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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

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Dunwoody Nature Center develops new master plan to manage its continuing growth BY DYANA BAGBY

From left, Boy Scouts Aaron Griffith, 14, and Raza Zaidi, 11, from Troop #477, and David Lord, 13, from Troop #232, earn their “bird study” merit badge while participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Dunwoody Nature Center on Feb. 13. Read related Nature Center story at right and see additional photos on page 15.►

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On a recent crisp, clear day, a few mothers holding binoculars in one hand and a piece of paper in the other strolled Dunwoody Nature Center with their small children in tow as they searched for a place to spot a woodpecker or red-tailed hawk. It was the first day of the national Great Backyard Bird Count and participants were searching for birds in the sky and trees and then writing down what they spotted on a GBBC form. “It’s amazing what natures brings to this 22 acres, with all this suburbia around it,” said Alan Mothner, executive director of the Center. The class instructing people how to contribute to the bird count was packed, Mothner said, just like all the free programs the center offers year round. And it is time for the Dunwoody Nature Center to, ahem, bloom so it can manage its continuing growth. See NATURE on page 15

Crown Towers developer hints project could contain arts or conference center BY DYANA BAGBY

Is that log supposed to be here? Is it serving a purpose? BOBBY SAUER JR. INSPECTOR FOR STATE SAFE DAMS PROGRAM

State inspectors take a look at “high-hazard” dams Page 12

Could a possible conference center and/ or performing arts center 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 See CONFERENCE on page 14

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Some of Dunwoody’s City Council members seem ready to oppose the idea of turning the abandoned theater in Brook Run Park into a brand-new community theater. Brook Run Conservancy, which is pushing for a community theater in city-owned Brook Run Park, is scheduled to make a presentation on the theater to the council at its Feb. 22 meeting. City engineers and planners are also expected to weigh in with their thoughts of what to do with the building that has sat shuttered for more than two decades. “The elephant in the room is Brook Run Theater,” Councilman Terry Nall said during the city’s Feb. 5 retreat at Staybridge Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center. “We’re doing a disservice to the community if we don’t say if there is a consensus or not a consensus. I’m of the opinion there is not a consensus for a theater at the park. We need to move on.” Nall said he believed the theater “was in the wrong location” and that the conservancy should not be presenting its plans to the city. “I don’t believe the conservancy should be making the presentation,” Nall said. “They have no ties to the city, they are a private organization and they have no agreement with the city. We should have our engineer make our presentation. “I think it’s a dangerous precedent to have private group make a presentation to the city for what is essentially going to be a sales pitch,” Nall added. The Brook Run Conservancy 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. “There’s no money to do it unless someone funds it from outside,” said Council-


man Doug Thompson. “I don’t want the issue to fester forever,” he added. “We need to put it to rest. It needs to go through a hearing … but I don’t want it dragging out through summer and fall. Let’s hit it and hit it hard and get it done.” Mayor Denis Shortal said he supports giving $1 million to $1.5 million of the $4 million settlement the city reached with DeKalb County to the Brook Run Conservancy for renovation of the theater. The $4 million settlement was reached last year after a long-standing court battle. It came about after $11.5 million was promised for Brook Run Park to DeKalb County voters in 2005 as part of a $96-million bond package. The county spent $4 million on the park, city officials said. “I’m with everybody else. Let’s solve it,” Shortal said of the ongoing debate. “I envision part of the $4 million going to [Brook Run Conservancy] … and then putting a time limit on it to allow them to get private sources to match the differential.” Council members agreed at the retreat to delay sending out a parks survey to residents until Feb. 28 to allow time for the Brook Run Theater presentation to be heard and included as part of the survey. Some council members seemed worried the theater debate could delay a decision on use of the parks money. “If you’re wanting to throw X million dollars at it from park funds, like $1.5 million, that’s a drop in the bucket and is a smallish fraction of what is needed to renovate that facility,” said Councilman Jim Riticher. “If we go that route we effectively kick the can down the road again.” “Do we want to give these guys more time?” asked Riticher. “They should have been coming up with the money in the past six months …” “Six years,” interjected Thompson. “Where have they been raising the money for the past five or six years? I don’t mind giving them some period of time but I don’t want them to ask for three years.” DUN

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City, townhome developer debate sidewalks and ‘master on main’ BY DYANA BAGBY

the main floor, while the council seemed to be fine with 20 percent.

