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Perimeter Business ► Experts say many Perimeter Center towers won’t happen PAGE 4

► A law change could mean ‘cooler’ restaurants PAGE 5


Confronting growth all around, Peachtree Hills remains a comfortable ‘front porch community’ BY JOE EARLE

Andrew Fenlon has seen a lot of changes in his Peachtree Hills neighborhood over the last 35 years. He believes progress is a good thing if done responsibly, and says his area’s residents have been successful in dealing with new development because they’ve been willing to talk to developers. Read story at right and see additional photos on pages 14-15.►

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Andrew Fenlon can sit on his front porch and count off the changes he’s seen on his block through the years. When he moved onto Peachtree Hills Avenue decades ago, “most of these houses were split up [into apartments]. It was very transient,” he said. “Now there’s a resurgence of families coming into the neighborhood.” Changes keep coming. About two years ago, Ann Stacy, a scenic artist who works in films, bought a house across the street, a triplex, moved in and started fixing it up. Just a couple of doors down the hill, Dave and Barbara Mason, who’d decided to leave the suburbs for the city, moved in and added a second story onto their house. Owners of Fenlon’s home have See PEACHTREE on page 14

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Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood says the city is in violation of the Clean Water Act after recent flooding on Peachtree Creek sent sewage flowing into the playground and other areas of Atlanta Memorial Park in Buckhead. Norwood updated the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods at its Feb. 11 meeting on the flooding issues at the park, which have been an ongoing source of frustration for those who live in the neighborhood. Norwood said she presented a resolution to the city’s Utilities Committee to fix the problem with a 90-day timeline for Watershed Management to come up with a plan. However, the solution might not be cheap. Norwood said she believes a new wastewater diversion tunnel similar to the one built at Nancy Creek might be necessary to fix the sewage problems at Atlanta Memorial Park. The Nancy Creek Tunnel project cost $180 million. Norwood said the Liddell Drive Equalization Facility, opened in 2014 to help ease sewer overflows on Peachtree Creek, was not working as expected. Atlanta Memorial Park isn’t the only location where there have been issues with sewage. Norwood said there were 46 sewer overflows in the city in 2015. She accused the city and Watershed Management of “getting clever” with language on how it defines sewer overflows so that it appears the city is not in violation of federal laws under the Clean Water Act. Norwood said the city also didn’t post proper signage warning residents about the sewage contamination in the park and that children were seen walking in E. coli infested water to get to the playground. Chattahoochee Riverkeepr Jason Ulseth said he believes there is confusion about JASON ULSETH what is happening at Atlanta Memorial CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVERKEEPER Park and offered explanations and solutions to fixing the problem. Ulseth said Atlanta utilizes two types of sewer systems: combined and separated. In a combined system, rainfall and sewage are intentionally combined for treatment, while a separated sanitary system is a pipe network that only carries waste. He said the spills in Atlanta Memorial Park are being caused by a separated system. “A sewer line runs through Atlanta Memorial Park and is transported to the R.M. Clayton facility for treatment and discharge,” Ulseth explained. Ulseth said manholes that lead down to the sewer line are in a floodplain at the park and whenever Peachtree Creek floods, water over tops the manholes and inundates the line, taking out its capacity. That results in a sewage spill, Ulseth said. “The quickest solution is to raise the elevation of the manholes above Peachtree Creek’s flood stage,” Ulseth said. “The city will have to do a study to see how water is getting into the sewer line in other ways. It could be cracks caused by tree roots or some other opening that needs to be repaired.”


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A lecture and tour highlighting “Modern Buckhead”– the buildings that rose along Peachtree Street in the 1940s to 1990s – is scheduled for Fri., Feb. 26 at the Atlanta Masonic Center. Co-sponsored by the Buckhead Heritage Society and the Atlanta Regional Commission, the event focuses on more than 25 notable buildings between Brookwood and Lenox Square. The mid-20th century period is also when Buckhead became part of the city of Atlanta in a 1952 annexation. The free lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Center auditorium, 1690 Peachtree Road. The bus tour of the area starts at 11:30 a.m., costs $15 and is limited to 30 participants. For more information, contact Allison Duncan at 404-463-3284 or, or visit the Buckhead Heritage Society website.

