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Brookhaven Reporter


► Options unclear for school overcrowding, parents say PAGE 2 ► Judge to decide if business should open PAGE 3



Greenway master plan is approved, land acquisition to begin

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The excitement of the City Council’s unanimous vote Aug. 23 to approve the $35 million Peachtree Creek Greenway master plan is getting directed into the land acquisition needed for the new park and trail to become reality. The unanimous approval of the Peachtree Creek Greenway master plan was See GREENWAY on page 14

From left, Jaclyn Berisford, her dogs Wylie, lying down, and Theia, on lap, pose with Matt Marion and Hank, winners of the Ahimsa House Walk, Wag, N’ Run 5K race in Lenox Park on Aug. 27. The fifth annual event drew more than 400 participants, with proceeds benefiting animal and human victims of domestic violence.



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Dresden Drive owner sues city for mixed-use project denial BY DYANA BAGBY The Brookhaven City Council’s denial of the Solis Dresden mixed-use project is being challenged in court by the property owner. Dresden Properties, represented by the Galloway Group, filed an appeal in DeKalb Superior Court on Aug. 23 against the city and the individual council members, requesting the court to order the city to reconsider the rezoning See DRESDEN on page 15



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moved, she would choose to send her children to Dunwoody High School, which is already overcrowded. “There is just too The DeKalb County School District is in much vagueness of where [the magnet the process of determining how to use milschools] would go,” she said. lions of dollars of E-SPLOST funds to alleVoters overwhelming approved a referviate overcrowding that includes the possiendum on May 24 for $500 million to be bility of building new schools and adding raised by extending the 1 cent E-SPLOST on to others in Brookhaven and Dunwoody. for five years. Of that money, $230 million Hundreds of people packed into Cross goes toward alleviating overcrowding, with Keys High School in Brookhaven Aug. 25 $170 million set aside for new schools and to learn more and provide input into three additions. options the district is considering as part of School officials say there will be a shortits planning and feasibility study for midage of 5,600 seats at secondary schools in dle and high schools. A final plan is expectRegion 1 between now and 2022. ed to be presented to the DeKalb Board of Option A includes constructing a new Education at its 2,400-seat SeDec. 5 meeting. quoyah area School officials high school built noted at the Aug. on land to be 25 meeting that found and purRegion 1 of the dischased, plus a trict—which innew Cross Keys cludes Dunwoody area middle High School, Cross school at the forKeys High School, mer Briarwood Chamblee middle High School site and high schools, on North Druid and Sequoyah Hills Road near Middle School—is I-85, across from vastly overcrowdthe Target shoped. ping center. Brookhaven There would parents, however, be additions at said they are worfive secondary ried about their schools, includschools being split ing 600 seats to up with all options Cross Keys High proposed, includSchool, and no PHOTOS BY DYANA BAGBY ing “re-cluster“split feeders” Top, from left, Stacey Miller Morris, Ted ing” attendance Morris and Michael Sussman, from the Drew – meaning that areas in the Cross Valley neighborhood, attended the meeting middle school at Cross Keys High School on Aug. 25. Keys cluster. Some students could Dunwoody pargo to the same Above, from left, Amy Penn, Michele ents whose chilWilliams and Ellen Sparks, residents of high school toDunwoody, were also at the meeting. dren attend Chamgether. That opblee Charter High tion adds 6,500 School, a magnet school, say an option to seats to Region 1 middle and high schools relocate it leaves too much uncertainty of by 2022. Estimated cost is $247 million, inwhere their children would be going. cluding land purchase. The Drew Valley, Ashford Park and Option B would re-cluster Cross Keys Brookhaven Fields neighborhoods in and build a new 2,500-seat Cross Keys High Brookhaven are currently zoned to attend School at what is known as the Briarcliff Ashford Park Elementary School, Chamsite on North Druid Hills Road and convert blee Middle School and Chamblee Charter the current high school to a 1,500-seat midHigh School. dle school. Dunwoody High School would Drew Clough, who is expecting his first get 600 seats added. That option includes child, said none of the options keep neighsplit feeders to schools in several regions borhood children together. and would add 4,950 middle and high “The school district is expecting the parschool seats. Estimated cost is $163 million. ents of Brookhaven to … risk being torn in Option C includes re-clustering Cross half,” he said. “With all three, Drew Valley Keys, adding a new 2,000-seat high school gets separated. Drew Valley parents are in the Sequoyah area area, adding a 1,400open to integrating a lot of Cross Keys famseat middle school for Cross Keys at the Briilies together, but we oppose being separatarcliff site and relocating Chamblee maged from Ashford Park,” he said. net programs to schools in various regions Ellen Sparks of Dunwoody, who has two that have available space. Estimated cost is children attending Chamblee Charter High $224 million, including land purchase. School, said if the magnet high program is


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City asks judge if locked-room entertainment business should open BY DYANA BAGBY

