Brookhaven, GA, January 23, 2017 – by Trey Benton – A new site plan (embedded below) has been submitted by CONNOLLY, the developer who seeks to construct a mixed-use development on 3.73 acres along Dresden Drive between Caldwell Road and Parkside Drive. The new site plan reduces the number of for-sale townhomes from 10 to 7, and increases the amount of open space from 27.3% to 32.3%, according to the legend. The revised plan was sent to the City’s Community Development Department on January 20th.
CONNOLLY explains removing 3 townhomes allowed them to provide more contiguous open space, which Brookhaven’s Code says 25% is needed for a bonus 5th story. The 5th story (4 stories of residential over 1 story of retail) on the project remains, as well as the Dixie Moon Serpas restaurant concept.
“After the Planning Commission approved Dresden Village earlier this month, we took a fresh look at our site plan and engaged several community members in discussion regarding our project,” says CONNOLLY in a letter to Community Development. “We want to ensure that Dresden Village is a project that best represents community input as well as Brookhaven’s codes and ordinances, particularly in regards to open space.”
The number of apartments proposed for Dresden Village remains the same at 169 units and the plan shows the average size to be 850 Sq. Ft. – with 2/3 of the units as one-bedroom and 1/3 of the units as 2 bedroom. The overall units per acre density has been reduced from 47.98 to 47.1 in the new plan. For the multi-family component alone, the units per acre density remains the same, at 45.3. Because of the reduction in townhomes, the parking has been reduced by 12 spaces – from 485 in the previous plan to 473 in the revised plan.
According to CONNOLLY, the enhancements to the portion of Parkside Park, between the fire station and Parkside Drive, will “complete a quality greenspace/walking path from the intersection of Green Meadows Lane and Caldwell Road all the way to the intersection of Apple Valley Road and Dresden Drive.”
“We appreciate the community’s effort and dedication to help shape the Dresden Village project,” says J.R. Connolly. “Through this collaborative effort, the final project is much improved in many ways.”
In order for any of the development to take place, the City must allow the entire site to be rezoned to PC-2. Currently the parcels are zoned with a mixture of NS, PC-2, & O-I. On January 4th, the Planning Commission voted (4-2) to recommend City Council Approve the application, with 29 conditions.
The Brookhaven City Council will deliberate the application during their Tuesday, January 24th meeting at City Hall, located at 4362 Peachtree Rd. at 7:00 PM.
The progression of the Dresden Village project can be found here in our previous coverage of the topic.