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Planning Commission: Crown Towers development needs 75 percent owner occupancy BY DYANA BAGBY


Above, John Wilcox chats with Kristen Williams during the Spruill Arts Center’s Pottery Sale and Ceramics Studio Tour on April 12. At left, Jill Hubbeard shapes a bowl on a potter’s wheel.

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The Dunwoody Planning Commission has voted to recommend the proposed Crown Towers development be approved by the City Council, but only if three-quarters of the condominium units are owner-occupied, rather than the 50 percent desired by the developer. The Planning Commission’s decision follows a Dunwoody Homeowners Association vote on April 10 to support the project, but only if 75 percent of the units are owner-occupied condos. City staff members have recommended the proposed 380 units be 90 percent owner occupied. “So it’s not what we wanted, but 75 percent is better than 90 percent,” said developer Charlie Brown after the April 12 Planning Commission meeting. “We hope by the time it gets to the council it will be more of what we are looking for.” The City Council will consider the project at its April 25 meeting. Attorney Doug Dillard told Planning Commission members that developers are seeking to offer half the units for sale at the beginning, with the understanding that percentage jumps to 75 percent within five years. “It’s very difficult to get financing for condos these days. We’ve had 16 banks talk to us … and they can’t finance at 90 percent owner-occupancy,” Dillard said. Dillard said the proposed development provides less density than the amount allowed by current zoning on the property. That means less traffic, he said. Planning Commission Vice Chair Heyward Scott has said he supports this kind of density in the Perimeter area especially because of the several MARTA See PLANNING on page 14

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BY DYANA BAGBY The Dunwoody City Council voted April 11 to donate two parcels of land to the Georgia Department of Transportation for planned improvements to I-285 and GA 400. The property is located at 251 Perimeter Center Parkway. “When the Perimeter Center Parkway bridge was constructed over I-285, two parcels … were acquired to provide right of way for the project. DeKalb County acquired the properties at a total cost of $3,168,175 on behalf of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) using federal funds,” said Public Works Director Michael Smith in a memo to council members. “When Dunwoody incorporated, these parcels were deeded over to the city by the county. No city funds have ever been expended on these parcels.

GDOT has requested donation of a portion of both properties in support of the interchange project. The donation totals slightly more than 5 acres. Georgia DOT proposes operational improvements along I-285 and GA 400 near the interchange including: • Construction of barrier-separated collector-distributor lanes along I-285 and Georgia 400; • Reconstruction of existing ramps between the two; • Building new flyover bridges and reconstructing and widening existing bridges in the interchange area; • Construction of grade-separated, braided ramps (where one ramp crosses over another) in the vicinity of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Roswell Road to eliminate conflicts between traffic entering and exiting GA 400 and traffic entering and exiting the Roswell Road and Ashford Dunwoody interchanges.



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Funding approved for Winters Chapel Road design BY DYANA BAGBY Dunwoody City Council approved April 11 spending $128,537 for the design of the Winters Chapel multi-use trail between Peeler Road and Dunwoody Club Road. Sprinkle Consultants was awarded the project that will include the design of sidewalks on Dunwoody Club Road to complete the gap between Happy Hollow Road and Winters Chapel Road. The design will also include restriping lanes for several areas along this section of Winters Chapel Road, said Mindy Sanders, DUN

capital projects manager, said in a memo to the council. The funding total for the design comes in over the budgeted $100,000, but Sanders said in the memo the cost was “reasonable for the proposed scope and comparable to other sidewalk/bike lane design costs.” The action to fund the design comes a year after Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners approved the “Peachtree Corners-Dunwoody Winters Chapel Road Area Study” to outline pedestrian and streetscaping improvements along the corridor.

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An office building and a five-deck parking garage on Lake Hearn Drive in Sandy Springs soon will be demolished for the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project, and the state is moving quickly to tear down one and acquire the other. The construction contract for the highway project was officially approved by the state April 8. North Perimeter Contractors is creating the final design now, according to the state Department of Transportation, and construction will start by early next year and last into 2020. GDOT recently bought a two-story office building at Lake Hearn and PeachtreeDunwoody Road, and “the building is being staked and flagged for demolition in the next couple of weeks,” according to GDOT spokesperson Anna-lysce Baker. She could not give a specific demolition schedule. For 15 years, the building was the headquarters of Morrison Healthcare, a national food and nutrition services company serving hospitals, including Pill Hill’s Northside and Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite. Last month, the company moved out of the building and into a new headquarters at 400 Northridge Road in Sandy Springs, according to Tom Hughes, Morrison’s vice

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president of communications. Baker would not say what GDOT paid for the building, but Hughes said the company was satisfied with the sale. Meanwhile, GDOT is in negotiations to purchase the large parking deck within the Pavilion at Lake Hearn office park at 1150 Lake Hearn Drive. GDOT aims to acquire the garage by the end of this year, Baker said, but she would not say who GDOT is negotiating with and would not comment on the state of negotiations. Property records show the owner as Caram Properties LLC, whose registered agent with the state is the law firm Cohen, Pollock, Merlin & Small. The law firm did not respond to questions about the negotiations. The office building and the parking garage are the only two privately owned structures slated to be demolished for the I-285/Ga. 400 project, Baker said. One state-owned structure appears to be in the project’s path on the official right of way map: a GDOT salt barn in the southeast corner of the I-285 and Roswell Road interchange in Sandy Springs. “GDOT constructed [salt barns] in strategic places in order to have readily available salt and gravel during winter weather events,” Baker said. “If the salt barn is impacted by the project, an alternate site will be identified.”

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This five-level parking deck will be demolished for the 285/400 interchange project.

GDOT purchased this office building on Lake Hearn Drive, soon to be demolished. This photo illustration shows the location of the Sandy Springs buildings to be demolsihed for the I-284/Ga. 400 reconstruction project.