The city of Brookhaven is asking a judge to lead it out of a zoning maze as an escape room business is seeking to set up shop on busy Dresden Drive. Time to Escape, an entertainment business where customers try to escape a locked room in under an hour, was set to open in July at 1441 Dresden Drive, also known as Village Park at Brookhaven. Village Park is where the popular Haven Restaurant & Bar and Valenza Italian Restaurants are the anchor businesses. But according to documents filed by the city Aug. 26 in DeKalb Superior Court, the city is confused as to whether the business is allowed under the zoning for the parcel and how “retail” is defined. That led the city to ask a judge to provide guidance in defining its zoning law and to issue a declaratory judgment. The action leaves Time to Escape in limbo, unable to get a certificate of occupancy from the city and open its doors. During a recent visit, the business was ready to open, with its realistic Alcatraz prison cell and a “King Tut” tomb with Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls. Dan Cleveland, owner of Time to Escape, said that he has hired the law firm Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, to represent him. He otherwise declined to comment. Dror Bezalel of Brookhaven Dresden, the company that owns the building, also declined to comment other than to say “we’re trying to resolve it” with the city. City spokesperson Ann Marie Quill declined to comment on the situation. Time to Escape received a business permit from the city in March and also received a building permit to modify the space on the second floor of the building, leasing its space from the building’s owner, Brookhaven Dresden. After Time to Escape finished its modifications and created escape rooms with the themes of “King Tut’s Tomb” and “Escape from Alcatraz,” it applied for a certificate of occupancy with Brookhaven so it could open to the public. Community Development Director Ben Song, though, had concerns about the zoning of the property and what is considered retail, and has not issued the certificate of occupancy, court documents state. City Attorney Chris BK

Balch states in the documents the city is unsure if Time to Escape is actually allowed to open at 1441 Dresden Drive because a condition of the inherited DeKalb County zoning law states only 50 percent of the building is allowed to be used as retail space. According to the city, there is no definition of “retail” defined in DeKalb County’s zoning code that the city inherited when it became a city in 2013, and there is also no definition of “retail” in Brookhaven’s zoning code. The city is asking the judge to define retail, and as part of the declaratory judgment, the city is asking the judge to define if restaurants are considered retail. Brookhaven inherited the DeKalb County rezoning of the property at 1441 Dresden Drive. Under that zoning, the property is zoned office institutional and shall not contain more than two buildings with no more than 20,160 square feet of space “with no more than 50 percent of each building available for retail uses, which may have exterior access, on the ground floor,” according to the filing. Eventually, only one building was built on the property at 1441 Dresden Drive at two stories tall. That building has approximately 19,206 square feet across its two stories, state court documents. The conditions for the property also include prohibited retail uses including: drive-through restaurant, franchise fast food restaurants, pawn shop, adult book or gift store which caters to prurient interests, tattoo or body piercing shop, pawn shop and more. “It is unclear whether the restaurant uses are retail uses or not, since some restaurant uses are expressly prohibited,” Balch states in the filing. “The zoning conditions passed by DeKalb County in 1999 are unclear, ambiguous and subject to interpretation,” the city states in its court filing. “The city finds itself in a state of uncertainty with competing legal interests and different interpretations of the zoning conditions.” Balch further states, “The city is left without a clear understanding of its duties and obligations in the circumstances,” and asks for direction from the court. Time to Escape, an entertainment business located at 1441 Dresden Drive, is in limbo while trying to open, while the city sorts out its zoning code. DYANA BAGBY

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A traffic-navigation app called Waze is taking over the roadways and drawing controversy for encouraging cut-through traffic in neighborhoods locally and nationwide. A recent experiment with Waze found the app indeed directs drivers through quiet neighborhood streets in Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. But, ironically, Waze would not send drivers into a Brookhaven neighborhood that has been a hot spot of protests about app-driven traffic. With the motto “Outsmarting traffic, together,” Waze uses a combination of GPS tracking and local roadway information crowdsourced from its own users. It both directs drivers to their destinations by the fastest route and allows them to report where heavy traffic is, where road work is happening, and even where police have set up roadblocks. Waze advertises 50 million users worldwide. It has gained popularity from drivers, and disdain from some neighborhoods, because its disembodied voice often directs users to back roads, side streets and through residential neighborhoods which were once only known to locals. Georgia Tech traffic engineering professor Michael Hunter says such apps are making traffic harder to predict. Elected officials are concerned, too. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has voiced concerns that drivers heading to the forthcoming Braves stadium in Cobb County will “start Waze-ing their way” through city neighborhoods. In Brookhaven, City Councilmember Bates Mattison was quoted in the Washington Post in June about Waze complaints there. But Waze

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BUCKHEAD TO SANDY SPRINGS Destination: From 103 West Paces Ferry Road to Reporter Newspapers at 6065 Roswell Road. Waze’s route: Waze directed drivers through Tuxedo Park neighborhoods via Habersham Road, including some streets with traffic-calming speed humps, then to Lake Forrest Drive. Traffic was light.


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Destinations: From Sandy Springs’ High Point Road to Buford Farmer’s Market; and from Peachtree Road Kroger and Brookhaven City Hall to Plaza Fiesta. Waze’s route: On all three rush-hour trips, Waze directed drivers through central Brookhaven via Dresden Drive. Last month, Brookhaven City Council approved extensive traffic-calming measures—including dozens more speed humps and partially closed roads—in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. The intent of the plan is to thwart Waze-users and other motorists from cutting through the residential neighborhood off North Druid Hills Road. But in all three trips of the recent experiment, Waze never directed drivers through Brookhaven Heights, instead using Dresden Drive about a block away. The traffic-calming devices are not yet installed and it is unclear whether Waze may have changed its map in response to the controversy. Waze and its corporate owner, Google, did not respond to questions.


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A rendering of a commercial streetfront within the 1117 Perimeter Center West redevelopment. The existing hexagonal office building is shown to the left with a heavily modified facade.


