Chamblee Plaza to Get Facelift

The nearly 20-acre property on Peachtree Boulevard will see new life, new property owners say.

Friday's inaugural Chamblee Plaza Food Truck Rally was only the first step of an extensive plan to breathe new life into the mostly vacant Chamblee Plaza on Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee.

The Trinity Development Group, Inc., which purchased the Chamblee Plaza earlier this year, held a fireside chat with about 75 residents on Wednesday to discuss its plans to bring new life to the development.

"They (residents) gave us some really good insight to provide that sense of community," said David Henzlik, Trinity's managing partner of leasing.

The fireside chat, held at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant, was the first in a series of town hall meetings the Trinity management team plans to host.

Henzlik said the developers plan to construct a park behind the IHOP once a $250,000 landscaping plan with the City of Chamblee is approved.

Henzlik said Trinity's vision is to eventually have the food truck rally at night with lights and music, outdoor movies and more. He's already in discussions with interested parties about how they can be involved in the Chamblee Plaza redevelopment, according to a Trinity release.

“Chamblee Plaza is located on one of the hottest developing corridors in North Atlanta,” stated Vince Riggio, founding partner of Trinity.

“I’m excited about redeveloping Chamblee Plaza into a retail center that will draw people not only from Chamblee, but also Brookhaven, the Windsor Parkway corridor, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Doraville, with high quality local, regional, and national retailers, mixed with family entertainment and dining. We’ll do extensive landscaping, and will work closely with the City of Chamblee to ensure our redevelopment plans are in keeping with their vision for
Chamblee as ‘A City on the Right Track!’”

“I’m confident we’ll assemble a portfolio of tenants that will meet and exceed the needs of the citizenry who will make Chamblee Plaza a planned destination,” Riggio stated.