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The first room visitors encounter inside the new Church of Scientology in Sandy Springs is not a chapel or shrine. It’s a museum-like series of displays and videos about the religion’s basic beliefs and causes. Visitors to the Public Information Center, which opened April 3, can try out an e-meter—the unique electronic device Scientologists use in counseling members—and grab a snack in a small café. This center is part of the Georgia chapter’s new status as one of Scientology’s “Ideal Churches” or “Ideal Organizations.” As

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church indirectly reroom is available for New Location spond to the controverpublic use, as are semiThe new Church of Scientology, losies that have dogged nar rooms with audiocated at 5395 Roswell Road, is open Scientology since the visual equipment. to the general public on weekdays 1970s, when several of A museum-style rec9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends 9 its top leaders—none reation of Hubbard’s ofa.m. to 6 p.m. For information about the church or using its community of whom remain in office is a special feature. spaces, call 770-394-4414, email atfice—were imprisoned Banks said the office is or see scienin relation to a plan to a “symbol of respect” for infiltrate various U.S. Hubbard. government agencies. The tour included The 1995 death, from disputed causes, of a private auditing room where Scientola Scientology member under the care of a ogists undergo a kind of counseling via church organization in Florida has sparked the e-meter—one of the religion’s core regular protests, including a 2008 march practices in self-improvement. With its outside the local chapter’s former buildgauge and metal grips, the e-meter looks ing in Dunwoody. The recent documentasomething like an old-fashioned radio. ry film “Going Clear” repeated many alleScientologists believe the e-meter “meagations that Scientology is abusive of some sures mental stress” with tiny, unnoticemembers and harasses its critics. able electric charges and aids the “auditScientology officials say such claims ing” process, Banks said. are false and that the church is a target Another feature is the “purification cenof persecution. ter,” a kind of health spa with a sauna, large

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“Anyone that actually comes to the church finds out for themselves that all that is hogwash,” said Deb MacKay, the local church’s community affairs director. Visitors discover that “98 percent of what they heard or read on the Internet was perpetrated by some person who had an ax to grind” or the result of media manipulation, she said. “My response to that is come and find out for yourself,” MacKay added. “It’s not frightening. It’s very welcoming. There are no secrets here. People are happy.” The tour covered much of the sprawling brick building, a former real estate office that is much larger than the Georgia chapter’s previous locations. The chapter was founded in the 1970s on Piedmont Road in Buckhead, McKay said, before moving to Dunwoody and, more recently, Doraville. The move to Sandy Springs took over 10 years of fundraising and a freedom-of-religion lawsuit against a city zoning decision. The Roswell Road location was big enough for an “Ideal Church,” MacKay said, and “the church has historically been in this part of town, so everybody kind of wanted to stay in the community that they knew.” The interior is brightly lit with modern styling and quotes from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard decorating many walls. A modest chapel is in the basement and one wing houses a bookstore devoted to Hubbard’s many writings. A conference

dispensers of vitamin pills and treadmills facing a mural of the Atlanta skyline and Georgia peaches. Scientologists believe that toxins built up in the body can be removed in the center. The Public Information Center highlights Scientology’s programs about human rights, which the Georgia chapter ties into Atlanta’s Civil Rights history. MacKay said a Scientology-produced human rights video plays in Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights—confirmed by the Center—and that she recently spoke at a local high school about human rights for a class project on the death penalty. A private April 2 grand opening featured leaders of several nonprofits the Georgia chapter works with, as well as state Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta), who has frequently praised Scientology programs, though MacKay said she is not a church member. Video of the opening provided by the church shows James praising Hubbard as “before his time, during his time and…still most relevant at this time.” David Miscavige, the current leader of Scientology, also evoked Civil Rights at the opening, calling the new church the base of “Scientology for a new American South,” according to a press release. He called Atlanta “a city of grace and magic, a city where even oaks and magnolias possess souls; and a city of remembrance that also foretells of the future.”

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Bill Browning got the of the Sons of Union Veteridea after he was among ans of the Civil War. Genthe enemy. Well, not exactly eral Garrard, a Union cavthe enemy. But, at the very alryman, fought under least, some folks who could Sherman in the Atlanta have been his enemies 150 campaign and oversaw the years ago. burning of Roswell’s textile Browning, a native son mills, which provided much of Brooklyn, N.Y., a forof the fortune that built the mer bookseller and bankhouse where Browning er and a fan of U.S. history, works and his group holds now lives in Dunwoody. He its regular meetings. works at Barrington Hall, Browning’s camp is the white-columned mansmall. He hopes someday to sion in downtown Roswell. get up to 35 members. Only A few years back, he said, Managing Editor about eight or so are memsome friends who were fel- bers now, and two of them low Civil War buffs asked have returned to Wisconhim to join them in the Civsin. Still, he soldiers on. Peril War heritage group known as the Sons of haps someday, he said, his camp can add a Confederate Veterans. few monuments to the past. And he hopes “I said, ‘I don’t have the ancestry,’” the the group someday can give talks in schools 63-year-old recalled one recent morning in about the Civil War and what caused it. Perthe renovated barn behind Barrington Hall haps they could even debate members of where his office is located. the Sons of Confederate Veterans. That means he didn’t have any anHe thinks the conversation is critical. cestors who fought for the South during “I get really upset with people who say