The billion-dollar, five-skyscraper redevelopment plan for 1117 Perimeter Center West in Sandy Springs has drawn traffic concerns. At an Aug. 22 community meeting, the developers tried to reassure residents with new commitments: guaranteeing a direct MARTA station connection and pledging to delay three of the five towers until after major roadway upgrades are done in 2020. About two dozen people attending the meeting at Sandy Springs City Hall still had concerns about parking and traffic, estimated at a minimum 12,000 vehicle trips per day. Among them was a representative of the neighboring Perimeter Pointe shopping center, who revealed early mixed-use redevelopment plans for the site. “No surprise, what we have primarily heard is, ‘It’s too dense. The infrastructure is

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overloaded,’” said project attorney Carl Westmoreland. But, he noted, the project is less dense than the city’s interim zoning guidelines around transit stations. It’s still one of the biggest projects ever proposed for Perimeter Center, while its mixed-use approach aims to make it an example of transit-oriented development. The plan by Australia-based Hong Property Trust, with JLL as developer, calls for about 1,600 residential units in three towers; about 1.5 million square feet of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. Including parking and other features, the towers could be 35 stories tall, project agent Rob Forrest said. An unusual, hexagonal office building currently on the site would remain, with heavy modifications into a retail attraction. New renderings presented at the meeting showed an ice skating rink in its central courtyard. Physicians/Providers: Gregory J. Cox, MD, Elizabeth M. Burns, MD, Corinne L. Erickson, MD, Shaanan S. Shetty, MD, and Pamela M. McElearney, PA-C

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Another major feature: a direct connection to the Sandy Springs MARTA station via a tunnel under Perimeter Center West. Updated designs show much of the tunnel lined with storefronts. The project would feature the tallest buildings in Perimeter Center—and one of the lowest parking ratios. The 5,200 proposed on-site spaces are 35 percent fewer than regular zoning would call for, and about 10 percent lower than the city’s transit-oriented development standards, the developers said. Like every other major development, it would offer tenants incentives for MARTA use—but it also would simply not provide enough parking for everyone to drive. The project needs rezoning from commercial to mixed-use, but its only requested variance will be for lower-than-required parking. “We don’t want or need to have that many cars here,” Forrest said, explaining the developers are convinced from Buckhead and downtown Atlanta examples that there is a market for projects that draw transit-users. “Pushing the parking count way down…to almost half of whatever anyone else would do, is pushing people to [use alternative transportation].” DDR Corp., the owner of Perimeter Pointe, is concerned that could also mean people simply park in its lots across the street, especially with the MARTA tunnel connecting them. “It both concerns me and it’s exciting,” Tom Garvey, DDR’s director of development, told Forrest during the meeting. More transit use is the future, Garvey said, but, “culturally, Atlanta’s not there yet.”

DDR has mixed-use redevelopment plans of its own for Perimeter Pointe, Garvey said. Such redevelopment was recommended in the 2005 Perimeter Livable Centers Initiative study, and suggested in a 2010 master’s student project displayed at the Museum of Design Atlanta. The Perimeter Pointe plans are “just very conceptual at this point,” Garvey said in an interview. But, he added, the site is clearly a good one for “intensification” with mixed retail and housing uses. A current phrase in the shopping center industry, he said, is, “Instead of a mall, we call it an ‘all.’” Westmoreland and Forrest said the developers will agree to make the project’s occupancy permits conditional on building a working MARTA connection. In plain English, that means that if the MARTA tunnel doesn’t work, the developers can’t rent or sell space to anyone. The developers also committed to delaying three of the five towers until several major Ga. 400-related road improvements are completed. Those huge projects, slated for completion in 2020, include: rebuilding the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange; adding separate entrance/exit ramps on Ga. 400; turning the Ga. 400/Abernathy Road interchange into a diverging diamond; and widening the Mount Vernon Highway bridge. In the meantime, the developers would build one residential tower and one office tower. The proposal next heads to the Sandy Springs Planning Commission in October, Westmoreland said.

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ready when you arrive. Just pick your additions and plunge in. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices, but if you don’t know where to start, pick a number. I had the #1 spicy chicken ramen. It comes with chicken broth, two fat slices of tender chicken chashu, spinach, spicy bean sprouts, Tokyo negi (a type of onion), green onion and thin noodles. All noodles and broths are made in-house. If you like fresh pasta, wait until you try fresh ramen. It comes in a gigantic bowl, and try as you might to put a dent in it, no matter how hungry you are you’ll still be taking half of it home. Well worth the $12, and you can add over 20 different accoutrements for a dollar or two more – anything from extra noodles to a poached egg to bok choy to dried seaweed. My wife ordered the #2 garlic

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The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber’s Restaurant Council marked the start of football season with its second annual “Kickoff Cookout” at The Prado’s 5 Seasons Brewing Company beer garden on Aug. 27. Attendees enjoyed live music and food from several local restaurants.

Chef Ron Eyester has joined Nancy and Colman Goodrich to rebrand Nancy G’s into Southern Bistro. The Sandy Springs restaurant, located in the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center at 4920 Roswell Road, will feature an updated menu and more expansive bar program as well as food-driven events and a Sunday brunch service. More information at Midtown Restaurant Week is set for Sept. 10-18 with more than 40 restaurants offering brunch, lunch and dinner options from $15, $25 and/or $35 prix-fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. A complete list of those participating is available at

Foundation. This year’s theme is taken from John Updike’s novel and film, “The Witches of Eastwick.” Hosts/chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison will welcome an all-female line up of award-winning chefs at Ponce City Market for the event. Tickets are $250 for James Beard Foundation members and $275 for non-members. For details, visit Restaurateur Chris Martha and Chef Michael Semancik are expected to open Scout in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood soon. The menu will feature “interpretive regional cuisine” alongside a craft cocktail menu from beverage director Nate Shuman. The restaurant is located at 321 West Hill St.