City Council members and a developer Compromise failed were at odds at the Feb. 8 council meeting Councilman Terry Nall said for the city over a proposed project to build 14 multito demand a certain number of “master unit buildings on two parcels on the east on main” units be built went against a free side of Dunwoody Village and just north of market system. He offered a compromise Mount Vernon Road. by asking the developer to ensure the “masMarian Adeimy, the attorney representter on main” be offered as an option on 20 ing Lynwood Development, and City Counpercent of the units. His efforts at comprocil members debated for more than two mise failed. hours about the development that calls “My concern is we make this mandate for 79 townhomes on the 8.34 acres. Speand the market is not there and the units cifically, there was disagreement about will be empty,” Nall said. “We are trying to constructing units with a certain numdictate what the market is.” ber of master bedrooms on the main floor, Mayor Denis Shortal said the 20 percent known as master on main. mandate should be easy to accommodate. There are currently four 2-story office “The Planning Commission said they buildings on the site. They date to the 1970s wanted it to have 28 units, then staff said and contain several small businesses. 25 percent. Now we’re down to 20 percent The Feb. 8 meeting was the first reading units. That’s 16 units. We have a lot of peoof the proposed development that is seekple here who want these units. That’s not ing to have the property rezoned for resiunrealistic — 16 units for this entire city,” dential development and also to waive the Shortal said. “If you build them, they will Dunwoody Village’s Special Land Use Percome. I’m locked on it.” mit. It requires developers to add six feet of Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said now sidewalk to the existing six feet of sidewalk. was the only time the council would have No vote was taken. A second reading and exto require the developer to include “master pected vote on the project is set for Feb. 22. on main” that she said were being requestDunwoody staff recommended the deed by many senior citizens at public meetveloper be mandated to construct 25 pershe attended. 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1ings 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 cent of the units with master bedrooms on

‘Only bite at the apple’

“This is our only bite at the apple,” she said. “I would rather take a lower percentage and make it mandatory rather than throwing out the mandatory. We are letting people down if we don’t require ‘master on main.’” Adeimy said she understood the council’s concerns, but said it is difficult at this time to determine if there will be high enough demand for “master on main” townhomes. She explained the townhomes are to be for senior, active adults, such as empty nesters, who want to walk to and enjoy the amenities of Dunwoody Village. She said Nall’s option would be the acceptable. Units with “masters on main” are wider units and would have to be built on the ends of buildings or all in one building, Adeimy added. “We need flexibility,” explained Woody Snell, president of Lynwood Development. “What you want to do is build a unit that will sell. We hope to have entire buildings presold before we start building. But don’t force our hand. This is a slippery slope. Let the buyers determine what they want to buy rather than force us.” “I understand what y’all have gone through, but we represent the people,” Shortal said.

Several members from the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and nearby Mount Vernon neighborhoods spoke to council and said they supported the proposed project after many meetings with the developer. There was much discussion also about variances to the existing Special Land Use Permit for Dunwoody Village. The developer is asking, among other things, the required driveway length for the units be 10 feet rather than 20 feet, and to reduce the sidewalk requirement from 12 feet and instead remain at the existing 6 feet. Most council members seemed agreeable to either 8-foot or 10-foot sidewalks, rather than 12-foot ones.

Don’t want a concrete jungle

“We don’t want to build a concrete jungle here,” said Shortal. “A uniform 6-foot sidewalk is more important than sizes changing [entering into different neighborhoods]. This is much more aesthetically pleasing than breaking [sidewalks] up into different sizes.” But Steve Foote, the city’s community development director, argued in a memo that allowing the developer to not add 6 feet of sidewalk would be “short-sighted and adversely impact the development goals for this area.”

