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Stephen Fuller Imagines Brookhaven City Hall

A local man envisions a permanent Brookhaven City Hall on the site of the former Harris Teeter grocery store.

As Brookhaven makes its way to cityhood, one thing that needs to be considered is where all the new city officials, like the mayor and city council, will do their work. Every city needs a city hall and Brookhaven will be no different. At first, the new city may operate out of temporary leased space, but eventually a more permanent space will be needed.

Stephen Fuller of Stephen Fuller Designs has rendered a design for a permanent Brookhaven city hall. He has a local connection: he used to live in Brookhaven, though he now lives in Dunwoody.

For the site of his design, he used the site of the old Harris Teeter grocery store across from the Brookhaven MARTA station.

"We were asked to envision what that space could look like and what the building could be. Brookhaven is...architecturally, over there, there's so many beautiful--there's a real mix of all styles in Brookhaven, so we thought about several different variations in terms of style," he said about the design, which implements a lot of light-colored brick.

He was inspired by Georgian arcitecture and style, although not from one specific structure in the area. His desire, he said, was to bring some richness and character to the site because it does not have much of that right now.

However, he didn't want to go overboard.

"We didn't want to fight the basic structure of that building and try to make it into something it just didn't want to be...You want it to be traditional and classic," he said.

The old Harris Teeter site has an advantage, too.

"The thing that helps is that basically that whole site is just a sea of asphalt...It literally runs from Peachtree all the way up to the front door with no relief except for one or two little tiny spots where there's some landscaping," Fuller said.

His design adds a plaza with pedestrian access, foliage and a water fountain. The plaza ties the building to the street in front of it and basically parts the sea of asphalt. You may see different angles of the design by looking at the pdf included with this article.

Nothing is set in stone just yet for the City Hall design, of course, but Fuller is hopeful.

"I think it would really elevate Brookhaven to where it ought to be and it's a great natural center [for the city]. We could transform it architecturally," he said.

