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Mayor Davis Helps Ashford Dunwoody Sidewalk Paving

Once complete, the sidewalk will stretch 570 feet from Stratfield Drive to Humility Lane.

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, left, and Public Works Director Richard Meehan visit the site for a new 500 foot long sidewalk on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Courtesy City of Brookhaven
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, left, and Public Works Director Richard Meehan visit the site for a new 500 foot long sidewalk on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Courtesy City of Brookhaven
Late last year, the Brookhaven City Council approved an amended 2013 budget with $400,000 for sidewalk improvements throughout the city. 

Last Friday, Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis and Public Works Director Richard Meehan visited the site of a new sidewalk under construction along Ashford Dunwoody Road where crews began pouring concrete.  

Once complete, the sidewalk will stretch 570 feet from Stratfield Drive to Humility Lane.

Including $500,000 allocated for construction in the 2014 budget, almost $1 million in pedestrian improvements is scheduled for the city in its first two years of existence.

marsha middleton February 10, 2014 at 06:08 AM
I hope Windsor Parkway is next on the list. Anybody know?
Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM
From the City: "Windsor Parkway is next on the list for sidewalk paving after crews finish the sidewalk on Ashford Dunwoody Road. Recent inclement weather conditions have delayed paving plans, but work on Windsor Parkway is expected to start as soon as the last week of the month (Feb. 23 – Mar. 1)."
mary kirkendoll February 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM
I saw some guys pouring their own sidewalk in front of a rundown house on Shallowford the other day. It was close to the Chamblee Tucker, Shallowford intersection, Doraville city on one side of the road, Chamblee on the other. Brookhaven, please come rescue the Clairmont Terrace, Wakefield Forest neighborhoods out of Chamblee. We need to save these few neighborhoods before it's too late. Doubt Chamblee will ever have money for sidewalks. It's my understanding they can't even afford to sand and salt the roads. Chamblee residents have to rely on Dekalb public works, if they even come up here to our area. Bravo to Brookhaven for clearing roads and giving updates. Chamblee is in the dark ages! Do we even have a mayor? ..a city hall?.... crickets.
hmm February 12, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Brookhaven is clearing roads? Maybe the main roads that they GDOT maintains. I haven't seen any evidence of plowing or sanding. Point is, Brookhaven is the same as Chamblee. Look Mary you really need to move. The last thing Brookhaven wants is you in Brookhaven. Please go back to Smyrna. You can swear some more at those folks. http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/local/cursing-smyrna-woman-awarded-85000/nSbKf/
mary kirkendoll February 12, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Winter Storm Update 6: City treats ice on priority one roads Inbox City of Brookhaven news@brookhavenga.gov February 12, 2014 Winter Weather Update 6 City treats ice on priority one roads Despite some sleet last night, Brookhaven roads and bridges remained in good condition until about 6 a.m. when the sleet started coming down heavier. Brookhaven Public Works crews are currently treating roads and bridges classified as priority one, listed below, and are monitoring the conditions of parking lots at the city's three warming shelter locations: the Brookhaven Police Department, DeKalb Fire Station #2 and the Cowart Family/ Ashford Dunwoody YMCA. Priority one roads include: All Bridges Peachtree Road Buford Highway NE Clairmont Road NE North Druid Hills Road NE Ashford Dunwoody Road Johnson Ferry Road Dresden Drive East Roxboro Road Perimeter Summit Boulevard Please note that the Colonial Road Bridge over the rail road is closed, however affected neighborhoods still have access via North Druid Hills Road. The City of Dunwoody has closed the Perimeter Center Parkway Bridge over I-285. In the event of a power outage, Georgia Power will be able to maneuver Brookhaven roads as their trucks are equipped to handle ice. There have been no loss of power or downed trees reported at this time. Mayor J. Max Davis is asking that all citizens stay off the roads unless it's an emergency.
mary kirkendoll February 12, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Brookhaven officials and employees, you are doing a great job and it shows. Trust me, if I had a doover, I would move back to Smyrna in a heartbeat, as they actually listened to people, grew and evolved, and it shows there also. Chamblee is absolutely a lost cause. Look around, it's deplorable.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Before we start lashing out with personal attacks here, just want to jump in here and remind people to please be respectful of one another and their opinions. Here's a link to the Patch Terms of Service, thanks. http://brookhaven.patch.com/terms
marsha middleton February 12, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Thanks for the speedy reply, Hunt!
