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(UPDATE) Decatur City Commission to consider smaller parking spaces for Publix-anchored project

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(UPDATE) Decatur City Commission to consider smaller parking spaces for Publix-anchored project

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Decatur City Hall.


The City Commission at its Oct. 21 meeting approved both of the items mentioned in this article. Here is our earlier story …

The Decatur City Commission at its Oct. 21 meeting will consider approving two exceptions to parking space dimensions for a new apartment building planned for North Arcadia Avenue near the intersection with East Ponce de Leon.

The exceptions are related to a mixed-use project that would be anchored by a Publix grocery store. The city’s Planning Commission recently voted to recommend approval of the exceptions.

The City Commission meeting will begin with a work session at 7 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at city hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

As previously reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, apartment developer Toll Brothers recently purchased three acres of the almost 10-acre mixed-use Gateway Decatur developmentThe Decatur City Commission approved zoning for the project last year.

The residential part of the project will consist of a 290-unit apartment complex at the edge of the property that wraps around a “hidden” six-level parking deck in the interior. The development would be anchored by a Publix grocery store.

Toll Brothers is asking the city to grant an exception to the standard parking space dimensions from the 9 feet by 20 feet space required by the city’s development ordinance to a slightly smaller 9 feet by 18 feet. They also want to increase the number of allowed compact vehicle spaces from 73 to 103.

The exceptions would allow the deck to be built using pre-cast concrete components, which are commonly used in this type of development.

In other business, the City Commission will consider approving a grant application to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for $200,000 to make trail improvements at Legacy Park, the former United Methodist Children’s Home Property.

A memo from Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon attached to the agenda says the grant money would fund “a combination of nature trails, a 1.58 mile cross country running course, boardwalks at the pond and possibly a dock.” The grant would receive an $80,000 match from the city.

Writer Cathi Harris contributed to this story. 

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