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the Civil War, a requirement to be a fullfledged member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the group’s webpage, which says the organization wants to preserve “the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.” Then again, Browning said he doesn’t know that any of his ancestors fought for the North, either. It turns out that wasn’t a bar to being a member of the group known as the Sons of Union Veterans, he said. That group calls itself a fraternal organization “dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union.” He signed up. Browning now is camp commander of the Roswell-based chapter, which he said is the fourth and newest camp in metro Atlanta. On April 30, the group plans to hold a wine-tasting fundraiser, its first. Admission to the event, to be held at Vino 100 in Alpharetta, is $10. Browning heads what is officially known as the Kenner Garrard Camp # 4

we don’t need to talk about the Civil War any more. We do,” he said. “I just think it’s important to know who we are. The decisions we make have to be based on who we were. I know this is old and hackneyed to say, but we don’t go forward without looking backward... “Pretending it didn’t exist is not the way to go forward. Moving forward builds on where we were in the past.” Browning isn’t a Civil War re-enactor. But he knows a few. One recent morning, Eric Peterson, who helped set up the first local camps of the Sons of Union Veterans, dropped by Barrington Hall in full Union uniform. Peterson said he was dressed as Gen. George H. Thomas of Virginia, another officer involved in the Atlanta campaign. Why does he do it? “To keep the sacrifices of union soldiers alive,” he said. Browning says he doesn’t want to refight the war, but to remember it. “There’s no animosity, not in my camp,” Browning said. “I’m just asking for open discussions. I don’t feel like I’m fighting against the tide.”

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Does this phone make my fingers look fat? I think I’m in pretty good shape. I walk daily, I work out regularly, I do situps and push-ups and squats and lunges; I’ve advanced to the half-lord of the fishes pose in my yoga class. But I’ve become self-conscious about a part of my body that never bothered me before. And I’m beginning to wonder: Does this phone make my fingers look fat? I’m getting a bit sensitive about it because I’ve been making fat-finger calls since I got it. It’s not that hard to do. I’ll go to call one person on my favorites list and because she’s sandwiched between two other people on a smooth and glossy screen, I’ll hit the wrong favorite. It’s getting to be a problem, especially when I fat-finger call someone who is out of the country. My old phone never did that. It fit me just fine. It was like a well-worn, relaxed-fit pair of jeans; it was comfy and roomy and it made me feel good about myself and about the size of my text fingers. It had plenty of wiggle room. It was a 10-year-old Nokia with a smashed-in keyboard, but that had its advantages. For one thing, I could text with my thumbnail. That old-timey keyboard allowed for precision hits. I got a skinny new phone a few years ago, but it’s just too tight. Worse, it has a virtual keyboard that needs a fleshy finger to place a call. This updated, yet unforgiving, keyboard wants fleshy, but not TOO fleshy—it wants a perfectly shaped, size-four text finger. At least it has gotten accustomed to my digital heft, and it knows that when I type Vsn hou fi ? I mean Can you go? I’m learning, too—I’ve started texting the wrong word so it will self-correct to the right word, because that’s faster than trying to hit all right letters. I never used to have a problem with my fingers overlapping onto another contact or another letter, but now they’re spreading all over the keyboard. I feel like my fingers have developed muffin top. It’s really unnerving. I know, I know. I need to upsize to the “boyfriend-fit” version of a smart-


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phone, the one that’s designed for fullfigured fingers. But I can’t bear to part with this tiny little number that fits so perfectly into the back pocket of my jeans and the side pouch of my purse. So I’m going to take matters into my own hands—literally. I’m going to lose that finger flab! I’ve decided to put my digits through a good workout every day. I want the fingers of a 20-year-old. I found a set of easy finger exercises guaranteed to slim those digits down to stylus shape. I’ll warm them up with a series of stretches, then move to the toning and tightening. I’ll run them through a strenuous game of finger soccer for the aerobic component of the program, and then it’ll be time for the cool down. And while I FLEX two three four, STRETCH two three four, LIFT two three four, BEND two three four, please tell me that it’s not’s my phone.

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“It gave the community and the city its name. We’re not trying to put up a big fountain. [But] we do want people to be able to see the water.” Carol Thompson, executive director of Heritage Sandy Springs, on the nonprofit’s plans to better show off the city’s namesake springs “These renters…they will be tomorrow’s leaders in Buckhead and we had better be their friends.... “A positive reaction can ensure the continuation of Buckhead’s pleasant personality, plus its progress and prosperity” --Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition and former Atlanta mayor, on the thousands of apartments built in Buckhead in recent years “How can we use what’s best about Buford Highway and about MARTA and begin a conversation about its greater challenges? How can we get more people on Buford Highway to think about it from a non-car-centric angle? How do we make Buford Highway more livable and lovable?” -- Marian Liou of We Love BuHi on a planned “bus crawl” of restaurants in the area planned for April 29 “If you Google ‘Sergeant Stubby,’ you’re going to be amazed.” --Retiring state Rep. Joe Wilkinson, who is working on an animated movie about the World War I-era dog who caught a spy and supposed learned to salute

“It’s always hard letting go, but new memories will be made at the new stadium.” 36-year-old Brookhaven woman “I’m excited that it’ll be a brand-new stadium. I hope it doesn’t cause traffic nightmares and I hope the stadium will spark new development in the area where people can ... hang out around the stadium.” 25-year-old Buckhead man “It will create more traffic.” 26-year-old Sandy Springs man “Financially, it makes sense. But the perception is it’s a racist move and antiAtlanta. Good luck with millennials! 30-year-old Atlanta man “I think they should drop the city of Atlanta from the name. The ‘Marietta Braves’ or ‘Cobb County Braves’ sounds more honest.” 31-year-old Brookhaven man

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Two years later, a Dunwoody MARTA Station park remains on drawing board BY JOHN RUCH

