Decatur City Commissioners will consider items related to Callaway redevelopment

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 2, 2016
A rendering of the Callaway Building mixed use project, provided by the City of Decatur

A rendering of the Callaway Building mixed use project, provided by the City of Decatur

The Decatur City Commission, acting as the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, will meet on May 2 and consider two items related to the redevelopment of the Callaway building.

The city has an agreement with Cousins Properties to redevelop the 5.25 acre site. The city purchased the property from DeKalb County using $5.12 million borrowed by issuing bonds. Plans for the building go back to at least 2011.In August, commissioners balked at approving variances for the project, citing too much residential and not enough commercial spaces in the plans. Cousins revised plans for the project and won the commission’s approval at its March 21 meeting.

At the May 2 meeting, the Urban Redevelopment Authority – which is comprised of City Commission members – will consider awarding a $30,130 contract to Clearwater Environmental Resource to remove two underground storage tanks on the property. The project budget is $45,000.

The Redevelopment Authority will also consider authorizing the City Manager to spend $50,000 on behalf of the Redevelopment Authority for the Callaway project. When completed, the Callaway Building will have three stories of office space, 329 apartment units and 721 parking spaces.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority begins at 7:15 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. The regular City Commission meeting will begin shortly thereafter at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

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