Where Should Brookhaven City Hall Be Located?

Tell us what you think in our Patch poll.

A generated a ton of reader interest in regard to the subject of a new Brookhaven city hall.

Among the more than 200 comments the blog received were a lot of suggestions and ideas for the city hall's location.

So we pulled together a list of your suggested locations; developed the really super-cool interactive map that you see above; and created this brand-new Patch poll, which asks you to vote for your preferred location for our new city offices.

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don Gabacho September 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
"No. I do not have ties to Mike Jacobs-- past or present? Saw him one time years ago, probably at the beginning of his political career and he invited all the candidates where we saw each other for about 2 hours."---Ben Glad to hear it. 'I asked Mike Jacobs for a street map of Brookhaven which he says he has. Have not received it yet, so you can see I am not well connected. In fact I have very few connections. That is an asset. I am not going to see that all my friends and relatives get jobs with the City of Brookhaven." I can assure you that I was not considering nepotism. And, when I had said, we'd get you to bring your adding machine to the City Hall in Ashford Memorial Park, I had meant it. When I had asked you, also, if you had ever read "Garden of the Beasts," by Erik Larson, about the US Ambassador to Germany in Berlin from 1933 to 1936 (?), it was meant well too. So well, in fact, that, if you hadn't, I'd have brought it to you, to lend it to you; and, after your reading it, your having something really important to put your name on. I still will.
Grieg Ericsson September 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM
We need a Brookhaven Hot air Balloon (well you know what I mean - the kind you can fly around in).
Thomas P. Spencer September 16, 2013 at 04:39 PM
IDEA: LOCATING THE NEW CITY HALL IN THE HEART OF BROOKHAVEN AS THE CENTERPIECE OF A NEW "BROOKHAVEN CENTER" MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BROOKHAVEN-OGLETHORPE MARTA RAIL STATION SITE The relatively-recent mixed-use construction of numerous new buildings over the Lindbergh MARTA station right-of-way provides a great example for what could be done with the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station 1500-car parking lot. The same number of cars (or many more) could be accommodated in parking structures on the MARTA-owned property, while affording the new City of Brookhaven the opportunity to efficiently build a new city hall and police headquarters in the ideal central location in the heart of our new city! While one or more appropriate structures are planned and built, temporary trailers or buildings could be located on the current spacious parking lot, and then removed once the new appropriate, properly-designed structure or structures are in place. Such a use would allow sufficient community input to be reflected in the ultimate use, without need for a wasteful rush to redevelop some other existing prime commercial Brookhaven real estate. As you may know, MARTA is NOT awash in excess revenues, and last I heard, MARTA management is open to the possibility of development of the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station right-of-way, as a way to boost MARTA usage and revenues. The Lindbergh MARTA Rail Station provides an excellent model for how the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe Station site could become a wonderful asset to our new city - not just as a place for our new City Hall and police headquarters, but also for development of a new "Brookhaven Center" where appropriate office, residential, and mixed-use structures could provide a vibrant, logically-located core to Brookhaven! As you may have noticed, the Atlanta region has a traffic problem, and MARTA's rail system is only a partial solution to our traffic mess, but it IS A MAJOR ASSET to the City of Brookhaven, which could be of great benefit to our city's efficient function, if we locate our core city functions not only right at the geographic heart of our city, but within walking distance of the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA transit station platform, with easy access to Decatur, downtown Atlanta, and the Atlanta airport. Such a location would be a permanent benefit to our new city and an incredible addition to our transportation infrastructure. As a longtime Brookhaven resident and property owner (but currently away handling family matters in West Virginia), I wholeheartedly endorse consideration of the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA rail station site for a new Brookhaven City Hall and “Brookhaven Center!” Thomas P. Spencer info@brookhaven.com
HamBurger September 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Mr. Thomas, as you may know, BROOKHAVEN is NOT awash in excess revenues either. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Thomas P. Spencer September 16, 2013 at 06:33 PM
How true! That is why choosing an efficient location for the "home base" for our new city is so important! Private money should fund the development, and the Brookhaven City Hall, Police Headquarters, a new fire station (if needed), a new Brookhaven Library, and any other essential city facilities should be the centerpieces of a "Brookhaven Center" mixed-use development of the MARTA rail station 1500-car parking lot. A deal should be made with MARTA for the construction rights in exchange for construction of equivalent parking in new parking structures. The City could then allow private enterprise to build appropriate residential, office, and/or mixed use structures on the excess portions of the site, and the revenues from selling or leasing those building sites to private developers could be used to pay for the new city hall, library, and police headquarters! All of this could be a gigantic win/win for Brookhaven, if carefully and properly done with appropriate commmunity overview to assure that the taxpayers are not put at risk in any way!


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