Brookhaven, GA, May 10, 2016 – by Trey Benton – About 40 residents from the neighborhoods surrounding a proposed mixed-use development at the corner of Dresden Drive and Appalachee Drive, came to University Baptist Church Monday evening for a second community meeting held by developers Terwilliger Pappas and their Attorney Woody Galloway, of the Galloway Law Group.
Solis Dresden, explained by Terwilliger’s Greg Power, is an upscale 121 apartment unit concept with 60% of the units being 1 bedroom and 40% being 2 bedroom, at a density of 59.6 units per acre. The 2.031 acre project plan includes 9,000 sq. ft. of retail and 214 parking spaces on 2 levels. He said most likely, the retail space would house 2 restaurants – one of which, a “Steakhouse concept” by Kaleidoscope Owner, Joey Riley. Power said they already have a Letter of Intent from Riley for the eatery, should the project be built.
The overview of the project was the same presentation given by the developer on April 28th where approximately 120 residents attended, however, they did say they are going to push back the date when Brookhaven’s Planning Commission will first hear the case from June to July. They say they will use the extra time to consider feedback from the community gathered at the two meetings and make any reasonable modifications to their plan.
But, the community remains steadfast they would like to see condo’s instead of apartments, something Terwilliger says is just not economically feasible given the high cost of the land, which, according to Galloway, Terwilliger has not yet purchased and is contingent on the project proceeding.
Power said the target market for Solis Dresden is a more sophisticated renter. He says because of that, the amenities including high-end appliances, gourmet kitchens, roomy floor-plans, smart-home technology and more, will make the $2,300.00 per month rental price point worth it. He also said, once the market recovers, they would probably convert the apartments over to condo’s. Residents said why not just make them condo’s now? They also said they believe that the developer could be successful with converting this plan over to approximately 28 units per acre with an ownership component, over office and retail. They say the area needs more office and there is a high-demand for a condo offering in the $300K to $500K price range.
Residents continued to prod the developer and their attorney on how they plan on dealing with traffic and what residents believe is an inadequate amount of parking allowed for in their plan, a plan that calls for a total of 214 spaces. Power explained all of the 1 bedroom units would have one parking spot and all of the 2-bedroom units would have two parking spots. The remaining 54 spaces would be used by two planned full-service restaurants and guests of the residents. Residents said they are skeptical this is nearly enough to serve this development without it overflowing into the surrounding neighborhood streets.
The traffic impacts of this development are being studied by a firm Terwilliger has hired, which is also the same traffic engineer used by the developers who are proposing another mixed-use development across Dresden Dr., Dresden Village. That development proposes 206 apartment units in addition to restaurant underneath. Galloway said the City of Brookhaven is working with the Atlanta Regional Commission, GA DOT and MARTA on a broader traffic study to look at solutions more broadly.
Much more in the video attached to this story. Look for this project to appear on an upcoming Planning Commission meeting calendar here.
Residents who would like to make their concerns known directly to the Planning Commission can email them directly at email@example.com.
Our coverage of the first Solis Dresden Community meeting can be found here.