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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

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370,000 State Farm:

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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

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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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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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Letter to the Editor To the editor: I write concerning your February 5-18 Dunwoody Reporter article, “The battle over Brook Run’s theater.” My wife and I firmly believe that no city of Dunwoody monies should be spent on renovating this facility. We support and patronize local arts of our choosing, but we believe taxpayers

should not be forced to support arts not of their choosing. If Mr. [Danny] Ross and those of a like mind want to renovate the building, let them raise the money and follow the successful path taken by the Fox Theatre. We question the financial viability of a facility that will cost $18 million to renovate, $0.7 million per year to operate,

and who knows what in on-going maintenance. We see similar failed facilities (and financial albatrosses) in the metro area - the decayed East Point City Auditorium, the Atlanta Civic Center and Fanplex are three that come to mind. We don’t need another one at taxpayer expense in Dunwoody. Christopher Johnston DUN

FEB. 19 - MAR. 3, 2016

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DeKalb school officials announce recommendations for Cross Keys redistricting BY DYANA BAGBY


Rep. Tom Taylor, left, and Sen. Fran Millar told those at a Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber breakfast on Feb. 17 that a half-cent transportation sales tax for MARTA won’t fly.

Local lawmaker predicts MARTA expansion tax will derail BY JOE EARLE

At roughly the midpoint of the 2016 legislative session, a local 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 (R-Dunwoody) 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.” Also, Millar said he had introduced legislation recently to eliminate the DeKalb County CEO position. Similar legislation has been introduced in the DUN

state House of Representatives. Millar said his plan also eliminates the commission’s two “super-districts.” The two lawmakers said the Legislature had reached the 22nd day of its 40day session. The 2016 session will end March 24, they said.

About 1,700 students in six north DeKalb schools would move under a plan to try to address overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster. The DeKalb County School District announced its staff recommendations for redistricting overcrowding at a Feb. 11 public meeting held at Cross Keys High School. The school district began last year gathering public input on how to handle the severe overcrowding in the cluster with the goal of reducing the number of students having to learn in portable classrooms. The proposed redistricting will be considered at the March 7 DeKalb Board of Education meeting. If adopted, the redistricting will go into effect in the fall of 2016. 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 student than it can really hold.

The redistricting plan will result in 33 fewer portable classrooms at the elementary schools and two fewer at the high school, according to a DCSD presentation. The staff is also recommending the school district continue its search for two, new 900-seat elementary schools to serve the Cross Keys cluster. 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. DCSD spokesperson Quinn Hudson said the budget for new or replacement schools and additions is $230 million. 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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State inspectors take a look at local ‘high-hazard’ dams BY JOHN RUCH On the steep, grassy slope of Powers Lake dam in Sandy Springs, Bobby Sauer Jr. bent down and patted the ground. He was feeling for any damp spots, the warning signs of major leaks that could spell disaster for people downstream. He held up a dry palm. Sauer is an inspector for the state’s Safe Dams Program, the agency that categorizes Powers Lake and 10 other local dams as “high-hazard,” meaning that if they failed, the flood likely would kill people. No high-hazard dam in Georgia has failed since the 1990s, and Safe Dams aims to keep it that way, though resources are slim. There are 474 high-hazard dams in Georgia—many of them privately owned—and Sauer is one of only 11 staff engineers the Safe Dams Program has to inspect them all. The Feb. 11 visit Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles Reporter Newspapers is publishing about dams in our communities. Previous installments have looked at the location and condition of the 11 local “high-hazard” dams and the cost of maintaining these dams.

from Sauer and fellow inspector Skylar Barger was the first time Powers Lake has been inspected in three years. “It looks pretty good,” Sauer said— the only preview of his final report he would offer. Sauer and Barger are inspecting all the “high-hazard” local dams in their current review cycle and the full reports will take one to two months. The same day, they also looked at two dams in the midst of long repair processes: Tera Lake dam in Sandy Springs and the Lake Forrest dam on the Buckhead-Sandy Springs border. At Powers Lake, located off Powers Lake Drive, the inspectors had a big asset: Donald Dutson Jr., who has overseen the dam’s maintenance on behalf of the local homeowners association for 30 years. “Less than half the dams have someone like that,” Sauer said. At many dams—including Tera Lake and Lake Forrest—the state struggles to identify an owner of record to put on the hook for maintenance.

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Dutson knows the importance of dam maintenance first-hand. He said he was camping upstream from a Toccoa, Ga., dam when it failed in 1978 and killed 39 people. That disaster led to

Safe Dams Program inspector Bobby Sauer Jr. walks the top of Powers Lake dam in Sandy Springs on Feb. 11.

the creation of the Safe Dams Program. The biggest issue at Powers Lake was 25 years ago, when an inspector did find some of those wet spots, which led to $30,000 in repairs. Nothing like that turned up this time. Clad in a Georgia Tech ball cap, an Atlanta Falcons “Dirty Bird” sweatshirt and camouflage pants, Sauer clambered into streambeds to snap photos and take notes on a clipboard. His and Barger’s only concerns were a couple of possible animal burrows to fill in, some

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brush to 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 that Tera Lake remained low after recent heavy rains.