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Metro Atlanta’s top pro and college football teams hopefully will improve on their 2015 seasons—and if not, there’s always tailgating! So say the kickoff-ready respondents to the latest 1Q cellphone survey of residents in Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown communities. A 54 percent majority of the 167 respondents said the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons are their favorite local professional team, with the rest almost evenly split between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. And 54 percent thought their favorite team would have more wins than last year—which would be good news for the 3-9 Yellow Jackets and 8-8 Falcons. Tailgate partying was by far the activity fans most enjoy about football season. But some respondents also cited fantasy football, visiting impressive stadiums and the game itself. “I absolutely love tailgating,” said a 20-year-old Buckhead woman. “What’s better than BBQ, a cold beer and watching the game with your buddies?”

“The excitement, the competition, the fact that you never know what will happen. Football is the best reality TV!” --36-year-old Atlanta woman

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After Sandy Springs PCIDs dispute, others report no paperwork issues In the wake of a $2.8 million paperwork-error dispute between Sandy Springs and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, the cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody say their reviews have found no similar problems with their PCIDs deals. Dunwoody spent $4,000 on a special audit to make sure, according to city spokesperson Bob Mullen, while the city of Brookhaven says it regularly conducts such reself-taxing business districts in Perimviews. eter Center. The organization frequentPCIDs President and CEO Yvonne ly partners with Perimeter Center cities Williams declined to comment. on projects. Sandy Springs is considering a lawMullen said that last year, Dunsuit against PCIDs woody Public for errors in federWorks Director Mial grant paperwork chael Smith and for PeachtreeFinance Director Dunwoody Road Chris Pike ordered streetscape iminternal and exprovements carternal reviews of ried out severPCIDs deals “and al years ago. After found everything a 2014 audit, the to be in order as it federal governpertains to Dunment discovered woody.” the various filing For the extererrors and omisnal review, Mullen sions, and demandsaid, Dunwoody ed its $2.8 million ANN MARIE QUILL spent $4,000 to in funds back from BROOKHAVEN SPOKESPERSON hire Mulcahy Acthe Georgia Decounting & Risk partment of TransConsulting to reportation, which in turn demanded the view and audit the “grant management money from the city, which had acted process” for PCIDs-related grants. as the grant’s fiscal agent. Pending any As for Brookhaven, city spokesperresolution to the situation, GDOT is deson Ann Marie Quill said, “The city conducting the money from the city’s antinuously reviews projects to ensure nual paving fund allocation, according we’re adhering to all applicable guideto city attorney Wendell Willard. lines.” The PCIDs are two jointly staffed

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An artist rendering of proposed four-story Dresden Village, slated to include a 194-unit apartment complex. A vote by City Council on the mixed-used project was deferred for 90 days since no consensus has been reached between developers and residents.

Council defers vote on Dresden Village development BY DYANA BAGBY

The Brookhaven City Council agreed Aug. 23 to defer for 90 days a vote on the rezoning request for a proposed mixeduse development on Dresden Drive that includes a 194-unit apartment complex. The proposed development, named Dresden Village, by Connolly Investment and Development and Fairfield Residential, is slated to be back before the Planning Commission on Nov. 2. There is no consensus between residents and the developers of what to put on the site despite numerous meetings between the two, said Carl Westmoreland, attorney for the developers, in asking for the 90-day deferral. “We’ll try to bring you a consensus project in November,” he said. Developers are proposing to build a 194-unit apartment complex with 20,000 square feet of retail space on the approximate 3 acres at 1336-1370 Dresden and 2544-256 Caldwell, where the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner office is located. They are seeking to rezone the property from O-I (office institution) and PC-2 (pedestrian community) to entirely PC-2. Brian Levy, a resident who lives near Dresden Drive and has been working with

the developers, said the neighbors supported the 90-day deferral. “We understand substantially different plans are in the works and we look forward to looking at the revised plans,” Levy said. Councilmember John Park said he is typically reticent to approve deferral requests because developers should bring their “A” game when coming to the community with a proposed plan, but agreed to this one because the residents were willing to keep working with the developers. The city’s Community Development staff recommended approval for Dresden Village but only if the density was lowered from the requested 56.6 residential units per acre to 45 units per acre, or from 194 apartments to some 155 apartments. Density is the sticking point — many residents living in surrounding singlefamily neighborhoods have criticized the number of apartment projects on Dresden Drive, especially with the proposed Brookhaven MARTA station redevelopment on Peachtree Road that could add another 547 multifamily units. Community members speaking out against the project suggested that 30 units per acre is a reasonable compromise.

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Saturday, September 17 (festival hours 9:00 am – 6:00 pm) 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pet Parade Registration 10:00 am - 11:00 am 29th Annual Pet Parade 11:00 am - 11:30 am Pet Parade Awards Ceremony 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Jump Start Gym 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Bush Centre for Ballet 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Ridgeview MS & Riverwood HS 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Grace and the Spartans 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Highbeams 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sam Burchfield 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Dance It Off Studio 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Banks & Shane Festival closes at 6:00 pm

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Sunday, September 18 (festival hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs 11:00 am - 11:45 am Sky Gym 11:45 am - 12:30 pm School of Rock Buckhead 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Moohan Martial Arts 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm No Solution 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm North Springs HS Marching Band 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Zach Seabaugh 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Drake Irish Dancing School 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AJ Ghent Band Festival closes at 5:00 pm


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Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

Friends of the Festival Thank you to the following individuals for their financial support of the 2016 Sandy Springs Festival: Alan & Honey Barnes Susan & Bob Beard Guy & Jeanette Berger Iain Bluett Barton & Joy Brown Marsha & Tony Cintorino Emmett Cloud / Morgan Stanley D.J. & Laura DeLong Lane Duncan Barbara Duren Lori Evers

Maryann & Jim Gillespie Jim Hinkle Rodger & Jill Johnson Kevin King Carole & Sidney Kirschner Meryl & Richard Levitt Nancy & Scott McCord Le'Dor Milteer Suzanne Minotto Bunny Mitchell

Sarah & Mark Moore Dorothy Myers Dr. & Mrs. John Neeld Alice Nelson Sally & Peter Parsonson Harriet Sessoms Cynthia & Jerre Swann Megan Tucker Bob & Georgia Watts Joe Wilkinson Gene Wypyski


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Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, center, members of City Council, Peachtree Creek Greenway volunteers and a representative from The Salvation Army applauded approval of the Greenway’s master plan on Aug. 23.

