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Brookhaven Reporter


► City Council approves resolution thanking Marie Garrett p. 3 ►PCIDs’ study backs ‘flyover bridge’ extension on Pill Hill p. 20

Cleaning up the watershed


Ernst hears citizen concerns at first town hall meeting BY DYANA BAGBY


Greg Mitchell cruises around the lake in Murphey Candler Park on Jan. 30. Consultants studying ways to clean the lake and creeks that feed it are considering recommending $15 million to $20 million in watershed improvement projects over the next 50 years. Their recommendations could include shoreline restoration projects on portions of the lake. Read story about the watershed study and see additional photos on page 2.►

MAKING A DIFFERENCE A mother and her two daughters share their breast cancer journeys BY DYANA BAGBY

Fourteen years ago, Maxx Schube was in the carpool lane at Davis Academy in Sandy Springs waiting to pick up her children when she felt a lump in her breast and another one on her chest. See FAMILY on page 6

“Traffic is already horrible. It’s going to get worse [in the Perimeter Center area]. ... It’ll just mean I’ll avoid that whole area. It’ll change where I shop, where I go. Right now you have to plan when you’re going to do stuff because traffic is just horrible.” SUSAN CLARKE

See more reaction to proposed highrises in the Perimeter area in Commentary, page 12.

As new Mayor John Ernst held his first formal meeting with the public, conversation turned to – no surprise here – traffic. “I’m a real fan of the city. But the issue that concerns me … is we seem to be making that mistake where we let development happen, and we know they are starting in gridlock areas, and say we will look at traffic another day,” said Wayne Fell. “We’re going to be like Buckhead in just a few years,” he said, drawing applause. Several residents told the mayor that traffic gridlock is lowering the quality of life they seek to have in Brookhaven. Ernst mostly listened as people stated their concerns during his town hall meeting that drew about 50 residents to the Lynwood Park Recreation Center See ERNST on page 19

OUT & ABOUT COMMUNITY Celebrate Residents resistant Black History Month to Brookhaven/ Page 8 Oglethorpe MARTA development plans BY DYANA BAGBY

A mostly skeptical crowd packed City Council’s chambers at Brookhaven City Hall on Feb. 2 to listen to MARTA’s plans for development around the MARTA/Oglethorpe station. Officials said the project could bring $200 million to the city. Questions were raised about traffic, density, safety, storm water and sewers See MARTA on page 16

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Consultants expect to recommend $15 million to $20 million in projects to clean up Nancy Creek watershed BY JOE EARLE

Consultants helping to draw up a management plan for the Nancy Creek watershed say they likely will recommend spending $15 million to $20 million over the next half century to clean up water in the area. The money would pay for 30 to 40 separate projects, ranging from adding litter collectors to catch floatable items in streams near I-285 to projects that would provide shore restoration for Murphey Candler Lake. Kimberly Shorter, principal engineer for Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, said the SWP&E consultants expected to present their report to Brookhaven City Council in March or April. “This is a long-term visionary goal,” Shorter told about a dozen people who gathered at the Marist School on Jan. 27 for the first of two public meetings scheduled to discuss the study. “We will not be there in five years.” Residents attending the briefing seemed to welcome the proposals for improvements in the area, which covers north Brookhaven. Kathryn Gable, who has lived in the area since 1970, said flooding has greatly worsened in the area while she’s lived there. “I love the plan,” she said. Shorter said the consultants have been working on the plan since March. They walked creeks in the area to find problems and to determine what needed to be done. “A lot of our time was spent on creek problems,” she said. They also evaluated 62 ponds, which accounted for about 60 percent of the total number of ponds in the area, she said. Only four of the “beneficial” ponds they examined didn’t need some form of maintenance, she said.

Shorter said the consultants hope to identify projects that would benefit several local communities and might qualify for regional water improvement grants. “The Nancy Creek watershed crosses multiple jurisdictions,” she said. “Our hope is the region as a whole can indentify projects that are more regional.” One goal of the study, she said, is to bring local creeks up to the level where they meet state pollution standards. Two creeks in the area – Nancy Creek and Bubbling Creek – do not now meet the standards, she said. Other goals included restoring stream buffers in the area and improving streams so they provide better wildlife habitat.

Above, and below right, consultants walked creeks in the watershed area to find and determine what needed to be done, like bringing waterways up to meeting state pollution standards. At this time, Nancy Creek and Bubbing Creek do not meet those standards.

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Top, Kimberly Shorter, principal engineer for Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, said at a Jan. 27 at Marist School her firm recommends spending $15$20 million over the next half century to clean up the Nancy Creek watershed.

Above, Betsy Boone, left, and Hayes Purcell walk around Murphey Candler Lake on Jan. 30.

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Brookhaven council approves resolution thanking Marie Garrett BY DYANA BAGBY

The Brookhaven City Council officially approved a $225,000 settlement package with former city manager Marie Garrett in exchange for her resignation. The council also publicly thanked her for her service. The resolution approved Jan. 26 reads, in part, “The city of Brookhaven and Marie Garrett have resolved a contract disagreement to the satisfaction of all concerned. Over the past three years, Marie Garrett’s integrity and hard work have been invaluable assets to our city and instrumental to the city’s success. The mayor and city council thank Marie for her devoted service and wish her the best in her future endeavors.” Former mayoral candidate Dale Boone spoke during public comment at the council meeting and said he was unhappy there was no documentation laying out what Garrett did that led to her separation from the city. “City managers come and city managers go. I like documentation. If someone has done something wrong, I want to see documentation,” he told the coun-

hired Garrett, said Garcil. “And I have yet to see any documentation that rett’s separation came my previous city managat a good time in the er did anything wrong.” city’s evolution. Jim McKechnie, a local “I think it’s a good real estate agent, said he time for a change … it’s was “disappointed” in the appropriate,” he said. council’s action and deciDavis added that some sion to not be transpar“friction” between Garent about what happened rett and him, and bebetween the city and Gartween Garrett and the rett. council started spring“This is not right,” he ing up during his last said. “More transparenmonths as mayor. Marie Garrett cy needs to come from “It was becoming this council and it needs more and more evident to start now.” the city needed change,” Davis said. Council members held a special “I’m glad the new mayor and council called meeting Jan. 12 to suspend Gardecided to move on.” rett and set a meeting to fire her, but instead agreed to enter into mediation Former mayor defends with her and her attorney. The city’s Garrett’s salary employment attorney said the mediaSome Brookhaven residents critition was necessary to avoid a long and cized Garrett’s $214,000 salary, but Daexpensive legal battle. vis defended his and the council’s deciAttempts to reach Garrett for comsion to pay her that amount. ment have not been successful and Gar“Marie had great expertise. There rett’s attorney, Dan Klein, also declined was no one else like her” when it came to comment. Mayor John Ernst has also to getting a new city up and running, declined comment. he said. But after 18 months, the council Former Mayor J. Max Davis, who