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Many proposed Perimeter Center towers may not happen, experts say Millions of square feet The following are the estimated square footage for some large office towers either proposed or underway. 1117 Perimeter Center West:

1.5 million

4004 Perimeter Summit Parkway:


Abernathy 400:


Dunwoody Crown Towers:

1.1 million High Street:

1 million NorthPlace:

370,000 State Farm:

2 million Sources: various project developers


The sudden burst of skyscraper plans in Perimeter Center—10 new towers proposed in addition to several already in construction or approved in rezonings— has sparked questions for local residents and businesses: How will they impact traffic? Will they change the character of local cities? But some experts say that many of those towers won’t do anything because they will never exist anywhere except on paper. The actual demand for Perimeter Center office space is far lower than the 10 million square feet or more proposed in all the grand plans, they say. “Some of it’s not going to happen,” said Lee Sobel of the Washington, D.C.-based real estate consulting firm RCLCO, raising the issue at the Sandy Springs City Council’s annual retreat in January. Sobel’s firm is part of the team creating Sandy Springs’ new zoning code and land-use plan, a process triggered partly by the City Council’s concerns with the recent flood of megaprojects. Sobel projects the demand over the next 20 years for new office space in the Sandy Springs side of Perimeter Center at about 2.8 million square feet. But developers are already building or proposing around 10 million square feet, said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. It’s a similar

A rendering of the proposed Dunwoody Crown Towers project, slated for the old Gold Kist site off Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

story in Dunwoody, where city data shows 4.5 million square feet of Perimeter Center office space in the pipeline or zoning books—more than two-thirds the amount that exists today. “We’ve got a potential here for a tremendous bubble,” Paul told Sobel at the council retreat. “If we allowed 10 million [or] 5 million square feet to be constructed, you’re saying there’s not demand for that.” Sobel assured the mayor that the city can approve whatever it wants because the market will sort it out and kill many of the tower dreams. A two-decade pro-


jection can change with the market and infrastructure improvements, Sobel acknowledged. But, he emphasized, there’s “absolutely” not enough demand to fill 10 million square feet in more than a dozen skyscrapers.

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Bob Voyles, who’s building one of those new office towers on Perimeter Summit Parkway in Brookhaven, agrees with Sobel. “I think the Sandy Springs [consultant’s] projections are much more in line Continued on page 8

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Q&A Restaurant regulation Why changing a Sandy Springs rent law could mean ‘cooler’ restaurants

Jason Sheetz

Why do unique, indie restaurants flourish in places like Buckhead and Buford Highway? One behind-the-scenes factor is a landlord-tenant deal called “percentage rent,” which lowers the start-up costs for mom-and-pop or chef-owned restaurants. Atlanta, Brookhaven and Dunwoody are among the local cities that allow percentage rent deals, according to Buckhead attorney Kevin Leff, who represents many restaurateurs. But some other cities—including Sandy Springs—prohibit percentage rent deals if the restaurant serves alcohol, Leff says. The concern is that it could allow a felon to profit from a liquor license he or she couldn’t legally obtain by acting as a restaurant landlord. But the Sandy Springs City Council is now considering changing the law. Councilman Gabriel Sterling said at a recent council meeting that, as restau-

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rant rents rise to $30 or $35 per square foot, “cooler” local restaurants are priced out and only major chain franchises can afford to start up. The council learned of the percentagerent problem from local restaurant-owner Jason Sheetz, who ran into it while opening his new business, Under the Cork Tree. Sheetz, along with Chef William Sigley, also runs Sandy Springs’ Hammocks Trading Company restaurant, and he is an active member of the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, a local trade association. Reporter Newspapers asked Sheetz to explain how percentage rent works and why it matters to local restaurant customers. Q: What is “percentage rent” in comparison to regular rent? A: A landlord and a tenant may enter Continued on page 9

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But Charlie Brown, the developer proposing Dunwoody Crown Towers off Ashford-Dunwoody Road, said he isn’t concerned. “We’re in a very dynamic area. Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs really don’t cause me any problem,” Brown said. “The amount of office space need is finite, there’s no doubt about it. However, if we put the best product on the market in the best place, I don’t see any problem.” There’s no question that the metro Atlanta office market is booming and a big driver in local tower plans, even though most include mixed uses. Local office vacancy rates are under 10 percent, Voyles said, and Cox Communications’ new Dunwoody tower was the biggest metro At-

adding that Seven Oaks avoids that tactic. “They’re either trying to do the shock-andawe—come in [for review] and expect to get less. Or they’re trying to increase the value of the land to flip out of it…[and] sell it because it’s got more density [approved] on it, which is an old game they used to play in Atlanta.” A final possible motive behind the skyscraper plans, Voyles said: “This is really what [the developers] want to do.” Charlie Brown said he’s sure he’ll be the developer whose plan works out. “If we keep the pot boiling, I’ll get my cup of my soup, and this area is particularly easy to keep the pot boiling,” Brown said. “This area has good people, good government and good transportation, and that is hard to beat.” --Dyana Bagby contributed to this story.