Raven August 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Wouldn't it be interesting if Hot Dog and Gazpacho showed up with their blog names pinned on their shirts? Put your money where your mouth is and if you feel so strongly, then show up. I plan to be there. I personally don't agree with the Harris Teeter location of city hall, truth be known. I don't think that reflects what is truly trying to be accomplished here- which is- to get RID of the corruption of Dekalb county- they themselves admitted they don't understand the basis of the taxation alone- and they are supposed to be enforcing it. I don't think we need a big fancy building to do that. This was simply a rendering of what a vision of new city hall might be- nothing more nothing less. Some of you act like ground has been broken and construction is starting tomorrow. I'm sure even if cityhood did not pass, you'd still be bitching about something. You know- one of THOSE people, meaning, there is no pleasing you - so sad that a community blog brings out the worst in humanity. Glad at least I know who some of my neighbors are so I can watch my back!
Ben Podgor August 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Eddie E: The fact that a plan was submitted does not mean that it will be used. I like the art work. But, I like modern. How much space will be needed is important. If we use computer technology, good web site, it may be possible to reduce our space requirement. What we should be doing, is examining the recently formed cities. We should copy what is good and ignore the bad. Even though the governor will appoint people to gather this info, those who can should help us too. Yes, we all agree that a logo is low priority, but it can bring the community together, make people aware that a new City of Brookhaven will come into existance on December 17, 2012. But, what is more important, Get the Children Involved as well as their parents. So to those who are still rooting for a no city. I want to see that this thing is a success. Ben Podgor
don Gabacho August 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
"Unfortunately because there is a belief by some that all these decisions have been made in a smokey back room or Pub 71 that its an officially or semi officially commissioned piece of work..."---Eric Not quite. The "decisions" are made elsewhere. It's Pub 71 where those who can benefit pay their dues with some extra-curricular activties.
don Gabacho August 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
"Really. I never knew that. I have never had anyone ask me to take them to anywhere in Brookhaven that I was entertaining from out of town/country..."--- Bill Lowe :-) Well, they wouldn't know about it if no one from here told them. It could attract, you know, the---How are they putting it now?--- the ungentrified? Imagine, a MARTA train dedicated to running fcrowds from the Auburn Avenue National Historic District up to a National Historic Brookhaven? If visitors were told anything nowadays they'd be told the third or fouth "golf community" in the country was to built here way back when. Though not built. That's the "Historic" in "Historic Brookhaven." And, in at least that regard, litte has changed.
Troy Wile August 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I agree part of the job is to raise revenue. with the attention Brookhave is getting it would be better retail remember highest and best use. This is soon to be a profit via taxes once the locations are full. from what I here kroger still controlls the building and will not rent to another grocery or compitition fix that problem and bring a trader joes or a fresh market or both in that spot
HamBurger August 28, 2012 at 02:02 AM
There was a post by a Mr. Thomas last Friday morning that made some interesting observations about city hall site selection. Curiously, not a lot of attention was paid to his post by folks that are supposedly up on his new city like Mr. Phil. I wonder if the Brookhaven Yes folks listened to what he had to say. Better yet, once funded, will the new city consult with him? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Betty August 28, 2012 at 03:45 AM
If the intent is to outsource services can anyone explain the need for a 30,000sf + builiding on Peachtree Road? The reason the Harris Teeter building has been vacant is Kroger leases the space and will not canibalize their sales at Cherokee Plaza by putting in another grocery store. Does it make sense for the city to lease a space for a small # of employees at a rent of around $8.00/sf (if they can get it that low); based upon approx. 30,000sf that's $240,000 / year? How does that make sense, how many city employees are we talking about...10...20???
Jack of Kings August 28, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I agree, Betty. I really see no way that leasing all that space would make sense unless it included the police department too. I am increasingly supportive of the concept of the police department being on Buford Highway. But I am sure there will be alot more input than what we have seen on Patch that will be taken into account. I hear HamBurger is going to start his own secret committee to advise someone, sowmewhere on where the City Hall should go. But, shhhhhhhh!, don't tell anyone. Right, Lar?
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
"I really see no way that leasing all that space would make sense unless it included the police department too. I am increasingly supportive of the concept of the police department being on Buford Highway. But I am sure there will be alot more input than what we have seen on Patch that will be taken into account."---Philip "Police Department"? How? Yet again Philip, answer the questions: "Citizens can and should state their opinions. Misstatements of objective facts are what I am here to correct." ---Mike Jacobs 5:33 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 "I've supported township legislation in the past and know from experience that there is not 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to support the constitutional amendment required to give zoning power to a third type of local government (other than counties and cities)." Yet again, where in the State Constitution of Georgia is this prohibition of "townships"? Much less requiring "constitutional amendment"? As declared by a lawyer and State Representative no less? http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/constitution.htm
HamBurger August 28, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Mr. Phil, maybe you should stop being a Brookhaven Yes apologist . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jack of Kings August 28, 2012 at 04:06 AM
HamBurger--are you or are you not a candidate for council member of mayor for the City of Brookkhaven? Please pass the answer to the question.
HamBurger August 28, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Mr. Phil, just look at your posts directed at me in the past. They are all on the Patch. You are a very hateful, demeaning, spiteful individual. Through the years I have dealt with many folks from all walks of life taking care of business both in my public life as well as private. Even when I have had to deal with the most incompetent individuals be they professionals or mere labor, I have never lost my temper or addressed them in anything less than polite, respectful, direct conversation to get what I need done or to fire them. You are a piece of work. I do not care to know you and your insulting suppositions in the past from my not answering your direct questions reveal just what a hack of a person you actually are. Now, go to your room, no special hamburger for you.
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 04:50 AM