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and staff had gained more experience and her niche skills were not as necessary, he said. “She was what we needed and the salary was what she deserved,” he said. “Certainly after the second year we were all beginning to re-evaluate our needs.” Garrett was hired full-time as city manager in 2014 after first serving as interim city manager beginning in December 2012. She was paid at the same salary rate of $214,000 before being hired full-time, and had the opportunity to earn additional pay through consulting fees if she worked more than the 40 hours a week in her agreement to be the city’s interim city manager. The council recruited Garrett from the private sector where she was consulting, writing a textbook and teaching. Brookhaven conducted a national search for its top administrative position and reviewed 79 applications from 23 states before hiring Garrett. A search is on for a new city manager with Police Chief Gary Yandura serving as interim city manager.

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Parents express dissatisfation with DeKalb County Schools’ plan for Cross Keys cluster overcrowding BY DYANA BAGBY

DeKalb County School administrators will announce their recommendations for redistricting to address the Cross Keys cluster overcrowding on Feb. 11 during a public meeting at the high school. The school district in January presented five options to alleviate overcrowding at schools in the cluster and have been gathering input from the public. Schools affected by the redistricting include Briar Vista Elementary School, Cary Reynolds Elementary School, Chamblee High School, Cross Keys High School, Dresden Elementary School, Fernbank Elementary School, Montclair Elementary School, Warren Tech and Woodward Elementary School. Many parents at a Jan. 14 public meeting expressed their dissatisfaction with the proposed redistricting plans. They said three options presented for elementary school redistricting remove students from their neighborhood schools. “You’re pulling kids out of their neighborhoods, moving them from the Woodward area to a place where none of them live … and many parents don’t have cars,”

said Lynn King at the Jan. 14 meeting. “What happens if there is an emergency during the day? How do you propose getting parents to the school? There has to be more concern about lack of transportation.” More than 100 portable classrooms, or trailers, have been installed at the Cross Keys cluster schools to help with overcrowding; DeKalb school officials say the cluster has nearly 2,000 more students than it can really hold. The redistricting options are, according to DeKalb County Public Schools, a way to reduce portable classrooms for the next school year. A superintendent recommendation on redistricting will be made at the March 7 board meeting.

ESPLOST funding to help

On Feb. 1, the DeKalb Board of Education approved a joint resolution with Atlanta Public Schools and City Schools of Decatur placing the proposed fifth Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax before voters in May. If approved, collection of funds would begin in July and end in June 2022. “The joint resolution laid out in five paragraphs is the referendum that

Parents discuss redistricting plans during a recent public meeting at Cross Keys High School.

will be voted upon May 24. On Feb. 12, DeKalb County School District will publish a pamphlet and PowerPoint that will outline the budgets for these five paragraphs, one of which is for new or replacement schools and additions, including those needed for the Cross Keys Cluster,” said DCSD Spokesperson Quinn Hudson. The budget for the new or replace-


ment schools and additions is $230 million, Hudson said. The amount of the $230 million that would go to Cross Keys will be decided in the fall, after the May vote and after the Secondary School Feasibility and Planning Study that will look at the middle and high schools in the overcrowded clusters of Cross Keys, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Lakeside, Druid Hills, Tucker and Clarkston.

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As MARTA seeks more funds, Fulton officials take a regional approach BY JOHN RUCH

The political battle is just beginning over MARTA’s request, filed in the Gold Dome Feb. 1, to seek an additional halfpenny sales tax from DeKalb and Fulton voters on the November ballot. But whatever happens, a new era of regionally-minded transportation planning seems to be dawning in parts of Fulton County. Fulton Chairman John Eaves has been convening a group of Fulton mayors for several months to hash out a possible menu of road and mass transit projects to put before voters. And Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has said he’s asked City Manager John McDonough to gather staff from various Fulton cities to talk about the nitty-gritty of regional projects. “I think you’re going to see something miraculous this year” as the mayors collaborate on a possible transportation funding package to send to voters, Eaves said at a recent meeting of the Buckhead Coalition. “The Fulton County Commission, I give them credit,” Paul said in an interview last fall, when the meetings were

just beginning. “They’re taking leadership in getting everyone at the table.” Under existing legislation, DeKalb and Fulton can ask voters to approve a special local option sales tax of up to 1 penny on the November ballot for transportation projects. The tax would sunset in five years. The MARTA proposal—filed by state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta)— would devote up to half of that penny to MARTA for more than 40 years, to match the lifetime of the transit agency’s existing 1 penny tax.

Extending the Red Line

MARTA says the additional SPLOST money could fund extension of the Red Line to Alpharetta, including a new Northridge station in Sandy Springs; a light rail connection through the Emory University area between Buckhead’s Lindbergh station and the Blue Line’s Avondale station; and a rail extension along I-20 to Lithonia. Political opinion varies on whether MARTA should get more SPLOST funds and if so, how much. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has been skeptical. Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed backs the half-penny and “will not support any proposal that does not fund transit, which our region needs to grow and prosper,” according to city of Atlanta spokeswoman Jenna Garland. Paul supports the MARTA expansion and has been discussing SPLOST options with other Fulton mayors. He declined to comment on the state of those talks, saying it’s too early for details.