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Attracting ‘cooler’ restaurants Continued from page 5 into a lease with a percentage rent clause. It can be structured a number of different ways, but typically means that after the tenant reaches an agreed-upon dollar amount in revenue (“base revenue”), a percentage of the surplus revenue is shared with the landlord. For example, let’s say that percentage rent is 10 percent after a $20,000 base revenue has been achieved. If the actual revenue is $40,000, the tenant will pay an extra $2,000 in rent. This is, in most cases, in addition to a base rent. Q: What is the benefit to restaurant owners of using a percentage rent structure? A: For any business, using percentage rent allows for the up-front cost or guaranteed cost to be lower. The landlord is essentially taking on more risk in the short term by taking lower rent while the business gets its footing. As a tenant, the guaranteed base rent would be lower at first while the business is getting developed and higher when the business is more established. Q: How does the city of Sandy Springs restrict percentage rent? What problems does that cause? A: The guidelines for applying for a liquor license in Sandy Springs include a section that does not allow for percentage rent to include the sales of alcohol. The rea-

son behind this is to ensure that all owners of a liquor license go through the proper background checks. The definitions of percentage rent and profit-sharing (as a business owner might be entitled to) are very similar. The way the guidelines are written, the city manager may approve an application for a liquor license that includes a percentage rent clause, but that application may be delayed due to the process of review and scheduling of the necessary meetings. This requirement may delay the business from opening, or discourage a business choosing the location based on lesser requirements from another jurisdiction. Q: If the law was changed, how would it benefit restaurant owners and customers? Could it change the types of restaurants in the area? A: Percentage rent is a way for small and local chefs and restaurateurs to start their business with less capital needed upfront. With the way rents are increasing, the variety of restaurants may be limited to larger corporate and chain restaurants who can afford those rents from the beginning of the lease. Changing the law would create and foster the notion that Sandy Springs wants to attract these smaller, independent, chef-driven restaurants.

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“Location, location, location. This is a fantastic location. We want to put something here that creates value for this community, not only for us.” Veteran Realtor Charlie Brown on plans for building two residential towers, two 24-�loor o�fice buildings, a 28-story hotel, a conference center and a small retail center in a project called Dunwoody Crown Towers.

“My concern is we make this mandate and the market is not there and the units will be empty. We are trying to dictate what the market is.” Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall on the city’s e�forts to require a developer to include master bedrooms on the main �loor of proposed townhomes.

“Even though you stop one, here comes another.” Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard, on massage parlors that are able to continue operating by changing owners a�ter police crackdowns.


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Historic house demolition underscores lack of protections BY JOHN RUCH

The recent demolition of a Tuxedo Road mansion drew attention because its architect was Philip Trammell Shutze, the designer of the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House and other prominent local buildings. Yet, even some outraged preservationists were unaware before the demolition that the house was a Shutze design, because no one has compiled a full list of houses he designed. And unlike in many other cities across the state and nation, Atlanta has no general process for reviewing demolitions of potentially historic homes or offering preservation incentives. “The crux of the issue is that we do not have a very progressive public policy…There is no planning process that protects a building like that,” said Mark McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. “It’s a real failure on the part of the Atlanta preservation movement and a failure of the city of Atlanta.” Born in Columbus, Ga., Shutze became a prominent architect and worked on many houses and institutional buildings in a life that spanned 1890 to 1982, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. The most prominent is the 1928 Swan House, where an actor dressed as the architect interacts with History Center visitors. At least several other Shutze houses still stand in Buckhead, including large mansions on West Paces Ferry Road and the massive Calhoun House on Pinestream Road. The 1938 home at 3665 Tuxedo— known as the Maddox House—was demolished in early February by Dallas Clement, its new owner. Clement did not respond to a phone call, but McDonald said he talked extensively with the Georgia Trust and even visited another Shutze home—the Patterson-Carr House on Northside Drive—to consider preservation before going ahead with the demolition. “It’s a very disappointing loss for our community because it was a Shutze work, and Shutze was one of the primary formgivers to the cultural landscape here in Buckhead,” said Erica Danylchak, executive director of the Buckhead Heritage Society. Yet, she said she was unaware of the house until the demolition controversy. Michael Rose, executive vice president at the History Center, said Shutze is important because he brought a European style to “Anglophile” Atlanta architecture, often in grand houses that made a statement about their owners’ achievements. Shutze also was known for his “incredible attention to detail” that united both exterior and interior design, Rose said. “Any loss diminishes the whole,” Rose said of the loss of the Maddox House. But, BH


