Dunwoody filed a lawsuit this week against DeKalb County alleging that the county owes it more than $7 million for Brook Run park. The City sued for the balance of the $11.5 million county voters approved for the park in a 2005 bond referendum.
Archive for the ‘Greenspace’ Category
Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled his ambitious plan for Atlanta to become one of the top 10 green cities in the nation. Currently, Atlanta ranks 19th on SustainLane U.S. City Rankings. Mayor Reed’s plan seeks to:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the City 25% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050
Reduce energy use for existing municipal operations 15% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050
Make renewable energy 5% of total municipal use by 2015
Bring local food within 10 minutes of 75% percent of all residents by 2020
You can review the City’s complete Sustainability Plan Executive Summary here.
Alpharetta Planning Commission unanimously approved a variance to allow two new 10-story office buildings in Sanctuary Park, an office complex near Westside Parkway. The code limits the height to 6 stories. The resigned plan decreases ground cover to save specimen trees and preserve more open space.
The City Commission will vote on the proposal at its October 25 meeting.
On Saturday, Riverdale will unveil its new Town Center at the former site of Travon Wilson Memorial Park (previously named Riverdale Park and renamed in 2004 for a 4-year-old killed there in gang crossfire). The 68-acre park features a city hall complex, center for arts, business and leisure services, a public plaza with an interactive water feature, indoor and outdoor walking trails and an outdoor amphitheater.
You can find the City’s flyer for the grand opening here.
The Gwinnett County Grand Jury investigating the County’s parkland purchases considered indicting former Commission Chair Charles Bannister for perjury for making false statements, but declined. The Grand Jury continues its work and will meet again on October 22. Until then, the work of the Grand Jury and the fates of Bannister, Commissioner Kevin Kenerly and others remains unknown.
UPDATE: Charles Bannister cut a deal with the Grand Jury to resign as Commission Chair to avoid indictment.
Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Michael Clark ordered the work of the Grand Jury be kept under seal until October 22. Commissioner Kenerly formally objected to the Grand Jury filing a motion last week challenging its work. That motion is also under seal.
Green Street Properties inked a deal to purchase Atlanta’s City Hall East (the old Sears building) for $27 million. The Atlanta City Council must still approve the sale.
Green Street Properties proposed redevelopment plans include 20% small and mid-box retail space, 40% residential and 40% office space.
Green Street Properties is “a national green consulting and development firm focused on creating sustainable urban properties. Green Street is a subsidiary of Jamestown, an international real estate investment and management firm that has acquired over $8 billion in US real estate.” It is best known in Atlanta for Glenwood Park.
The City of Atlanta agreed this week to use $5.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program for the purchase and demolition of eleven homes in a flood plain along Peachtree and Nancy creeks in southern and western Buckhead. The properties have remained uninhabitable following the severe flooding in 2009.
No city funds will be used for the project, which will become community green space.
Yesterday, Jekyll Island Authority awarded Kennesaw-based Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC the contract to build the 129,000-square-feet convention center along with the adjacent beach village’s public plaza, village green, parks and roads.
Brasfield & Gorrie secured the contract with a bid of $30.6 million, which was 16% less than the island’s governing authority budgeted for project completion. Construction is scheduled to begin in October and wrap up by early 2012.
DeKalb County is suing Steve Miller from Clarkeston for growing too many vegetables on his 2-acres on Cimarron Drive. The County seeks more than $5,000 in fines for code violations for growing too many crops for the zoning and having unpermitted employees on site. Mr. Miller successfully rezoned his property to allow him to continue his fifteen year local farming, but the County wants its money and will face off with Mr. Miller later this month in Court.
Mr. Miller plans to fight the County and his neighbors have rallied around him.
“When he moved here and I found out what he was doing I said, ‘Steve, you’re the best thing that ever happened to Cimarron Drive. And I still say that,” said neighbor Britt Fayssoux.
After a few million dollars and several years, the City of Sandy Springs opened the Overlook Park – 27 acres of green space, playgrounds, a 300-person public pavilion and a 170-year-old stone chimney, the last standing part of a home belonging to the settler Powers familyat the end of Morgan Falls Road on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.