Superior court Judge Tangela Barrie also set a trial start date for Oct. 24 in the suit between the city of Chamblee and the city of Brookhaven and Highwood Properties, according to a copy of the order obtained by The Brookhaven Post. The court issued a temporary restraining order against the proposed annexation last month before the Brookhaven City Council was set to consider it at the request of Highwood, which owns Century Center.
The judge gave four reasons for her order:
- The city of Brookhaven would cause irreparable harm if it went forward with the annexation.
- The injunction will not harm the city of Brookhaven.
- There is "substantial likelihood" that the city of Chamblee will "ultimately prevail on the merits."
- "Public interest favors enjoining Brookhaven so that the annexation vote can go forward as contemplated by the General Assembly."
See the Post article for the full order, including more detail from Barrie regarding the four above factors.
Residents around the Century Center area are scheduled to vote on their annexation into the city of Chamblee on Nov. 5. Century Center, an area of rich, taxable commercial property, has been considered key to making that annexation financially feasible to the city of Chamblee.