The idea of a new 5-acre park beneath the Dunwoody MARTA Station’s elevated tracks drew praise from residents and officials when it was unveiled at a public meeting in April 2014. Someone at Google Maps got excited enough to add the dream park to the company’s Perimeter Center map. But two years later, “Perimeter Park @ Dunwoody MARTA Station” remains a paper park. A final design was chosen, apparently in late 2014, by the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts. But the park remains on the drawing board with no schedule for completion. “We are researching funding sources [and] options and working with the city of Dunwoody and Perimeter Mall…on the transfer of the land, but there is no timeline for this,” said PCIDs External Affairs Director Tammy Thompson. Perimeter Park would be a redevelopment of a fenced-off strip of trees along a wide concrete drainage ditch just north of the MARTA station and extending to the Perimeter Station shopping center. The area is bordered by Perimeter Center Parkway to the west and the back end of Perimeter Mall to the east. The park was the brainchild of PCIDs, with the city of Dunwoody willing to maintain it as part of the city park system. PCIDs commissioned designs from the consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, which were unveiled at Dunwoody City Hall meetings in spring of 2014. The designs generally called for turning the ditch into more of a stream with landscaped banks, along with bridges across the water and an open, pedestrian-friendly connection between Perimeter Center Parkway and the mall’s loop road. There was also talk of illuminating the MARTA track pillars with decorative lighting. Two alternative designs had different options for the area immediately north of the MARTA station. One was a grassy “great lawn” design and the other had a pond that doubled as stormwater management. The final design selected by PCIDs went with the grassy option, showing two circular lawns with seating areas. The design is dated November 2014, but Thompson could not confirm exactly when it was approved. During the 2014 meetings, PCIDs president and CEO Yvonne Williams said the park’s land—partly on mall property and partly in city of Dunwoody right of way— could be acquired at no cost. But, she said, construction would be done as money became available. the city of Dunwoody.


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The deal to bring the $50 million Atlanta Hawks training facility to Brookhaven first was nicknamed “Operation Slam Dunk.” But Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, an Atlanta Hawks season ticket holder, suggested “Operation Windmill Dunk.” “I thought we should name it after Dominique Wilkins’ signature dunk,” Ernst said in an interview. Wilkins, known as the “Human Highlight Film,” played a key role in the team’s success in the 1980s and is known as one of the best dunkers in the NBA. The deal, dubbed “Operation Slam Dunk” on the city’s Development Authority agendas last month, became public on April 5 during a press conference at Philips Arena when the Atlanta Hawks announced a partnership with Emory Healthcare, Emory University’s medical clinic affiliate, to build a 90,000 square-foot, state-of-theart practice facility in Executive Park in Brookhaven. The deal includes a $36 million tax abatement from Brookhaven for the Hawks. The facility will combine the Hawks’ training facility and Operations Department with Emory sports medicine facilities. Emory will become the team’s official sports medicine provider and gets naming rights to the facility. Emory’s entire Sports Medicine Center will move to the Brookhaven site as well. The move to Brookhaven is a “signature moment for the city,” Ernst said at the April 12 City Council meeting. “This is a good deal for Brookhaven.” The Emory/Hawks partnership is a $50 million deal for the land purchase and building construction with $14 million being covered by Emory Healthcare and the Hawks funding $36 million. Emory University will then provide a ground lease to the Hawks for the practice facility.

That $36 million is where the city of Brookhaven comes in to play as the sixth man for the Hawks. To secure the deal to have the Hawks and Emory locate the facility in Brookhaven, city officials agreed to offer the Hawks a $36 million tax abatement. That means that after the building is constructed, the Hawks will transfer ownership of it to the Brookhaven Development Authority. Because the authority is a governmental agency, it is not required to pay taxes. “It was a ‘use it or lose it’ kind of situation,” Ernst said about the tax abatement. To have a tax abatement, the authority must own the land, Ernst said, because government agencies don’t pay taxes. In turn, the DA then issues a $36 million bond that is purchased by the Hawks, he explained. “There is no debt. The building is the only collateral,” he said. In return for the tax abatement, the Hawks will pay the authority $302,900 a year for 15 years. The deal in turn saves the Hawks $302,900 in taxes. This is a100 percent tax abatement, Ernst said. Without the abatement, the Hawks would end up paying more than $600,000 a year in taxes. Ernst also said that had Emory and the Hawks decided to build in Executive Park with no assist from the city of Brookhaven, the city would have only received about $35,000 a year in taxes – the rest would have gone to county and state governments. Marietta was also being considered for the Hawks to locate a new practice facility, Ernst said, and there was also the chance the Hawks could have gone with Decide DeKalb, a county development authority. If the Hawks had gone with either of those, the city of Brookhaven would have gotten Continued on page 14


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Major medical campus expansions planned BY JOHN RUCH

Three major medical center campus expansions across the north Perimeter area were announced in recent weeks as part of an ongoing regional boom. Northside Hospital is planning a renovation of its Pill Hill campus. Buckhead’s Piedmont Hospital will develop a “major project” as part of a heart center expansion. And Emory Healthcare announced a 60-acre sports medicine campus and Atlanta Hawks training facility in Brookhaven. Northside would not give details of its plans for its campus at Johnson Ferry and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads in Sandy Springs, but did say the plans are big. In December, the hospital received state approval for a 53-bed expansion in a “new patient tower,” boosting the total inpatient beds to 590, said Northside spokesperson Katherine Watson. And the hospital is preparing to submit an application to the state for a “major campus renovation and reconfiguration project,” she said. Northside’s Pill Hill neighbor, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, has a 57-bed expansion project in the zoning review process.

Piedmont Hospital plans to develop a “major project” at its campus at Peachtree and Collier roads after receiving a $75 million gift from the Marcus Foundation to expand its Piedmont Heart Institute, according to Georgia Health News. The vision is to create a “destination” heart program that will be a national draw, Kevin Brown, Piedmont president and CEO, told GHN. In Brookhaven, a new medical area is springing up around the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange. Children’s Healthcare is undertaking a major expansion, with most details yet to be revealed. On April 5, Emory made the surprise announcement that it had bought 60 acres of the Executive Park office park and will turn it into the new home of Emory’s Sports Medicine Center. The centerpiece of the site is a new training facility for the Atlanta Hawks pro basketball team. “Emory Healthcare has built outstanding orthopedics services over the past decade, and we are excited to continue to grow this area and work closely with the Atlanta Hawks,” said Dr. Jonathan S. Lewin, the president, CEO and board chair of Emory Healthcare in a press release.

