Update on business developments in our community

DR Horton Townhomes, Covington Highway

DR Horton wants to build 324 townhomes near the corner of Covington Highway and Young Road. The Board of Commissioners will vote on this case Feb. 25, 10 a.m. It is decision-only, meaning no public input. The project will increase the number of rooftops in our area, and that’s a good outcome. Decent restaurants, shops, and service companies look at density to determine where to put businesses. 

 The residential growth is one reason why the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) supports the project.  Even more important is that DR Horton has made many improvements based on community input (provided often by GHHCDC and others over the last 8 months).  The improvements include: a community pavilion, a splash pad, upgrade to the facades, the higher price point, improvements to ingress/egress, the rental restriction in the covenants, and, most significantly, the access from the back of the property to the Covington side of the property.  The development has sidewalks throughout the community, and sidewalks along Young Road and Covington. Each home has a cement outdoor patio. The traffic study shows that the streets can handle the load, and the traffic will be much lower than a commercial development would be, which is how the land is zoned now.

Click on this link to see the concept plan.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ggpy-2bSysJA_2AeBSOYx5oFZyYnNUvj

Click on this link to see the application and planning documents.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ROqYieIVNIlsMZHNIadYg0TGgI558X_r

 

 

The Next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Meeting will be Feb. 22, 2020, 10 am.  We meet at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain. You are welcome to attend.

 

Meeting on New Single-Family Detached Home Development Proposed for 1467 & 1503 Stephenson Road

There will be a community meeting about a new single-family subdivision proposed for 1467 & 1503 Stephenson Road. The developer is requesting a rezoning from R-100 to RSM. Typically, RSM allows slightly higher density than is already in place in exchange for such things as greenspace, public improvements, and amenities. The plan will be unveiled and discussed at the meeting.   This is an excellent time to provide feedback on the development so that they can make changes before they enter the review process.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Colonnade Room (in same shopping plaza as the Dept. of Driver Services)

8010 Rockbridge Road, SW

Lithonia, GA 30058

 

Slaughtering Continues, Trial Looms

The trial date for the man slaughtering animals in a residential neighborhood was not scheduled as planned on Feb. 7.  Rudolph Bradford and his attorney filed motions to delay the case until they have completed their lawsuits against DeKalb County.

The Superior Court judge ordered Bradford to court March 16, 1:30 p.m. to continue to hear arguments. The County is asking that the court go ahead with the trial (a criminal proceeding) while the civil cases proceed in their own court.

In the meantime, the slaughter of animals at Bradford Homes & Grounds, 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia, GA 30058, continues, despite the cease-and-desist order and the violation of DeKalb County laws.   Bradford is slaughtering between 800 and 1,000 cows, sheep, goats and pigs a year at a business that was supposed to provide landscape services.  We’ll keep you posted.

 

Proposed apartment complex at Indian Creek and Redan (next to CVS)

The owner of the area that was supposed to be a mixed-use development is asking for a rezoning so that he can put apartments on ½ of the site.  The other half of the site is built out with owner-occupied townhomes.

The developer did not have a well-publicized pre-submittal hearing. No one on the Council was told about it, and nearby neighbors knew nothing. The renderings did not reflect what he planned to build (they didn’t even show the correct number of stories).  There were no amenities for residents. It was a four-story box in a parking lot.  The Community Council recommended full cycle deferral and encouraged the owner to hold a public meeting.

The Planning Commission will hear the case March 3 at 6:30 p.m.  The BOC will hear it March 24, 6:30 p.m.  Both meetings are in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce, Decatur.

 

 

Thank you for your attention. We encourage you to stay informed. Make this the year to get involved. 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on Community Developments

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) represents dozens of neighborhoods in and around our 4-square-mile overlay district.  The following short items tell about upcoming community meetings and news concerning our community.

 

The Next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Meeting will be Jan. 18, 2020, 10 am.  We meet at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain. You are welcome to attend.

 

Hairston Park – Public Invited to Review Improvement Plans

DeKalb County is finally taking steps to use the $142,000 to improve Hairston Park. The commissioners approved the funds in May 2017.  Because it has been so long, the Parks Department wants to meet with the community and discuss the plans.  Please attend.  The department managers need to know that we are HERE and WANT TO SEE IMPROVEMENTS at Hairston Park.

Jan. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.

DeKalb Watershed Management

Conference Room A

4572 Memorial Dr., Decatur, GA 30032

 

Meeting on New Townhome Development Proposed for Panola Road

There will be a community meeting about a new single-family subdivision proposed for 1705 Panola Road. This is an excellent time to provide feedback on the development so that they can make changes before they enter the review process.

Jan. 29, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Berean Christian Church

Kerwin B. Lee Family Life Center

2197 Young Road

Stone Mountain, GA 30088

Click on this link to see the application.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZFfaDrCHX0kCBR5VMH_3gotCzpkXpSHR

 

 

Self-storage facility on Redan Road, near Panola

The Planning Commission made no decision. The applicant may have another public meeting since the last one ran into difficulties (no one could get into the building).  The Board will still take it up Jan. 28., Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce, Decatur.

