Harlow, the new community prosecutor for Zone 2, told about 25 members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods at its monthly meeting Thursday at Peachtree Presbyterian Church the first step is to put more boots on the ground.
“I’m going to do what we call a neighborhood take-back, targeting the Lindbergh area,” she said. “We’re going out with the [Atlanta Police Department] to knock on doors, pass out information and let people in the neighborhood know we’re here, we’re watching and we’re concerned.”
Harlow said convicted burglary and aggravated assault perpetrators are getting tougher sentences from elected judges, compared to probation from appointed judges.
“You’ll be hearing about more repeat offenders getting off the streets,” she said.
In addition, Harlow is putting together a neighborhood advisory board of public safety committee representatives.
“We’ll dive more into the cases we are handling out of Zone 2, which includes Buckhead,” she said.
Lindbergh has another reason to be concerned, according to District 8 City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, who represents part of Buckhead.
She and the other 15 city council members will vote Monday on the rezoning of 21 acres at 690 Lindbergh Drive, where a 150,000-square-foot Walmart store may open.
Opposition to the plan centers around not the big-box retailer, although there are traffic concerns, but owners Buckhead at Lindbergh LLC, Buckhead South LLC and San Lucia Land LLC.
The site plan by Lawrenceville-based Haines, Gipson and Associates shows space for multifamily residences but Adrean said no residential developer has signed onto the project.
In addition, substantial changes were made to the site plan after denial by Neighborhood Planning Unit B, but that legislative body has not seen the new site plan, Adrean said.
“The plan, I think, leaves a lot to be desired,” she said.
The stakes are high, Adrean said.
“I’m pretty sure if they lose this vote,” she said about stakeholders, which include Virginia-Highland-based Fuqua Development, “that there will be a lawsuit.”
In other news, Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell announced the Buckhead Ambassador program for young men and women in honor of the coalition’s 25th anniversary.
Ambassadors will receive a free, four-day business course from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and guidance in choosing volunteer and political opportunities.