Archive for the ‘Greenspace’ Category

Dunwoody Sues DeKalb County

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.


Atlanta, Top Green City?

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 May Trade 2-Stories For Trees

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.

Riverdale To Unveil $3.5 Million Town Center

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.


UPDATED: Grand Jury Considered, But Declined To Indict Bannister

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.

Atlanta City Hall East Deal Inked

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.

Atlanta Buys Eleven Floodplain Homes For Greenspace

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.