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Planning Commission: Crown Towers development needs 75 percent owner occupancy Continued from page 1 stations located there. Crown Holdings is asking the city to approve rezoning approximately 5 acres of land at the Gold Kist site, along Perimeter Center Parkway, to be rezoned to allow for a 30-story, 380-unit high rise condominium tower, a threestory retail center and a luxury 29-story hotel with approximately 150 rooms. Fifteen acres of proposed development on the Gold Kist site does not require rezoning and would include two 24-story office towers, a restaurant, a conference center and a 28-story highrise hotel. The project is expected to be completed in 2026. With the two office towers, Crown Holdings already has approval to build 2 million square feet of office space. DHA wants that total to be lowered to 1.6 million square feet. “It’s really about traffic. This is about a tradeoff. This gives them the opportunity to change the complexion [of the project],” Dunwoody Homeowners Association president Robert Wittenstein

said. “The truth is, office space creates more traffic. Residents have less impact. The trade-off helps alleviate traffic.” Crown Holdings has agreed to give up 400,000 square-feet of office space – a reduction of 20 percent – in a draft of concessions it stated it was willing to make for DHA’s support of the project. Brown said he was pleased the Planning Commission gave the project a thorough review. But the way the condo market works – building many units rapidly at the same time, as opposed to a subdivision, in which homes are built over a longer period of time – makes it difficult to sell all units right away. “Not all condos are going to sell immediately,” Brown said. “You want some to rent to cover the cost” of building. The units at Crown Towers are expected to sell for up to $500,000. Rent for them would likely be between $2,500 to $5,000 a month, Dillard said. Brown said high-end residential would appeal to employees working at the nearby hospitals and the numer-

ous companies and corporations located in the area. At the April 10 DHA meeting, board member Rick Callihan said he opposed any kind of residential coming into Dunwoody. “I can’t believe we are considering residential,” he said. “I don’t think it brings anything to the city.” DHA board member Bill Robinson, however, said the urban development going up in Dunwoody does not spill over into the neighborhoods and does not affect the quality of Developers of the Dunwoody Crown Towers want life for homeowners. to build a residential tower, a high-rise hotel, two office towers and a conference center. The “I’ve been here 43 years project is expected to be completed in 2026. and every time [new development comes] it’s the er has. It’s two different cities,” he said. same thing — ‘Don’t do it.’ We’ve wrung “They can put towers up … and it doesn’t out hands and worried Dunwoody spill over into the neighborhoods. It would go down the tubes. And it nevnever has.”

Brookhaven offers $36 million tax abatement to lure Atlanta Hawks Continued from page 12 nothing, Ernst said. What happens if, for some reason, the Hawks default on the $36 million bond? Ernst promises the city will not be caught holding the ball. The Development Authority only has the title of the building, not the land because Emory owns the land, he explained. Should the Hawks default the authority would transfer the building back to the Hawks and the city would recoup all back taxes, he said. How to spend the $302,900 coming into the city’s coffers over the next 15 years is something City Council members will be considering. Ernst said he hopes it can be used in the area where the development is taking place, for improvements to traffic, for example. Ernst plans to host a town hall on Thurs., April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Montclair Elementary School, 1680 Clairmont Place NE, to address citizen questions about the facility and its impact on Brookhaven.

How it the deal began

The first meeting between city officials and the Hawks and Emory took place in early February. Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents the district where Executive Park is located, said he put together the meeting at City Hall with Emory’s top management to fulfill part of the vetting process necessary for both sides to candidly discuss what a potential purchase of Execu-

tive Park would mean. “First, they informed us they would not seek tax-free status. This condition was essential because our long-term validation for the original annexation was always predicated on full and taxable redevelopment of Executive Park,” Gebbia said. “We planned for a seven-year period before we would reach that phase, and now with this … purchase we would minimally be on target but most likely well ahead of schedule,” he said. Second, Gebbia said he presented the positive developments occurring in Brookhaven and particularly along the Buford Highway corridor, including: the advent of the Peachtree Creek Greenway; the announcement that Children’s Health Care of Atlanta is building a new corporate headquarters across the street; and the redevelopment of Regency Plaza. “The Emory management team was also doing their vetting and trying to decide if the purchase of Executive Park in our city was conducive to their growth plans — and I can tell you they walked away very happy,” Gebbia said. “The combination of Emory buying Executive Park and the Hawks aligning with them to create a world-class sports medical facility puts Brookhaven in an unbelievable position,” he said. The effect on Buford Highway will be unavoidable, Gebbia said, but still very positive. He said he is already getting inquiries from hotels interested in moving into the area.

Construction is to begin this summer on a new Emory Healthcare and Atlanta Hawks sports medicine and training facility.



Left to right, Rep. Taylor Bennett, City Council members Bates Mattison and Linley Jones, City Manager Gary Yandura, Mayor John Ernst and Council member John Park celebrate the Hawks plan to open a training facility during a press conference on April 5.