Regional planning

But in previous interviews and reports at City Council meetings, Paul has talked about the importance of regional planning and finding a compromise mix of road and mass transit projects that voters would approve because they would actually use them. “As [poet] John Donne said, we’re not an island among ourselves,” Paul said in an interview last fall. And, he said, elected officials need to bridge the gap between the existing short-term SPLOST vision and MARTA’s long-term plans. “We’ve got to get them both on the same page…[in a] comprehensive, rational plan,” he said.

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Doctors told her not to worry, the lumps were nothing. But she insisted on a biopsy. The biopsy came back positive for cancer. She then also insisted on being tested for the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) – as an Ashkenazi Jew, she knew she was at a higher risk of having the gene. That test also came back positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation, meaning she was likely to get either ovarian or breast cancer before age 70. She underwent treatment and is now a 13-year survivor of breast cancer. As a mother with daughters and a son, she wanted them to be tested for the gene as well. Her two daughters, Rochelle and Alana, were positive; her son was negative. Now, her daughter, Alana, 24, is in treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer after undergoing just last year a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. “Never in my wildest dreams did I expect my daughter to have breast cancer in college,” Maxx Schube, 55, said. “This is not an old woman disease anymore.” Rochelle Schube, 29, is a “previvor” who chose to take action after an irregular MRI by having a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in June before any diagnosis of cancer.

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When someone tests positive for BRCA, they are encouraged to be tested for cancer every six months. Rochelle said twice a year she would be on an emotional rollercoaster, wondering, “Is this my time?” “It gets emotional. Every six months you’re worried. And especially after my sister was diagnosed … this was not something she was given the chance to do,” Rochelle Schube said. “After they found something with my MRI, I got scared and decided to have surgery to remove all doubt.” Because the Schube women speak openly about BRCA and their journeys with breast cancer, they are being honored at the Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s Breast Strokes – The Big Reveal event on Feb. 20 at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. The event raises funds for breast cancer research and genetic research programs at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem and for breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the U.S. “We wanted to be a wake-up call to the younger generation,” Maxx Schube said. “I can be mad this has happened to us or I can believe this is happening to us so we can let other people know [about BRCA], educate other people and be there for others to lean on.” Rochelle Schube also tries to see the



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Rochelle Schube now volunteers with Bright Pink, an organization helping young women dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. She facilitates a monthly support group and works individually with women. “When I found out I had [BRCA], I felt very alone. Now I have a comSPECIAL munity,” she said. From left, Rochelle, Maxx and Alana Schube all Rochelle carry the BRCA 1 gene mutation, which significantly Schube stressincreases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. es that having a positive despite the harrowing journeys preventative doushe and her mother and sister are on. ble mastectomy – a surgery made famous “This happens to whole families. It’s not when actress Angelina Jolie came out pubfun. If I can find a silver lining in all this, licly as having the surgery after she learned it’s that we as a family have come togethshe carries the BRCA 1 gene – is not a decier and support each other. We are empowsion made lightly. ering each other in a powerless situation,” “People have asked, ‘What else are you she said. cutting off your body?’ And that’s not what Maxx Schube praises Alana’s fight this is about,” she said. “I will forever reagainst cancer, saying “she rocked it” durmember when my sister and mom were diing last year’s surgery and chemo. agnosed with cancer, going to chemother“As a mom, to watch your daughter go apy … it’s heartbreaking,” she said. “I didn’t through this is a nightmare. She has an want to be the next one.” amazing attitude,” she said. “She is ready And her decision to speak out about her to fight this.” journey is simply a way to help others. Too Maxx Schube said because she and Almany myths and misconceptions exist that ana discovered their lumps themselves, stigmatize women who decide to have prethey were initially told there was nothing ventative surgeries, she added. People have wrong with them. even asked her if she was just unhappy “More people need to not be afraid to with her breasts. speak up and insist they check it out,” she “Mastectomy is not the same as augsaid. mentation. It’s painful and it’s different,” When Rochelle Schube decided to take she said. preventative care through surgery, her in“Somebody needs to take a stand. And surance company at first denied her claim. what’s the alternative to not speaking out? She took on the insurance company and To internalize this and let others stumble? “went from being scared to fighting for the No.” thing I was scared to do.”

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This theater season, plays really are the things at theaters in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. At least that’s the idea. The two local theater compaRobert Egizio nies are putting on plays that center on actors. Their stages will fill with actors playing actors and plays within plays. Patrick Hill, director of Act 3 Theater’s version of “Moon Over Buffalo,” which opens in April and closes out the theater’s 2015-2016 season, says it gives his audience a free trip backstage. “Theater patrons like to see the background, what’s going on behind the scenes,” said Hill, whose show folPatrick Hill lows the Feb. 20

conclusion of the run of the theater’s current production, “Dogfight.” “You’re giving the audience exactly what they want. You get a look behind the curtain.” In Dunwoody, the Stage Door Players are presenting “I Hate Hamlet,” a play that puts its theme right there in the R. TODD FLEEMAN title. It’s about a television Dan Ford, left, as Andrew Rally, listens to Robin Bloodworth, actor who resists portrayportraying John Barrymore, as he is given some last-minute ing Shakespeare’s famed secrets, tips and tricks of the trade on opening night. character onstage, only to find he’s being haunted by the ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore, said Robert Egizio, the Players’ proI Hate Hamlet ducing artistic director and the director of Stage Door Players “I Hate Hamlet.” Where: 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody Plays about plays have been around When: Through Feb. 21; performances on Thursdays, Fridays since at least Shakespeare’s day, but they and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. still draw a crowd. Egizio said “I Hate HamTickets: $30 adults; $27 seniors; $22 students; let” packed the theater on its opening $15 patrons younger than 12. For more: 770-396-1726 or weekend. Besides, the directors said, staging plays Moon Over Buffalo about plays can be as much fun for the acAct 3 Productions tors as the audience. Where: 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs “It definitely appeals to theater people,” When: Performance times and dates: April 15, 16, 22, Egizio said. Part of the appeal comes from 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m.; April 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $23 for adult reserved; $20 for student/senior the challenge as the actors must portray reserved; $18 for adult general admission; several characters at once – the actor and $15 for student/senior general admission. the character the actor is playing. “You’re For more: 770-241-1905 or playing two characters, in essence,” he said.

