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City embarks on new dog park plan to settle long-running Brook Run fight BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Over 200 volunteers participated in the annual “Clean, Fix, Shine-up Dunwoody” event at Brook Run Park on Nov. 1. Left, Dunwoody residents Jacob Kieffer, along with his grandfather Keith Kieffer, right, help Trees Atlanta plant crabapple trees. See more photos on page 6.
All Saints proposes to rebuild ‘from ground up’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
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All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody plans to rebuild its 35-year-old sanctuary. “We’re running out of space,” church business manager Ed Konopka said. Several buildings stand on the church’s campus, including the sanctuary, an administration building, a gym and a scout hut. “What we’re attempting to do is redo the church and the administration building,” Konopka said. All Saints plans to reconstruct the church building from the ground up. Konopka said it was built in 1979 on unstable soil. The new church is planned to have two stories with a basement, Konopka said, while the administration building will have three stories. “So we’re staying on the same footprint, but being able to
get more usage out of the property,” he said. The appearance of the new brick building will differ from the present wooden church. “It’s going to look dramatically different,” he said. The church still is going through the development process, and hasn’t yet begun to raise funds for the project, but Konopka said he estimates around $18 million will be needed. “We have to raise the money, and then get the city to agree to the plans, and then it could take through February or March to approve, so construction wouldn’t start until after Easter next year,” he said. How long it takes to complete the project would depend SEE ALL SAINTS, PAGE 27
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Two Australian shepherd dogs chased a chewed-up yellow Frisbee around Brook Run Dog Park, unaware that their scenery is about to change. Ryan Martin said he and his dogs, Whitaker, 10, and Leila, 1, enjoy the dog park a few times every week. On Nov. 10, Dunwoody City Council approved a new design for the dog park that includes shifting it just a short distance from its current location in Brook Run Park. Martin said the plan “seems like a fair compromise” to end the long-standing dispute between dog park users and the residents of nearby neighborhoods. The new location will include a quarter acre for smaller dogs on the east side of the larger dog park, city Parks and Recreation Manager Brent Walker said. The area will be buffered by vegetation, he added, and will be 400 feet away from the nearby neighborhood. Construction on the new 2-acre dog park is set to begin soon, and should take about a
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