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New Apartment Complex Proposed for Brookhaven

Alta Brookhaven, a 230-apartment complex, is being proposed for Dresden Drive.


If you want to hop on MARTA to get to work, you might soon find a new place to live in Brookhaven. 

Alta Brookhaven, a new 230-apartment complex, is proposed for Dresden Drive. It would be located between Apple Valley Road and Fernwood Circle, next to the University Church, said Bennett Sands, director of the Atlanta office of Wood Partners, the company in charge of the development. 

The site was chosen for its proximity to MARTA and retail shops, Sands said. 

“We love Brookhaven, always have,” Sands said. “Specifically, what I like about this site is its proximity to MARTA and its proximity to user-friendly neighborhood retail.” 

The idea is to attract professionals who want to live in Brookhaven and take MARTA into town, leaving their car parked most of the week, Sands said. 

“We expect to have a well-educated renter who is likely working in Buckhead, Midtown, downtown or even Sandy Springs,” he said. “There are pockets within the city where it makes sense to get out and walk around and we believe this is one of those sites.” 

The complex is proposed to be four stories high with an internal parking deck and some on-street parking. It would take up about three acres. 

Wood Partners has built a number of apartment complexes in metro Atlanta, such as Alta Johns Creek, Alta Inman and Alta Coventry Station. The Brookhaven development would be similar to Alta Glenridge Springs, according to Sands. 

Plans have been submitted to the Dekalb County planning department, which will review them to make sure they comply with zoning. 

If approved, the company would close on the property in October and break ground by the end of the year, Sands said.

