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Brookhaven Commission: Four Or Five Options For New City Hall

Newly elected mayor, city council won't have much time to choose office space.

 

The location of a Brookhaven city hall will be one of the first items before the newly elected mayor and city council, and the Brookhaven Commission seems to be narrowing down the list of possible sites.

According to Neighbor Newspapers, commissioner Jed Beardsley said four to five options remain under consideration.

Beardsley told the papers that furnished office space allow city personnel to move in faster. Three of those furnished options are located in the central perimeter market, he said.

Beardsley is still waiting to hear back about viable options for the city's new police station.

Brookhaven Plaza, at the intersection of Peachtree and North Druid Hills roads, has been mentioned as a possible location for a new city hall as well.

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Booyah November 20, 2012 at 09:35 PM
The 'people' are equally divided amongst the four districts. 12,000 residents per district. The geographic center of Brookhaven is somewhere between the MARTA station and Oglethorpe. It makes sense to have the city center at the center. It may not make sense economically, but that will be decided by the mayor and council. Not you or me.
Joe The Plumber November 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
A Resident, You are very wise. You got any advise on how to permanently unclog Brittany?
John McGrew November 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Benita, Brookhaven Plaza is prime retail real estate in Brookhaven; perhaps the highest profile location there is. In order to be viable and keep taxes for homeowners low, Brookhaven needs revenue. This location would be much better utilized as retail than as a city hall. IMHO, somewhere on Buford would be much more suitable for several reasons. The real estate will be cheaper, and having a local police presence on Buford will improve the crime situation in the area. Many consider Buford Highway a blight on Brookhaven, but I see it as a long-term opportunity, both culturally and economically. Placing the city hall there will demonstrate our conviction to that end.
Enuff Govt Already November 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Could cobble together a few apts at one of the apt complexes along Buford Hwy since that where most of the citizens of this city of more govt live. They could just walk to the offices for their daily interaction with govt; sure beats trying to track down your city govt person at Publix.
Roger That November 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Why not just make an offer on the tag office? Turn the Library into the PD. Then connect them with bike trails.
Eric H November 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I have to assume they will get a decent temporary rate, Year or two??? in the PCID in Brookhaven. The property owners have empty space and I would think it would be a great way to get the council and mayor and city manager keenly aware of the needs of the area.
Eric H November 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
You do realize that if they were able to land a successful commercial enterprise in Brookhaven Plaza it would most likely add a lot more cars to the area than a City Hall would.
Eric H November 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM
good points John
John McGrew November 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
@Roger That, I'd much prefer to see the tag office moved somewhere else, and the kink in Caldwell removed so that it could connect with Dresden there. I think that would help much with the traffic in that area, especially at rush hour.
Chris November 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Steve, with due respect, how about we let the Police Chief decide where a "great spot" for a police station will be. Have you studied traffic flows, crime clusters or anything that would make your suggestion intelligent? We're hiring pros. Let them do their job.
Chris November 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM
HamBurger is incorrect. The PCID is partially within Brookhaven as well. It isn't just Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.
Chris November 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Hogwash ... people are scared of change and they come up with conspiracy theories to fight change ... to fight POSITIVE changes just as much as negative. Just look at the incorporation push. CAVE people will make up all sorts of theories and most aren't true ... CAVE = citizens against virtually everything.
Mike November 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Eddie is right. LOOK at the "Stephen Fuller Designs” artist rendition. This has been a “done deal” before Brookhaven was a city! It is corporate welfare just at a smaller scale. Tax payers get to pay for a lease that no other commercial entity has chosen to sign. This space has been empty at least since I have been living in Brookhaven going on 5 years; and in my opinion should remain so till it is properly marketed so it is attractive to a business that might hire some employees. Why the rush to move into a big building? What is wrong with some temp trailers while the city determines its budget....you know....to be fiscally responsible? We have no problem to put kids and teachers in trailers when there is no more room in our schools.
