Housing, State Update, Kroger, New Community Center, and More Updates

DR Horton Townhomes Approved

The DR Horton townhome project was approved by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners Feb. 25. This project, near the corner of Covington and Young Road, will add 324 townhomes to the area over the next 3 – 5 years. People are concerned about the housing growth along Covington Highway, but more homes means more people – and that is what attracts restaurants and other business.

 

State of Georgia Update from Rep. Davis

State Representative Viola Davis (District 87) provided an update on state government at the GHHCDC meeting Feb. 22.  The Republicans are continuing to work to cut essential services while trying to cut taxes for the wealthy and raise their own pay.  There’s much effort to pass some form of gambling. Rep. Davis has a full update in her online newsletter Talk Issues Under the Gold Dome.  Click:  https://violadavis.com/f/talk-issues-under-the-gold-dome

 

Kroger on Wesley Chapel “Underperforming”

The manager of the Kroger on Wesley Chapel near I-20 met with concerned residents of Kings Ridge recently.  She said that the store is not doing as well as the one on Redan or other neighboring stores, and that sales were lower this February compared to last February.  The community is naturally concerned about Kroger. None of us wants a repeat of what happened with Publix at Covington and Hairston.

The community has created a short survey to gather input on what to do next.  Please take the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJG7L7V

We will keep you posted on any upcoming meetings.

 

New Senior Community Center

DeKalb County showed the latest renderings of the new senior community center on Elam Road on Feb. 24.  The $7.8 million, 24,000-square-foot center is a welcome development, and dozens of people came to see the plans. The center will have a 30-by-75-foot swimming pool, a multipurpose room with a stage (it will serve as the dining hall for seniors’ meals), exercise rooms, classrooms,131 parking spaces, and many amenities.  The pool will be available for public use, county officials said.

It will be built on 8 acres of Hairston Park, and the director of Community Development, Allen Mitchell, again made the promise that there would be at least one path connect the center to the center of the park.

District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw noted that there is not a senior center in the district, and he has been working hard to make this happen. Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 2020. It will take at least 18 months to build.

 

 Slaughterhouse Continues to Violate County Law

Unfortunately, the slaughtering continues at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia (near Redan Elementary School). Bradford Home & Grounds is now suing DeKalb County and trying to get the criminal case delayed.  The County has cited him for operating a business without a license, a business NOT allowed in a residential zone.  He is in violation of the citation and of the cease-and-desist order issued March 1, 2019.   He does have a license from the State of Georgia, which for some reason does not respect County laws.

On March 16, the Superior Court judge will decide whether to set a trial date as the County Solicitor has asked.  Rudolph Bradford has slaughtered 2,943 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep from Jan. 31, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2020.

 

New Subdivision on Stephenson Road

A development of 160 single-family homes is proposed for 45 acres on Stephenson Road (1467 & 1503 Stephenson Road, Lithonia, just east of S. Deshon).

At the pre-submittal meeting Feb. 25, the developer said that the price point would begin at $225,000. There would be about 3.57 units per acre, and they would be built over a 2 – 4-year period. The homes would be 1800-square-feet minimum, have 3 – 4 bedrooms and 2-car garages. There will be a mix of single and 2-story (mostly 2-story).

Parkland Communities is the land developer.  To build at that density, they need to get the land rezoned from R-100 to RSM. The property adjacent to the proposed development is RSM. Once they get approval and prepare the site, they would sell it to another company for the build-out.

The meeting had several dozen people from the community, and most were concerned about density, traffic, and impact on services such as schools, sewage treatment, and roads.

The developer expects to file the official application this week, and eventually, it will be online.

We will be hearing a lot more about it.  If the plan is filed soon, it should come before District 5 Community Council on April 6.

 

 

Best 5K Event Around!

Time to sign up for the annual Hidden Hills 5K Walk/Run/Bike.  This great event is a wonderful celebration of community, there are great prizes, AND you get an official time.  Click below to register:

https://www.wearehiddenhills.com/annual5k.html

 

The Next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Meeting will be March 25, 2020, 10 am.  We meet at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain. You are welcome to attend.

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

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. There will be limited time for public comments. 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.