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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.” DUN

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Community Briefs NEW SUPERINTENDENT TELLS PARENTS HE’S TURNING ATTENTION TO CLASSROOMS DeKalb County’s new school superintendent told a group of Dunwoody parents that he intends to turn attention away from the school district’s past problems and redirect it to success in the classroom. Stephen Green told more than 75 members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association gathered at Dunwoody High School that “the district, in my estimation coming in, was off course.” But now, he said, “we have a clarity of purpose. We know what we’re about and we know what we’re not about.” Green took control of the 102,000-student DeKalb district July 1. He follows interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond, who was brought in after his predecessor was indicted. Green predicted a recent decision by the school board to spend more money on teachers’ salaries would reverse a drain of teachers leaving DeKalb for neighboring districts. “We are seeking to get better,” Green said. “We have a lot of areas to work on as we continue.”


On other matters, Green told parents: --A fifth Special Purpose Local Option Sales tax for education would be on the ballot in May. The tax will raise about $500 million, school officials said. --A new Austin Elementary “is coming soon.” He said the new school would be located on Roberts Road and that students would not be moved to “displacement space” while the new building is built. --That he does not support proposals for small independent local school systems, as has been promoted by Dunwoody parents and elected officials. “I’m not in favor of breaking up the school district, if that’s what that’s about,” he said. “Our challenge is to be a large school system and to feel small.”

DUNWOODY’S ‘STATE OF THE CITY’ SET FOR FEB. 25 Dunwoody’s seventh annual State of the City will be Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Ravinia. Mayor Denny Shortal will share his thoughts on the city’s progress and his vision for the city’s future growth. The event is open to the public. The event is hosted by the city of Dunwoody and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.

The Dunwoody Police Department is offering a free Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) on Feb. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Dunwoody Municipal Court. The course is open to the public but registration is required. Seats are limited to the first 90 people to sign up. This course “provides strategies, guidance and plans for surviving an active shooter event.” CRASE was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University and is now taught nationwide. Lt. Mike Carlson of the DPD will be teaching the class. For more information regarding content of this course, email Lt. Carlson at To register, visit

DHA SUPPORTS 6-FOOT SIDEWALKS FOR PROPOSED TOWNHOME DEVELOPMENT A raise of hands at the Feb. 15 Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting showed the organization supports 6-foot sidewalks and not 12-

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POLLO TROPICAL WITHDRAWS REZONING REQUEST Hines Atlanta Associates has withdrawn its rezoning request to build a drive-through Pollo Tropical Caribbean restaurant in the site of the closed DeKalb County police precinct on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The request to withdraw without prejudice was made in a Jan. 27 letter to the city, and the City Council approved it at its Feb. 8 meeting. The Dunwoody Homeowners Association in December voted against the development, specifically because it included a drive-through.

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Realtor Charlie Brown shares his development plan, which includes two 24-floor office buildings, a 28-story hotel and a small retail center, with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association on Feb. 15.

Continued from Page 1 28-story hotel and a small retail center. In comparison, the King and Queen towers in Sandy Springs are 34-story office towers. Rob Svedberg of Tvsdesign, an Atlantabased architecture firm also working on the Dunwoody Crown Towers project, gave a brief slide-show presentation to DHA members and noted briefly that a conference center could be in the works. “This is new,” said DHA Board Member Greg Crnkovich of the brief mention of a conference center or performing arts center. “This idea of a conference center or performing arts center is a hot button item for me.” Svedberg explained the development was made in accordance with the city’s comprehensive plan that includes preserving neighborhoods, creating and protecting green space and also focusing on the arts. The possible conference center, or performing arts center, could be included as a standalone venue or as part of the hotel, he said, and could handle community events and conferences. Crnkovich said he liked the idea because he wants the development at Perimeter Center to include things that would keep people in the area past work hours and to create something like a 24-hour community. Brown, representing Crown Holdings Group, owner of the 15-acre property seeking to develop the land, said that also bringing in residential development into the area will help create that 24-hour community. “Location, location, location,” Brown said. “This is a fantastic location. We want to put something here that creates value for this community, not only us,” he added. Dunwoody has a good built-in market for those wanting to buy luxury highrise residential property, he added. The 380 residential units in the proposed new highrises are expected to be in the $500,000 price point range. Dillard told DHA members this was “a significant project, not just for Atlanta, but for the Southeastern United States.”

