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Decatur City Commission will consider update to Legacy Park master plan


Decatur City Commission will consider update to Legacy Park master plan

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A drawing from the proposed Housing Addendum to the Legacy Park Master Plan shows what types of buildings and amenities could go in the South Village near the intersection of Katie Kerr and South Columbia Drive. Buildings depicted in gray are existing buildings that would be renovated. Buildings in white would be new construction. Credit: City of Decatur.


The Decatur City Commission at its Dec. 16 meeting will consider a recommendation to amend the master plan for Legacy Park to include a supplemental housing study.

The study would guide development of the affordable housing options planned for the two housing villages on the site.

Legacy Park is the new name for the property formerly known as the United Methodist Children’s Home. Decatur bought the property in 2017.

City commissioners will hold a work session with Decatur’s Affordable Housing Task force starting at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at City Hall, located 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public and the live stream of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

The supplemental housing study, performed by planning consultants Cooper Carry, more clearly defines what kinds of housing options the city wants to see in those areas and what the requirements will be, said Angela Threadgill, the city’s director of planning and economic development.

A report on the study’s findings was previously presented to the City Commission during a work session in July, she added. Now that the property has been officially annexed into the city and given the appropriate zoning and land-use classifications, it is a good time for the housing information to be added to the park’s overall master plan.

To learn more about the study, click here.

To see the full agenda for the Dec. 16 City Commission meeting, click here.

Editor’s note: This story was compiled using information from a previous story by contributor Cathi Harris. 

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