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greeted with applause and the blowing of party horns as the council and numerous volunteers and residents in support of the plan celebrated what has been some three years in the making. “This is a historic moment for Brookhaven,” Councilmember Joe Gebbia said of the vote. But the plan for a multi-use trail and park along the Peachtree Creek covers land that is almost entirely privately owned. Currently the city owns only a parcel behind the Pink Pony strip club and has an access agreement with a new gas station planned for Buford Highway. Land acquisition or access is the next step, and the Salvation Army may offer an opportunity. A “100-day action plan” outlined by engineers Heath & Lineback in the master plan includes the city allocating funds in the 2017 budget for the design of the Greenway between Villas at Druid Hills and Briarwood Road, and to coordinate with the Salvation Army to “secure access to their property through a donation, acquisition or an easement for the future construction of the trail.” The Salvation Army property is located between Buford Highway and I-85, just west of North Druid Hills Road, with a patch of woods behind its parking lot. Capt. Ken Argot of the Salvation Army gave the invocation at the Aug. 23 meeting, and posed in a group photo with the council and volunteers after the vote. “To this point, there have been no formal presentations from the city of Brookhaven to The Salvation Army Board of Trustees regarding the use of the space behind our locations, however, we are in current conversations for a plan that would be beneficial to both parties and the community,” Argot said in a statement. “This project has been a catalyst for better partnerships and more involvement with the city of Brookhaven and The Salvation Army in the future, and we look forward to working together on this and other projects that will benefit our community,” Argot said. Betsy Eggers, chair of the nonprofit

Peachtree Creek Greenway, said she was happy Argot attended the meeting and is looking forward to working with The Salvation Army. “The work is in process,” she said. A consultant has been hired to assist the city in land acquisition. City Manager Christian Sigman said the next steps for the project are to transition from planning to strategic finance and budgeting. The Peachtree Creek Greenway plan is a 12-mile multi-use path and linear park that is designed, in the long term, to connect the Atlanta BeltLine to Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. The North Fork of Peachtree Creek begins outside of I-285 and mostly flows along I-85 until it joins the South Fork of Peachtree Creek near the Lindbergh MARTA station and Path400 in Buckhead. The initial focus of the project is on three miles within Brookhaven and approximately one mile through Century Center in Chamblee. The developers are recommending a five-year plan that develops a segment of the Greenway in Brookhaven from Villas at Druid Hills to Briarwood Road at an estimated cost of about $5.8 million. This is expected to be the most “aesthetically pleasing segment of greenway” with two green space areas, according the draft plan. Plans for this segment include a major trailhead at Northeast Plaza and a trailhead at Briarwood Road, with unpaved nature trails and paved trails on both sides of the creek. According to the master plan, the south side trail system requires redevelopment of property on the I-85 access road that will include a connection to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “This is not going to be an inexpensive project, but it is going to be a statement project,” said Councilmember Gebbia, who represents District 4, where the Greenway will be located. “It’s going to be a sought-after trail … and the only park in the city to be an economic generator.” District 4 currently has no parkland. Gebbia said analysts have estimated the city could make $6 or $7 for every $1 spent investing on the project.


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Dresden Drive owner sues city for mixed-use denial Continued from page 1 application within 60 days. Dresden Properties owns four tracts at the corner of Dresden Drive and Appalachee Drive. It argues that the council’s recent denial of a rezoning request for a mixed-development to be built on the site was “arbitrary, capricious and was not supported by any evidence,” as well as unconstitutional. City spokesperson Ann Marie Quill said the city had no comment on pending litigation. The Solis Dresden developer, Terwilliger Pappas, is not involved in the legal challenge, according to Woody Galloway of the Galloway Group. The Brookhaven City Council voted unanimously at its July 26 meeting to deny a rezoning request for the proposed Solis Dresden development, which included 113 apartments, eight for-sale townhomes, 9,000 feet of retail and restaurant space, and 3,600 square feet of live-work units, along booming Dresden Drive. At the start of the July 26 meeting, Laurel David, an attorney for Terwilliger Pappas, asked for the withdrawal of the rezoning request because, she said, the property owner would not be able to develop the property for two years if the rezoning request was denied. City Attorney Chris Balch said there is a law that allows the rezoning request to be made again in six months and that the council could choose to waive the two-year wait. However, several residents spoke during the public comment portion of

the meeting to ask the council to deny the rezoning request rather than accept the withdrawal or defer the vote. Dresden Properties and its manager John Carlos allege in the lawsuit that the current zoning of the property “imposes a significant detriment to the property.” The approximate 4 acres of property is currently zoned residential and office-industrial; developers were seeking to rezone the property PC-2, or pedestrian community, which allows for mixed-use development. The litigation also seeks to have the current zoning of the property be considered “unconstitutional, illegal, null and void, and result in a taking of the plaintiff’s property without just compensation.” Both the Planning Commission and the city planning staff had recommended the rezoning request be denied. Over many months, residents fought the development, showing up to the Planning Commission and City Council meetings wearing red shirts to show their opposition. Developers met with community members, and despite many changes to the project, those living in the surrounding neighborhoods said they could not support the development. Residents told council members that while they don’t oppose development, they can’t support more apartments on Dresden Drive. And while the developers did make some changes to their original plans, the changes never satisfied the requests by residents in the surrounding neighborhoods.