The 1932 Goodrum House at 320 West Paces Ferry Road.

he added, “I was not that familiar with this particular house.” William Mitchell Jr., chairman and president of the Southern Architecture Foundation, said he knew Shutze personally and said there’s a reason for the lack of a list of Shutze houses. Shutze did a lot of work with a firm headed by another renowned Atlanta architect, J. Neel Reid. Untangling their teamwork can be difficult, he said. “He did think that if he had anything to do with a project, he was the designer. But

The 1936 Thornton House is on the same street, at 205 West Paces Ferry Road.

those firms—everybody contributed, really,” Mitchell said. If someone did compile a Shutze house inventory, “It’d be a long list,” he said. McDonald said Clement deserves credit for talking extensively with preservationists. But in Atlanta, there were few incentives to offer Clement beyond advice on federal and state tax credits. A zoning provision to allow a bigger infill house in exchange for preserving part of a historic structure would be one good reform, McDonald said.


Atlanta does have the power to design historic districts with tight redevelopment restrictions, but residents of Peachtree Heights West batted that idea down a few years ago, Danylchak said. She said that she’s unaware of any other Shutze houses that are threatened, but that the infill trend is endangering many historic homes. “We’re going to turn around in 20 years and go, ‘What happened to our really grand neighborhoods?’” she said.

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offer. Sauer and Barger are inspecting all the “high-hazard” local dams in their current review cycle and the full reports On the steep, will take one to two months. The same Editor’s note: This is grassy slope of day, they also looked at two dams in the one of a series of arPowers Lake dam midst of long repair processes: Tera Lake ticles Reporter Newsin Sandy Springs, papers is publishing dam in Sandy Springs and the Lake ForBobby Sauer about dams in our rest dam on the Buckhead-Sandy Springs communities. PreJr. bent down border. vious installments and patted the At Powers Lake, located off Powers have looked at the loground. He was Lake Drive, the inspectors had a big asset: cation and condifeeling for any tion of the 11 local Donald Dutson Jr., who has overseen the damp spots, the “high-hazard” dams dam’s maintenance on behalf of the loand the cost of mainwarning signs of cal homeowners association for 30 years. taining these dams. major leaks that “Less than half the dams have someone could spell disaslike that,” Sauer said. At many dams—inter for people downstream. He held up a cluding Tera Lake and Lake Forrest—the dry palm. state struggles to identify an owner of reSauer is an inspector for the state’s cord to put on the hook for maintenance. Safe Dams Program, Dutson knows the agency that catethe importance of gorizes Powers Lake dam maintenance and 10 other local first-hand. He said dams as “high-hazhe was camping upard,” meaning that stream from a Tocif they failed, the coa, Ga., dam when flood likely would it failed in 1978 and kill people. No highkilled 39 people. That hazard dam in Geordisaster led to the gia has failed since creation of the Safe BOBBY SAUER JR. the 1990s, and Safe Dams Program. The INSPECTOR FOR STATE SAFE Dams aims to keep it biggest issue at PowDAMS PROGRAM that way, though reers Lake was 25 years sources are slim. ago, when an inspecThere are 474 tor did find some high-hazard dams of those wet spots, in Georgia—many of them privately which led to $30,000 in repairs. owned—and Sauer is one of only 11 staff Nothing like that turned up this time. engineers the Safe Dams Program has to Clad in a Georgia Tech ball cap, an Atinspect them all. The Feb. 11 visit from lanta Falcons “Dirty Bird” sweatshirt Sauer and fellow inspector Skylar Barger and camouflage pants, Sauer clambered was the first time Powers Lake has been into streambeds to snap photos and take inspected in three years. notes on a clipboard. His and Barger’s “It looks pretty good,” Sauer said—the only concerns were a couple of possible only preview of his final report he would animal burrows to fill in, some brush to

