Chamblee, GA, February 4, 2015 – by Trey Benton – Chamblee’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) met Tuesday evening to go over site plans and renderings of Peachtree Crossing, a new development that has Whole Foods planned as the anchor tenant.
The ARB voted unanimously to approve and endorse the plans and the development. Next stop: Chamblee City Council on February 17th.
Jeff Garrison of S.J. Collins Enterprises, whose team has developed a number of shopping centers with Whole Foods as the anchor, walked the ARB through the project explaining in fine detail everything that has been incorporated into their plans.
“We are trying to create a sense of community with this development and this design,” said Garrison. “We’re trying to build experiences.” Garrison pointed out that the architecture in Peachtree Crossing will have a look that very closely resembles Chamblee City Hall.
Development Director Gary Cornell walked through the Staff report that recommended approval with the ARB. He said the project, that has settled in at 102,000 sq. ft. on 11.12 acres, was an attractive and appealing development.
There were no “show stopper” issues brought up by the ARB as they combed over the plans. Only a few clarifications such as an easement and connection point to adjacent parcels to the south, limiting the height of knee walls and retaining walls, as well as rationale questions about certain attributes of the plans. The ARB also clarified that all sides of the development that are in direct sight-lines be faced with an attractive material such as brick or stone instead of synthetic stucco. Along Peachtree Blvd. and Peachtree Rd. all storefronts will include windows.
Mayor Eric Clarkson told The Post that he was pleased the project made it through the ARB with no major issues. He said the City staff has been working with the developer for quite a some time as they fine tuned their plans for Peachtree Crossing.
“This development is a transformative development that really starts to define what the southern front-door looks like as you enter Chamblee on Peachtree Blvd.,” said Clarkson. “It complements some of the other developments we have coming in to the city. I’m real proud of our staff, our elected officials and the developer who have worked very closely together to get to the point where we are right now.”
Being billed as “the highly anticipated, planned redevelopment of the triangle at Peachtree Road, Peachtree Boulevard and Johnson Ferry Road that will be anchored by an upscale, national organic grocer” Peachtree Crossing will be at 5001 Peachtree Blvd. – which is located between Peachtree Boulevard and Peachtree Road, at Johnson Ferry Road.
The Post has also learned that another highly recognized name planning on coming in to this new Chamblee development is the popular Zoës Kitchen featuring Mediterranean dishes and meals.
According to preliminary site plans Peachtree Crossing will have:
- 40,000 sq. ft. “National Organic Grocer” (Whole Foods if it all works out)
- 64,000 sq. ft. of specialty retail and restaurant space
- Several “Pocket Parks”
- Kids Play Area
- Sitting Areas
- Public Art area
- Pedestrian Trail
- Connection to the Chamblee Multi-Use Trail (a.k.a. Keswick Trail)
- Farmers Market Area
- EV Charging Stations
The development includes the Oxford parcel as well as three others that have businesses currently operating on them such as the Ashe-Simpson Nursery, Atlanta Discount Music, a hair salon and the vacant former Paradise Cafe.