An artist rendering of Solis Dresden, looking from Appalachee Drive. The City Council’s denial of the project has spurred the developer to file an appeal in DeKalb Superior Court.



Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved negotiations to purchase a 30-acre “green oasis” at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport from DeKalb County. To see a larger version, go to

City to buy PDK Airport land as ‘green oasis’ BY DYANA BAGBY

A 30-acre plot of land at DeKalbPeachtree Airport will be a “green oasis” for the city of Brookhaven, a place for future generations to enjoy and get away from a busy urban life. That was the message City Council members announced as they unanimously approved to have City Manager Christian Sigman enter into negotiations to purchase the land from DeKalb County at an estimated cost of $5.7 million. The city is awaiting the county commission’s approval of the sale, according to city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill. The future park is on Clairmont Road between 9th Street and Tobey Road. The wooded land with a creek running previously served as an emergency crash-landing zone for the airport. City Councilmember John Park likened the purchase to those who had the foresight to envision New York City’s Central Park and Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. “We can really shape our future and for generations to come … and I believe this is a responsible decision [to buy the land],” he said. “Our children and their children will have a forest with a creek … and as the concrete jungle comes from the city of Atlanta and surrounds us, our vision on the council and by residents is this is to be a green oasis.” Purchase and financing of the property includes several possibilities, Sigman said, from payment plans with the county, federal and state grants, and also possibly using $2.4 million from the May sale of Skyland Park to the DeKalb County Board of Education for a new elementary school. Councilmember Bates Mattison supported buying the property, but said he opposed using any stormwater funds to finance the land.

“We’ve been talking about his property for a long time. Some say we should use stormwater funds ... but we have flooding problems,” he said. “If we buy this, let’s not raid our stormwater fund.” “We have the opportunity now to buy the land and should not let it escape us. But we do need further discussion on how to pay for it,” Mattison said. “We don’t have a line item for green space. We have to be fiscally prudent.” Councilmember Joe Gebbia said Sigman has numerous options to buy and finance the land and that the clock is ticking on buying the “pristine” piece of property for the city. “This is a very unique opportunity for Brookhaven,” he said. “This is a multigenerational decision.” Councilmember Linley Jones said the actions by the council to approve the Peachtree Creek Greenway Master plan and purchase the PDK Airport land are examples of why the city was created. “We’ve taken major steps to protect the Brookhaven way of life,” she said. Before the vote, former councilmember Jim Eyre spoke against the city buying the land and instead, use money to improve the city’s current parks. He also accused Park of possibly benefiting from the purchase because his home is located near the property. Eyre asked Park to recuse himself from the vote. Park said he “searched his heart really hard” and, although his home is adjacent to the PDK property, he said he has no financial conflict of interest and declined to recuse himself. He said he sought the city attorney’s advice, and also said because a stream acts as a buffer between his house and the property, his property values will not increase, according to appraisal. “I hope this puts this issue to rest,” Park said.

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Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This festival fundraiser benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. See police and fire vehicles, enjoy bouncy house, face painting, music, train rides, dunking booth, barbeque, petting zoo. Free. All are welcome. Donations appreciated. First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs, 650 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-257-1143 for details.



Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Brookhaven Fields Civic Association hosts its 22nd annual Yard Sale. Residents sell their wares in garages, front yards and driveways. Look for hot pink signs, maps of participating homes. Free. Open to the public. Behind Brookhaven MARTA, between North Druid Hills Road and Dresden Drive, 30319. Go to:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Atlanta History Center celebrates all things Southern, featuring cooking demonstrations, corn husk doll making, music, art and storytelling. Free for members; included with admission for non-members. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-4000 or visit:

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Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-4 p.m. Hey, pups! Hop into the Murphey Candler pool! $10 per dog. Free entry into “Biggest Splash” contest at 3 p.m. Dog owners NOT permitted to swim during event. Dogs must be current on vaccinations. 1551 West Nancy Creek Dr., NE, Brookhav-

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ISRAELI FOLK GROUP Sunday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m. Baladino offers interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies. For all ages. Open to the community. Tickets: $15-$22. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678812-4002 or email:

‘RUINATION’ Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m. Spruill Gallery reopens to the community with a reception for an exhibit which explores the impact of mankind’s intervention in the natural world. Show continues through October 29. Free. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-4019 or go to


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. Weinstein Hospice and Jewish Home Life Communities hold a free, community viewing of “Being Mortal,” touching on patients and families facing terminal illness, as well as exploring relationships between patients and doctors. Q&A follows. William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, 30327. Call 404-3524308, email: or visit:

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Sunday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust presents speaker Clarke Otten, who discusses, “The Dinky in Dunwoody — History of the Roswell Railroad.” Free. All are welcome. Donaldson-Bannister House, 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-668-0401 or email:

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Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: I have many childhood memories of convincing my younger brother he wanted to be my student in my pretend classroom. I think I’ve been training to be a teacher for a long time. I had already worked with children quite a bit as a high school and college student—I was a ski instructor, a taekwondo coach and a Girl Scout leader—so it seemed like a natural fit. I actually got my first teaching job right out of grad school partly because the head of the World Language Department remembered my work as a Girl Scout day camp counselor.