“You have an opportunity to show how to convert a traditional suburban community of retail and office space to a true urban node … and have a mix of residential,” Dillard said. Dillard said the proposed hotel could attract a Four Seasons or St. Regis to the city. There is also about 2 million feet of office space that could be developed, he added. “This is a critical, critical piece of property. It’s 15 acres that nobody really notices. What Charlie and Crown Holdings are trying to do is create an urban setting,” he said. DHA President Robert Wittenstein asked about Georgia Department of Transportation’s planned work to be done at the I-285/Ga.400 interchange and if that project would encroach on the Crown Holdings development. GDOT is now acquiring property for the project between Glenridge Drive and the MARTA overpass and will complete acquisition by Dec. 31, according to the GDOT website. Brown said there is room for two towers at the current site. Dillard added that is a reason why it is important to get the rezoning done now. A potential “westside connector” was not discussed at the DHA meeting. Brown said that the road had nothing to do with the rezoning request being made. “We’ve got plenty of traffic out there. We can’t talk about that. The city, under the leadership of [former] mayor [Mike] Davis adopted a resolution supporting it and now the city is working with GDOT …” and local agencies, he said. “Our contribution is the right of way. It has nothing to do with zoning.” Crown Holdings Group is currently seeking to have nearly 5-acres rezoned to allow for two additional residential towers not to exceed 40 stories at the eastern end of the project. The site is located on the old Gold Kist property off Ashford-Dunwoody Road and next to the Dunwoody MARTA station. The zoning request is expected to be considered by the Dunwoody Planning Commission at its March 8 meeting. DUN

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Nature Center making plans to manage continuing growth

Fulfilling Nature Center’s mission


Alan Mothner, executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center, says the center more than $1 million in renovations immediately to better manage high demand.

Continued from Page 1 “Each year we have about 14,000 program participants and 17,000 visitors — that doesn’t even count the 30,000 people we don’t see who just come here to walk their dog, walk the trail or sit and read a book,” Mothner said. The Nature Center is located in cityowned Dunwoody Park and operates as a public-private partnership with the city. The city funds some capital improvement projects, but the Nature Center also receives federal and state grants while also relying on corporate and individual sponsors. The board and staff of the Nature Center implemented its own master plan this week; it has two key components that need to be funded immediately, Mothner said – parking and programming space. Cost for these projects nears the $1.5 million mark.

Where to park?

There are less than 20 spots available for parking. The Nature Center envisions a new turnaround in close proximity to its main building and more parking spaces inserted between trees and along the entrance drive.


Landon McBroom, 5, enjoys exploring the Dunwoody Nature Center on Feb. 13. DUN

Paving could be done as soon as this spring. “During a weekend in the spring or fall when the weather is nice, there is nowhere to park, and people don’t want to deal with parking when they come to the park,” Mothner said. The proposed turnaround would allow school buses, for example, to drop groups of children off at the Nature Center entrance and then easily turn around to find parking elsewhere.

corporate meetings or even wedding ceremonies, bringing revenue back into the Nature Center to support its programming while also “fulfilling our mission of getting people involved in nature,” he said. “A second pavilion would be able to be used for classrooms and meeting space. Right now we can’t do separate events at the same time because we only have one building,” Mothner explained. “Having a second space allows us to do multifunction events.”