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cut back, and a drainpipe opening that needed some digging out. Tera Lake and Lake Forrest are different stories. In 2013, Safe Dams ordered the partial drainage of Tera Lake, off Burdette Road, after finding an “instability” in the dam. A long-term fix has yet to happen. Sauer said the Feb. 11 inspection found JOHN RUCH that Tera Lake remained From left, Philip Walker, Bobby Sauer Jr., Skylar Barger and low after recent heavy Knut Hauer inspect Powers Lake dam in Sandy Springs. rains. The Lake Forrest dam, which runs under the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive, has become a notorious dilemma. The lake is owned by a homeowners association, while the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs have agreed to share responsibility—and costs—for dam repairs. Officials from both cities showed up to join the Feb. 11 inspection. Safe Dams says the many mature trees on the dam must be removed, and wants the dam examined for possible internal weakening. But nearly a year after work began, the lake is only partially drained and an inspection by a private engineering firm is still pending. A few trees have been partially removed, mostly to insert a boat to remove fish during the lake-lowering. Sauer didn’t know the latest details of the work and had lots of questions about what he saw. “Is that log supposed to be here? Is it serving a purpose?” he asked about a hunk of wood floating near the mouth of the dam’s drainpipe. The log was debris that had floated in, said Philip Walker, Sandy Springs’ stormwater project coordinator. Pieces of the pipe, which had been severed to lower the lake’s level, remained in the water as well. “At least it’s better than it was before,” Sauer said of Lake Forrest, but added that the state is still awaiting the cities’ repair strategy. “We don’t have true plans given to our office about what will happen.”

On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories breaking in neighboring communities that may be of interest to Buckhead residents. In Sandy Springs, construction costs for the City Springs city center project have been set in stone at a maximum of $180,057,353 in a deal approved by the Sandy Springs City Council. A crowd of about 45 people showed up before the council meeting Feb. 16 to see the latest designs of the project’s performing arts center and open spaces. The images included a smaller “studio theater” that will double as the future City Council chamber. “The space is clean and modern in its depiction, as opposed to a traditional government center look,” said project architect George Bushey. The $180 million figure is the total construction price to be paid to Holder Construction. The city has budgeted nearly $223 million for the project, including some reserves as well as some tax money the city is seeking state permission to use in upgrading the design. Also in Sandy Springs, miniature sprinklers or automatic fire extinguishers in the kitchens of older apartments could greatly reduce the number of dangerous blazes, according to Fire Rescue Chief Keith Sanders. Sanders proposed an ordinance change

to require such safety features in discussion at the Sandy Springs City Council retreat Jan. 26 at Lost Corner, a new city park. “This is a real focus point that needs some attention,” City Manager John McDonough said after the chief ran through some worrisome fire stats. Sandy Springs firefighters have battled 38 fires in multifamily complexes in the previous 11 months, Sanders said. Of those blazes, 42 percent began in the unit’s cooking area. In the past nine years, there have been 420 multifamily fires in the city, with 174 starting in the kitchen area. In Dunwoody, a conference center and/or performing arts center could be in the works at the proposed Dunwoody Crown Towers development. The idea was hinted at during the Feb. 15 Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting when veteran Realtor Charlie Brown and zoning attorney Doug Dillard presented a plan for development that includes two 24-floor office buildings, a 28-story hotel and a small retail center. Rob Svedberg of Tvsdesign, an Atlantabased architecture firm also working on the project, gave a brief slide-show presentation to DHA members and noted briefly that a conference center could be in the works. © 2016 The Joint Corp.

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WHERE YOU LIVE Peachtree Hills remains a ‘front porch community’ Continued from page 1 been able to watch change come to Peachtree Hills since even before there officially was a Peachtree Hills. Fenlon, who’s 54, says he’s lived at 60 Peachtree Hills Avenue for 35 years himself. Back in the 1980s, he rented the place with some buddies. He ended up buying it, remodeling it and staying put. Fenlon believes his house was built sometime about 1910, in the days of gas lights and steam heat. He’s posted a medallion to his mailbox saying so. Many of the houses around him date to the 1920s or later, and Fenlon’s Craftsmanstyle home shows up as the only structure on the street in some of the earliest images of the neighborhood. “It was here as they were selling the lots,” he said. Like Fenlon’s home, Peachtree Hills seems to have settled comfortably into its surroundings. Originally it was one of a string of suburban developments built along the streetcar line that rolled past on Peachtree. Now it’s a city neighborhood with a mixture of house styles and local shops within walking dis-

Andrew Fenlon’s home shows up at the top of the hill in an early postcard from Peachtree Hills, shown at left above. A reprint of an early sales flier shows lots were offered for $500.

Lindbergh Avenue on the north. Cars bounce over speed humps and past other “traffic calming” constructions built into the streets, yet the neighborhood remains, as Barbara Mason described it, a “front porch community.” It’s the kind of place where, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, joggers trot past as couples push baby carriages down the sidewalk. Houses fly flags for universities – Georgia here, Georgia Tech there, even Alabama. Dave Mason says he can’t wait to add his Auburn flag to the mix next fall. “This is a neighborhood where it seems like everybody owns a dog,” said resident Frank McCord, a 76-year-old mostly retired teacher who’s lived in Peachtree Hills a half century, grows dahlias in his backyard and shares his home with a dog named Plato. Elena and Nick Balmes, out for a walk on Peachtree Hills Avenue one recent Sunday afternoon and pushing a stroller containing their 9-month-old son, William, see their neighborhood as a friendly place. “One of the things we like most about being here is everybody Kathleen Moriarity, who has been involved seems to be outdoors,” Elein zoning battles through the years, says, “We na Balmes said. “It’s very have to fight to protect our boundaries.” friendly. You can talk to just about anybody... It’s like a little village.” tance. High-rise buildings tower near One reason it’s stayed that way, resthe 650-or-so-home community that idents say, is because Peachtree Hills stretches from Peachtree Road nearhomeowners have repeatedly fought ly to Piedmont Avenue and touches the threats the city poses.