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Middle school students learn to work hot metal BY JOE EARLE

teered to teach Springmont’s dle-school students how to work with metal in classes planned over four Andrew Crawford liked what he saw. Mondays. His first class featured vidThe steel bar had a squiggle in its mideos and a chance to make shapes out dle. of metal by bending wire. For the sec“It’s an E!” Crawford said, turning ond class, he took his students straight the bar this way and that to get a look to the forge. Fitted with safety glasses at the curves. “A magic and thick gloves, they E! ... And if you turn it took hammer and tongs sideways, it’s a W!” to hot metal to create Crawford is used to twists and points and examining bent metal. curves and, well, E’s and He’s a blacksmith. The W’s from steel. 46-year-old, art-school“This is the coolest trained smith makes thing!” Springmont art his living by heating teacher Theresa Dean metal and pounding it said. “What’s not to into new things. Soon, like about fire? It’s just this bar with the squiggreat.” gle in the middle will be Students seemed to part of a bench Crawagree. “This is pretty ford plans to make for fun,” student Christian Springmont, a MontesLubsey said. sori school in Sandy “I like it,” student Springs. Oliver Schouest said. “I The twists had been like the excitement of added by Springmont it.” student Adem WijewCrawford, who startickrema, one of five ed his Atlanta blackmiddle school students smith shop in 1993, arCrawford was teachgues the class teaches ing one recent morning his students more than how to heat and pound simply how to pound and twist flat steel bars hot metal. into new shapes. Craw“It’s good experience ford’s 11-year-old son, for the kids, just for Edward, an elementalearning how to work ry school student at together,” he said. “It’s a Springmont, joined the really good way for kids class that took place to learn skills and planin a Springmont parkning, looking ahead, viing lot where students At top, Edward Crawford, sualizing a process. It’s right, twists a metal bar as and teacher gathered taught me a lot of lesSpringmont middle-school around a flatbed truck sons in my life.” student Clayton Sinclair, lends fitted with a red-hot, a hand. At bottom, Parker propane-powered forge. Hollosi hammers hot metal. Crawford volunDUN

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teaches band and jazz band at The Lovett School. He’s taught at Lovett since 1987, and began teaching seven years earlier. He plans to retire at the end of this year. Under his direction, Lovett’s jazz bands have competed successfully in national competitions. In March, Lovett’s Ellington Jazz Ensemble placed third among a dozen bands from across the country selected to compete at the Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah, the school said. “He’s been such a huge influence on the kids,” said Jen Sarginson, associate director of communications at Lovett. “He’s just a passionate teacher and a very talented musician himself.” Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: As an undergrad/grad college student I dabbled in it some, working with local high school students on sort of a one-toone basis, and discovered I was pretty good at it (though, in my mind, I was a player first). In truth, grade schools had been rough on me. By the time I’d graduated from high school I had become about as “disengaged” from school as one can be. That said, I had some wonderful, inspiring teachers/mentors in college. And the band director under whom I student taught was among the most successful folks in the region. In hindsight, they were some of the best role models one could have had. I was hooked. Q: Has the appeal changed? A: It hasn’t! Honestly, as I look toward retirement in just a few weeks, I truly feel that I’ve never had to really “work” for a living. Teaching is such a kick. There’s noth-

ing more rewarding than to help young people get excited about the thing you are so excited by personally. Music must be the easiest subject of all to teach when it comes to getting kids to fall in lock-step. Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: I’ve never really seriously thought about doing anything else. I do love the challenge, especially as you see a group continue to progress as they grow older. Many of my students started working with me as sixth graders, some even earlier. By the time they graduate (we’re graduating 13 students this year), we all understand the program and each other. It’s a very personal and gratifying thing. I can count on one hand the number of days in 37 years when I wasn’t eager to get back to school. And the Lovett School is probably as good a place to work as any place can be. It’s an amazingly supportive family of like-minded people, guided by some of the brightest and capable folks I’ve ever encountered. Q: What do you think makes a great teacher? A: That, of course, differs from teacher to teacher. For me, an effective teacher has to be passionate, committed and deeply knowledgeable about the subject. Kids can see right through a teacher who lacks sincerity or skill. They “get it” so fast! If you love the subject, as I do, and the enthusiasm for it spews out of you like I’m told it does in my case, you can’t help but inspire most of the students. Tenacity is also key. I’ve never been much of one to accept “no” for an answer. (It’s gotten me in a pickle on more than one occasion!) Fortunately, Lovett has been a Godsend for me in that regard, too. The administration has supported pretty much every out-of-the-box idea I’ve ever presented. To be honest, I’m a bit of an iconoclast by nature. Same-old, same-old doesn’t work very well for me. It’s important that the kids find relevance in the work they

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APR. 15 - APR. 28, 2016 ■ are asked to do. That’s where my own high school education ran off the rails. Because of that, I’ve taken great care in keeping that from happening to the kids in my charge. You also have to be empathetic to be an effective teacher/coach. It totally can’t be about your ego, though ego does naturally play a role. It’s mostly about the kids and their families. It’s really hard to be a kid these days and even harder to be a parent. Positive outcomes require lots of personal attention, interaction and empathy to negotiate the worst of times. But if you care, the kids sense that. Parents, too. Word gets around pretty fast regarding whether you’re ally or adversary. I can’t imagine being a teacher without liking/believing in the families you teach (though I’ve known some “teachers” who don’t). Finally, you have to be willing to put in extra time. If you want a gig that’s 40 hours a week, teaching is not for you. My wife Carla is an amazingly patient and supportive woman. I could not have done this without her support. How lucky am I? Q: What do you want to see in your students? A: I want to see them discover the value and depth of music that may not at first be familiar to them. In my case, as a jazz enthusiast, most of my students are less familiar with the history and art form that is expressed through jazz music. It’s a beautiful thing to have a student develop a deeply held passion to learn to play well and be committed to working for years in order to play at the highest of levels. Q: How do you engage your students? A: As described above. The music mostly does it -- that, coupled to some degree with my own enthusiasm for it. The combination pretty much closes the sale. It’s easy to engage the students. Really easy. Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? Why do you keep going back to it? A: Yes! Lovett students are generally motivated/driven by goals and outcomes. Nothing “jazzes” them more than a good challenge, provided they are interested in the subject. I’ve never been one to accept mediocre music-making either. Can’t stand the sound of it! I’ve always held a belief that students, given proper instruction and

