Brookhaven, GA, January 26, 2017 – by Trey Benton – During the Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Brookhaven City Council Meeting, several residents spoke to Council regarding a potential Brookhaven purchase of land located at 1664 Remington Rd. in the Dunwoody Forest neighborhood. Resident Tom Reilly urged Council to stay the course on the land purchase to “preserve it”, while Lewis Jordan and Linda Alexander spoke in opposition, urging Council pass on the opportunity.
A community meeting was held on the topic back in September, a meeting where emotions ran high on both sides of the issue. Since then, the community has been in a holding pattern as Brookhaven officials work through the process of negotiating the potential acquisition.
City Manager Christian Sigman told The Post Wednesday, the negotiations for the property are continuing, although the process is moving slowly. He said if the City did eventually get the land, the first thing they would do is tear down the abandoned home, pull up the driveway and install curbing.
“It is not our intention to make this a park or a pocket park,” Sigman said. “The intent is to preserve this as natural greenspace.” He said the city would also come in and clean out invasive plant species and remove any unsafe conditions.
The topic has received mixed reviews among residents, some saying the city should redirect their attention to other areas and leave this parcel alone. Other residents contend they see a public benefit if the city were to acquire the property. Supporters say they would like to see some type of path connecting the parcel to Murphey Candler Park, and further, into a future path system.
The 1.7 acre property in consideration is at the end of a cul-de-sac located at 1664 Remington Rd., and has close proximity to an existing 5.4-acre wooded parcel owned by the Ashford Glen Homeowners Association. On the other side of that parcel is Murphey Candler Park.
Reilly proposed the city have another community meeting on the topic.
See citizen comments to Council in the video above and a visual of the area below.