On June 23, 2015, the DeKalb Co. Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved Phase II of Fuqua Development’s “Decatur Crossing” to redevelop the single family residential homes adjacent to the former Scott Blvd Baptist Church (primarily Barton Way and Blackmon Drive between N. Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard) into a mixed-use development. The plan was presented to the Community last March and is outlined here.
Following the community meeting, the Cross Neighborhoods Committee compiled and considered all feedback received from the community and provided that feedback to Fuqua Development. This feedback was used as the basis of our negotiations which took place over many weeks. The BOC voted in favor of the rezoning request with 27 conditions negotiated by the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee* plus two more which the Commissioners added at the BOC meeting. All these conditions will become part of the permanent zoning for the property.
The Cross-Neighborhoods Committee also negotiated a separate, legally binding zoning agreement which includes $40,000 in funding for off site improvements, including a partial closure of Blackmon Drive at the new signal (on Scott Boulevard at Blackmon Drive) and a pedestrian island at the crosswalk across Scott Boulevard at the new traffic signal. The additional funds will go towards sidewalk projects on N. Decatur Road (in front of Church’s Chicken to form a complete sidewalk on that block of N. Decatur) and Scott Boulevard (between Willow Lane and Medlock Road). The legally binding agreement was signed by MANA with the support of the entire Cross-Neighborhoods Committee. The 27 negotiated conditions and agreement can be reviewed here.
The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the required variance requests on July 8, 2015. If approved, the project will be clear to move forward into what promises to be a long permitting and construction process.
The site plan includes a “natural grocery store,” restaurants (one with a patio on the park), including one drive-through restaurant which is conditioned as a “deli-café,” banks, retail, office, and 450 apartments. A portion of the apartments will be reserved as workforce housing** as negotiated in our contract. The development also includes tree-lined sidewalks around the entire perimeter and throughout the development as well as an almost one-acre park. None of the retailers have been announced yet. Jeff Fuqua has said that it will be a mix of local and national retailers. Please note that this site plan was modified before the final hearing and differs slightly from the final site plan included in the private agreement with MANA.
|Site plan for Phase II for Fuqua's "Decatur Crossing" development. The triangular, unannotated section encompasses Phase I of this development; details about Phase I (approved in April 2014) can be found here.|
Traffic concerns and pedestrians and cyclist access
|New traffic patterns at the Blackmon and Scott Blvd intersection. Click to enlarge.|
|Barton Way is now closed |
(as seen from North Decatur Rd.)
Demolition for Phase I has begun and is expected to be completed in August. Construction on the new apartment building is expected to begin in September and last 18 to 20 months. Depending on permitting, the commercial portion of Phase II will likely open about the same time as Phase I. The second apartment building will take a bit longer to build.
|Demolition (not caused by the beautiful kittens |
available for adoption at Pet Supermarket),
as seen from Medlock Rd.
* Cross Neighborhoods Committee – includes the following neighborhood representatives: Jim Smith, Clairmont Heights Civic Association; Deanne Thomas, Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association; Theresa Same, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, Inc.; David Duncan, Medlock Place Neighborhood Association; Todd Link, Springdale Heights Resident; Mary Shellman, Good Growth Dekalb, Inc.
Fuqua is represented by Jeff Fuqua (Principal, Fuqua Development), Heather Correa (Partner, Fuqua Development) and Dennis Webb (Attorney, Smith, Gambrell and Russell).
** Workforce housing (as defined by the Urban Land Institute) was used for this agreement and means that professionals such as teachers, nurses, and fire fighters could afford to rent these apartments.