Political Gadfly September 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM
HamBurger Honey child, there ain't no whining going to at PG's house. I made an earlier statement, “The first food truck rally at Chamblee Plaza was advertised to be between the hours of 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. I got there at 1:00 pm and there wasn't a food truck in sight. I admitted in my post that I didn't check the entire vast oasis of blacktop that is Chamblee Plaza, therefore, I missed the 4 food trucks. That's a statement of fact, not whining. So far you've crossed verbal swords with me and always lost. Does that mean you'll stop trying, heck no, not with your mentality ! Keep up the good work, pal.
Political Gadfly September 27, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Eddie E. 6:03 pm on Monday, September 24, 2012 PG, Then pick a 'brand' of grocery store, because there isn't one currently in the City Limits of Chamblee (the tentacles of Arkansas don't count). Sir Eddie E. has spoken, therefore it must be true ! http://inkwatu.com/2008/06/21/atlanta-super-h-mart/ The Super H Mart in Atlanta, see link above, is actually in Doraville. It's in the retail center that's anchored by Brandsmart. It's a large branded grocery store that is located within a stone's throw of the Chamblee city limits. There are several Super H Mart's in the Atlanta area. Nice of you to dismiss the world's largest retailer by saying they aren't a branded grocery store in Chamblee. Considering the large volume of groceries that they sell I would venture a guess that it would come as a total surprise to the folks at headquarters in Bentonville, AR, that they don't sell groceries in Chamblee. I'll be happy to give you the phone number of Sam Walton's widow, Helen, who my wife and I met and photographed at our church in Buckhead. I'm sure she'll be very surprised to find out that WalMart isn't in the grocery business.
Eddie E. September 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I am able to ignore the existence of that retailer in every location worldwide. My money doesn't spend there. First they attempted to limit the availability of legitimate prescription drugs. Then they squeezed American electronics manufacturers out of business. Now they are complicit in the attempt to destroy American Public Education. As I said, my money doesn't spend there. So it would be nice to have a Grocery Store in the City Limits of Chamblee.
Political Gadfly September 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Eddie E. My money spends there but I don't disagree with your 8:37 am post. That may seem weird but that's the way it is at our house. My brother in law doesn't shop at WalMart because he said that he doesn't want to deal with the crowds of people. One of my best friends, who lives in Montgomery, said that he doesn't shop at WalMart because they come into small towns in Alabama and many other states and crush the local merchants who have had family owned businesses, many around the court house square. He's right about that. As for a grocery store I'd like to see a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's because we have to drive into Sandy Springs for those stores and the price of gas isn't going to get much cheaper than present levels over the next 10 years. It could go much much higher. I'd love to have a Super Kroger like the one that's in Sandy Springs in the City Walk Shopping Center. Someone with Trinity needs to go to the Northlake office of Kroger and suggest that he put a big, full service Kroger with gas pumps in Chamblee Plaza.
Political Gadfly September 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
"he" is Bruce Lucia, President of the Atlanta Region for Kroger. The Atlanta region is a multi-state group of stores.
Eric H September 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Part of the problem is Kroger has 2 supermarkets (Georgetown and Cambridge) that sit right on the edge of much of the market a Kroger there would draw from. Though if the real estate market ever picks back up and the rest of that residential development slated for that Chamblee LCI area happens it could make a Kroger look more closely at that plaza. Though a new supermarket would require basically a complete tear down, so why stop at just thinking retail. Granted a residential/retail/office mixed use development would go best at the old farmers market location by WalMart since its closer to the train station. Btw the Georgetown Kroger renovation was impressive, I especially like how Dunwoody got the developer to plant those trees in the parking lot. I also think Kroger is cheaper for groceries than WalMart especially if you get on their personalized coupon mailing list (via a Kroger Card with a correct address) and are not wed to a brand and thus shop for the product needed based on the sale.
Political Gadfly September 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I do the majority of my shopping at the Kroger at Cambridge Square and in the past I've shopped at the Kroger at Georgetown Square, only if I'm in the area. The Kroger at Cambridge Sq. is a small store. It was a Winn-Dixie, followed by Harris Teeter (they'll neve come back to the Atlanta market) and now it's a Kroger that stocks maybe 1/2 of the merchandise that's available in the Sandy Springs store, for example. Unless you live in Dunwoody why would you go to the Georgetown Square Kroger ? I don't think that either of the existing stores should have much to do with whether or not Kroger would want to put a big store in Chamblee Plaza. For people living outside the perimeter they would have a chance to pick up something for the office, like breakfast and lunch, if they worked in Buckhead. A Chamblee Plaza store would be the first one for OTPer's to use inside the perimeter and cut off some perhaps alot of customers from the Publix at Town Brookhaven. It would also be an easy store to stop by if the OTPer's were heading home. That's when the ocean of blacktop becomes attractive. I'm sure that Trinity will beautify the parking lot with landscaping but keep a lot of parking to lure new merchants.
Eric H September 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Interesting stuff, and funny that it the Cambridge Store seems small as they expanded it after taking it over from Harris Teeter. Plus I always thought it was bigger than the Georgetown location, at least until the Georgetown recently completed expansion. Now Georgetown is clearly bigger. I myself don't like some of the larger supermarkets since it takes too long to get to everything. I say the Georgetown Kroger pulls off a decent amount of customers who might go to Chamblee Plaza because Chamblee Dunwoody is the main road that feeds into the back of Chamblee Plaza so much of the Harts Mill, Dunwoody Forest (gun streets) D'Youville, Gainsborough and Murphey Candler would be as close to The Georgetown Kroger as Chamblee Plaza. Though true traffic on Peachtree Industrial/Boulevard could be a draw. Come to think of it, besides Super H and the Buford Farmers Market is there a supermarket in the Buford Highway/Peachtree Industrial corridor North of Chamblee Tucker? I think the first and maybe only one is the Kroger in Gwinnett at the peachtree parkway and Peachtree industrial split. That large and largely empty retail complex across from the Home Depot at Tilly Mill has recently been renovated but it looks to still be largely empty.
Chambodianomore October 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I really think we need to push the developer to bring in upscale restaurants, shops and entertainment. It's time we lose the reputation of Chambodia from the 70s and 80s. Mayor Clarkson is doing a great job at furthering this cause. Now we can elevate our image beyond a middle class haven of left wing politicians. We can become the new Dunwoody or Brookhaven. We don't need ethnic markets or stores, just good old upscale shops and retailers. Chamblee...don't waste this opportunity.
Sparrow Cutlet October 01, 2012 at 09:53 PM
People who use the refer to Chamblee as Chambodia as if Chamblee's international flavor is a negative bother me. Both Brookhaven and Chamblee will have an extensive international population and we should embrace it and grow it along with everything else. If its Dunwoody or some other homogenous community someone craves I suggest there are lots of gated communities in Johns Creek available.
