Doraville, GA, September 7, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Applause came from the audience during Tuesday’s Doraville City Council Meeting after an application to rezone 34 properties in the Carver Hills Neighborhood got unanimous approval, making way for Century Communities of Georgia, LLC. to redevelop a “historic” African-American community created by General Motors (GM) in the late 1940’s, into a new community comprised of 51 detached single family homes and 196 townhomes.
For almost 10 years, residents and property owners have been waiting patiently for a new prospector to come calling after a 2006 deal to sell to a developer fell through. But now, that wait will soon be coming to an end and a new chapter in their lives will begin to unfold.
Many Carver Hills residents, their families and offspring, have lived in this ‘historic’ community since the neighborhood was created in preparation to build the Doraville GM site. During those times, GM purchased land from 50 or so different African-American Doraville residents and relocated them to the GM created neighborhood. It was named in honor of George Washington Carver, and was intended for African-Americans only, and still remains an all African-American community.
After 60 years, many calling Carver Hills “home” their entire lives, residents are in unanimous support of selling their property and moving on. Tuesday’s City Council approval serves as a signal things may be changing for them in a big way – including their address.
Last month, the proposed redevelopment was deferred for 30 days so that residents in the nearby Dunwoody community could meet with the developer and have some of their concerns addressed. In addition to addressing concerns from residents, Councilmembers also had a few items they wanted to explore further and look at options.
A representative from the Dunwoody North Civic Association reported during public comment those meetings took place and they were successful. She said the community is in support of the project as long as the development is done in accordance with what was agreed upon.
After the August 15th deferral and subsequent meetings, the applicant made revisions to the project including a change in the number of residential units from a total of 249 down to 247, increased open space from a total of 9.2 acres to approximately 11 acres, and increased parking from a total of 800 spaces to 1,155 spaces. 3.2 acres will be usable greenspace.
Driveways in the alleys for the townhomes were increased in length to approximately 18 feet to accommodate additional parking for residents. During the land disturbance permitting process, the applicant is also proposing to implement stormwater and flood plan controls that exceed City of Doraville requirements with Hydrology calculations that satisfy a pre-developed curve number of a 100% wooded site with no impervious cover. (Curve number 55)
The project is planned to be constructed on 36.48 acres in three to four phases, with the first to include some townhomes and a block of detached single family homes. The amenity area near the community’s entrance will also be completed during phase one.
The approved development as approved is described in detail in the Project Booklet below.