“The move-in date is the weekend of March 31,” said Garrett at last week’s city council meeting. “We expect we will be moving in. They’ve [contractors] removed asbestos and mold and next is the installation of the sprinkler system, taking down walls and building out offices for us.”
Garrett also gave an update on the parks purchase during the meeting. She said city staff will be back at Tuesday’s council meeting with “the purchasing of all city parks.”
“We are grouping them all together except Brookhaven Park — that will be a separate purchase,” said Garrett. “We’re doing the environmental assessments now on all of the parks and we will not have anything to inhibit us to come back March 11 with that purchase.”
Because of the recent snow storms, city council members heard several rescheduled rezoning requests — with only one being approved. The rest were deferred to later dates. Requests by one developer that involved development of 500 multi-family units, three parking decks, a height variance and high-rise apartments were deferred until the April 22 city council meeting. They will go before the planning commission April 2, with a revision to the planning commission by March 10.
A controversial rezoning request that involved the owner of Nuts ‘N Berries in Brookhaven for the building of a parking lot was deferred until the June 10 city council meeting, with a hearing before the planning commission June 4 — to give the property owner more time to meet with the community and to revise plans.
Several residents of the Kendrick Road area spoke out against the request saying it would set a dangerous precedent of development in the city and would cause an increase in traffic that has already been elevated due to Town Brookhaven.
“We respect the concerns of the neighborhood,” said Councilman Bates Mattison. “It’s important your concerns are heard, but as a council, I think it’s judicious to allow parties to have the chance to negotiate.”
Mayor J. Max Davis said pressing the reset button is very important in this case.
“I try to promote people talking,” he said. “If you can’t agree, you can’t agree. Not talking is not healthy for the community — it’s always best to talk to one another and have a dialogue.”
Brookhaven resident Courtney Dufries had his rezoning request to change his property at 1458 Etowah Drive, NE, from an R-75 to R-50 approved. Dufries plans to construct three single-family homes on the lot. Community Development Director/Assistant City Manager Susan Canon said the proposal was consistent with the neighborhood’s traditional character and that approval would not appear to affect adjacent properties.
“Before I brought the proposal, I met with all the neighbors and got 15 signatures with all property owners who have expressed no objection to this,” said Dufries. “It does not adversely affect any of the other properties, so this is very consistent with the block.”