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Report: Publix-anchored mixed use project slated for site near Avondale MARTA station

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Report: Publix-anchored mixed use project slated for site near Avondale MARTA station

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Avondale Estates residents will have a grocery store closer to home if a proposed mixed-use development becomes a reality.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that a company affiliated with developer Toll Bros. Inc. purchased three acres at East Ponce de Leon and North Arcadia Avenue in Decatur for around $7 million. There are 270 proposed apartments for the development, the Business Chronicle reported. A Publix grocery store would anchor the project. To read the full story (paid subscription required), click here.

In a rare split vote, the Decatur City Commission in June 2018 approved annexing the parcels and rezoning for the parcels to allow for the development.

The project was rejected by DeKalb County before developers approached the city of Decatur about annexing the property into the city.

The City Commission’s vote came after the city’s Planning Commission had recommended denying the rezoning request from Alliance Realty Services for the 11 parcels on east Ponce de Leon Avenue and Grove Place.

Business owners near the proposed project objected to it prior to the annexation vote, saying the project encroaches on industrial uses in the area. In another strange occurrence, three county commissioners also objected to Decatur’s consideration of the annexation petition and rezoning request. The commissioners spoke out against it during public meetings.

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