Kathleen Moriarity, who moved onto Roanoke Avenue in 1985, not long after she moved south from New England, says they have no choice. “Look at us. We’re in the doughnut hole,” she said. “We have highrises on Peachtree and highrises on Piedmont. We have to fight to protect our boundaries.” They have fought hard, said Moriarity, a former zoning committee chair for the Peachtree Hills Civic Association who was active in many of the recent battles. At one point, the neighborhood assembled two busloads of homeowners to attend a zoning meeting to protest a decision. Most recently, neighborhood representatives negotiated with developers to win changes to a proposed apartment tower on Peachtree on the edge of the neighborhood. During negotiations, the developers agreed to reduce the number of stories in the building and to redesign it, Moriarity said. In return, a civic association email survey showed that 80 percent of the respondents backed the new plan for the building. That helped it win approval during a recent meeting of

the Neighborhood Planning Unit that makes recommendations to the city on zoning changes in the area. Fenlon says Peachtree Hills residents have been successful in dealing with new development because they’ve been willing to talk to developers. “I think progress is a good thing as long as it’s done responsibly. This is a desirable area and it’s going to grow. There’s no way to stop the growth,” he said. “My sense is the neighborhood is sensible about keeping developers from ruining the sense of the neighborhood while allowing progress to continue.” Despite the changes, Fenlon says Peachtree Hills keeps “the old neighborhood feel. All the houses don’t look the same. You’re not stuck back in some subdivision where you have to drive everywhere.” That’s part of what attracted the Masons to Peachtree Hills. They sold their home in a swim-tennis community in Roswell to move into the city. They lived in a carriage house in the backyard of their new home in Peachtree Hills while they renovated and expanded the house. Now they’re settling in.


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R O B B E RY  1200 block of Mackintosh Park NW --

A woman told police her ex-boyfriend forced his way into her home, pushed her down, and stole her LG Optimus phone.  2400 block of Defoors Ferry Road NW

– A woman was waiting for the school bus when a silver Jeep approached. A man exited the vehicle and snatched her cellphone and pushed her. He then jumped back into the vehicle and sped off north on Defoors Ferry.  1800 block of Howell Mill Road NW

– A man reported that while unloading a delivery from his semi-truck he left the rear doors unlocked and went inside the business. When he came back out a male was seen leaving the truck carrying 40 cartons of cigarettes. The truck driver said he attempted to confront the male and that the suspect said, “Don’t run up on me unless you want to get shot.” Surveillance footage captured the suspect’s vehicle showing it to be a Ford, Chevrolet or GMC SUV occupied by three males.  400 block of Northside Circle NW –

A man was stopped by three men driving a black four-door sedan with a Georgia tag. The men exited the vehicle and pointed a silver pistol at him and said, “Give it up, boy,” with a thick Southern accent. The victim’s silver iPhone 6 and $68 cash were taken from him.  3500 block of Peachtree Road NE –

A man reported another man exited the passenger side of a black GMC Yu-

kon parked nearby in the parking lot of Phipps Plaza, approached him and pointed a black pistol at him. The man said the gunman pointed the pistol at his chest and told him to, “Drop the keys.” The suspect then drove off in the victim’s vehicle followed by the Yukon.  3000

block of Peachtree Road NE – A man who said he had a gun entered a Bank of America and passed a deposit slip to the teller stating, “This is a hold up. $20,000 now. I have a gun. No sudden moves.” The teller gave the suspect $577.40 from the drawer and attempted to put a money tracker in with the cash, but suspect recognized this and refused. Surveillance footage and photographs obtained.

 2500 block of Piedmont Road NE –

A man said he was walking across the Home Depot parking lot when he was jumped by two men who took his wallet, cash and cellphone. The victim fought back and had visible injuries to his face and head. Surveillance cameras were observed in the area.

