Marriott Hotel Proposed Near Scott Boulevard & North Decatur Road Intersection


The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association website reports that they have “received a Rezoning and Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) notice pertaining to lots at the Blackmon Drive and Scott Blvd. intersection.”, which proposes a 5-story Marriott hotel.

MANA states that they have “several concerns about this proposal” and asks the community to “to attend the meeting scheduled for June 1, 2016, 7pm, at the North Decatur Unived Methodist Church, 1523 Church Street.”

Map courtesy of MANA website

Report: “National Mattress Retailer” Coming to Scott Boulevard Chevron Site

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Back in August, the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association website notified the neighborhood that the Chevron gas station across from Suburban Plaza was up for redevelopment by Lighthouse Realty Advisors, who reportedly wanted to build a 6,000 square foot retail building at the site.

Now, Tomorrow’s News Today reports that he’s heard a “national mattress retailer” will be moving into the new development…

Sources tell me that a “national mattress retailer” has signed a lease for 4,000 square feet in the center.  A “national wireless carrier” is reportedly in lease negotiations for the remaining 2,000 square feet.  If, as I’d say it’s safe to assume, the “national mattress retailer” ends up being Mattress Firm, it would be only a mile from the company’s huge, SuperCenter/Clearance store at North Decatur and Clairmont Roads.

An existing SunTrust ATM will reportedly be rebuilt and relocated as part of the new center.
TNT reports that the new construction should be completed by summer.
My how that area is changing!

UPDATED: New Fuqua “Decatur Crossing” Renderings Show Buildings, Greenspace


A notice we received from zoning attorney Den Webb features new rendering of the “Decatur Crossing” development slated to take the place of the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church and the two neighborhood streets behind it at Scott and North Decatur later this year.

The notice also announces a March 2nd community meeting to “to preview the concept for “Phase II” of its development at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road, shown on the attached rendering.”

According to the meeting notice from Fuqua, Phase II will feature…

· Community green space
· A continuation of the sidewalk and streetscape treatment proposed for Phase I
· A new north/south roadway between North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard, with traffic signals proposed at each intersection
· An authentic mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented environment, with retail, restaurant, office and residential uses
Meeting details are as follows:
  • Date:    Monday, March 2, 2015
  • Time:   7:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm
  • Place:   North Decatur United Methodist Church
  • 1523 Church Street Decatur, Georgia  30033

Construction on Fuqua’s “Decatur Crossing” Should Begin This Summer


Unearthed this new timeline for Decatur Crossing – Fuqua’s mixed use development across from Suburban Plaza – in a recent Fuqua post on Curbed

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.

L.A. Fitness Confirmed For Suburban Plaza, Walmart Opening Date Announced

Lots of new information re: Suburban Plaza from the informative Medlock Area Neighborhood Association website

  • Walmart construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014, with the store expected to open on February or March of 2016.
  • LA Fitness (old Winn Dixie building) has been granted their land disturbance permit and is in the process of applying for their building permit. Demolition of that building should begin soon.
  • The Starbucks drive-through SLUP was approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 23.
  • Selig plans to begin facade and parking lot renovations in January 2015.
  • Selig is in final negotiations with two junior anchor tenants.  As soon as the contracts are signed, they will release their names.

Head on over to the MANA website for more details on the Starbucks building and some renderings of the new LA Fitness building.

Image courtesy of MANA website

Apartment Complex Planned for Vacant Car Dealership Lot on Church Street


Here’s the announcement from Atlanta Realty Partners.  And here’s the Google Streetview of the location!

Atlantic Realty Partners is pleased to announce that on May 27, 2014, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved its applications for the development of a 330-unit apartment complex to be located on 9.4 acres on the corner of Church Street and Milscott Drive in Decatur. The site was previously occupied by a car dealership but has been vacant for years. 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.
Specifically, the Board approved (1) an amendment of the Comprehensive Plan Map from Commercial Redevelopment Corridor to Town Center; (2) a rezone from General Commercial to Office-Institutional; and (3) a Special Land Use Permit to increase the allowed height to five stories. The project was approved site-plan specific and subject to 17 conditions (attached).
The developer wishes to thank all those who attended the public hearings and meetings regarding the project. Community input resulted in a final product far superior to what we started with. Atlantic Realty would like to specially thank the members of the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee for their input and informal support throughout the planning process. We look forward to seeing this project finally come to fruition and maintaining a continued presence in the local community.

North DeKalb Mall Sold, “Open-Air Concept” Planned


Interesting.  From the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lennar Commercial Investors LLC teamed with Sterling Organization to buy North DeKalb Mall for an undisclosed sum.

The development team, which also includes Atlanta-based Hendon Properties, plans to convert the enclosed portion of the property to an open-air concept. Lennar and Sterling acquired ownership interest in the property and Sterling will manage the center. Timing on the redevelopment has not been set.

Satellite view courtesy of Google Maps