mary kirkendoll February 13, 2014 at 08:41 AM
The shrewd folks in Brookhaven voted for local control, to protect their homes and investments. Brookhaven is obviously focused on redevelopment of aging and unproductive areas. I have no doubt a Brookhaven address will soon rival a Sandy Springs address, commercial and residential. I imagine there are some in Brookhaven that are dreaming of sleek highrises full of productive businesses and quality mixed use retail and residential along the Buford Hwy. corridor. One day it will resemble the Hammond /Peachtree Dunwoody area. Unfortunately tho', with noone holding Chamblee accountable, Chamblee citizens will be asked to simply watch the transformation from the sidelines. Where is any determination, vision or drive in Chamblee? I hate to see this newly annexed area just roll over and accept status quo for these struggling neighborhoods. I'm of the belief that some of these neighborhoods are worth saving. I'm just dumbfounded that the DECA group has made no demands on their city in turn for a 'yes' vote. I believe there are people out here that want change, want growth, but have been stiffled by a group that took control of DECA. Sure the police have been out here in numbers, but only because of the high number of low income apartments and criminals that have made this area home. Until THAT demographic changes, nothing will prosper in Chamblee. On day one of the annexation going into effect, Chamblee should have sent out the public works department to the main roadways and cleaned up years and years of trash and bramble that has accumulated. (Plaster/Dresden/Shallowford/Buford) Highway . But they haven't even made an attempt. Then once the environment is clean for human habitation, then its time to begin work in Chamblee on a sound economic development policy. The goal in Chamblee should be just as much a desire to redevelop aging, vacant areas as has been accomplished in other metro Atlanta cities. Chamblees mistake focusing only on the better north Chamblee neighborhoods and pretending Chamblee's 'international' community is somehow an asset. Clearly it hasn't worked. How can Chamblee say it's on the right track, when it doesn't even understand, they work for US taxpayers, not the foreign nationals!!
MK February 13, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Foreign nationals residing in the US usually pay taxes too. I know, I used to be one for 10 years before I became a naturalized citizen.
hmm February 13, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Hunt I will tell you what's disrespectful, its that woman's anti immigrant rants. Fact is she cursed at the people in front of children. And her hatred of Chamblee because of "foreign nationals" is sickening especially in light of the fact Chamblee has a long and rich tradition as a home to many "foreign nationals" and surely she must have known that since she came from Smyrna which has a similar population. Why do you let her spread such hate here?
hmm February 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM
want proof, a simple google search turns up many hate filled rants - please don't let the patch become a soap box for hate: http://www.galeo.org/story.php?story_id=0000003328 From: "Mary Kirkendoll" Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 22:47:55 -0400 jerry, the difference in you & me is, i have integrity & you don't. yeah, it's quite easy to give approval to illegals to steal from americans, cos' it takes nothing from your pocket (only lines them)& it certainly doesn't require any principles or honesty. You have neither. You exploit the poor, helpless illegals, & encourage them to carry on w/ their criminal acts @ any cost. What a shame, cos the future of the anchor babies will be quite bleak , as they're not being taught anything about right & wrong. The thing these illegals will never have, besides an american pardon, is american values!.The only right thing to do is tell the illegals to go back to their own country & try to live an honest life ---then you need to take a look inside your karma bag---(might be empty) quite sincerely, mary kirkendoll ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jerry Gonzalez" To: "Mary Kirkendoll" ; "Rich Pellegrino" Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 8:16 PM Subject: Re: win hearts & minds???? Mary, May God find peace in your soul. God Bless You. Jerry Gonzalez ---------- Original Message ---------------- From: "Rich Pellegrino" Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 12:31:45 -0400 Thanks for your reply, Mary, and when you truly want to help yourself my offer remains open. Rich ----- Original Message ----- From: Mary Kirkendoll To: Rich