The other immediate task at hand is to build an 1,800-square-foot pavilion on the hill overlooking the meadow as an extension of the Nature Center. The pavilion would have a low roofline and a fireplace. The pavilion would add needed covered space to the Nature Center’s facilities and would allow for more programming, Mothner said, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop meetings and school field trips. Future plans The main problem the Nature Center is After the turnaround and the 1,800 facing is that all its children summer prosquare foot pavilion are completed, the Nagramming, all the adult workshops, rapture Center would then hire a firm to come idly fill up with members, Mothner said. in to determine if there is enough demand He admits that’s a good problem to have, in the community to begin a large capital but it leaves few spaces open to the gencampaign to raise funds for Phase I of the eral public. Ad when people are denied a project, Mothner explained. chance to participate at the Nature Center simply because there is no room, the Nature Center can’t achieve its mission of educating children, families and adults of all ages about the natural world and raising environmental awareness, Mothner said. The pavilion’s PHIL MOSIER added space could The Nature Center wants to build an 1,800-square-foot also be rented for pavilion which would have a low roofline and a fireplace.

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VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Thursday, Feb. 25, 12-2 p.m. Have you ever wanted to know how floral professionals put together such beautiful arrangements? You will learn during this workshop. Attendees create their own arrangement and take it home. Free. Open to members of the Cancer Support Community. RSVP to 404843-1880. 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: for additional information.

“SHREK THE MUSICAL, JR.” Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jerry’s Habima Theatre, featuring actors with special needs, offers this musical, about an ogre who leads fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess. Continues through March 6. For all ages. General admission: $35; children 12 and under, $15; Marcus Jewish Community Center members: $25; children 12 and under, $10. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 678-8124002 or visit either: boxoffice or

“GREASE” Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m. The Pius Players present “Grease,” for their spring musical, about the friendships, romances and adventures of high school kids in the 1950s. Family friendly. Tickets, $10. Wed.Sat. shows, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 pm. St. Pius X Catholic High School, 2674 Johnson Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30345. Purchase tickets and find out more at:

GEORGIA BRASS BAND Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m. Hear the Georgia Brass Band, a traditional “British Brass band,” perform a diverse range of repertoire including marches, sacred arrangements, popular music, jazz tunes, movie themes and classical transcriptions. Open to the community. $10 suggested donation. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 for details.

LET’S LEARN CHEMO BRAIN Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12-2 p.m. The American Cancer Society says people who have “chemo brain” may find themselves unable to concentrate on their work or unable to juggle multiple tasks. Join others for a free discussion about the signs, symptoms and physiology behind chemo brain. Lunch provided. Open to members of the Cancer Support Community. RSVP to 404-843-1880. 5775 PeachtreeDunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: to learn more.

STE(A)M SHOWCASE Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The Sandy Springs Education Force presents the sixth annual STE(A)M Showcase. See more than 20 cool, interactive exhibits in the fast-chang-

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Friday, Feb. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. The Sandy Springs Christian Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers for three lectures, “The Underground Church,” followed by a book signing and dessert, and on Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., “Quantum Physics and the Future of God” and “Building a Beloved Community,” includes breakfast. $35 for three lectures. Childcare available with advanced registration. 301 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Register online: or call 404-2562582 to find out more.

CONNECTING GENERATIONS Wednesday, March 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Join others for a free seminar, “Connecting Generations,” celebrating our lives, and sharing stories using history and humor. All are welcome to attend. The Link Counseling Center, 348 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-256-9797 for further details.


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FLASHLIGHT FUN RUN Sunday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Check out the inaugural, family-friendly fun run to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All kids encouraged to run the .7 mile course at dusk. Adults, dogs and strollers welcome. Afterward, warm up with hot chocolate, food and music in the Garden Hills Recreation Center. Tickets, $20; $25 day-of registration; family maximum, $80. Garden Hills Park, 335 Pine Tree Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Get details or register by going to: support-childrens/events/flashlight-funrun, calling 404-664-5934 or emailing: dora.

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GOOGLE PART 2 On a cold February day in Atlanta, Davis Academy Lower and Middle School students donned special Google cardboard viewers powered by smartphones, and took virtual field trips to warmer, sunnier places such as Barcelona and Jerusalem. The viewers allowed students to explore faraway places and experiences with vivid panoramas, 3D images and ambient sounds, guided by their teacher. A proud partner of:

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From police reports dated Feb. 1 through Feb. 14 The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.


 I-285

WB/Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 1, an arrest was reported for marijuana possession.

tions to police or a city department.  4400

 5500 block of Chamblee Dunwoody

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 5, two arrests were reported for larceny-shoplifting.

Road – On Feb. 2, an arrest was reported for shoplifting.

