’s proposed streetscape improvements plan for Sycamore Drive and the top ends of Hillcrest Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue… to include intersection bulb-outs, a mid-block crosswalk, and median islands. Updates on the speed reduction efforts will also be provided.
While the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza to include a Walmart was probably the most talked about transformation along the Church Street corridor in unincorporated DeKalb in 2014, it is just one of many projects currently transforming the area.
Telsa opened its first in-town dealership back in November in an old Isuzu lot just up the street. One street over along Route 29, Scott Blvd Baptist Church has been stripped by a salvage company and many adjoining homes are boarded up, ready for Fuqua’s coming mixed-use development.
Now construction has begun on 330 apartments at the corner of Church Street and Milscott Drive, in place of one of the many vacant car dealerships that have long loitered along the strip.
As a reminder, the project was approved by the DeKalb County Commission back in June 2014. Atlantic Realty Partners announced the project back then and described it thusly…
“The multifamily complex, to be named “The Reserve”, will feature two “U-shaped” buildings enclosing a terrace courtyard with landscaping and a swimming pool. (See attached site plan). To maintain an urban feel, the buildings are situated directly adjacent to the street and will largely shield the parking lot from view. Additionally, the developer will install sidewalks and landscaping along both Church Street and Milscott Drive.”
Photo courtesy of Google Streetview, rendering courtesy of MANA website
Atlanta Real Estate Forum has recently featured some renderings, descriptions and pricing on the two, new townhome developments rising on either side of Hillyer Place along East Howard Avenue (Streetview).
Monte Hewett Homes is building 24, three-story townhomes along West Howard Ave east of Hillyer Place. According to Atlanta Real Estate Forum, the townhomes will include private outdoor courtyards, iron balconies a community garden and green space. You can view a site plan of the development HERE.
They are priced starting at $589,000 with two different floor plans available and are scheduled to be completed next spring.
On the west side of Hillyer, John Weiland Homes and Neighborhoods is constructing 11 four-story townhomes, according to the Forum, which include rooftop terraces and two car garages.
Units are available starting at $500,000, according to the site.
Also check out Next Stop…Decatur, which has a couple of photos of the recent construction.
One item referenced by both the city and CSD during the recent Annexation Master Plan approval, specified that city schools wouldn’t need to provide educational services to students in the annexed areas until 18 months after the effective annexation date.
This has led to a few comments here in the last week where folks have worried that any such delay in adding students to the City Schools of Decatur school system would mean that they would be paying Decatur school taxes, while continuing to send their kids to DeKalb County Schools.
So I followed up with Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss, who verified that this wasn’t the case. She writes…
As I understand it, taxpayers would continue to pay property taxes to the appropriate school system where they are enrolled.
For example, if the annexation was effective on December 31, 2015, then for school year beginning July 1, 2016 students in the annexation area would continue to attend DeKalb County schools and taxpayers would pay DeKalb County school taxes in two installments in 2016 (usually due in late August and mid November). For school year beginning July 1, 2017, students in the annexation area would attend City Schools of Decatur and taxpayers would pay Decatur School taxes in two installments in 2017 (usually due June 1st and December 20th).
So taxes would be paid to the school system for the school year where the children are enrolled.
I hope that clarifies things a bit.
From the Decatur Minute…
Oakhurst streetscape contractor CMES will continue preliminary construction activities and will begin removal of several trees in the project area on December 8. Three large trees to be removed have been repeatedly damaged by utility line clearance. Other trees to be removed are in areas that will be impacted by new, wider sidewalks and more generous outdoor dining areas. Because the off-street parking lot at Harmony Park will be removed to increase the size of the park, one large tree will be removed to provide an area for replacement angled parking.
Changes to the landscape are always dramatic. However, new trees will be planted throughout the project area as part of the streetscape improvements, including large shade trees where not in conflict with overhead utilities.