Pellegrino Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 11:49 AM Subject: Re: win hearts & minds???? fu! From: "Mary Kirkendoll" To: Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 08:06:09 -0400 Subject: win hearts & minds???? ------------------------------ how 'bout OBEY the freakin' LAW! Hey buddy, i've met you before, & i have NO respect for you! if you really cared about these CRIMINALS, you would start humanitarian work down in MEXICO & EL SALADOR-- & all the other 3rd world countries that seem to be so corrupt(like you)---that they can't sustain life! We (americans)---- DON'T want these people here!i have been run out of my own neighborhood & home i worked so hard for, because of the greedy, uneducated rude illegals renting in the house next door & all over cobb county neighborhoods. you, jerry live in midtown where the population is predomintely white gay males! you wouldn't be caught dead living in these disgraceful neighborhoods that YOU are trying to EXPLOIT! what a shame, boy,.... GET A LIFE! mary kirkendoll
mary kirkendoll February 14, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Yep, I stand by everything I've ever said. And I stand proudly with my name signed, not hiding behind aliases. I stand for my country. I stand for Americans and legal immigrants working in America. I stand for putting black America to work with the jobs illegals have taken. I stand with Billy and Kathy Inman, whose son was killed on fathers day by Gonzalo Gonzolas, illegal alien that rammed into their vehicle , yet walked out of the hospital, never to be seen again. Kathy, never has walked again, has had continuous surgeries, and has been in horrible pain for 14 years. This happens all too often all across America. Chamblees elected officials are living quite comfortably in the neighborhoods close to Dunwoody and Brookhaven. They have done nothing for what they call their international communities, except allow them to decline. Now there's a larger opportunity for Chamblee to simply turn a blind eye and call it diversity. I happen to believe if the neighborhoods learned about economics, we could turn this around. At this time, builders won't build out here, Brookhaven agents won't show theses homes, the streets are filled w/ trash and litter, the Dresden Park is not safe and there is nothing anywhere on the horizon than is going to turn this ship around. You guys are willing to sit back and watch this neighborhood turn to rental. Can you guys not understand values go up in quality neighborhoods and down in declining neighborhoods? I guess if all you are is a renter, you'd be happy- more choices to rent. Hooray for you, I'm sure one day all the homeowners will have much gratitude. I will also add, Smyrna has turned many of their illegal alien filled and poverty areas around, as they are protecting their homeowners and growing their city. They deserve kudos.
mary kirkendoll February 14, 2014 at 07:38 AM
And I want to add - you can't run a city with this extreme amount of poverty. The very reason Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs could clear their roads and Chamblee couldn't. The reason all Chamblee can do for revenue is make Century Center become part of Chamblee, even though it is clear that's not what they want. With attitudes like the above, seems they want Chamblee to continue its poverty and vacant status. That's not too bright fellas! And, as a homeowner and taxpayer here, I sure won't ride in that losing wagon! I think Chamblee, w/ its location and land should be a boomtown.
MK February 14, 2014 at 08:46 AM
I am not following your point, Brookhaven also wanted to annex Century Center for the revenue. They were even bolder about it than Chamblee since Century Center wouldn't even share any borders with Brookhaven.
TomMiller1 February 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Oh brother. Norcross has 60% of its residents below the poverty line. Decatur 25%. Douglasville - 30%. The fiction created in this thread by one poster? That Chamblee is replete with poverty. Remember last month? That Chamblee didn't have $$? Oh right, their audited financials online showed a surplus of $22M. Chamblee is working class town. Per Capita income in Chamblee is HIGHER than in GA and the US. http://www.usa.com/chamblee-ga-income-and-careers.htm Female income in Chamblee, median, is TWELVE THOUSAND higher than GA. There are more $200K households in Chamblee % wise than in GA as a whole. Higher than Mayretta, Duluth GA. Easy to read the #s: http://www.usa.com/rank/georgia-state--200k-or-more-household-income-percentage--city-rank.htm?hl=Chamblee&hlst=GA&yr=6000 There is no shame in Chamblee. It's simply where people start.