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“You get the chance to play the actor and you get to play the actor within the actor. “In essence, my Gemini personality gets split into three. It’s fantastic.” But part of the fun in some of these plays-within-plays, both Hill and Egizio said, comes from watching the characters onstage deal with backstage meltdowns. “The actors love it because they can relate to it,” Egizio said. “We’ve all been through that crap.” Hill’s play at Act 3 is a farce that takes place backstage during a theatrical performance and actually includes bits of two other plays – “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” – that the characters present as part of the story. Some of the humor comes when they mix up the two, Hill said. “It’s funny because it’s almost like an inside joke, like a little love letter to the theater community,” Hill said. Hill, a 33-year-old accountant who lives in Sandy Springs and is a member of the theater’s board of directors, said Act 3 decided to stage the play “because our audience wanted a good comedy.” At the same time, the show seemed like it would be fun to put on. “It’s one of those things, a show about theater people. We know the humor so well, we can execute it. We can find the punch lines and make [the audience] feel like they’re peeking behind the curtain.”

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Steve Grossman has a passion for the arts, but not the restaurant business. So, after nearly four years of operating Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs, a place where musicians and artists have performed to appreciative audiences over hummus or vegetarian quesadillas, the venue itself may soon be closing unless Grossman can find a partner willing to take on the food side of the business. “I’m not going to continue running a restaurant past June,” Grossman said. “Steve’s Live Music could cease to exist in this location if I don’t find a partner. Cultural arts are real important to me and I know one space is not optimal in terms of trying to create music in the community.” His lease expires in July on the building on Hildebrand Drive where Steve’s Live Music has been located since mid-2012. Grossman actively is seeking partners, saying his venue is ripe for a new chef or restaurateur to come in and make a mark while enjoying a built-in fan base of music and dance lovers. At the same time, Grossman said he is exploring ways to broaden his reach by working with area restaurants, dance studios and other venues to bring in live performances, not only in Sandy Springs but in neighboring cities as well. However, Sandy Springs, he believes, is ground zero for a musical awakening. “I see Sandy Springs as fertile ground for becoming the next Nashville or Austin for the music scene,” he said. With the many restaurants and mixeduse developments going up, Grossman has a vision of people strolling the streets and walking past restaurants or theaters where they could step in and listen to live music. City Springs, the new city center and the development surrounding it, is where Grossman believes live performances could really take off. Since he opened, Grossman said more than 1,500 musicians have played Steve’s Live Music. From folk to bluegrass to a Beatles cover band to Gypsy Opera and Celtic

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“I’m 100 percent opposed to any building above four or five stories simply for the fact I bought in Brookhaven for its maintained tree canopy and beautiful curb appeal. Traffic is going to be a major problem. I live off Peachtree Road and it’s an absolute disaster every day. [More development] means extended rush hours.” Charles Jones

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“My concern is [there are] already traffic problems around that entire area. I think it’s going to be a huge traffic problem. My concern about develoment around the city is, I see something totally different from when I grew up. Developers used to build around trees…I see huge areas that are being totally wiped out.” Donald Gilner “No. They haven’t taken the steps in the past that are needed to pave the way.” Richard Whitehead

“They always say it’s all there at MARTA, but how many people are going to use MARTA? Traffic is already horrible. It’s going to get worse. ... It’ll just mean I’ll avoid that whole area. It’ll change where I shop, where I go. Right now you have to plan when you’re going to do stuff because traffic is just horrible.” Susan Clarke

“I do feel the wave ... of people moving into public schools and supporting public schools is rising. I’d like to see more parental interest in our public schools and involvement.” Kirsten Neufeld

“A lot of buildings in the Perimeter area are daytime occupancy. Some of these residential developments seem … like there should be more theaters. If we continue to put in these large complexes, I think we should require more entertainment opportunities so we can keep it from being a ghost town like downtown Atlanta was before the Olympics.” Greg Crnkovich


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Brookhaven seeking to recoup nearly $1 million from Comcast BY DYANA BAGBY

Comcast owes the city of Brookhaven nearly $1 million in franchise fees it failed to pay the city from 2013 to 2015, and now the city is charging 1 percent interest in an attempt to recoup the money. Comcast is saying, however, that the city changed its agreement and that is why the company has not paid the money due. The 1 percent interest rate was tacked on to the Comcast payment of $981,976 during the Brookhaven City Council’s Jan. 26 work session. “They signed an agreement saying the amount they owed … and we haven’t received our check,” Mayor John Ernst

said after the Jan. 26 council meeting. “We’re putting them on notice and sending a nice letter, yet again, asking them to please send our money.” In April, Comcast agreed to pay the city the unpaid franchise fees dating from January 2013 through March 2015. However, zero payments have been made to the city, resulting in the council adding the 1 percent per month interest rate, city officials said. Comcast also agreed to make quarterly payments on current franchise fees and has been doing so since last year, a city spokesperson said. Franchise fees are paid to local governments by private cable TV companies such as Comcast for use of the public right of way for cable. Private cable TV companies typically charge customers fran-

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chise fees and are to take tomers, and payment to that money and pay it to local franchising authorthe cities. ities like Brookhaven. We Greg Fender of the have gone through this Georgia Municipal Asprocess smoothly with sociation informed the all other newly incorpocouncil during its work rated cities, from Sandy session that the city has Springs to Peachtree Cormet all criteria to be paid ners. for the franchise fees. “We look forward to Fender also met with working closely with the the council for nearly city of Brookhaven to an hour during a closedresolve this matter in a door executive session timely manner.” during the council’s Horwitz declined to City Attorney Chris Balch work session. describe what the alteraAlex Horwitz, vice tion was. president of public reChris Balch, Brookhavlations for Comcast, said Brookhaven en’s attorney, said there has been no changed the agreement it had with the change to the agreement between the company resulting in no payments becity and Comcast. ing made. “The franchise agreement signed by “When the city of Brookhaven tranComcast calls for all payments of fransitioned from DeKalb County, there was chise fees to be remitted to the city from a period of time where our payments January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015. They continued to be made to DeKalb, which have not paid those fees. There has been we corrected. We ultimately settled on no change to that agreement as passed an agreement with the city to make by the Council,” Balch said. back payments for that period of time. “We’d like them to pay what they “However, the city altered that agreeowe the city. They have ignored previment, which further complicated the ous correspondence from the city asksituation. The only outstanding issue ing those fees to be remitted. at this point concerns fees for the pe“They have no excuse for their failriod of the delayed transition,” he addure under the clear terms of the agreeed. “We are merely a conduit for the ment they signed and which the Councollection of franchise fees from cuscil approved.”


