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AUG. 22 — SEPT. 4, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 17

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Plan calls for Buford Highway rebirth BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Max Davis said. The Brookhaven City Council on Aug. 12 readopted its zoning map to correct problems on nearly 1,000 land parcels out of the 14,000 researched. The errors were fixed after the council voted in November to audit the zoning map the city adopted from DeKalb County in early 2013. City employees discovered that 20-year’s worth of zon-

City planners foresee a future for the portion of Buford Highway in Brookhaven that includes fancy shops, fine restaurants and a mix of high-priced and affordable housing. “Buford Highway is our diamond in the rough,” said Brookhaven City Councilman Joe Gebbia, who represents the corridor. He said the city’s new plan for the area, presented to the council on Aug. 12 and scheduled to be adopted formally in September, will take the city in the direction it wants to go. But some residents aren’t so sure. Dale Boone, who lives in the district, said the plan “is a little bit hard to swallow right now.” He said it’s hard to support investing in an area with so many home invasions and armed robberies. He lamented the corridor’s loss of businesses, including Captain D’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. Boone said he was con“When we first started cerned that none of his neighup, there was lots bors were involved in the planning process. “We should of distrust and nonall take a step back and listen reporting of crime.” to property owners,” he said. The Buford Highway Development Plan and Eco– GARY YANDURA nomic Strategy is part of a BROOKHAVEN POLICE CHIEF larger process that follows under the umbrella Comprehensive Plan. The comprehensive plan, scheduled to be adopted in November, also includes transportation and parks initiatives. “We are looking forward to this being our recruitment and marketing tool for Buford Highway,” City Manager Marie Garrett said. The city hired The Jaeger Company and Urban Partners to develop the plan with the help of citizens, elected officials and city staff. Key parts of plan included looking at potential uses of specific parcels of land in the corridor. Urban Partners’ Jim Hartley pointed out that a suggested greenway along the North Fork Peachtree Creek that runs parallel to Buford Highway is a major component of the plan that calls for more walkability, producing “an amenity that will change the character of the site.” He also pointed out underdeveloped parcels along the corridor, with suggestions for how they might be utilized. One parcel near the intersection of Buford Highway and North Druid Hills Road currently contains vacant property, a gas station and an auto title business. Hartley said he envisions that location as “a significant hotel site” with conference facilities that could take advantage of the corridor’s international theme.

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SEE PLAN, PAGE 7

Fourth grader Haresh Mukherjee, left, shares ideas with Tevy Tenn during an engineering project in a STEM class at Ashford Park Elementary School on Aug. 11. More photos on page 26.

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‘Hundreds of errors’ now fixed in city’s zoning records BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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More than a year after Brookhaven opened for business, officials say they now believe the city has accurate zoning records. After about nine months of work, city officials say they think they have fixed hundreds of errors in the zoning map the city inherited from DeKalb County. City officials say they now believe they can stand behind the zoning map, which records zoning for every property in the city. “It’s a sigh of relief that this is done,” Mayor J.

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