Brookhaven, GA, May 2, 2016 – by Trey Benton – SSP Dresden LLC, as well as developers CONNOLLY and Fairfield Residential, have elected to defer Planning Commission consideration of a rezoning application allowing the construction of Dresden Village, a proposed mixed-use development on Dresden Dr., from June to July.
“The June meetings would have occurred too quickly for our approach to not feel rushed,” said J.R. Connolly, CEO of CONNOLLY in a release. “We look forward to additional community meetings to respond to questions and engage in a positive process to make Dresden Village into the best project for the community.”
Last week, CONNOLLY and Fairfield held a community information meeting at Briarwood Rec. Center where more than 75 residents attended to voice their concerns and learn more about the Dresden Village development. Residents said they are concerned about the size of the development, traffic, character of the community and with all of the other development proposed for the area, such as the looming MARTA Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Transit Oriented Development, they are being “choked out” of their neighborhoods.
SSP Dresden says they aim to “continue with a thoughtful project approach, which includes addressing questions from residents and City of Brookhaven staff as well as additional meetings with the community.”
According to the plans as they exist today, the four-story Dresden Village development will be on 3.437 acres of land featuring:
- 20,000 sq. ft. of boutique shops and local restaurants with outside patios managed by local operators
- Pedestrian friendly streetscapes with wide sidewalks and interesting storefronts
- 206 luxury multi-family apartment homes at a density of 60-units per acre
- Approximately 200 parking spaces for retail customers and the general public
- A central parking deck with access points on Dresden Drive, Parkside Drive and Caldwell Road
Residents are hoping CONNOLLY and Fairfield will consider changing their plan to a lower density with an ownership component, such as townhomes.
The developers say part of their plan includes moving the DeKalb County tag office to another location, presumably on Clairmont Rd.