Brookhaven, GA, August 19, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Phase I of Skyland Brookhaven, a new townhome development located on Clairmont Rd. at Skyland Dr., is in the works on the site of the former 204-unit Bryton Hills Apartment complex. Variances need for Phase II of the two-phase project were approved Brookhaven’s Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday evening, following the recommendation of the Community Development Staff.
The four variances approved Wednesday, similar to variances that were previously approved for Phase I, included front and side yard setback reductions, reductions in required parking specifically for some of the units and increased building lot coverage from 35% to 37.74% on Tract 5. The variance approvals will allow the addition of 39 additional townhomes, bringing the total number of units in Skyland Brookhaven to 172 units, a density of 13.31 units per acre on the 12.9 acre site.
Once complete, home prices at Skyland Brookhaven will start in the mid $400,000 range, and prospective owners will choose from four floor plans. The development is a product of the team of Southeast Capital Companies and HomeSouth Communities.
On the backside of this development, the DeKalb County Board of Education announced in May they came to agreements with the City of Brookhaven and the Georgia State Properties Commission to acquire 11.2 acres for $7.5 million, land that includes Skyland Center (formerly Skyland Elementary School) as well as Brookhaven’s Skyland Park, for the construction of a new elementary school. The school will be named John Lewis Elementary, and hopes are, it will be completed in Fall of 2019.
DCSD says John Lewis Elementary school will provide much-needed relief for several existing elementary schools in the area including Dresden, Montclair, and Woodward, that are way over capacity. The school is expected to be 900-seats and come in at a cost of $22 million.
Of the $4.7 million the City will receive for Skyland Park, roughly $2.3 million will be spent on demolishing Skyland Center and building a brand new park on the property, in accordance with the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The remainder will be spent on greenspace and park acquisition in other areas of the City.