 I-285 EB/Ashford-Dunwoody Road –

 100 block of Perimeter Center Place

On Feb. 5, an arrest was reported for improper lane usage.

al Blvd. – On Feb. 1, report of burglary without forced entry into a residence.

– On Feb. 2, an arrest was reported for shoplifting.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North –

 4600 block of Shallowford Drive – On

 4700 block of Winters Chapel Road

 6700 block of Peachtree Industri-

Feb. 1, report of burglary without forced entry into a residence.  1900 block of Peeler Road – On Feb. 9,

report of burglary without forced entry into a residence.  4700 block of North Peachtree Road

– On Feb. 10, report of burglary with forced entry into a building that was not a residence.

ARREST  1800 block of Cotillion Drive – On Feb.

1, an arrest was reported for failing to obey traffic-control devices.  300 block of Perimeter Center North

– On Feb. 1, an arrest was reported for marijuana possession, less than one ounce.

– On Feb. 2, an arrest was reported for driving while license suspended/revoked.  100 block of Perimeter Center Place

– On Feb. 2, an arrest was reported for driving with no insurance.  5500 block of Chamblee Dunwoody

Road – On Feb. 3, an arrest was reported for marijuana possession.  1500 block of Mount Vernon Road

– On Feb. 3, an arrest was reported for DUI-alcohol.  4300 block of Peachtree Road – On

Feb. 4, an arrest was reported for DUI.  4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road/Ravinia Parkway – On Feb. 5, an arrest was reported for false representa-

Police: Part 1 crime drops 4.9 percent in 2015 BY DYANA BAGBY

Violent crime in Dunwoody jumped more than 30 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to annual crime statistics gathered by the department. Total violent crimes – homicide, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault – reported in 2015 was 88; in 2014 that number was 65. But property crime decreased – in 2015 there were 2,058 reports of property crime while in 2014 that number was 2192, for a drop of 6.1 percent. Total Part 1 crimes jumped nearly 19 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the DPD’s 2014 annual report. In 2013, there were a total of 1,899 Part 1 crimes reported and in 2014 there were 2,257 Part 1 crimes reported. But in 2015, the department saw a 4.9 percent decrease in Part 1 crime. In 2015, there were 2,146 total Part 1 crimes reported; in 2014 there were 2,257 Part 1 crimes reported. Violent crimes against persons increased Part 1 crimes almost 23 percent in 2014. In 2013, there were Other reported crimes: 53 such crimes reported and in 2014 there were 2013 2014 2015 65 crimes reported. Murder 1 0 1 Property crimes involve taking or destroy- Rape 2 5 9 ing another person’s property and include burRobbery 31 25 37 glary, larceny-theft and vehicle theft. In 2013, Aggravated 19 35 41 there were a total of 1,846 property crimes reassault ported in Dunwoody; in 2014 that number in252 277 252 creased to 2,192, for an increase of 18.7 percent. Burglary In 2014, the Dunwoody Police Department Motor Vehicle 75 123 92 responded to a total of 54,262 calls, an increase Thefts of 2 percent from 2013. In 2015, the department Thefts 1,519 1,792 1,714 responded to a total of 56,399 calls.

On Feb. 5, two arrests were reported for marijuana possession.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 5, two arrests were reported for shoplifting.

 First block of Perimeter Center – On

Feb. 6, an arrest was reported for DUIalcohol.  5000 block of Vermack Road – On Feb.

6, an arrest was reported for driving while unlicensed.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 7, two arrests were reported for shoplifting.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 7, an arrest was reported for larceny-shoplifting. On Feb. 9, another arrest was reported for larceny-shoplifting.

 Ashford-Dunwoody

Road/I-285 WB – On Feb. 9, an arrest was reported for driving while license suspended/revoked.

 I-285 EB/Chamblee Dunwoody Road –

On Feb. 9, an arrest was reported for following too close.  200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

On Feb. 2, a report of counterfeiting was made.  2500 block of Mount Vernon Road

– On Feb. 5, an arrest was reported for DUI-drugs.  1100 block of Coronation Drive – On

Feb. 6, a report of fraud-impersonation was made.

THEFT/LARCENY  9000 block of Madison Drive – On Feb.

2, a report was made of theft of articles from vehicle.  4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 3, a report was made of theft of articles from vehicle.