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Brookhaven resident Evan Jacobs was recently sworn in as a member of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, an educational agency that operates the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit in Sandy Springs. Jacobs is a speech-language pathologist at DeKalb County’s Lakeside High School. Her husband Mike Jacobs is a DeKalb County judge. She was appointed to the commission by Gov. Nathan Deal.

TREE PRESERVATIONISTS HONORED AT CITY COUNCIL The Brookhaven Park Project was the recipient of the inaugural Tree Preservation and Planting Awards at the recent Brookhaven City Council meeting. Those receiving certificates of appreciation at the Jan. 26 council meeting were Mike Elliot with Friends of Brookhaven Park; Johnny Ladson with

Gables Residential; and Patric Fisher with Native Trees LLC. When the Gables Oglethorpe development got underway in 2014, it became clear the trees along Hermance Drive could not be saved. But Gables Residential and Friends of Brookhaven Park came together to move the trees to Brookhaven Park, according to a report from the city. With the help of Brookhaven arborist Kay Evanovich, the two groups identified 22 of the 45 trees that could be transplanted. Gables Residential paid for the transplanting and initial maintenance of the trees; cost for this project was $6,000. Native Trees, a local company with tree spading and moving equipment and expertise, was hired to move and plant the trees in Brookhaven Park. The Friends of Brookhaven Park purchased hoses and hired labor to hand water all the trees throughout the summer until early fall. A year after planting, all 22 trees are alive and thriving.


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Hannah Nicholas, a junior at Dunwoody High School and a member of the school’s Band Color Guard, practices for first-round tryouts to become part of the “Honor Band of America,” who will participate in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Hannah was getting in some moves on a spring-like day at Murphey Candler Park on Jan. 30.

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Residents resist Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA development plans ty taxes, she explained, but the developments to the property, including retail space, means more sales tax revenue. Also planned are mid-rise towers, no more than seven-stories high, to include nearly 600 one-bedroom or twobedroom residences, such as condominiums, Germano said. “We’re looking at young urban professionals and empty nesters. These places will be fairly expensive,” he said. Plans are to also have 126 affordable apartments for seniors, he said. A 1-acre park is also planned within the development to connect Peachtree Road and Apple Valley Way. DYANA BAGBY The new demand for TODs and Approximately 150 people packed Brookhaven City Hall Feb. 2 to hear plans for a transit-oriented development at Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station. multi-use property comes from millenials who want to walk to restaurants and said Trent Germano, senior Continued from page 1 work and have ready acmanaging director with resulting from the planned transit-oricess to public transporTranswestern Development ented development, but most could not tation, Germano added. Company. be answered by MARTA’s representa“They want to be in an urTranswestern and The tives or the development partners on ban area,” he said. Integral Group have joined hand for what is expected to be the first One resident, who said forces as the Brookhavof many community meetings. he was a commercial Reen City Center Partners to More due diligence, including a trafaltor, dismissed the plans plan the project with MARfic study, is set to take place soon, exfor urban development in TA. The project is to include Amanda Rhein, MARTA plained MARTA Senior Director of Brookhaven. “We’re not affordable senior housing Senior Director of Transit Transit Oriented Development and Real Oriented Development trying to become Midand street-level retail. and Real Estate, Estate Amanda Rhein. town,” he said. “We are a More community meetlistens to questions “We want to get feedback before getcar city and are always goings are planned throughfrom city residents. ting too much along in the process,” ing to be a car city. This out February and there will Rhein said. is the wrong site. I’m not also be meetings with the The traffic study many people wantlooking to revitalize the Capital City local Chamber of Commerce and Citied to know about will be done in partCountry Club.” zen Review Board. Groundbreaking is nership with the city, Rhein added. Another person said there would be expected in early 2017, Germano said. The first formal step in creating a no way the small two-lane roads lead$200 million in new revenue promTOD, also dubbed by MARTA as a “town ing into the MARTA station site could ised center,” at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe handle a major increase in traffic. TerRhein said the development is prostation is to apply for rezoning of the rell Carstens said MARTA’s plans to jected to bring in $200 million to the approximate 15-acre site to allow for have off-street parking on Apple Valcity on a site where there is currentmulti-use development. That request ley Way was a mistake because it would ly no revenue being produced. MARTA is set to take place the first of April, lead to people circling neighborhoods owns the land and will not pay proper-

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Roswell Road could be transformed, with its central turn lane converted into a treelined median on the northern stretch and a grass median on the southern leg. Large sidewalks or multi-use paths could line much of the street as well. caption

A portion of Roswell Road remade as “Roswell Boulevard” with a tree-lined median? That’s among the big ideas coming out of Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” planning process. “It’s more than just a land-use plan. It’s a vision for the community,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, introducing a presentation on the work thus far for the Next Ten—combining a revision of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a rewrite of its zoning code and detailed plans for certain areas. The concepts met interest and curiosity from at least 70 residents who attended a community workshop, held Jan. 27 at the Sherwood Event Hall on Roswell Road. The sheer scope of the vision—from mixed-use “nodes” along a new tree-lined “Roswell Boulevard” to a kind of Central Park for Perimeter Center—appeared to engage the crowd, but it kept mostly quiet. The general thrust of the planning is more mixed-use redevelopment and reducing car travel. But the consultant team, led by Rhodeside & Harwell, is adding some bigger proposals that would transform entire areas, such as routing some form of alternative public transit east-west through central Sandy Springs. And a much-discussed idea of a Sandy Springs monorail was talked about some more.