"Mr. Phil, just look at your posts directed at me in the past..."---Hamburger In other words, he's got no couth. He's not alone. Yet they are where they are because people don't legally stop them to instead get hung up trying to stop only their projects. There have been ample legal grounds for stopping them at least since the conception of the so-called "citizens group" C4DK while the clock keeps ticking toward December 29.
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 05:38 AM
"Hamburger--are you or are you..."---Philip Why do you keep trying to find out who Hamburger is?
Jack of Kings August 28, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Because I think he is running for political office and he is using these boards to discredit his opponents. But you know him. And you know I am right.
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 05:50 AM
"Because I think he is running for political office and he is using these boards to discredit his opponents. But you know him. And you know I am right."---Philip Rigamarole But I don't know him or her. So, I know you are wrong. As it is, Hamburger thinks you must be just "an apologist" for BY. If I knew Hamburger, I'd tell Hamburger, that you couldn't be. I'd tell Hamburger to be careful. Now why don't you and Corey just answer the questions posed yet again above?
Troy Wile August 28, 2012 at 07:52 AM
The old harris teeter building is a retail comercial space very expensive and truly a bad location for city Hall due to traffic congestion first this will be filled shortly as well the Hastings location both have higher and better use which in short and long will create more revenue. We need to be creative lease in a office park as Sandy springs has done. ofice space is nearly half the cost of retail space on the congested peachtree. City hall does not need to be on display as spectacle but put in a location that it has thr least impact to the future revenue that will be needed to operate the city correctly. The Marta parking lot on the back side could be the longer term goal. looking at building up the parking structure at one end 4 stories the max allowed in the overlay w/ a intent to build the city hall on remaining Marta parking lot. In this area we need to build up for best results not up, This could maximize a large piece of property that is non revenue earning and improve the Marta Brookhaven station at the same time. look int purchasing air rights and build above is one unique way to solve problems in an area with little land space available
Troy Wile August 28, 2012 at 07:59 AM
this is the right direction but could be looked at a little closer see above
HamBurger August 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Mr. Phil, here is your 12:35 AM post you elected to delete. You continue to make erroneous suppositions. Please continue with your ramblings, your conspiracy musings are amusing: Phil also commented on Stephen Fuller Imagines Brookhaven City Hall. 12:35 AM "Your post answers my question. You,HamBurger, are a candidate for council member of mayor. There is a benefit to anonymously call into question the motives of other candidates. And you have done so relentlessly before and after the vote. I could not figure out why you were so committed to casting aspersions, concocting conspiracy theories, etc.--but it would make sense if you were running for office. Your posts are an extension of your campaign--albeit "guerilla campaigning"--by discrediting others who may be running. Your relentless carping and accusations against some individuals would not be tolerated if you were known to be a candidate. But the truth will come out, HamBurger. It will. Before November 6." Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jack of Kings August 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Please answer the question, HamBurger. Are you a candidate for elected poffice in Brookhaven? Yes or No? And please do not say "I refuse to dignify the question with an answer".
Thomas Porter August 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Thank you so much. On other notes, it seems that you have ruffled Phil's feathers and he is dogmatic in his pursuit of an answer that does not include allusions to a popular sandwich.
Ben Podgor August 28, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Troy Wile: Your suggestion that the City Hall be placed at or above the Marta Station appears to be the perfect solution, if it can be done. Tried to find your comment in this line up, but cannot find it, even though the eMail put it forth nicely. That has gone to the top of the list of possible places as far as I can see it now. Ben Podgor
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Yet again Philip, answer the questions: "Citizens can and should state their opinions. Misstatements of objective facts are what I am here to correct." ---Mike Jacobs 5:33 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 "I've supported township legislation in the past and know from experience that there is not 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to support the constitutional amendment required to give zoning power to a third type of local government (other than counties and cities)." Yet again, where in the State Constitution of Georgia is this prohibition of "townships"? Much less requiring "constitutional amendment"? As declared by a lawyer and State Representative no less? http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/constitution.htm
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
'Who is capable of "asking" that this architect look at this unless it is, as suggested, that Fuller is simply another person trying to jump on the favored contractor list for a new city. A little (very little) free promo work to get a project, all because he 'used to live in Brookhaven'?"---Thomas Porter It may be more than simply "jumping a favored contractor list." The rendition looks, to a 'T', like the mini-country club in Ashford Park's Memorial Park. "But most stunning of all to me is that the pro-city movement has always said..." I find it 'stunning' that anyone takes whatever C4DK-morphed-BY says as anything other than---from "lower taxes" to "let's all get together to make this a great city"--- perfunctory hoopla to impose its 'corporatist' governance.
Eddie E. August 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Too much common sense!
Albie Alright August 28, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I am a candidate for City Janitor. I feel as though a good scrubbing is needed in the North. Possibly a clog needs to be removed in the South. And then a gentle polishing in Central.
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
"Janitor"? That's not PC nowadays. I think they call them Maintenance Engineers; or something like that.
HamBurger September 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Mr. Phil, you do know that Mr. GuruLikeDrucker who has posted regularly on the Patch is running for office, don’t you? Post your e-mail address and I will send you the e-mail and linkedin file with picture from his neighbors. Or, you may not be interested because this individual was not against the new city as I was, but was a C$ND member and associated with Brookhaven Yes? Naturally, I understand your Brookhaven Yes bias . . . And, your Brookhaven Yes preference to go after me. Please pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho September 01, 2012 at 05:15 AM
"Post your e-mail address and I will send you the e-mail and linkedin file with picture from his neighbors."---Hamburger I'll take you up on that. Here's an alternative address: dongabcho.mxgov@gmail.com Thanks
Dubious September 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Almost as dumb an idea as trying to create a city out of disparate neighborhoods and constituencies. Has this genius ever been on Peachtree at 5:00pm?

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