Sizeable Ashford Dunwoody Rd. development to be considered

Proposed development could bring 500 multi-family units, 250,000 square feet of office space, and three parking decks to Ashford Dunwoody Rd.

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 5.37.05 PMBrookhaven, GA – John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Inc. seeks Special Land Use Permits (SLUP) for a development on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. at Lake Hearn Dr. to develop a mixed use development consisting of 500 multi-family units (563,578 SF), 250,000 square feet of office space, and three parking decks.

Special land use permits to exceed the height of all buildings/structures over 5 stories and 70 feet, and for development of high-rise apartments in the O-I zoning district, have also been requested. Community Development recommends Approval with Conditions.

From the Report: The subject property is located on the west side of Ashford Dunwoody Road and is bounded by Lake Hearn Drive and Interstate 285 to the north, Parkside Place to the west and Perimeter Summit Parkway to the south. The subject property contains 18.33 acres and currently existing on the site is a 5-story office building with associated surface parking. The site was originally rezoned to O-I Conditional pursuant to CZ-78079.

Through the years there have been several alterations to the plans and conditions applicable to the subject property, with the latest alteration occurring in 1997. Currently, the subject property is entitled to as approved by DeKalb County for 715,000 square feet of total net usable office space, inclusive of an existing office building at 215,000 square feet of net usable area and an additional 500,000 square feet distributed amongst two office buildings, with one of the buildings extending to 18 stories in height and having an associated 8-level parking deck.

With this latest request for rezoning, the applicant seeks to rezone from O-I Conditional (Office-Institution District) to O-I to change conditions and implement a mixed use project that would consist of 500 multi-family units spread over two 5-story high-rise complexes, 250,000 square feet of additional office space contained in a single 10-story office building, in addition to an existing 277,206 square-foot office building.

Two special land use permits have been requested by the applicant as part of the rezoning request to exceed the building height maximum of 5 stories or 70 feet and to accommodate the proposed high-rise apartments within the O-I zoning district. The Department would note that the subject property was reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission in 1991 as a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) for development of three office buildings and two associated parking decks, and was found to be consistent with the Perimeter Center Livable Centers Initiative plan and determined to be of appropriate use. As of November 25, 2013, based on the most recent request for a mixed-use development as submitted, the Atlanta Regional Commission determined that a new DRI review was not warranted.

More in the full Staff Report below:

Brookhaven’s Planning Commission will hold a Work Session Meeting January 6th at 11:30 AM at City Hall located at 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 150, Dunwoody, GA 30338 to go over items that will be discussed during the Regular Meeting.

Another Work Session Scheduled for January 8th at 6:00 PM at Brookhaven’s Municipal Court located at 2 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 125 , Brookhaven, GA 30329. A Regular Planning Commission will follow at 7:00 p.m. at the same location.

The complete agenda is here.

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