Chamblee, GA, June 6, 2016 – by Renee Turner, Staff Writer – By request of the applicant so they can have some additional time to “see if there some other things they can do” on the site, Chamblee City Councilmembers deferred a rezoning application for Chamblee Village Park during their May Council Meeting. The project as submitted essentially amounts to a 24.2 acre parking lot so Hennessey Cadillac, Inc. can store their automobile inventory there. If eventually approved, this development will consume 67 parcels located between Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. and Chamblee-Tucker Rd. – parcels that were part of a residential development built in the 1950’s.
The Chamblee Village Park facility could provide parking for 2,546 vehicles and one building is planned for construction on the property at about 24,000 s.f. to house office space and an auto preparation area where cars will be unpacked and prepared for sale. It is anticipated that there will be on average 150 car trips and 15 tractor trailer trips for a total of 165 trips per day when operating at full capacity. According to City documents, automobiles will not be serviced on the site. It is expected that there will be approximately 10-12 employees at the site, with 25-30 employees on site during its busiest times.
Hennessey proposes to reopen Catalina Road to the public to reestablish a link between Chamblee Dunwoody and Chamblee Tucker Roads that is currently closed. Hennessey says they will also provide a multi-use trail on Catalina Road with landscaped berms to screen the facility from the general public between the trail and the property boundary.
Chamblee’s Community Development Staff Report says the property was among tracts acquired by DeKalb County in 2002 as part of the PDK Airport Noise Abatement Buyout funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and households were relocated. DeKalb County then transferred the larger tract to PDK Investment Group, LLC following a proposed a 30-acre, $145 million mixed-use development including retail, office, business park, light industrial and recreational uses.
On October 21, 2003 the City of Chamblee rezoned the property from R -1 within the International Village (IV) Overlay District to C-I conditional within the IV Overlay subject to a master plan. A 500,000 sq. ft. mixed-use project on 26.6 acres was approved by GRTA and ARC as a Development of Regional Impact in June, 2004. The property was part of a Planned Unit Development approved by City Council in November, 2004. This larger tract was sold for $2.9 million and made subject to a Development Agreement and an Avigation Easement imposed by DeKalb County dated January 31, 2005.
The City of Chamblee approved a modification of the previous Planned Unit Development (PUD) plan for PDK Investment Group on November 20, 2007 that would permit a planned development of 505,975 sq. ft., and the property was part of a 34.6 acre tract owned by PDK Investment Group that was granted a Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) in Spring, 2007. Demolition and land clearance was undertaken in 2007 and 2008.
Prior to the developer filing bankruptcy in August of 2008, utility plans were approved and some underground utilities were installed, but work was stopped. Since then, the LDP and the PUD approvals have expired and the property was subsequently acquired by Chamblee KDP Realty, LLC. In August 2014 DeKalb County repealed the previous Development Agreement with the owner releasing them from the old site plan but leaving in place an Avigation Easement requirement to protect the PDK airspace from residential development and encroachment into the glide path of aircraft.
The larger tract was sold in May of 2014 for $4.2 million and is now owned by NCP Fund 1 Holdings, Inc. If developed, the estimated value at build-out is $7.8 million.
Hennessey has declined to comment as of the time of this post. The City is scheduled to take up the item during their next City Council Meeting planned for June 21st.
*Portions of this post from Chamblee City Council Staff Report.