lofty goals, are capable of rising to a nearprofessional level by senior year. Toward that end, I’ve involved my students in two particular national competitions that we take a shot at most years. The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center (and Wynton Marsalis) is one of them. The Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central High School Jazz Band competition is the other. Both are Super Bowllike events. Bands from all over the U.S. enter via recording. The top 15 or 12 bands, respectively, are selected from among hundreds of entries and invited to attend the finals contests in New York or Savannah. Lovett has been a finalist at the Essentially Ellington festival four times, and Swing Central five times, I believe. We weren’t chosen as a top finalist for Essentially Ellington this year, but were for Swing Central. We placed third overall in Savannah, the first time we’ve ever placed in the top three there. We also earned a third place finish in New York in the early 2000s. Nothing motivates Lovett/Ellington Band students more than the possibility of long-shot success. Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: No tricks. The music, camaraderie and now, a legacy established by so many years of really wonderful groups, attracts the up-and-comers to the program. I’m most proud of the fact that The Lovett Ellington Band seems to have established a solid reputation for success and quality. It’s fairly self-sustaining at this point. I’m really proud of that. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: I want them to know what it feels like to perform at the very highest level the art form has to offer. I want them to carry their enthusiasm out of here when they graduate. I want them to share that experience with everyone, and get their own kids involved in music when the time comes. I want them to “get this” like I have. I have little doubt that the students who just returned from Savannah will never forget the experience. You should have heard them play. My, oh my!

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Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Vince, Barbara and Suzanne Dooley speak at the Elaine Clark Center. Grandson Matthew Dooley has cerebral palsy and attended the center in the late ‘90s. Tickets: $175. Includes jewelry silent auction. Proceeds help fund expansion efforts. For more information, email: or call 770-458-3251.The Capital City Club, 53 W. Brookhaven Dr., Brookhaven, 30319.

‘HEARTS WITH HOPE’ Saturday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. The Partnership Against Domestic Violence “Hearts with Hope” Gala features an auction, food, guest speakers, dancing and entertainment. Tickets: $400. Black tie attire. Monies support PADV’s general operating budget, allowing for its free programs and services. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30326. Learn more:

‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.’ Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School invites all to their spring musical, ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In the school’s gym. Additional shows April 21-23. 1350 Hearst Dr., NE, Atlanta, 30319. Call 404-862-2763 or visit: for details.

‘MONARCHS & MARGARITAS’ Saturday, April 30, 6-9 p.m. Get ready for a whole new “Monarchs & Margaritas” (and Moonshine!) Upscale, casual party in Dunwoody Nature Center’s meadow. Event includes live music, valet parking, signature drinks, whole-roasted pig and corn in shuck, as well as catered menu. Southern chic attire. $75. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-3322 or visit: for information and tickets. Restoration by Henry Schwartz 404-596-5727

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Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. Chastain Friends invites all to “A Night With Taurus” at the Chastain Horse Park. Celebrate the zodiac season of Taurus by watching or riding the mechanical bull. Event features live music, whisky tasting, dinner, dancing and silent auction. Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets: $95; $100 after April 18. Visit: to purchase or for details. Call 404-7912798 with questions. 4371 Powers Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327.

Saturday, April 23, 1-5 p.m. Opening reception for show and sale features work by Chastain Arts Center instructors and students, including a variety of jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, scarves, garden art, photographs and more. Free admission. Continues through May 28. 135 West Wieuca Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30342. For further details, go to:

HARRIS JACOBS RUN Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. It’s time for the 23rd annual Harris Jacobs Dream Run at Marcus Jewish Community Center-Zaban Park. 5K race/ run; 1-mile special needs walk. 2017 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Chip timing, T-shirts, post-race party. $15-$35. Shuttle service from Georgia Perimeter College. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Register at Questions? Call 678-812-3981 or go to: under “sports.”


Thursday, April 28, 7-9 p.m. Celebrate the arts at Wesleyan School’s 18th annual artist market. Event features fine art, custom-made jewelry, ceramics, photography and more. Food trucks, live entertainment, children’s activities. Continues April 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. The community is welcome. 5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners, 30092. For further information, visit: or email:

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‘TAMING OF THE SHREW’ Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. In this modern text of the Shakespeare classic, the main plot depicts the headstrong, obdurate shrew Katherina and her suitor Petruchio, who uses various psychological torments to “tame” her until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. $10. Additional shows: April 30, 7 p.m. and May 1, 3 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Go to: or call 770-394-0675.

p.m. Join the Georgia Botanical Society and Park Naturalist Jerry Hightower as you travel above rock cliffs, through mature oak-hickory forest and floodplain forest. $3 Daily Park Pass not required if displaying a current Annual Park Pass or an America the Beautiful Pass. Reservations necessary; call 678-538-1200. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1425 Indian Trail, Sandy Springs, 30327. For details, go to:

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Tuesday, April 19, 2:15-5:45 p.m. A two-day AARP defensive driving class for adults as well as teens aged 15 and up. Guidebook: $15 for members; $20 non-members, and required for certificate. Class continues on April 20 and participants must attend both. Registration required by calling 404-851-6157. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: comments@ for details.

Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. This workshop, particularly aimed at but not limited to women, focuses on budgeting and investment advice. Suitable for adults and elders. Open to all. Northside Branch Library, in the Multi-Purpose Room, 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, 30327. Email: or call 404-814-3508 with questions.



Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn how to stage an effective job search using a variety of methods. For adults. Class limited to 15 participants. Free and open to the public. Call 404-848-7140 or swing by the Brookhaven Branch Library to register or for additional information. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn how to create a resumé that can be tailored to the jobs you are applying for. Class limited to 15 participants. For adult audiences. Free and open to the public. Visit the Brookhaven Branch Library to register or call 404-848-7140. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.