Q: Has the appeal changed? A: I think you have to reinvent yourself sometimes so that, while what attracted you in the first place may change, you still love what you do. Recently I have become involved with Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global

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Leadership (ICGL). My A: I love the role as direcrhythm of the tor of Global school year with Leadership a fresh, excitin the miding beginning evdle school ery August. There allows me LAURA BLACK INMAN is time to learn to be a classEdna-May Hermosillo, far right, with students at last something new room teachyear’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership program. and refresh over er while also the summer, and the start of having a hand in developing the next school year is the perprograms and education for fect opportunity to implement students and teachers around new, creative ideas and reflect an annual global theme, and on what has worked well and to help teachers create a series what should be changed. I’m of domestic and international not sure there are other professtudy tours for our students. sions in which one gets a redo The past two summers I’ve every 12 months. had the incredible experience I also typically teach the to lead an ICGL service trip to same group of students for the Dominican Republic. Pace Edna-May Hermosillo two to three years, and it is inMiddle School students plan Pace Academy credibly motivating to see how and lead a week of activities much progress they make as French speakers at an English-immersion summer camp for from year to year. underprivileged children, mostly Haitian, in Ultimately, though, what truly motivates partnership with Project Esperanza. We teach me is a sense that I am helping my students English, practice French and Spanish, and we see that there is a world outside of Atlanta. try to learn Creole. We say that we are “changing our stars toQ: What do you think makes a great gether.” I would never have imagined this

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Q: How do you engage your students? A: I prioritize making my classroom a student-centered microcosm of “all things French.” It’s like a flea market of objects I’ve gathered in my own travels…from a Haitian Mardi Gras horse mask to Moroccan shoes. And we listen to music, watch films, meet people and learn about the culture of a variety of French-speaking places. I work diligently to create opportunities for all students to participate enthusiastically and actively in learning activities that run the gamut from artistic to technological to competitive. I expect students to use the language to sing, dance and create in French, and not just learn about it.

Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? A: Each year is a little different and my students do many projects, but one thing I try to do is find opportunities for students to realize that French is real and it is all around them. For example, I have accompanied students to see many French plays at Atlanta-based Théâtre du Rêve, to practice their skills at several different French restaurants around the city, to learn about West African art at the High Museum, and to travel on trips to Francophone destinations like France, Quebec and Haiti. We have engaged in the classroom with guest speakers such as returned Peace Corps volunteers and refugees from Rwanda— we’ve even Skyped with Haitian students. And, of course, students always look forward to when we make crêpes and also indulge in chocolate fondue!

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Overlay District to get the review some residents have long wanted BY DYANA BAGBY

About 50 people from the Brookhaven Heights, Brookhaven Fields and Briarwood Park neighborhoods recently gathered at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and sat around tables with large maps to discuss the future. The meeting was one of several character area study community input meetings, where residents have direct input into how they envision preserving and maintaining their neighborhoods’ unique style and appearance. While many focused on the character area study and noted the desire for more green space and protecting the city’s trees, many also complained about the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District, which runs from Peachtree Road down Dresden Drive and through the heart of their neighborhoods and city. “It was to be used as a shield, but really it’s been a sword,” said Suzanne Heath. Mixed-use developments that include hundreds of apartments have been proposed in recent months for the Overlay District. They are proposed for the area so they can take advantage of the proximity to Brookhaven’s MARTA station and the walkability and urban village feel of Dresden Drive. The developments, specifically the proposed number of apartments, have brought Heath and other neighborhood activists to City Hall to fight back against developers. The activists argue the proposed developments, which have included up to 60 residential units per acre, would destroy the surrounding neighborhoods and worsen traffic in an already congested area. And the activists have been winning, forcing developers to cut back significantly on the number of units per acre. The property owner of one proposed development is suing the city after City Council denied the developers’ rezoning request last month; another developer asked, and received, a deferral on its rezoning request until November. Now, though, the Overlay District is going to get the review and revision some residents have been asking for. City Council voted at its Aug. 23 meeting to put out bids for a facilitator to guide residents through an Overlay District planning session. Tentative plans are to have this session completed and a plan proposed in about six months, at the same time as the current “character area” studies are set to be finished. City officials are studying the areas – various neighborhoods or commercial districts defined by their “character” – as part of a revision of the city’s long-term plans. Mayor John Ernst said because the Overlay District is not a character area itself, it was not included in the original series of meetings. He said city staff and the council agreed the recently implemented six-month zoning moratorium, set to expire in February, was the best time to allow residents take a closer look at the Overlay District. “This will be a stepping stone to a rezoning rewrite,” Ernst said, adding the recent controversies have been “maddening” to residents and developers. City Councilmember Bates Mattison, who pushed for the Overlay District discussion, said it was right to do so because of the anxiety caused to residents and developers over what is allowed. “During this moratorium, we need to take a hard look at the Overlay to provide clarity,” Mattison said. “We need to get a design consultant … and determine how we handle the mixed-use corridor. We have an equal responsibility between the city, citizens and the development community – right now there’s a disconnect.” One major disconnect is density, or how many units per acre, should be allowed in the district. Developers have started at 60 units and come down to as low as 45 units per acre after community blowback. Neighborhood activists have proposed 30 units per acre, a number Councilmember Joe Gebbia agreed with. “It’s always a density issue. Along Dresden Drive, I think it should be 30 units per acre, and you can quote me on that,” he said. “This would bring predictability, so we don’t have to have battles.” Councilmember John Park said it makes sense to study the Overlay District because it’s the area that brings about the most “consternation,” and Councilmember Linley Jones said the area “needs a character area study, if not more, because the area is facing a more rapid pace of development” than anywhere else in the city. Allowing residents to have a say in how they’d like to preserve, maintain and control development within the Overlay District is part of fulfilling a campaign promise on smart growth, Park said. “While we have everyone’s attention [with the character area studies], let’s get their input on the Overlay,” he said. “All of us campaigned on smart growth. This is part of delivering on that promise.”




