Brookhaven, GA, May 24, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven is set to close on a 1.7 acre parcel located at 1664 Remington Rd. in the Dunwoody Forest community on Thursday, May 25th, then preserve the land as green space. A Wednesday email from Brookhaven’s Public Works Director, Hari Karikaran, outlines an initial schedule of activities the City is planning on that site.
The schedule as presented to occur after closing is:
- Submission of demolition plans: complete by June 12
- Quote for demolition services: complete by June 23
- Asbestos & rodent removal (if present): complete by June 28
- Demolition: July 14 (tentative)
The schedule is subject to change due to severe weather events, and /or unforeseen circumstances.
According to Karikaran, the only activity that would have a significant impact on the surrounding community is the demolition itself planned for July 14. “All other activities should be confined to the property itself and have minimal, if any impact on surrounding properties,” he said in the email.
Back in late March, Brookhaven Councilmembers voted unanimously to acquire the residential parcel utilizing $353,400 of 2001 DeKalb County Park Bond money Commissioner Nancy Jester pledged. An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) was also approved with the County, prohibiting any construction on the property for 50-years.
In an effort to quell community concern that the property will not be preserved as greenspace as the City promises, language in the IGA states that should the current Council or their predecessors violate the conditions of the IGA, the property would be turned over to the County.
City Manager Christian Sigman said in March, the City’s planning documents such as the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, “specifically sets a target goal to raise the number of greenspace acres per 1,000 residents over the next 10 years from 5.6 acres per 1,000 residents, to 8.0 acres per 1,000 residents.” He said the Administration was directed by the Council to secure a number of properties such as the PDK Greenspace and the Remington Rd. parcel.