 

 

DR Horton Townhomes, Covington Highway

The Planning Commission voted for a full cycle deferral. DR Horton has asked the Board of Commissioners defer it for 30 days only (decision will be made Jan. 28 – more than likely, it will be deferred).

The company has made many improvements based on community input (provided often over the last 7 months). These include a community pavilion, a splash pad, upgrade to the facades, the higher price point, improvements to ingress/egress, the rental restriction in the covenants, and, most significantly, the access from the back of the property to the Covington side of the property.  The development has sidewalks throughout the community, and sidewalks along Young Road and Covington. Each home has a cement outdoor patio. We have asked for a privacy screen on the edges of the patios.

The traffic study shows that the streets can handle the load, and the traffic will be much lower than it would be if commercial development went up, as is allowed now.

Click on this link to see the concept plan.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ggpy-2bSysJA_2AeBSOYx5oFZyYnNUvj

Click on this link to see the application and planning documents.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ROqYieIVNIlsMZHNIadYg0TGgI558X_r

 

 

Slaughtering Continues, Trial Looms

The slaughter of animals at Bradford Homes & Grounds, 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia, GA 30058, continues, despite the cease-and-desist order and the violation of DeKalb County laws.  The trial date will be set on Feb. 7 at which time the trial date will be set.

 

 

Thank you for your attention. We encourage you to stay informed. Make this the year to get involved. 

 

 

 

Happy new year! May this be the year that more people get involved in making our community a better place to live.

We have a vision for 2020.  At our final meeting in December, we all spoke about our hopes and prayers. Here is an abbreviated list:

  • More foot soldiers in the community development effort (Join us!)
  • Permanent legislation to restrict dollar stores
  • A working Tree Bank program
  • Local businesses that support the community and show pride
  • Stronger code enforcement (more officers!)
  • People stop littering (and more people help pick up litter)
  • A pavilion in Hairston Park – finally using the 2017 grant we received
  • Responsive elected officials and public servants
  • Passing of necessary amendments to the overlay code

 

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) represents dozens of neighborhoods in and around our 4-square-mile overlay district.  Make this the year to get involved.  The following short items tell about upcoming community meetings and news concerning our community.

 

Self-storage facility – 2nd community meeting this Thursday

Jan. 2, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 5587 Redan Road, Stone Mountain, 30058

The developer agreed to Community Council’s request for a follow-up meeting with the community to discuss the self-storage facility being considered for 5636 Redan Road (between small shopping center and tire shop, across from the fire station. Please attend.

You can also speak at the Jan. 7. 6:30 p.m. Planning Commission meeting, and at the Jan. 28, 630 p.m. Board of Commission meeting.  Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce, Decatur.

 

The County Issued a 45-day Moratorium Against New Dollar Stores

County commissioners heard the complaints and took action. Let by Super District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, the county enacted a 45-day moratorium on new dollar stores in the unincorporated parts of the county.  The City of Stonecrest has already banned them.

During the moratorium, the County will develop legislation that can curb the proliferation.

“We have to watch out for oversaturation and proliferation,” said Cochran-Johnson.  “I don’t think they should be on every corner.”

These stores may give consumers small bargains, but they retard good economic development and lead to the closure of grocery stores that carry fresh produce and healthy items.  Dollar General and Dollar Tree (which owns Family Dollar) operate 30,000 of these stores, and 10,000 of them were built in the last 10 years.  They plan to open 20,000 more.  The firms target rural areas and low-income urban neighborhoods.  They are part of a dystopian economic outlook that says there will always be a permanent underclass and firms should make a buck off the people.

When decent businesses look for a place to invest, they do not choose locations near dollar stores. Think about what kind of community you want to have when you spend your dollars.

 

Code Enforcement: Small Victory against Family Dollar

In December, the Family Dollar at 1800 Panola Road had 4 citations issued and received a court fine at $250, $250, $200, $200 plus 35% court fee added to the total.

The store did repair the exterior ceiling damage and cut overgrown vegetation. However open storage remains to be an issue. Code Enforcement Supervisor Lorena says that the property will continue to be monitored.

Vigilance pays off. After talking to the unresponsive management, Erica Weaver turned in many complaints against this facility, and we appreciate her efforts.

 

Slaughtering Continues, Trial Looms

The slaughter of animals at Bradford Homes & Grounds, 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia, GA 30058, continues. In October and November 2019, Rudolf Bradford slaughtered 153 animals.  This brings the total of animals slaughtered since the DeKalb County cease-and-desist order to 468 cattle, goats and sheep. He has slaughtered 2,642 animals since Jan. 1, 2016.

We continue to monitor the case.  Mr. Bradford has a court appearance Jan. 6, for the routine Motions Calendar.  Then, there will be a Calendar Call on Feb. 7 at which time the trial date will be set. At either of these appearances, he could plead guilty. Senior Assistant Solicitor-General Thomas Kemp is doing an excellent job keeping us informed of the case.

When the trial is set, it will be helpful for the public to attend.

 

The Next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Meeting will be Jan. 18, 2020, 10 am.  We meet at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain. You are welcome to attend.