Annexation petition will be on Decatur City Commission’s agenda

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 5, 2018

This story has been updated. 

A petition to annex about a dozen parcels of industrial property into the city of Decatur will be considered at the Feb. 5 City Commission meeting.

The property owners are seeking to annex using the 100 percent method, meaning that 100 percent of the property owners sign a petition seeking annexation into the city. The property is all zoned industrial, according to property records. The petition is dated Nov. 15, 2017, and attorney J. Alexander Brock is representing the developer on the project. He filed the petition on behalf of the property owners.

The parcels are located along East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Grove Street and Grove Place. As several readers have noted, this annexation could be tied to a proposed Publix grocery store that has been met with opposition from the businesses around it. That proposal included an apartment development. It’s unclear whether the city would allow apartments to be developed as part of an annexation petition.

The annexation petition includes this map of the potential annexation area:

The property addresses are:

• 2700 Grove Street (Parcel ill No: 1524801001);
• 173 Grove Place, Parcel ID No: 1524830013);
• 165 Grove Place(Parcel ID No: 1524830006);
• 161 Grove Place (Parcel ID No: 1524830009);
• 153 Grove Place (Parcel ID No: 1524830007);
• 2688 East Ponce De Leon Ave. (Parcel ID No: 1524802001 );
• 2700 East Ponce De Leon Ave. (Parcel ID No: 1524802002);
• 2706 East Ponce De Leon Ave. (Parcel ID No: 1524802003)·
• 2716 East Ponce De Leon Ave. (ParcellD No: 1524830003);
• 2734 East Ponce De Leon Ave. (Parcel ID No: 1524830004);
• 2748 East Ponce De Leon Ave. (Parcel ill No: 1524830014)

City Manager Peggy Merriss declined to answer questions about the petition ahead of Monday’s meeting.

“At this point it is only on the agenda to be accepted,” she said. “If the City Commission accepts it, we will then begin the process.”

The Feb. 5 City Commission meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 N. McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public. To see the agenda, click here.

Clarification: This story has been updated to note that the attorney is representing the developers and had filed a petition on behalf of the property owners for this project. 

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