Based upon a renovation of the old Harris Teeter site on Peachtree Road, the illustration is merely a detailed imagining of what could be and is not indicative of a plan in place, insiders said.
“It’s certainly not meant to be taken as anyone advocating for that space … the thought process was to do this so that people could visualize [possibilities],” said Chris Elsevier, a Brookhaven resident and cityhood advocate. “It’s just a conceptual drawing showing what city hall could look like.”
Elsevier served as treasurer for the Brookhaven YES group that played an instrumental role in getting cityhood approved.
Stephen Fuller, head of the nationally renowned architectural firm bearing his name, is responsible for the city hall rendering.
Fuller’s model features classic Georgian lines — the conceptual facility’s overall look “respectful” of the area’s architectural traditions.
“You want [the city hall] to be very place-specific and not have an overall generic, commercial feel to it,” said Fuller, a former longtime Brookhaven resident.
His imagining of Brookhaven’s headquarters for municipal operations and services contains other aesthetically pleasing features, including a portico entrance, atrium and landscaping conducive to “softening up” the current asphalt-laden property.
“For a municipal-style building, I think it’s appropriate,” Fuller said. “It kind of represents leadership qualities.”
Initially, the city of Brookhaven will operate out of limited leased space. At some point in the future, though, a larger, more permanent city hall facility will be renovated, leased or built, Elsevier noted.
“There’s a lot of details that would have to be worked out — a lot that would have to happen downstream — but it’s clear that it could happen,” Fuller said. “I’d love to see it happen … obviously, [Brookhaven] has to get past some of those birthing pains in terms of general economic issues. When it gets to a time where there’s better prosperity, I think it’d be the right idea at the right time.”
Residents approved a city charter for Brookhaven during the July 31 referendum, touching off efforts to galvanize major elements of infrastructure of DeKalb’s next municipality by its official Dec. 17 birth date.
Candidates for mayor and city council, qualifying for their respective races in recent weeks, have since hit the campaign trail to vie for Brookhaven’s first governing class.