 1600 block of Mount Vernon Road –

On Feb. 3, a report was made of theft of articles from vehicle.  1100 block of Hammond Drive – On

Feb. 3, shoplifting was reported.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 5, a shoplifting was reported.

 100 block of Perimeter Center Place –

On Feb. 6, a motor vehicle theft was reported.  4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 6, five reports were made of theft of articles from vehicles.

 2400 block of Dunwoody Crossing –

On Feb. 8, a motor vehicle theft was reported  9400 block of Madison Drive – On Feb.

10, a motor vehicle theft was reported.

way – On Feb. 10, arrest for damage to property-other.  200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

way – On Feb. 10, an arrest was reported for DUI.  4600 block of Kings Down Road – On

Feb. 10, arrest for family battery/simple battery.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 10, arrest for disorderly under the influence.

 First block of Perimeter Center East

– On Feb. 11, an arrest was reported for fraud-credit.

OT H E R  4700 block of Winters Chapel Road/

Spring Drive – On Feb. 2, harassing communications were reported.  I-285

WB/Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 3, a report of hit and run and leaving scene of accident was made.

 2400 block of Perimeter Lofts Circle –

On Feb. 8, a report of damage to private property was made.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Feb. 8, a missing person was reported.

 I-285 WB/Ashford-Dunwoody Road –

F R AU D  4400 block of Pineridge Circle – On

On Feb. 9, a report of damage to private property was filed.

Feb. 1, a report of fraud was made.  4400 block of

Ashford-Dunwoody Road –



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Dunwoody Police calls for 2015 56,399 calls for service – up 3.9 percent 2,146 Part 1 crimes – down 4.9 percent

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88 crimes against persons – up 35.4 percent 656 forgery/fraud calls – up 15.9 percent


2,129 arrests – down 12.5 percent 737 shoplifting arrests – up 4.2 percent 2,979 accidents – up 8.6 percent

Grogan says crime rates increasing as development continues BY DYANA BAGBY

Ongoing development, the bustling Perimeter Center and close proximity to I-285 and Ga. 400 all are expected to contribute to increasing crime rates in the city and spell out a need for more police personnel, according to Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan. Grogan made a presentation to members of Dunwoody City Council during the Feb. 4 council retreat, explaining that while the city experienced a 4.4 percent decrease in 2015 in Part 1 crimes (such as murder, rape, aggravated assault, larceny, burglary and car theft) for a total of 2,125 crimes, Dunwoody also experienced a 35.4 percent increase in crimes against persons (including aggravated assault, BILLY GROGAN domestic violence, POLICE CHIEF battery), jumping from 65 crimes to 88 crimes. Also, calls for service in 2015 were up 3.9 percent for a total of 56,399, and the department reported 45.1 calls per officer. There are 54 officers working for the Dunwoody Police Department; the city’s population is 47, 531. Last month the city swore in three new officers. “The workload of our patrol officers continues to rise as new businesses and residents move into Dunwoody,” Grogan stated in a memo to the council. “The addition of State Farm and sev-

eral new hotels will only contribute to our growing challenges. The two new hotels are expected to add over 300 calls for service per year and approximately 50 Part 1 crimes,” Grogan added. “These calculations do not take into consideration the added restaurants and other outparcels adjacent to these sites which will increase calls for service to over 500 and increase Part 1 crimes to over 100.” Grogan also said that, compared to other cities, Dunwoody’s Part 1 crime rate is “unacceptably high.” For example, the city of Alpharetta has an approximate population of 63,442, which is 33.5 percent larger than Dunwoody, yet Alpharetta reported a 39.2 drop in Part 1 crime and a 54.4 percent lower crime rate for 2015, Grogan said. “They also have 92.6 percent more officers with a 44.3 percent increase in their ratio of police officers to citizens,” he stated. The city of Roswell is twice the size of Dunwoody at more than 95,000 people, yet Dunwoody reported 7.2 percent more Part 1 crime than Roswell in 2015. To meet with increasing demand, Grogan is asking the council hire in 2017 a police service representative, a permit technician, one prisoner transport officer and a community outreach officer for a total of $262,504. Over the next five years, Grogan wants to also add 11 patrol officers, two detectives and a sergeant.

The workload of our patrol officers continues to rise as new businesses and residents move into Dunwoody.


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02-19-2016 Dunwoody Reporter  
02-19-2016 Dunwoody Reporter