R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY  1400 block of W. Paces Ferry Road NW

– A deadbolt was tampered with. No items were missing from the apartment.  4400 block of Paran Pl. NW -- A garage

door was reported damaged. Sterling silver and other precious metal items were taken in laundry hampers, which were also missing from the property, along

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with laptop computers and cameras. Latent fingerprints were recovered and turned in for processing.  2100 block of Bolton Rd. NW – A Mac-

Book Pro was reported missing from both the living room and the bedroom of an apartment. 

700 block of Peachtree Battle Ave. NW – The door to a house’s basement was forced open. The door had visible pry marks. Watches, TVs, laptop computers and sewing machines were missing from the location.

8100 block of Brookwood Valley Circle NE — A rear glass door of an apartment was shattered and $1,000 in cash and clothing taken. 

 1100 block of Peachtree Park Drive NE

– An apartment resident said a silver MacBook Air and charger were stolen from her apartment. She observed a screen torn off her window and said the window had been left unlocked.

ported a MacBook Pro, iPad and prescription medication were taken.  1400 block of High Point Pl. NE – A

woman fell asleep on the couch in her house while her husband went to pick up dinner. While she was asleep, a man entered the house through an unlocked side door and took two key fobs to Infiniti vehicles, credit cards, an iPhone, MacBook and a stack of checkbooks.  1600 block of N. Rock Springs Rd. NE

– A man entered a residence through an unlocked back door and took credit cards, a purse, hoverboard and Blackberry.

CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY  2200 block of Marietta Blvd. – The

front door glass at a business was smashed in with a rock and a TV was taken from location.  3200 block of Roswell Rd. – The side

window of a business was smashed in with a rock and an audible alarm activated. Several items of silver were taken. 

 2000 block of Peachtree

Road NE – A woman reported while she and her boyfriend were out someone stole a flat screen TV from their apartment. Their door was left unlocked.

 2700 block of Lenox Rd. – A suspect entered the patio area of restaurant by unzipping a protective screen and removed TVs with a tool.

 3800 block of N. Stratford Road NE –

Trane air conditioners reported taken from a house under construction.  800 block of Stovall Blvd. NE – The

back door of a house being renovated was kicked in and a refrigerator and several miscellaneous tools were taken from the property. The rear door was removed from the hinges in order to take refrigerator.  2000 block of Piedmont Rd. NE – A

Gucci purse with a passport was taken from an apartment.

 2500 block of Chantilly Dr. NE – A lock

was damaged at a storage business and a storage unit was broken into by bending a lock. A printer, shoes and golf clubs were taken.  15700 block of Monroe Dr. – The rear

door of a restaurant was kicked in and $3,000 in cash was taken from the safe.  15400 block of Piedmont Ave. NE – The

front glass door of a shoe repair business was shattered by a rock and 10-12 Coach and other high-end bags left at the business for repair were taken.

 400 block of Armour Dr. NE – The

back door of an apartment was pried open with a crowbar. The woman sleeping in the apartment woke up and found a man in her living room attempting to take her TV. The man fled the scene and fingerprints were collected.  1800 block of Rockridge Pl. NE – The

front door of a house was kicked in and the resident re-

3100 block of Peachtree Rd. – The door of a furniture business was discovered open with no signs of force. $1,000 cash and several credit cards were taken.

THEFTS/LARCENIES  There were 42 larcenies from vehicles

and 34 other larcenies reported.

AU TO T H E F T  There were 10 vehicles reported sto-




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Community Briefs PERIMETER CITIES TO TEAM ON ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN The three Perimeter Center cities will team on a study of alternative transportation and a master plan for better connections to local MARTA stations, Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough announced Feb. 16. There were strong hints that will include, among other possibilities, a costbenefit analysis of monorails, which have been hot topics in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. In the planning effort for trafficchoked Perimeter Center, the goal is to boost “last-mile connectivity” to MARTA by bicycle, walking or alternative mass transit. Officials in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts have agreed to join Sandy Springs in issuing a request for proposals from consulting firms, McDonough said. The cities will be “working toward a master connectivity plan” that includes improving existing plans for a multiuse trail network as well as a cost-benefit analysis of other “alternative modes of transportation,” McDonough said. “We don’t know what that alternative transportation might be,” he said, but officials want to reserve right of way now. There is no specific timeframe for the study’s budget or issuance of the request for proposals. The goal is for all three cities’ councils to approve a mutual master plan for the area, and possibly include any projects among ones to be financed through a future transportation sales tax, McDonough said.