Luke July 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I supported the Hines apts coming in. The project sketches looked nice, and I understood why more retail was not needed when Village Place spots were still empty. That said, 2 new sets of apartments is too much without retail to break it up. Plus, Alta's buildings look cheap and dreary.
Tara July 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Not Happy! I did not buy in Brookhaven to be surrounded by apartments! This brings down the value of the neighborhood and the traffic is only going to get worse!
Don Green July 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Does this mean that we will finally get rid of the Greedy Developer's Suck house?
Steve Walker July 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
City of Brookhaven would have control over local Zoning !! Remember ??
Jason July 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
NO MORE APARTMENTS! Dresden will not be able to handle the traffic. It is already dismal and will another 300-500 people on the road daily we will never get anywhere!!
MChicago July 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Another apartment complex? Oh wow! I agree, too many apartments on Dresden - not good!
Martha Levy July 19, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I agree - there are enough apartments around here already with Post Brookhaven (over 800 units), Post Glen (another 200+), all the apartments at Town Brookhaven and then the under construction Hines property. Plus all the townhome communities that probably have some rentals in them. Traffic on Dresden is bad, but it's not horrible - yet. It could be fixed by getting Kaleidoscope's valets off the corner, and increasing visibility coming out of Haven/Valenza. I have seen a lot of near misses right there. Also when will the county or whoever replace the pedestrian crossing signs that were actually IN the crosswalk. Many people fly down Dresden doing 40+ and would never dream of stopping for a pedestrian - not sure if that is ignorance, stupidity or arrogance?
patrick July 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
This is another reason to vote YES for our new city, so that We who live here ,would have contol, not someone that only shows up around election time.
Blah, Blah, Blah July 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Martha I couldn't agree with you more. I was nearly rear-ended at the redlight in front of Savy because this lady in a gray Corolla was flying and didn't see me. She went up on the curb and nearly missed the pole in front of the fitness center. That dumb a$$ radar thing that they put on the corner to tell people how fast they are going in the Church parking lot a few weeks ago was well played...meaning that they put it on a curb first of all. Everyone knows that there is a curve and a dip there so we all hit the brakes. Secondly it was traffic going down Dresden towards Clairmont, not up towards Peachtree where they FLY!! Third of all it was only there about a week or so. Aside from nearly getting creamed by the crazy lady in the Corolla I have had a few near misses trying to turn into out of my street, Camille. Why didn't they put the radar thing there?? I also agree about the valet parking situation that Kaleidoscope has caused. It's a hot mess and looks awful. Unfortunately there isn't ample parking. Back when they built that 2 level parking deck behind those buildings they wanted to make it taller but residents (i.e. my neighbor) protested against it. So, way to go neightbor!! Instead of those cars nicely tucked away in a parking deck, we have them scattered all over the neighborhood. Sometimes the overflow comes down my street. Awesome! Thanks whomever makes these kluster-f*ck decisions ;-)
Mary La Pannea July 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Great point, Mr. Walker!! I am guilty of linking to my post comment here: http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/hines-project-underway-on-dresden-drive#video-10714599 And point readers to an important Brookhaven Reporter article showing who is funding the NO City movement here: http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/07/20/no-city-brookhaven-leads-fundraising-spending/ Georgia 'ethics' laws are being discussed on July 31 as a Ballot Referendum. As Ethics law is designed to allow citizens their RIGHT TO KNOW who supports a political campaign. Brookhaven incorporation oppo misstated their position as "Politics 101," when they are actually practicing graduate-level "Politics 801." Why? Oh, we'll see a billion comments about those "poor, maligned apartment residents that deserve a home too." We'll witness noise about elitism, as other such spew. Fact is, apartments place a heavy load on transportation and education systems. That leads to more traffic and more trailers at schools.
Mary La Pannea July 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I hear you loud and clear, and I hope folks just tuning in to the incorporation issue realize things that happen now, affect us in five years. By way of example, Cheshire Bridge Road is virtually impossible to navigate as new apartments line both sides of the road.
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I've actually been working with the county on pedestrian crossing signals. I last heard from them a week ago that it has been approved. I don't have a timeline for implementation yet.
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Here's the problem as I see it: builders are going to build what will sell. Right now, the market for single family homes is depressed but the market or apartments is huge. We happen to live in a hot, up-and-coming part of town so we will naturally attract the interest of real estate developers who right now, only want to build apartments. We are suffering the consequences of our own success to some degree. I live off Dresden and don't relish the additional traffic but I'm a bit more sanguine about this. I think the additional residents are great for the businesses here, which we all love and want to support. What I'd like to see is smart development and I think the Better Brookhaven folks are doing a GREAT job at keeping us informed and forcing developers to comply with the LCI. I'm eager to hear their thoughts on this development.
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
"Respectfully, sanguine describe the frog in the pan of water . . ." I see absolutely nothing respectful about comparing me to a frog. Wholly unnecessary and rude. I said that I was eager to get the Better Brookhaven folks' read on this as I think they have done a great job of protecting and informing the community. They fought - successfully - the Walgreen's variances and others that didn't comply with the LCI. Also, this frog is the one who single-handedly approached, bugged, and continues to bug the county for pedestrian crossing signals on Dresden and as of last week, was told they have been approved.
Mary La Pannea July 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM
It is hard to write complex thoughts, online and in real-time without running the risk of being misunderstood. I compared the word 'sanguine' to the poor amphibian, and in no way meant to be rude. Quite the opposite, you are involved with making things better, so thank you. I hope I have clarified my analogy. As good as an LCI plan may be, we ought to be able to agree LCI studies and area plans are not as stringent or granular as local building codes. Only zoning can offer residents choices on what types of development they wish to see, and that is my overarching point - Local choices. Who opposes incorporation? Those that stand to lose the most. Peace out.
Mary La Pannea July 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
You are correct, the free market will determine what gets built where based on demand and demographics. Brookhaven is desirable; high demand and the demographics are strong; good incomes, younger population. All residents PAY for unbridled residential high density development, years and years later with overcrowded schools and increased traffic. Who among the Better Brookhaven folks would argue against more stringent building codes that would allow residents a stronger voice in new developments? Once the residential mix between homeowners and apartment dwellers is changed, it cannot be reversed. Respectfully, sanguine describes the frog in the pan of water being heated one degree at a time; upon realization that the situation is bad, poor froggies fate is sealed.
Steve Walker July 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
All developed under the guidance of Mr. Chuck Konas (Post Properties) and major,major contributor to the No City folks lovers of the Dekalb County status quo. The New City of Brookhaven would control zoning and its residents would have a strong voice