Also in Sandy Springs, plans to replace a church with a 201-unit senior housing building is drawing traffic and density concerns—and some grudging acceptance. About 70 residents attended a community meeting Jan. 25 to hear about Parc Communities’ plans for the Apostles Church site at Glenridge Drive and Hammond Drive. “I live in Sandy Springs,” said Parc Communities President and CEO Roy Dickson, sympathizing with visions of traffic nightmares discussed at the meeting, which was held at the church. “I understand all the dynamics. And I understand something is going to happen on a corner like this that is out of the ordinary in the way of density, something that is going to invite questions.” Dickson and attorney Chip Collins, a former Sandy Springs city councilman, offered to shave 12 feet of dirt from the site to reduce its height. No one in the crowd seemed thrilled, but several said that in today’s skyscraper-sprouting Sandy Springs, they were willing to settle for a relatively low-impact project. “To be completely honest, this is not what I want…[but] this could be a much worse possible property—a gas station, for God’s sake,” said Scott Nelson, a Glenridge resident. Meanwhile, state transportation offi-

cials planned to start work this month on a controversial project to build roundabouts at the Riverside Drive/I-285 interchange in Sandy Springs. Construction will continue through November, GDOT says. The $5.6 million project will replace ramps with roundabouts and rehab the Riverside Drive bridge over I-285. And in Buckhead, ConPHOTOS BY JOE EARLE struction projects now unA roof is being added to allow year-round swimming at the pool at Chastain Park. derway are giving new looks to several familiar features around Chastain Park. The A formal opening for the playground is park’s playground reopens this month afscheduled for March. ter a $2.5 million makeover by the Chastain Meanwhile, separate projects in other Park Conservancy that expands the play parts of the park will expand the jogging area fourfold to 40,000 square feet. Most path along Powers Ferry Road and make of the new playground equipment was exthe Chastain Park pool available for yearpected to open for public use this month. round swimming.

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Traffic the top concern with Sandy Springs five-skyscraper plan BY JOHN RUCH

Five new Sandy Springs skyscrapers could mean thousands of more cars on local streets, raising concerns among about 45 residents and business owners who attended the first community meeting on Jan. 20 about the massive redevelopment of 1117 Perimeter Center West. Representatives of the developers— identified as Hong Property Trust of Sydney, Australia—said the mixed-use nature of the project could reduce its effect on traffic. And a direct connection to the Sandy Springs MARTA station, which sits under part of the site, is a potential traffic mitigation, project attorney Jessica Hill said. “The idea is that it’s live, work and play, and you never have to leave,” said Rob Forrest, the real estate professional who’s representing Hong Property in the deal. But the sheer scale of the project and some of its preliminary numbers still worried residents, especially with other major redevelopments coming near-

by, such as the planned headquarters for Mercedes-Benz USA in Sandy Springs and the new building to house State Farm in Dunwoody. The 1117 Perimeter Center West plan calls for about 1,600 residential units in three towers; about 1.5 million square feet of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. The towers could stand 20 to 29 stories tall. That’s in addition to the hexagonal office building currently on the 13.5-acre site, which would remain with modifications. About 5,200 new parking spaces would be created in a new deck, compared with 1,300 on the site now, Hill said. Some parking might need to go off-site during construction, Hill said, though it’s early for such details. The proposed MARTA connection would be through an existing emergency exit tunnel, Hill said. The project will be deemed a Development of Regional Impact and get a massive transportation study, said John Walker of Kimley-Horn, the traffic consulting firm hired by the developer.


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One resident of Mount Vernon Woods who works at the Arby’s fast-food company headquarters next door said most of her coworkers do not use MARTA and that current traffic is already bad. “It’s a nightmare… God forbid if it rains or snows,” she said. “As soon as [the plan] hit the papers, everybody in the [Arby’s] building across the JOHN RUCH street started freakJohn Walker of Kimley-Horn explains traffic issues to attendees, while project attorney Jessica Hill looks on, at ing out.” the Jan. 20 community meeting about the 1117 Perimeter Bill Woulfin, CEO Center West redevelopment, held at the project site. of Metabolic Testing way, Forrest said. That includes cutServices, was among ting three new entrances into its central several of the existing building’s comcourtyard. That courtyard is current mercial tenants who expressed conprivate, but will be opened to the pubcerns about the plan. He said his business has been there 13 years, and he lic and possibly host concerts or perforlearned at the meeting of the developers’ mances, Forrest said. intent to turn the first two floors into reHe said that Hong Property wanted tail or service businesses only, meaning to keep the hexagonal building because he would be moved elsewhere. of its unusual design and potential as an “That’s the first we heard of it,” Woulattractive retail and restaurant spot. fin said, adding he is concerned about Because the meeting, held at the extraffic and parking impacts on his paisting Perimeter Center West office tients. building, was a preliminary review re“We want to make sure tenants stay quired before filing actual plans, few here,” Forrest said during the meeting. other details were available. Hill said the “We’re very cognizant of that.” filing should happen in February, with The mixed-use concept includes the DRI and Sandy Springs city zoning street-level retail in the towers along reviews running into the fall. Mount Vernon Highway, as well as a “reThe developers will seek rezoning tail alley” facing a semicircular path befrom office to mixed-use and anticipate tween the existing hexagonal building variances for excessive height and less and the new towers. parking that is usually required because The existing building will get a “significant facelift” that is already underof the proximity to MARTA.

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we’ve been asking for three years. We understand urbanism but we want to remain a suburban feel,” she said. “Rather than throwing up your arms and saying, ‘You’ve just got to live with it, it’s a reality, this is going to be an urban environment ‘… that you help us by protect-

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Ernst explained Brookhaven has a “strong city manager” system and that the mayor and City Council are not in charge of day-to-day city operations. He said criteria for the new city manager includes that he or she be able to conduct community outreach.

Ernst said he is working on identifying each HOA in Brookhaven to ensure city officials can attend their meetings to get the word out about what is happening in city government. The city is also working with Google Fiber to find a new location for a hut after the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals rejected its plan for a utility hut in Parkside Park. Ernst promised, “We will find a solution in the end.”