HamBurger November 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Mr. Chris, folks keeping up know that the PCID includes Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and small portion in Brookhaven. The conversation is about the location of Brookhaven’s city hall (exclusive of police department). If you do your research, you will find that the most viable short term leases or sublets in Central Perimeter are outside of I-285, not in Brookhaven. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger November 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Mr. Mike, that is just a pretty picture, nothing more. There is a certain Brookhaven Yes favored mayor that would like this location to be city hall. If you think about it, and research lease rates, even though the final decision may not include him, this individual is not being a very good steward of Brookhaven city funds. But, this is the individual that insists we have an accurate Vinson study for the basis of our new city! By the way, there is nothing wrong with the trailer idea, we just need to make sure J. Max is able to remove the door for his office as previously stated for his transparent government! Please pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho November 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
"...involved with accountability like the Commission and committee members have...."---Filamon Worse than baloney. Never did the commission members make the headquarters, identities and very licensed of a privately hired police force in our midst public---while, as always, exonerating themselves from any accountablility by their, and their peanut galleries, constant llitany of what a great bunch of guys they are. Working for free no less. And that's only for starters.
don Gabacho November 25, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"...your conspiracy theories don't hold water..."---A Resident Where do we join? This conspiracy of yours that there can be no conspiracies?
don Gabacho November 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM
"...with due respect, how about we let the Police Chief decide where a 'reat spot' Steve, with due respect, how about we let the Police Chief decide where a 'great spot' for a police station will be..." Not the People and, of course, an appointed official. "Have you studied traffic flows,..." Like the no-brainer of B'Haven Plaza having been considered at all? "...crime clusters or anything that would make your suggestion intelligent?" If you indeed live within the area you would certainly know better than Dunwoody's and Sandy Springs' mayors, police chiefs and respective congressmen. "We're hiring pros" We are? Like the privately hired secret police force in our midst? If that weren't enough: doesn't Doraville's and Chamblee's appointed police tell you anthing? "Let them do their job." Of course not the People to do theirs.
don Gabacho November 25, 2012 at 06:16 PM
"You do realize that if they were able to land a successful commercial enterprise in Brookhaven Plaza it would most likely add a lot more cars to the area than a City Hall would."---Eric Of course its is realized. It had to be pointed out to you some time ago. Despite the traffic problem the locale would certainly aggravate, that the locale is still being considered at all must be testament to, as stated before also, unloading the "white elephant" onto the taxpayers' dime.
Tom Reilly November 25, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Brookhaven Plaza poses no real problem: The intersection is well known, traffic tends to flow towards the outer northern suburbs after hours, there is a lot of unused space [including the parking lot.]--Tom Reilly
John McGrew November 26, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Seriously don Gabacho? And just how many meetings did you attend to come to such a conclusion?
Eddie E. November 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
People have one last chance to vote for sane fiscal policy on December 4. For those who didn't realize what would happen with incorporation, look at the 'artist's rendition'. There are more than enough ideas for wasting your property tax money!
Political Gadfly November 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Northeast Plaza is great for the location of the police headquarters but is a lousy one for City Hall, for obvious reasons. Btw I will not respond to any questions about the "obvious reasons," you are smart enough to figure that out for yourselves.
don Gabacho November 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
"Seriously don Gabacho?"---John McGrew Where is the headquarters and license to operate a security firm in the State of GA for the privately hired police force in our midst? And their identities?
don Gabacho November 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
"Won't be Brookhaven Plaza. What I'm hearing."---Thom Miller Somehow the old MxConsulate on Apple Valley Way sounds down their alley.
don Gabacho November 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
"Can't we have something?"---Joe The Plumber Certainly the jail.
John McGrew November 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
So then, you haven't been to any meetings? So your only mission here is to spread FUD?
don Gabacho December 03, 2012 at 07:06 PM
"So your only mission here is to spread FUD?"---John McGraw Yet again: Where is the headquarters and license to operate a security firm in the State of GA for the privately hired police force in our midst? And their identities?
don Gabacho December 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
"Mike, that is just a pretty picture, nothing more."----Hamburger Don't be so sure. Particularly when money and power has, with this gang, always trumped public service. The locale would also serve well to consolidate of the various surveillance systems, including policial, and "capture stages" already operating, for the completeing of (what is now) Brookhaven as a single, intergrated "capture stage."
John McGrew December 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
And at which meeting was this "police force" discussed? Were you there?

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