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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven police reports dated Aug. 15 through Aug. 28 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

20, arrest for aggravated assault. „„3400 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

20, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

OT H E R „„1900 block of N. Druid Hills Rd. – On

Aug. 15, report of city ordinance violation. „„3300 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

„„3300 block of Buford Hwy./Briarwood

Rd. – On Aug. 18, report of wanted person located. „„3600 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

18, report of unruly child.


„„3000 block of Buford Hwy/Lincoln

15, report of lost and found property.

„„1800 block of Corporate Blvd. – On

„„3500 block of Buford Hwy – On Aug.

15, report of battery.

Court Ave. – On Aug. 20, arrest for forgery in the first degree.

„„1000 block of Glen Way – On Aug. 16,

Aug. 19, report of city ordinance violation.

„„2700 block of Drew Valley Rd. – On

„„2700 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

Aug. 15, report of simple battery. „„1800 block of Winchester Trail – On

Aug. 16, report of battery.

ARRESTS „„1900 block of North Druids Hills Rd. –

On Aug. 15, arrest of wanted person located. „„1900 block of North Druid Hills Rd. – On

Aug. 15, arrest for transactions in drug-related paraphernalia within the city. „„3500 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

16, arrest for aggravated assault. „„2600 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

16, arrest for failure to appear. „„3900 block of Peachtree Rd. – On Aug.

16, arrest for marijuana possession. „„1800 block of Winchester Tr. – On

Aug. 16, arrest for battery-family violence. „„2600 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

17, arrest for failure to appear. „„1900 block of N. Druid Hills Rd. – On

Aug. 17, arrest for failure to obey traffic control devices. „„3700 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

17, arrest for aggressive driving. „„2800 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

18, arrest for marijuana possession. „„4400 block of Memorial Dr. – On Aug.

21, arrest for public intoxication and consumption. „„3500 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

21, arrest for terroristic threats and acts. „„2800 block of Cravenridge Dr. – On

Aug. 22, arrest for failure to keep animal under restraint while on property. „„1300 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

Aug. 22, arrest for battery. „„1300 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

Aug. 22, arrest for battery. „„3300 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

24, arrest for battery. „„2400 block of Briarcliff Rd. – On Aug.

25, arrest for forgery in the third degree. „„2000 Johnson Ferry Rd. – On Aug. 28,

arrest for loitering or prowling.

BURGLARY „„1100 block of Standard Dr. – On Aug.

17, report of burglary-no forced entryresidence.

FRAUD „„2400 block of Briarcliff Rd. – On Aug.

15, report of fraudulent activity-other.

report of theft of articles from vehicle. „„1900 block of N. Druid Hills Rd. – On

Aug. 16, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

bling Creek Rd. – On Aug. 18, arrest for suspended/revoked driver’s license.

„„4100 block of Candler Lake W. – On

„„1800 block of Corporate Blvd. – On

„„700 block of Town Blvd. – On Aug. 17,

Aug. 19, arrest for marijuana possession. „„1400 block of Ashford Creek Dr./Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Rd. – On Aug. 20, arrest for disorderly conduct.

„„1300 block of Briarwood Rd. – On Aug.

16, report of lost and found property. „„3400 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

17, report of Peeping Tom. „„100 block of Lincoln Ct. – On Aug. 17,

report of harassing communication. „„3300 block of Gables Dr. – On Aug. 18,

report of verbal dispute.

ford-Dunwoody Rd. – On Aug. 20, report of city ordinance violation. „„3800 block of Peachtree Rd. – On Aug.

20, report of criminal trespass warning. „„4000 block of Peachtree Rd. – On Aug.

20, report of city ordinance violation. „„4000 block of Peachtree Rd. – On Aug.

20, report of criminal trespass. „„3400 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

20, report of city ordinance violation.


The Brookhaven Police Department is hosting its Annual Hot Pursuit 5K race on Sept. 17 to benefit the department’s “Shop with a Badge” program that assists children in need in the area every December The entry fee is $30 if made by Sept. 8 and $35 after. Registration includes T-shirts while supplies last. The race starts and ends on Dresden Drive near Apple Valley Drive and DeKalb Fire Station #2. Parking will be in the rear lot of the Brookhaven MARTA station at 3360 Peachtree Road. As part of the “Shop with a Badge” program in December, officers and other local first responders and public safety volunteers partner up with children from the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club to shop for items from their Christmas wish list. Each child has a $200 limit. For more information about the “Shop with a Badge” program, contact Officer Carlos Nino at or Officer Wilner Piquant at wilner. or 404-637-0704.

„„1100 block of W. Druid Hills Dr. – On

„„100 block of Town Blvd. – On Aug. 16,

„„1400 block of Harts Mills Rd./Bub-

On Aug. 16, report of demented person transported.

„„1400 block of Ashford Creek Dr./Ash-


„„3100 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

18, arrest for forgery in the first degree.

„„100 block of Perimeter Summit Blvd. –

15, report of fraud-impersonation.

Aug. 15, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

„„2400 block of Briarcliff Rd. – On Aug.

report of damage to private property.

„„1200 block of Dresden Dr. – On Aug.

18, arrest for entering auto. 18, arrest for truancy.


„„3500 block of Buford Hwy. – On Aug.

Aug. 17, report of theft-other offenses. report of theft-articles from vehicle. „„3400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

– On Aug. 17, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

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