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KNO members unhappy with plans for Pullman Yard redevelopment

The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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By Sara Amis, contributor

The Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization during its Nov. 10 meeting discussed Atomic Entertainment’s planned development at Pullman Yard.

People who attended the KNO meeting were unhappy with the details that emerged from a Nov. 6 meeting with Atomic about the project.

The current plan is to remove three acres of trees and build four apartment buildings plus 400 parking spaces. The designation of the Pullman Yard as a landmark district requires that any new development receive a certificate of appropriateness approved by the City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Opposition was partially based on the significant difference between the current proposal and the original site plan that KNO agreed to.

“This is worse than the worst renderings of one of the proposals that we were pretty sternly against,” Neighborhood Planning Unit O chair Marcus Owens said at the KNO meeting. “This basically takes all of the worst parts of all the worst renderings and combines them.”

“When people asked about the cars and traffic on Rogers, they said that’s not our problem,” said outgoing KNO president Stan Sugarman.

KNO members voted to oppose the certificate of appropriateness and plan to show up to the Urban Design Commission meeting on Nov. 13 at 4 p.m., in the City Council chambers.

Decaturish left a message with Atomic Entertainment seeking comment and will update this story when the company responds.

In her update to KNO, Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong described progress on the city’s tree protection ordinance as “disappointing.”

Archibong said that constituents had expressed much more concern with protecting trees than with fee structure, but “the consultants seem to miss that message. The entire presentation was about how to cut down a tree will now cost more. We want to see more about protecting the tree canopy.”

She added that ultimately the ordinance will come to the City Council and can be shaped there, but that she would prefer the ordinance focus more on tree protection.

KNO held elections for new officers.

Megan Owens, Bill DeWalt, and Carl Holt will remain in their positions as Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary respectively. Katie Kissel will replace Stan Sugarman as President.

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KNO president-elect Katie Kissel. Photo by Sara Amis

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the new KNO president and the NPU-O chair. This story has been updated with the correct information. 

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