DeKalb County, GA, February 14, 2017 – by Trey Benton – With the Brookhaven City Council approving a mixed-use development called Dresden Village last month, timing is of the essence for DeKalb County to solidify plans to relocate the Dresden Dr. Tax and Tag Office. Initial conversations involved the tag office being moved to Clairmont Rd. near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. While those conversations are not completely dead, the new preferred site is 2117 Savoy Dr. This 2.6 acre parcel of County owned land is located in the City of Chamblee and fronts Savoy Dr., which runs inside I-285 on the top end of the Perimeter.
Back on October 26, 2016, the County issued a Request For Proposals (RFP No. 16-500421) seeking proposals from qualified, interested firms to provide design, permitting, demolition of existing facility, and construct a new facility for the County’s Tag Office. During Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners (BOC) Meeting, the BOC voted to defer the agenda item for a $1,971,000 contract for this project until March.
The moving of the Tag Office away from Dresden Dr. is expected to relieve some traffic congestion caused by daytime visitors in the Dresden Dr. corridor. However, some argue any reduction in “trips-per-day” traffic that may be realized with the Tag Office moving elsewhere, that decrease in traffic volume would be offset by the volume created by the new Dresden Village development.
The conversation to move the tag office to Savoy Dr. is causing a bit of a stir in the City of Chamblee Government. Sources tell The Post that for almost a year, the City and the County have been in talks to maximize the County owned parcels along Savoy Dr. for other uses. In addition, other talks were ongoing prior to DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond taking office. Those efforts contemplated City and County municipal uses that would incorporate the tag office at the Clairmont Rd. location. Those discussions haven’t continued, sources say.
According to the RFP, the new Tag Office shall be fully completed and ready for operations within 270 days from date of the Notice to Proceed. The current Dresden Dr. Tag Office will remain open until a new one is complete.