mary kirkendoll February 17, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Tom Miller, I'm curious where you live and what your agenda is. Brookhaven? I live in the new annexed area and my agenda is to save the Clairmont Terrace/Wakefield Forest neighborhoods from turning into another Chamblee rental international village. I'm just talking reality! If Chamblee does nothing we , the homeowners here loose our home values, which for me is everything for my future. I imagine this holds true w/ others out here, too. From the little communication I've had w/ the city,.. nothing will be done to bring this area up. DECA should be working w/ the neighborhood stake holders and the city, to get an economic plan mapped out, to lure quality builders, to find realtors to sell this neighborhood, to clean up the surrounding entrances, to attract some trendy resturants or shop owners, to get us out of Dresden school district, and to lift these values, etc., etc. These things don't happen by magic! Instead,.. DECA's having a picinic! DECA, you do see the home values here are extremely depressed, don't you? I think it's fairly clear, Chamblee has no economic development plan for 2/3's of the city. Peachtree Rd. corridor is riding the coattails of Brookhaven, the only reason we see the signs for Parkview Village mixed use on Peachtree and Clairmont. The north Chamblee will survive, thanks to economic development of said cities. Brookhaven is intent on transforming Buford Hwy. It makes perfect sense to bring value to underperforming areas. Smart people grasp this strategy. Dunwoody, smart city, smart people. Its their logo! Brookhaven will push their transients into Chamblee. Chamblee will do nothing. I asked the city manager/city police chief(one and the same), that if the city had 22 million in reserves, maybe they could hire out the clearing of roads during the storm. He asked where did I get that information? He advised me that there is no money that can be accessed. It's all a ruse! If Chamblee has 22 million in reserves, maybe they could send out a work crew to clean the years and years of trash all along the roads on Buford Hwy., Plaster and Dresden? Chamblee is in dire straights. They cannot attract development. Look at Chamblees maps. You have 3 viable neighborhoods, Sexton Woods, Huntley Hills & Keswick Village all snug against real cities such as Sandy Springs and Dunwoody and the Ashford Park area tucked up against Brookhaven. These neighborhoods might cover 1/3rd sq. footage, if even that. They are successful only now because of the companies coming into Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. See State Farm. The rest of Chamblee , the vacant, slummy run down areas are called diversity. I just moved into a neighborhood easliy on the verge of going south. I don't plan to sit back and watch as Chamblee ignore's this neighborhood, as they did all the once working class neighborhoods along Chamblee Tucker and Shallowford Rd. Those will never come back. We sure as hadies deserve better!!
MK February 17, 2014 at 08:49 AM
The people you rail against are working class too.
TomMiller1 February 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Harumph. I don't have an agenda you see. I just disagree with comments posted on here that lack facts and are made up whole cloth. Chamblee is a grand total of 3 square miles. Smyrna is 16. To compare, Adel GA is 7 square miles. So, you have about 15K people living there. Living near Chamblee - I get my truck worked on there. I buy pizza there (Vintage). I go to BrandsMart. I have documented folks working in buildings alongside my workplace. I get my shirts at Zooma's. I think *certain people* confuse the whole of Doraville/Chamblee/Bhaven on Buford. Home values are what they are, but FACTUALLY - not emotionally - home values in Chamblee are holding steady - and the MEDIAN value of a home in Chamblee is $234K+. Detached houses: $309,839. so there can be a discussion based on feelings ok I get that. Or we can have a discussion among private residents on FACTS and logic.
mary kirkendoll February 18, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Did you forget to include the area called the 'international village'? Much of the land is vacant, now , but the homes and duplexes probably fetch between 20,000 to 40,000. Also, the neighborhoods that are in city limits around Shallowford have had an extreme amount of foreclosures and have turned rental! I don't want what happened there to happen in the Wakefield Forest neighborhood. Chamblee is more than just the white northen neighborhoods. As a start, Chamblee officials are reading, I'm sure. Show that you have pride in this city and send out some work crews to clean all the horrible trash along the roads along the entrance to your new neigborhoods. See for yourself, Plaster @ Buford Highway and both Dering entrances off Buford Highway. To neglet this shows you don't care!
