Help us support and protect the Beltline Spirit and Vision!
Together We Can Make a Difference
Smart Growth Atlanta was born when GPNA and SAND teamed up to oppose the Fuqua planned shopping center development at 800 Glenwood. Together we have retained the venerable law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, which has been an important part of the Atlanta community since it was founded by former Georgia governor Ellis Arnall in 1949. The AGG team handling this case is headed by David Marmins, who has specialized in land use disputes for much of his career since leaving the Georgia Attorney General’s office in 1997. David is supported at AGG with several established legal experts in real estate development among AGG’s 150 Atlanta lawyers.
On Friday, August 9, 2013, on our behalf, AGG filed an appeal of the grant of the special administrative permit wrongfully approved by the Atlanta Office of Planning which would allow Fuqua’s company to construct a 19 acre commercial shopping center with a 144,000 square foot anchor. That appeal will be heard by the Board of Zoning Adjustment on October 10, 2013 at noon at city hall. In the appeal, AGG lays out several reasons why the proposed development is inconsistent with the Beltline Regulations and Master Plan, which call for a mixed use, live-work-play development on that site connecting Grant Park to Glenwood Park, Ormewood Park and the other neighborhoods in the area. You can read an executive summary of the appeal at: http://smartgrowthatlanta.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Appeal-Summary.pdf
Simultaneously we are seeking with Council member Carla Smith’s help to proactively rezone the property to a high density multi use designation. With the attendance of over 600 residents in support of this effort, the Zoning Review Board voted to recommend passage of the zoning legislation to council.
We are hopeful we can stop this proposed development and save the spirit, intent and vision of the Beltline and its master plans. The historic character of these neighborhoods is at stake.
We need your help. Fuqua and Lafarge Building Materials, the current owner of the property, have hired big firm lawyers in their goal to gain the necessary approval to build this shopping center. The city will also be fighting us. We need to fund a legal effort to compete with the considerable resources of our opposition. Contribute to the legal fund. We anticipate the cost of fighting this battle will exceed $50,000. All donations go to a special GPNA fund for legal expenses. Any excess raised will be donated to an area Beltline Park.
This is not over and we have not won. We are excited for our early victories in this fight, but it is only beginning. Thank you for your interest and your support.