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PCIDs’ study backs ‘flyover bridge’ extension on Pill Hill BY JOHN RUCH

A new Pill Hill road extending the Perimeter Center Parkway “flyover bridge” to Johnson Ferry Road would aid traffic and is worth a full study, according to a report delivered last week to the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, which will hold a community meeting on the plan in coming months. Meanwhile, PCIDs is close to securing a $4 million grant to build an already planned Pill Hill project that would make bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive, said Yvonne Williams, the PCIDs president and CEO. The work also would make

room for a PATH400 multi-use trail extension through the intersection. Both projects aim to boost walkability, connectivity and “all the things to build an urban center,” Williams said. The PCIDs flyover bridge over I-285 was completed in 2007 and is sometimes jokingly called the “bridge to nowhere” as it ends at Lake Hearn Drive. However, PCIDs long planned to make it a bridge to somewhere with a 2,000foot road extending from the Lake Hearn Drive intersection to Johnson Ferry, running along the Sandy SpringsBrookhaven border on the eastern side of Emory Saint Joseph Hospital’s campus. The flyover bridge extension idea revived last year amid renewed Pill Hill


Top, PCIDs is close to securing a grant to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive, including beneath the I-285 bridge. Above, Gresham, Smith and Partners conducted a preliminary feasibility study for PCIDs on extending the flyover bridge from Perimeter Center Parkway to Johnson Ferry Road. To see a larger version, go to

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traffic concerns related to plans for a large apartment development. PCIDs commissioned a preliminary feasibility study for $5,000 from Gresham, Smith and Partners, a firm that is also conducting an Ashford-Dunwoody Road improvement study for the city of Brookhaven. The study, delivered to the PCIDs board in late January, says the new road would produce a “significant reduction” of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road traffic and “no significant increase” in Johnson Ferry traffic. About 700 feet of the road would have to be a bridge over a stream and wetlands, the study says. Exactly how and where it would connect with Johnson Ferry is also a question, as Williams said there are two or three possible alignments. “It would be an expensive project. It’s not a small-ticket item,” Williams said. The study was “first-level work” with “no technical findings,” Williams said. So the next step is convening city officials, Pill Hill hospitals and residents for a meeting to see if there’s support “to go into a deeper-dive study,” she

said. The PCIDs will arrange that meeting, probably sometime in the next few months, Williams said. At the same January board meeting, PCIDs learned that that Atlanta Regional Commission staff recommended $4 million in grant funding to build the Peachtree-Dunwoody/Lake Hearn improvement project, which PCIDs and the city of Sandy Springs began planning in 2012. The project would widen both streets—including Peachtree-Dunwoody beneath the I-285 bridge—to add “full bicycle and pedestrian crosswalk amenities,” Williams said. It also makes room for an extension of the PATH 400 multi-use trail. The project would take about two years to build and must coordinate with the state’s upcoming reconstruction of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. The grant still needs a vote by the ARC board, which is expected in March. “Would I be surprised if we didn’t get it? I would absolutely be surprised,” Williams said, noting the project’s strong support from city and MARTA officials.

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Friends, prepare to part with your money. Himitsu belongs in New York and I’m glad to find it in Atlanta – a city whose finest chefs have been beleaguered by its second-class status in national roundups of cuisine. The Itos, that sushi master and pastry chef powMegan Volpert er couple of Fuyuhiko and Lisa Matsuoka, are raising their game from the lovely work they do at Umi to Umi’s little sister restaurant, this perfect new hotspot nestled in a disguised location in Buckhead. Himitsu means “secret,” after all. You have to find the email address needed to request a reservation. They email you back a confirmation, and then two hours before your reservation, you receive a keypad code. Use Umi’s valet, but you’re not going to Umi. Turn a few corners to find the fake storefront, enter your keypad code, then greet your gatekeeper to the dining room. The dining room is on two levels and seats about 80 people. Himitsu’s ambience is about finely blended combinations of light and shadow, from the stunning gorgeousness of its orange blown glass chandelier hanging eye level with the balcony tables to the subtlety of the yellow tones in the superbly backlit bar. The bar is the star of the first floor – or the corner table with a velvet bench for three is the star, or the golden votive holder with precisely geometric laser cut-outs is the star, or the very many kinds of unique barware and stemware are the star.

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The battle over Brook Run Theater BY DYANA BAGBY

cause of the millions it would take to fix it up.”

Brook Run Park was packed on a recent warm Sunday afternoon as Steve and Anita Drange walked past the dilapidated theater building, hidden behind shade trees with “Keep Out” signs posted on the welded shut doors. “It is a bit rundown,” Steve Drange said over sounds of teens riding skateboards at the nearby skate park. “At one time there were buildings all through these woods. It was a hospital. This is the last one standing.” Those buildings Drange recalls included dormitories, an administration building and the theater, and were the part of the Georgia Retardation Center, a facility that operated from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Due to asbestos lining the interiors, neglect, and wear and tear, the buildings were torn SARAH SLOAN down in the years following the center’s closure. The theater building has so far been spared the wrecking ball. Now efforts to save the Brook Run Theater have led to heated debate in Dunwoody among city officials and residents. Some want the city to help foot the bill to renovate and repair what they say is a historic building that could be converted to a local, modern theater and community gathering spot. Others say the building is too far gone and no taxpayer money should be used to save it. “I suspect it would be a tough battle to fight because of how old the building is,” Drange said. He and his wife, who live just a couple of miles from the park, said they support the idea of refurbishing the building and love the idea of a community theater located in the park “It’s community development. It’s a nice setting,” he said. “We like theater. We’re regular theatergoers. It would employ local actors and actresses,” she said. “This is a nice area. The development in the area has been great. I don’t know why there is such a controversy. I guess be-

Battle over funding

Costs associated with what to do with the theater building vary, depending on whom you ask. The Brook Run Conservancy, which backs renovation of the theater, in January sent the Dunwoody City Council a feasibility study it had done to determine costs of renovating the building. That study estimates rehabilitating and equipping the theater would cost, on the low end, about $7.5 million, and on the high end, approximately $18 million. Headed up by former councilman Danny Ross, the conservancy is seeking a partnership with the city to take on the theater renovation. The conservancy’s study also states the renovation would cost significantly less than constructing a new theater, a price tag it puts at nearly $25 million, not including parking and the purchase of land. Dunwoody City Engineer Kevin McComber told the council last year it would cost close to $7 million to renovate the theater. He also did not recommend renovation, saying the facility needed to be completely gutted. At Mayor Denis Shortal’s first town hall meeting on Jan. 21, there was only brief mention of the theater during the public comment period. One resident told Shortal no tax money should go to saving the building, arguing tax funds should go toward athletic fields. But Sarah Sloan, who has lived in Dunwoody nearly 30 years, said after the town hall meeting she supports the idea of a small, intimate community theater for Dunwoody. “It’s great to talk about athletics, but you also need music, art — you have to have a soul for a community,” she said. “I don’t want a Verizon theater. I want a small, intimate citywide theater for a small city.” Councilman Terry Nall has been vocal about his opposition

It’s great to talk about athle�ics, but you also need music, art — you have to have a soul for a community. I don’t want a Verizon theater. I want a small, in�imate citywide theater for a small city.


