Decatur School Board calls work session to discuss annexation of property slated for development

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 15, 2018

A city schools of Decatur bus. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

The Decatur School Board will meet on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss an annexation proposal that would bring a new apartment complex into the city of Decatur.

The meeting will be held in the conference room on the first floor of City Schools of Decatur’s  Central Office, located at 125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA. The meeting is open to the public.

Unlike previous work sessions about annexation, the City Commission will not be participating in this meeting. Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett confirmed to Decaturish that she plans to attend the meeting as a spectator along with other city officials.

The Decatur City Commission is currently considering the annexation of 11 parcels on east Ponce de Leon Avenue and Grove Place. A developer, Alliance Realty Services, wants to build a mixed-use project there with 289 multi-family units on site. There’s some dispute about the amount of students that will add to City Schools of Decatur. The developer said it would add 12 to 20 students to the school system. But in a surprise twist, School Board member Heather Tell showed up at a recent City Commission meeting to rebut that claim, saying the actual number would be around 51 students.

During that meeting, city commissioners delayed the annexation proposal, saying they wanted to see changes to the project before approving it.

 

 

Tell did not return messages seeking comment about the May 15 meeting.

The annexation proposal was submitted to the City Commission just days after it had a joint work session with the School Board. During that meeting, officials with the city and the school system said they did not expect any additional annexations to occur this year.

While the annexation proposal was in the city’s hands for more than two months when the commission held its retreat in January, commissioners did not discuss it then. The annexation petition first became public knowledge when it was placed on a City Commission meeting agenda in February.

School officials were notified about the annexation prior to it appearing on the City Commission meeting agenda in February.

School Board Chair Lewis Jones said, “They made a particular point to reach out to us early in the process. We did have early notice of it.”

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