Wednesday, April 20, 2-3 p.m. Have fun while you color your stress away. Supplies and coloring sheets provided. Free. All are welcome. Open to the first 20 participants. For adults 18 and over. Call 770512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to sign up. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

Wednesday, April 27, 4-5 p.m. Find out about the common forms of identity theft and how to protect yourself, what to do if you suspect you are a victim and how to prepare in advance. For adults. Free. Open to the community. Drop by the Brookhaven Branch Library to sign up or call 404-848-7140. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.


MENTAL HEALTH Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The National Alliance for Mental Health Northside Atlanta holds its 2016 Mental Health Fair to answer questions about services and advocacy for individuals suffering from mental illness. Peachtree Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 3434 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta 30305.

FOR KIDS Wednesday, April 20, 7-8 p.m. Salaam Semaan, MPH, DrPH, Deputy Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presents “Connecting Art and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment.” Part of the lecture series accompanying Yale University’s “The Art of Public Health” exhibit. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-364-8555 or visit: to find out more.

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MARVELOUS MOTHERS! Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Create a dimensional canvas as a Mother’s Day gift to celebrate Mom! Registration required and started April 1. Space is limited. Free. All are welcome. Geared for youngsters aged 5 and up. Email:, call 404-303-6130 or go to the Sandy Springs Library to register. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody Dunwoody Police reports recorded from March 27-April 7

March 27, a 22 year-old woman reported that $1,000 in cash and a house key and gate clicker were stolen from her home.

The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

„„1600 block of Malfre Lane – On April

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lowford Road – On March 28 at about 3:20 p.m., an officer stopped a 2016 Ford Escape for speeding. The vehicle was searched and various drugs and a weapon were found. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested – one was a 24 year-old man from Conley, Ga., and the other a 24 yearold man from Decatur. The drugs found in the car were 2 ounces of marijuana, 26 MDMA (aka Ecstasy) pills and 14 Xanax pills. Also found was a handgun. The men were charged with weapons offenses, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of marijuana.

R O B B E RY „„5400 block of Chamblee Dunwoody

Road – On April 2, officers responded to a call at a parking lot where a 35 yearold woman said she was the victim of a strong-armed robbery. The suspect got away with $600 in cash.

A S S AU LT „„2800 block of Christopher Court – On

March 30, a 37 year-old woman reported to police she was the victim of a sexual assault at her home. „„2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing –

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On March 27, police were called to the scene in response to a report of family offense-no violence. „„100 block of 285 West Bound Express-

way/North Peachtree Road – On March 27, police responded to a call about a domestic dispute between a 24 year-old woman and a 29 year-old man. Investigations were conducted and a report was completed for future reference. „„4600 block of Ridgeview Road – On

March 28, a 29 year-old woman told police that her boyfriend, age 29, struck her in the face during a fight at a hotel. Her boyfriend also stole her $700 iPhone 6.

LARCENY/THEFT „„4300 block of Peachford Circle – On

4, a 43 year-old man reported to police the license plate from his 2011 red Diavel motorcycle was missing. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On March 27, a 33 year-old woman reported her wallet was missing, but police were able to recover it, as well as her debit card and purse. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On March 27, a 23 year-old man from Union City was arrested and charged with stealing $7 headphones and $9 in groceries. „„

100 block of Perimeter Center West – On March 27, a cellphone store employee reported an iPhone 6 valued at $649.99 was stolen. „„


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On March 27, a 20 year-old Dunwoody resident was arrested and charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and disorderly conduct when he stole $11.70 worth of Visa gift cards from a discount department store. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On March 28, a 53 year-old Atlanta man was arrested and charged with larceny shoplifting after being caught at a specialty store trying to steal a Nike bag and two sets of Beats by Dre headphones valued at $299.95 each. „„4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way –

On March 29, a boutique store reported a case of larceny shoplifting. Stolen were a Peach Love dress valued at $37, a She & Sky dress valued at $37 and a Lush top valued at $35.

F R AU D „„2700 block of Fleur De Lis Way – On

March 27, police received a report of credit card fraud.

OT H E R „„4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way – On March 28, an 18 year-old man reported to police his 2005 white GMC Savana Van was damaged while in the parking lot. Damage was estimated at $250. „„4700 block of Ashford Dunwood Road

– On March 30, a 26 year-old reported to police he found an ounce of cocaine on DUN

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the property. The drug was given to the police with the note on the report to “destroy” the drug.

– On April 7, police were called to an apartment in response to a noise violation and the use of illegal drugs.

„„2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing –

„„100 block Perimeter Center East/Ash-

On March 30, someone attempted to break into a home but was unsuccessful. No items were reported stolen.

ford-Dunwoody Road – On April 7, police arrested a 51 year-old woman from Los Angeles for panhandling and soliciting rides.

„„5400 block of Redfield Circle – On

March 31, police responded to a report of a neighbor’s cat trapped in the callers’ trap, which was set up in their yard. „„4700 block of Peachtree Road – On

April 3, police responded to a call of an animal fight.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On March 28, a 40 year-old hotel manager reported to police his 2011 white BMW 528 was stolen from a parking garage. The car is valued at $25,000.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center East

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Dantanna’s Tavern Food 101 Hammock’s Trading Co. Hudson Grille Il Giallo Maya Steaks & Seafood

Live music from Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project, Tony Levitas and FRIENDS and the Tommy Dean Trio.

Meehan’s Public House Nancy G’s Nothing Bundt Cakes Rock ’N’ Taco Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Teela Taqueria Three Sheets Tin Can Fish House Under the Cork Tree *Restaurant list subject to change

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4-15-2016 Dunwoody Reporter  
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