Blah, Blah, Blah July 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Respectfully I had to Google sanguine, lol. I get it now. Aside from big words and analogies, the issue at hand is that they tore down a bunch of trees (isn't your husband an Environmental Engineer?). They could have put a park there. There are a ton of kids in this neighborhood. My partner and I do not have children, but we do have pets. Brookhaven does not have a dog park either. I'm sorry but more apartments = Atlantic Station...and we all know how that ended!
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 21, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Michelle, yes, Chris is an environmental engineer. Realistically, I don't see any government (city of Brookhaven or DeKalb county) that would turn valuable commercial real estate into a park. . . For better or worse, Dresden is valuable. The traffic is scary, as you've noted. Crossing that street to go to dinner is always nerve-wracking with our little boy. I think a better bet is to do what we can to improve the parks we have. Ashford, Brookhaven and Briarwood parks all have potential, plus we have some little green spaces like Clack's Corner, that are nice. Don't you also have a little space on Camille? One of my neighbors suggested we ask the developers for more spots like that. We hate to see trees get cut down but we try to balance growth with green. One thing Chris and I have discussed is talking with the builders to see if they can add some environmentally friendly touches in their building design. As we learned building our own home, it doesn't cost much more to build energy efficient structures. Personally, I'd like to see Brookhaven become a model for that type of building. We have a LEEDS certified spa (Natural Body). My home and at least three others I know of have geothermal HVAC systems and many more are Earth craft certified (or built to those standards). We have brilliant architects in the neighborhood who work on sustainable design.
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 21, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Oh, and for your sweet dog, I have seen a lot of doggies running free at Brookhaven Park. Is that an option for you? Also, I will check the Facebook page for the Briarwood park renovation plans and see if they plan a dog park there. I was guilty of focusing my attention on the playground renderings only!
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 21, 2012 at 03:18 AM
"Who opposes incorporation? Those that stand to lose the most." I find blanket statements like this serve no one. I know many people who oppose city hood that have absolutely no financial interest in it whatsoever.
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 21, 2012 at 03:27 AM
One last comment and then I am going to shut up (I promise!). My husband and I were initially opposed to the Hines development until Chris went and listened to the developer's presentation, asked his questions, and felt satisfied that on balance, this was going to be ok. Perhaps wouldn't have been our first choice for development there but there just aren't a lot of options. Retail is not fully leased, so they aren't going to build us more shops or restaurants. Single family houses probably weren't cost effective as I suspect that land was too expensive. That doesn't leave much.
Blah, Blah, Blah July 21, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Sherean, my dog (Miniature Pincher) is the devil. She can't be let off of a leash so that's why we don't go to the Brookhaven dog park. Unfortunately what's done is done. They are going to build those apartments no matter what we say. So you are right, we should focus our attention on improving what we have. How do we do that though? I want speed bumps on my street. People are starting to fly on it too!
Andrea Botham July 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Michelle, lots of streets in our neighborhood have been successful in getting speed bumps. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, regardless of whether it is through DeKalb or a City of Brookhaven. Utilize our current parks, make them valuable. There is no purpose in building new ones when our current ones are underutilized. Underutilization will not lead to a need for upgrading. I am not thrilled about the apartments going in at the entrance to our neighborhood but it is happening regardless of what I think, so instead of mourning the loss of all those old trees I just hope they make it the best building possible - and that whoever is in charge come August 1 does something about traffic on Dresden.
Sherean Malekzadeh Allen July 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I checked and don't see anything specific for dogs in the Briarwood Park revitilazation project, although I do see a nature trail which might be fun for the devil dog. ;-) Follow them on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/BriarwoodParkRevitalizationProject Andrea is right that our neighborhood has been very successful at getting calming devices installed. You could start by emailing Commissioner Rader's office. That's how I started for the pedestrian crossing lights. They were very responsive. jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov I know there is a process they have in place to determine who gets speed bumps but I don't know anything about the process! Just vaguely recall reading some neighborhood emails about it in the past. Good luck!
Steve Walker July 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
There is a process to get your speed control tables. You must go door to door and collect petition signatures from owners (not renters) of the effected area in favor of the tables. It is something like 60 % must be in favor. When you get the signatures, then the County will do a traffic study to determine if there is enough usage of the road as well as excessive speed. If that porves to be the case, It goes up in front of the Commissioners at one of their meetings for a routine vote of approval from them, After all that you get your speed control tables and an additional $25.00 per year on your (and everyone's in the effected area) tax bill for installation and maintenance every year for as long as they remain installed. Good Luck !!
Steve Walker July 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Check back often on the https://www.facebook.com/BriarwoodParkRevitalizationProject face book page. A group of neighbors from all around the communities surrounding the Park have formed a Friends of Briarwood Park group in conjunction with Park Pride. (Jeff Rader turned over our revitalization efforts to Park Pride. The County has a contract with them it seems). There will be a survey launched at some time in the near future for interested people to post their wishes for the Park. Keep them realistic though obviously we are not going to get a golf course for example and I am sure things will be accomplished only in baby steps.
Martha Levy July 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
SHEREAN MALEKZADEH ALLEN - THANK YOU!!!!! I've been stressing about those in-street ped crossing signs since the original ones got demolished. I figured they would be replaced, but never have been. I do not have the patience to deal with the county government so thank you for doing it for us all :-)
Martha Levy July 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Michelle - I was involved in helping Dan Woodley with that zoning, and I personally spoke to some of your neighbors. Unfortunately compromise always ends up with neither side being happy. I still remember that woman from your street with her goofy smart growth, something something hand gesture. I have forgotten her name, but we all have her to thank for some of these issues. She probably moved long ago...
Jen July 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I admit I have only skimmed the comments here but I have to say another appartment building is NOT what we want here. Town homes yes to put over 450 appartments on two blocks of Dresden Drive is not smart planning for anyone who wants to live and enjoy the area. Sure they say that everyone will take Marta, how funny is that - Marta goes No Where that I want / need to go, so effectively we are introducing an additional approx 750 cars to a two block area that is overly congested now. We are cutting down trees that help to clean the air and keep the summers livable to repalce with concrete and car exhaust. My main disagreement is with how dense the numbers are. Is it not more desireable to build something half the size, keeping trees and less cars - and don't give me that it is not financially a possiblity... it just won't make some developer (that will be gone when the rest of us are trying to sell our homes at a loss) more money.

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