PATH400’S BUCKHEAD-SANDY SPRINGS LINK PLAN IN THE WORKS Planning for the PATH400 multi-use trail’s missing link between Buckhead and Sandy Springs could begin soon under a grant recently secured by Livable Buckhead. Originally proposed as a 5-mile trail, PATH400 currently runs between Lenox and Old Ivy roads in Buckhead, and has phased extensions north to Loridans Drive either under construction or already planned. Last year, the state Department of Transportation agreed to add another segment of PATH400 to its planned rebuild of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, a segment that would run between the BH

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Glenridge Connector and PeachtreeDunwoody Road in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical district. Those plans left a missing link in PATH400 between Loridans and the Glenridge Connector. But late last year, Livable Buckhead secured an Atlanta Regional Commission grant to design that segment. The grant provides $496,000 in federal matching dollars, according to the city of Sandy Springs, and Livable Buckhead is providing $124,000 in matching funds. At its Feb. 16 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council approved an agreement with Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation to move ahead with that design. Livable Buckhead will continue to lead the year-long design process, as it has on the existing stretch of PATH400, with the city providing support.

MARTA SALES TAX JUMPING LEGISLATIVE RAILS? At roughly the midpoint of the 2016 legislative session, a Dunwoody lawmaker predicts a proposal to direct a half-cent transportation sales tax to MARTA expansion won’t win approval. “It’s started a conversation, but I don’t think it’s going anywhere right now,” Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) told members of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber at the organization’s “Eggs and Issues” breakfast. More than 30 people attended the Feb. 17 breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel in Dunwoody. MARTA officials have proposed that state lawmakers designate for MARTA rail expansion half of the proceeds from a penny sales tax for transportation set to go to the voters in DeKalb, Fulton and Clayton counties for approval. The MARTA portion of the tax would continue for 41 years, officials say, and would pay for extensions of MARTA train lines north along Ga. 400 and into south DeKalb County. Sen. Fran Millar (RDunwoody) said the proposal has convinced some lawmakers that the state government should find a way to help support MARTA because of the transit system’s importance in attracting companies to invest in the metro area. “People in DeKalb and Fulton have been paying for transportation since the inception of MARTA,” Millar said. “If you’re going to have regional transit, it should be paid for regionally and by the state. ... The state needs to get in the game.”

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Here about the poll ture. Nearly two-thirds and local interest. being considered Here are two Page 18 being considered are two and local comments That will mean topics of state Act rejected. in be of the 200 state Legislarespondents said Restoration reactions to the on page 11. ► said the bill should “more accuracy, the bill should law. Read more Religious Freedom on page 11. ► of 200 respondents be rejected. Here more about the poll local comments Page 18 are two accountability, and local comments ture. Nearly two-thirds more about the poll and ” Sanders said, on page 11. ► law. Read adding it will also give reactions to the firefighters hands-on I’m so sick of Georgia edge of where knowlthe city’s hydrants BY DYANA BAGBY case they need looking like backward are in Even having a BY JOE EARLE to find them proposal I’m so sick of Georgia dyanabagby@rep in an emerbufgency. joeearle@reporte orternewspapers.n foons. This is just proposal of a religious freedom et Even having a the city’s 18 looking on Even off But those inspections Page law having law like backward sound legalized discrimina a proposal seems to be a step City officials to are where the The chance to bufdepartment’s 120 people are preparing fire of a religious freedom I’m so sick of Georgia buffoons. This is just of a religious freedom direct control more than to look for a new city manager in the plain and simple. tion, right direction... in the of the crucial parks drew on Jan. 12. safety devices law to replace Marie seems to be a step start looking like backward library branch ends. The 2,910 legalized discrimina to start seems to be a step rett, who held GarDunwoody’s hydrants to room, standon city streets the job since isn’t enough, it’s If that having more considerBrookhaven’s into a meeting are actually owned inception. right direction... foons. This is just tion, bad plain and simple. tion, right direction... in the They packed ideas on a city of Atlanta’s by the the state economica for to voice their ation for religion, to start Department of A national search ing room only, having more considerWatershed legalized discrimina parks plan. isn’t enough, it’s If that Management, having more considerperiod. lly. for a new city city’s five-year which can take If that period. ager was expected bad manrewrite of the months to a bit familmake repairs. A 44-YEAR-OLD A 34-YEAR-OLD to plain and simple.bad for ation for religion, the state economica for ation for religion, the discussion WOMAN WOMAN tails of a separation begin as soon as deSome found WHO LIVES period. lly. WHO LIVES Sanders called between the city WOMAN IN BROOKHAVE isn’t enough, it’s lly. IN SANDY SPRINGS that situation Garrett could iar. A 34-YEAR-OLD N to all these A 44-YEAR-OLD a “challenge,” though be reached. Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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