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JULY 25 — AUG. 7, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 15 Residents review city’s master plan COMMUNITY 3

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Peachtree Road Walgreens finally wins approval BY JOE EARLE

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After years of contentious debate, the Walgreens project on Peachtree Road is moving toward construction. Brookhaven’s Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 on July 16 to allow a series of zoning variances needed for a new proposal for the project. Developer Jay Gipson said the vote provided the final zoning approval his company needed to move forward “This is it,” Gipson said. “I think we’re done, and we are so excited about moving forward and creating this.” Gipson’s plan calls for a three-story, brick-faced building with a parking garage at the corner of Peachtree Road and Colonial Drive. He said the structure will look like a “classic, old urban building.” Walgreens will operate a pharmacy on the first

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City Council delays tree code changes

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BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Police department welcomes its newest K-9,Dano PUBLIC SAFETY 19

Caroline Short, 7, dances with her nanny Sarah Gardze, while the movie “Footloose” shows on the big screen during Movies on the Town at Town Brookhaven on July 17. See another photo on page 5.

The Brookhaven City Council voted July 22 to defer changes to its tree ordinance to give staff members a chance to tweak them a bit before they’re adopted. But, even after approval, the city’s tree regulations will remain a work in progress, city officials said. Still, some residents say the proposed new rules are too vague and too lenient on developers. “I think we need to pass something immediately, so that nothing else slides through under the old ordinance, and then get a better one by September,” resident Ruth Ann Little said. And that’s just what the council did. Councilman Joe Gebbia suggested deferring the ordinance until July 29 at SEE CITY COUNCIL, PAGE 5

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