Brookhaven, GA, January 25, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven Councilmembers voted Tuesday to approve the purchase of the PDK Greenspace, after the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the sale earlier in the day. The $5.7 million deal consists of approximately 33 acres of land located at PDK Airport and is specifically identified as 2951 Skyland Drive.
According to the City, the property will remain greenspace in perpetuity, and the deal with the County depends on it. The City plans on paying for the land by securing a GEFA State Loan for Conservation, and for the first 5-years utilizing the $2.4 million in proceeds from the sale of land at Skyland Park to pay the note. Brookhaven is also looking to secure a $500,000 grant and will decide what mechanism will be used to pay the balance of the GEFA loan at some point in the future.
The land has not always been contemplated by Brookhaven as greenspace, however. Former City Manager Garrett explored other options with the County back in 2014. Garrett suggested DeKalb’s COO consider for the County to transfer ownership of the land to the city’s Development Authority, but those plans died almost as quickly as they started after public outrage.
Currently one of the City’s Public Works vendors, RoadWorx, utilizes the Clairmont Rd. frontage as a staging area for maintenance equipment. By virtue of an agreement with PDK, RoadWorx also uses the space as a “home base” of sorts for their crews. The City says once they are already looking for a place to relocate the staging area to, once they own the land.
The City indicates at some point the public will be engaged to formulate a plan for passive uses.