hmm February 18, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Mary Kirkendoll Chamblee as a whole is just fine. Sure there are problem areas but there are also exciting areas. But lets get to your real problem. Your real problem is with a significant portion of the population that lives along the Buford Corridor. A large portion of whom risked their lives just to try to make a better life for themselves or their families. Sound familiar? It should because that's the story of the U.S.A. before it became the good ol U.S.A.! The real question, that you have yet to satisfactorily answer is why in the world would you move into an area with a heavy immigrant population when you dislike them so much? Do you have some other agenda? And please don't say lack of due diligence. You left Smyrna, an area that you complained about was to lax against a immigrants. You complained that these immigrants destroyed the value of your home. Given all that it is just not believable that you would not recognize what the Buford Corridor's population was. Are you here to try to drive out people that were living in your area before you? Is your hatred of them that deep that you would come here to bash Chamblee in hopes of getting them to act like some of the ignorant or heartless folks in Smyrna? I don't know exactly what your agenda is for moving here. But I really think you should move somewhere else and choose a new endeavor. They say jogging can relieve stress and clear the mind. Perhaps try that. Or perhaps you could take up pickeling? http://www.pinterest.com/pdyoung/pickeling/
hmm February 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I was told that of the City Services Chamblee provides Roads and Drainage is not one of them. That is left to DeKalb County, so your property tax dollars for Roads and Drainage is collected by DeKalb and not Chamblee. This is different than Brookhaven and Dunwoody which did take on Roads and Drainage and thus Property Taxes for the Roads and Drainage Line Item go to Brookhaven and Dunwoody and NOT DeKalb. Thus the reason Brookhaven and Dunwoody would plow their streets. But in Chamblee it I would think it should be DeKalb's responsibility since they are responsible for maintaining the roads. So Mary Kirkendoll either someone get you a bad answer or you misunderstood them. There would be no money in Chamblee for plowing since they don't collect taxes for that and thus don't put a line item in the budget for that since DeKalb Collects the taxes for road maintenance and thus should be plowing and sanding the streets.
mary kirkendoll February 23, 2014 at 08:32 AM
I do believe you just gave yet one more reason Century Center would be better off in Brookhaven. At least Brookhaven has been out there salting and clearing roads during this harsh winter. Looks like you said Chamblee just twiddles it's thumbs and hopes Dekalb County sends some sand trucks way up here? Well, no wonder Clairmont Bridge stayed closed long after the surrounding cities had safe roads to drive on. No economic development, no public works, no new businesses, no nothing really. The city manager is the police chief. Seems like a joke, but it's not. Is he getting double salary? Again,..what are we paying taxes to Chamblee for? Just the police? I have simply asked that Chamblee come clean the years and years of trash from the roadsides in the new annexed areas. Absolutely no response from the city. Guess that's not in their job description either. The dreadful conditions in Chamblee is the direct result of running working Americans out of the city and replacing them w/ the illegal immigrant population. This has turned huge areas into vacant , bankrupt properties, that noone's willing to invest in. I guess the bright side is, they don't go to city hall and complain too much.
TomMiller1 February 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM
It wouldn't be a post without a pot shot at the nefarious "illegal immigrant population." Back to the road, not the rant. Ask the owners of Century Center where they want to be. Let that be one factor. As to Clairmont bridge when it snowed, I complained because TWO trucks were a little overzealous with the sand and gravel spraying and they hit cars on the way. Dreadful conditions? Again and again more of the same. So, I ran from the QT up to 285 and then again down the other way ... sure there is trash. Just like in Dunwoody by the MARTA. Or near a park in Bhaven. Or by the soccer field at Smyrna. Or the epic trash along Oglethorpe IN BROOKHAVEN. imagine that. Chamblee is a fine middle class town.
hmm February 24, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Mary Kirkendoll the point is you need to criticize DeKalb if you feel the roads weren't plowed well enough. Why should Chamblee take that on if Chamblee's residents' hard earned tax dollars have already been sent to DeKalb for such services? The dreadful conditions in Chamblee???????????? There you go again. Like they've changed much since you bought your house several months ago? By the way you still haven't provided the real explanation of why you moved to the "dreadful conditions" in your neighborhood. Was the day you saw your house the day your eye's were dilated by your eye doctor so you couldn't see all the "years and years of trash" along the street ?????? Personally I think you feed off of hate, thus you moved to Chamblee just so that you could better spew hate towards the immigrants in Chamblee.

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