A good move?
Ofﬁcials debate county’s future COMMENTARY 6
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FEB. 6 — FEB. 19, 2015 • VOL. 9 — NO. 3
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Historic Brookhaven residents wary of proposal for Hastings site BY ANN MARIE QUILL
The signs line the streets of Historic Brookhaven. “Save Our Streets.” “Don’t Rezone Brookhaven’s R 100.” “NO to 87 ft. High Rise Overlooking Capital City Club.” They’re referring to JLB Realty’s desire to rezone property at 3920, 3926 and 3930 Peachtree Road, which includes the old Hastings Nursery site, from commercial and single-family residential for a mixed-use development. Representatives of JLB did not return a call seeking comment. “We’re not against development in general, we’re against an 87-foot high-rise towering over our neighborhood,” nearby Historic Brookhaven resident Gayle Sherlag said. She said the neighborhood has presented its wishes to the developer. Those wishes in-
PHOTOS BY KATE AWTREY
Above, Cross Key High School’s Leonard Hill, left, holds off Marist’s Nick Williams during a game Feb. 2. Top right, Nick Platford, left, listens to Coach Kevin Moore’s instructions. Bottom right, Cross Keys students, top to bottom, left to right, Tony Martinez, Maggie Ramirez, Roselyn Castillo, Juan Bonilla and Eaden Hailemariam show their support during halftime. The Marist “War Eagles’ defeated the Cross Keys “Indians” 51-19.
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Group works to create a vision for neighborhood parks BY ANN MARIE QUILL
“Tell us what you would like to see in this park, if you had the wish list of all wish lists,” Jim Dupree asked a Brookhaven resident one recent morning. He was asking that question, among others, during a set of “visioning” meetings for Ashford, Georgian Hills and Skyland parks. This particular session, taking place in the Ashford Park Community Center, was intended to develop a vision for that small, but well-used park. Gladys Jules, who brings her grandchild to the park, said she liked the idea of it being a park for children. “I do like the toys in this park. I like trees and I like a walking path. I would like to see it meet the needs of everybody in the community.” She said she wouldn’t mind seeing a swing for older adults. Athletic leagues should play elsewhere, she said, but she’d like
to see a designated area for dogs. Resident John Pastore had a diﬀerent vision. He said he’d like to see the park become more inviting to all ages, and suggested moving the toys from the center of the park. PARC of Brookhaven, or the Parks and Recreation Coalition of Brookhaven, held the “visioning” sessions for the three neighborhood parks in District 2. The meetings were held with support by the city of Brookhaven and the Parks & Recreation Department, and were co-sponsored by District 2 Councilman John Park. During the meetings, residents answered questions about what they like and don’t like about their neighborhood parks, as well as what they would like to see in Brookhaven parks overall. SEE GROUP, PAGE 4
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