Brookhaven, GA, February 15, 2017 – by Trey Benton – At long last, the National Park Service (NPS) has approved the back half of Brookhaven Park to be transferred to the City. According to City Attorney Chris Balch, NPS had a few changes to the deed which the City approved.
It’s not a done deal just yet, however.
DeKalb County Commissioners must now approve the changes to the deed. “Whether or not they will require another vote of the Board of Commissioners remains an open question,” Balch said. “But we have at least got the Feds to say yes.”
For nearly four years now City and County Officials have been going back and forth on how best to transfer some, if not all of Brookhaven Park to the City. One major issue is the site it is made up of two land parcels. The front parcel houses the DeKalb County Services Center, which is a facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. The City and the County have debated whether that parcel is even a park. Both agree the back half is a park and that is where the efforts have been placed recently.
If the County approves the transfer, Brookhaven expects to pay the same $100 per acre for the back half of the 30-acre park that they paid for the rest of the parks in the City.