Above and below, one building is all that is left of the Georgia Retardation Center, which operated in Brook Run Park from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Turning the building into a community theater space has become a hotly debated topic.

to Brook Run Theater. “Brook Run Park is the wrong location for such use,” he said this month. “The theater use during daylight … evenings and every weekend day would conflict with the other current, active uses of the park.” Nall also opposes any idea of putting City Hall in Brook Run Park. “If a larger theater and town hall meeting space were constructed in Dunwoody, I believe it is better suited near a future City Hall, where shared-use parking is not in conflict.” Councilwoman Pam Tallmadge said she is studying available documents on the proposal of Brook Run Theater while Councilman John Heneghan and Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch have questioned locating a community theater or performing arts center in the park; both also have expressed concerns. Heneghan said this month he wants to wait for the results of a public survey to be going out to residents soon on the city’s parks plan before he makes any

final decision of whether or not to support the proposed project. An attempt to reach Shortal by email for his thoughts on the theater were not successful. Last year, as a councilman, he was the only member who appeared to support the idea, going head-to-head with former Mayor Mike Davis who strongly opposed the plan.

It is a bit rundown. At one �ime there were buildings all through these woods. It was a hospital. This is the last one standing. STEVE DRANGE

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From police reports dated Jan. 15 through Jan. 26 The following informa�ion was pulled from Brookhaven Police-2-Ci�izen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

 1800 block of Corporate Boulevard —

 3300 block of Buford Highway — On

 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On

On Jan. 18, arrest for DUI.

Jan. 24, arrest for standards for brake lights and signal lights.

Jan. 25, arrest for wanted person located.

 4000 block of Peachtree Road/Dres-

den Drive — On Jan. 18, arrest for pedestrian right of way in crosswalks.

 3100 block of Buford Highway — On


 3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

 3100 block of Buford Highway — On

 3500 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 18, arrest for obstruction and interference.

Jan. 24, arrest for no driver’s license.

Jan. 15, an arrest for transactions of drug-related paraphernalia, obstruction and interference.  3200 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 14, arrest for DUI.  3200 block of Bu-

ford Highway — On Jan. 16, two arrests of individuals for DUI.  2900 block of Bu-

ford Highway — On Jan. 16, arrest for public intoxication and public consumption.  At

North Druid Hills/I-85 — On Jan. 16, arrest for soliciting or begging on county/ city property.

 1700 block of Dun-

woody Place — On Jan. 17, arrest for public intoxication and public consumption.  1900 block of N. Druid Hills Road —

On Jan. 17, arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon.  North Cliff Valley Way/Buford High-

way — On Jan. 17, arrest for failure to obey traffic-control devices.  1300 block of Dresden Drive — On Jan.

On Jan. 19, arrest for no insurance.  4500 block of Peachtree Road/Ashford

 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On

Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 19, arrest for no insurance.

Jan. 24, arrest for no insurance.

2400 block of Briarcliff Road — On Jan. 19, arrest for theft by deception.

100 block of White Rock Drive — On Jan. 20, arrest for terroristic threats and acts.

2600 block of Buford Highway — On Jan. 20, arrest for failure to appear.

 2600 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 21, arrest for failure to appear.  North Druid Hills Road/85 North —

On Jan. 21, arrest for following too closely.  4000 block of Gables Drive — On Jan.

21, arrest for possession of marijuana in an amount of less than an ounce.

 2000 block of Johnson Ferry Road —

 1900 block of North Druid Hills — On

Jan. 21, arrest for DUI. On Jan. 21, arrest for no insurance.  3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 22, arrest for DUI.  2800 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 22, arrest for no driver’s license.

Jan. 17, arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon.

 3500 block of Buford Highway — On

 North Cliff Valley Way/Buford High-

 3300 block of Buford Highway — On

way — On Jan. 17, arrest for failure to obey traffic control devices.

Jan. 22, arrest for wanted person located.

 1300 block of Dresden Drive — On Jan.

17, arrest for city ordinance violation.

Jan. 25, arrest for shoplifting. — On Jan. 25, arrest for no driver’s license.  3500 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 26, arrest for DUI.  3000 block of Hillview Avenue — On

 3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 25, arrest for marijuana possession.

Jan. 26, arrest for suspended/revoked drivers license.

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Jan. 20, arrest for no driver’s license.

 1700 block of Dunwoody Place — On

Hills Road — On Jan. 17, arrest for suspended/revoked license.

 2900 block of Buford Highway — On

 1700 block of Briarwood Road — On

 1000 block of Mendell Circle — On

 Northeast Expressway/North Druid

Jan. 25, arrest for failure to appear.

 2300 block of North Druid Hills Road

 3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 24, arrest for standards for brake lights and signal lights.

 2300 block of Johnson Ferry Road —

17, arrest for public intoxication and public consumption. Jan. 17, arrest for public intoxication and public consumption.

Jan. 24, arrest for marijuana possession.

 3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

Jan. 22, arrest for wanted person located.

 North Druid Hills Road/West Druid

Hills Road — On Jan. 23, arrest for DUI.  3100 block of Buford Highway — On

 2700 block of Buford Highway/Dunex

Jan. 24, arrest for marijuana possession.

Hill Lane — On Jan. 18, arrest for reckless driving.

 3100 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 24, arrest for no driver’s license.

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