Eddie E. October 01, 2012 at 09:58 PM
What a misguided comment. Apparently, you are unaware of the last remaining gem of a real 'restaurant' that has been included in the 'Get Delicious' programs on GPB and has been a tenant of Chamblee Plaza for over two decades! I guess some people would rather overspend for proletarian fare and trendy wall decorations.
Thomas October 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Do people know that there will be a Super Kroger in Brookhaven across from the old Hastings and behind Starbucks? They are going to take over all the space from the old post office space to the current Kroger space. $6 Million expansion is what they said. I, too, would liike to see a Fresh Market, Trader Joes's or Fresh Market in Chamblee Plaza. A few good ethnic restaurants would be welcome also. I know I would get some push back on this, but having a balance with a Golden Corral would be fine too. There is a mixed demographic around Chamblee Plaza--- so yo uhave to cater to all of it with such a large development.
Sparrow Cutlet October 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Golden Corral isn't that far out there, I think they'd also do ok with the large retiree population. I mean around 4-5 you need to steer clear of the Picadilly across the street its a mad house! ;-)
Booyah October 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Which restaurant is in the shopping center?? Is it the Himalayas place??
Eddie E. October 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
res, Yep. They were featured on (I think) the second 'Get Delicious' special, and they are a well run family owned restaurant worth a visit.
Eddie E. October 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Picadilly, home of food cooked into submission.
Political Gadfly October 02, 2012 at 01:28 AM
A former boss of mine,the President of Long John Silver's ended up as the President of Golden Corral. One of my Hardee's clients went to Golden Corral as one of their top financial executives. The point I'm trying to make is that Golden Corral serves food that is aimed at small town* American tastes. North Carolina, my native state, is the home of Golden Corral so I took 15 towns in NC that have Golden Corrals. *The average population was 13,284. The largest town, Monroe has a population of 26,228 and the smallest town Southport has 2,351 people yet it has 2 Golden Corrals in town. Check out Golden Corral's "healthy" nutrition at: http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/golden-corral/ Have some Blue Cheese Salad Dressing with 190 calories and 20 grams of fat, Cajun Potato Salad will add 330 calories and 23 grams of fat. For dessert you can have Carrot Cake with no icing, it's 215 calories with 11 grams of fat. Surely the people in Chamblee and surrounding areas deserve something better. Longhorn Steaks with beef, chicken and salmon plus veggies and salads would be a much better choice.
Political Gadfly October 02, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Eddie E. 8:39 pm on Monday, October 1, 2012 Piccadilly, home of food cooked into submission. Preach it Eddie E. I'll give you an amen to the food being cooked into submission.
Political Gadfly October 02, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Joe her 7:07 pm on Monday, October 1, 2012 Golden Corral isn't that far out there, I think they'd also do ok with the large retiree population. Joe Golden Corral appeals to Seniors 55+, special note, I didn't feel like a senior at 55. Golden Corral has special rates for seniors between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm so you are correct about drawing retirees on limited incomes who eat maybe 1 1/2 - 2 meals a day. A late lunch at Golden Corral will really fill them up. The human space eaters also like the buffet at Golden Corral. Is this the crowd that Chamblee wants coming to a newly remodeled and hopefully upper scale super retail center ? I think not.
Booyah October 02, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Piccadily is not in Chamblee Plaza, it's across the street.
Political Gadfly October 02, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Everyone here knows where Piccadilly, two c's and 2 ll's, is located. A blogger just said that it's not in Chamblee Plaza but across the street. Actually Curry Honda is across the street and Piccadilly is down the street on the opposite side of the road from Chamblee Plaza. No more GPS posts, ok ?
Brookhaven Maven October 02, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Have to agree with Sylvia Richardson's post from 2:15 pm on Monday, September 24, 2012: Please, please save the trees already there! There are a dozen or so very old magnolias along the front of Chamblee Plaza that Trinity has said they are going to cut down. Not sure what they are thinking, but it would be a shame to lose those beautiful old trees --- especially since we just lost most of the fine old oaks in front of Chamblee High, not to mention all those oaks Sembler cut down to build Town $embler. When will developers ever learn? Trinity also says it plans to landscape part of the parking lot, but that probably means planting a few small-caliper trees like most developers do. Nothing like killing 10 or 12 50-year-old magnolias and planting a few spindly little maples. What happened to the high-density, mixed-use development Chamblee approved for this parcel? I thought that was the plan for all the re-developments along Peachtree from Great Gatsby's all the way to the adult video store (across from the Piccadilly). -- The Maven
Eddie E. October 02, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Maven, I have come to believe there is language (in invisible ink) in all the LCI documents that require denuding the land and replacing everything with 'approved building materials'. Otherwise, I can't see the benefit in increasing the 'heat island effect'.
Eric H October 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Wow, Chambodia? Really. Chamblee is a city with incredibly great diversity. And Brookhaven will also be a city with incredibly great diversity.
Eric H October 02, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Hey but at least the cotton candy dipped in the endless chocolate fountain isn't "ethnic"! I didn't think they could top the chocolate wonderfall but....... ha! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5CZrRARyu8 personally I'll take a tortas, mojarra, or some carne asada taco in hand made corn tortillas over that anyday.
Jack of Kings October 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I understand that Trinity Development will have another open meeting with the neighborhood soon. I hope we get alerted to that meeting by Patch or the other publications out there. I missed the first one. These meetings can be helpful to both sides-- neighborhood input and ideas and the developer floating out their plans for feedback.
"E Pluribus Unum" October 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Phil, good suggestion.
Jack of Kings October 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
It will be interesting to see if Trinity incorporates those tall Magnolia trees into their landscaping plan or they cut them down for the benefit of their tenants wanting sign exposure on Peachtree. Sometimes the right thing to do for keeping trees is not the right thing to do economically. Hope they keep a few up at the minimum.
Jack of Kings October 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Has anyone heard when the next Trinity open meeting on Chamblee Plaza is scheduled? I go the impression there would be another community meeting with the developer. Thanks to anyone who can find out.
Karen June 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Sounds like window shopping without money! Oh, the Pink Pony will be a partner in flipping the bill for Chamblee Plaza. Has any one noticed all of the delinquent property along PIB? Lofty goals for empty pockets , if course don't forget your skyrocketing property taxes will also fund these projects! Don't be fooled into thinking your opinion on the matter is given any consideration after all it is politics !!!!!! K. Peacock


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