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2015: YEAR IN REVIEW
MARTA announced a redevelopment plan for the
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe station area.
MARTA unveils potential development
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MARTA on Sept. 3 announced the selection of the team that will redevelop the
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe station area into a massive, mixed-use project starting in
2017. The plan includes housing, restaurants, green spaces—and maybe even a gro
cery store and a new City Hall.
Brookhaven City Center Partners was the winning bidder for the Brookhaven sta
tion area at Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive. The mixed-use project would be
gin with 330 apartments, more than 25,000 square feet of retail space and 117,000
square feet of office space, according to a MARTA press release. Future phases could
include around 400 more residential units of senior housing and condos along with
civic spaces and a hotel. The plan would reduce the size of the stations parking lot,
replacing 560 existing parking spaces and totally eliminating 900 spaces, according
Tree ordinance debate continues
Another year, another tree ordinance debate. A year after adopting its controver
sial tree-preservation law, the city revised it again with even tighter restrictions. A key
provision is requiring developers to maintain 120 inches—in diameter—of trees per
acre or 45 percent of the site’s tree-canopy cover. That still brought complaints from
tree preservationists that the rule is too loose and from developers that it might be
CEO’s investigators call
DeKalb ‘rotten to the core’
A long-awaited investigative report on DeKalb
County government called on county Interim CEO
Lee May to resign for an unidentified “questionable
loan.” May refused. May himself had commissioned
the report from Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde.
The investigators at one point described the county
government as “rotten to the core.”
Garbage pickups change to once a week
In February, Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May proposed the county cut garbage
pickups from two days a week to one and that county sanitation workers pick up yard
waste and recycling on the same day they collect garbage. The change, intended to
save money, meant garbage trucks will come to residents’ homes once a week instead
of four times a week.
Resident Gene Collins expressed his thoughts in a letter to the editor. “I always
wondered why DeKalb was the only county (that I’m aware of anyway) that does
trash pickup twice a week and recycling on a totally separate day entirely.. .this is just
stupid,” Collins wrote.
Jackie Nealey agreed, writing her own letter to say, “It doesn’t get any simpler than
placing everything at the curb on the same day (night before pickup).”
Under the new system, which went into effect July 6, county sanitation workers
pick up recycling and yard clippings on the same days the workers pick up garbage.
Officials said they made the move to once-a-week pickups to save money and to avoid
a hike in the county’s garbage fee, which has remained unchanged since 2006.
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