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More Development Along North Decatur Road?

A developer is looking to buy Scott Boulevard Baptist Church and residential homes behind it for a new commercial site.

Could we see new development next to a newly renovated Suburban Plaza?

It's possible if a developer gets its way.

Atlanta Land Group is interested in coaxing residents along Barton Way and Blackmon Drive to sell their land to make way for new commercial development, according to a letter acquired by the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association.

The developers met with residents from those streets at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, which will be part of the proposed sale, according to the association's second post about the development meeting.

North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch would have loved to have been at this meeting, but, unfortunately, we were covering RaceTrac's meeting before the county's District 4 Community Council in Stone Mountain.

From MANA's post on the development:

Most of the questions revolved around how likely this was to actually happen.  There was definitely a mix of reactions from “This is about my home, not just money” to “It is all about money.”  I did not notice any real negativity towards the idea of this deal happening, only concern that homeowners can remain whole and skepticism that this will be successful.  A few homeowners at the meeting have been through this before, and expressed concern over the inevitable conflicts such a deal, successful or not, brings to the neighborhood.

Read the full post for more details, and expect forthcoming coverage from Patch.

What do you think about development in this area? Should the residents sell? Tell us in the comments section below.

Dawn Forman October 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I am sad that development is not being sought out for the vacant car lots that are in this area and that developers are interested in taking down homes and trees instead.
Jonathan Cribbs October 18, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Where do you live?
MrMatt October 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
To Dawn - absolutely right that there are plenty of empty or underused lots, though I would include Suburban plaza in that mix of vacant or 'underutilized' blights on the landscape. I guess Decatur's annexation thoughts may have to extend further to prevent 'development'. Maybe they can annex all of north dekalb and make it all a No Growth zone (that should be the name for GGD - NGD - No Growth Dekalb) subject to the whims of people who get to pick and choose businesses they deem unacceptable. It would be delicious irony if WalMart gave up on Suburban and built across the street, tearing down homes in the process instead of using perfectly acceptable retail space at Suburban.
Sally October 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Interesting. Those homeowners would be crazy not to listen to this offer. No idea what kind of development is being considered. It would seem easier to buy one of the empty car lots rather than having to negotiate with individual homeowners. I assume whatever they are considering would not work in those spots. The good news is, if this materialized into something good though, it would lead to development of those empty lots I expect though.
Molly Badgett October 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I can't help but think/hope that all this new development, from WalMart to the Fuqua effort, signals an improving economy. Real estate developers are among the first to act on the early indicators, and these guys are taking full advantage of the (we hope) last remnants of the real estate bust to ride the wave into a recovery -- and profits. I just hope it's not at residents' expense, but if the development is well done, there are actual studies that even a WalMart can raise nearby property values by as much as 2%. That's not much, but it's better than what is being anticipated, a drop in values.

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