Brookhaven, GA, May 26, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven closed on a residential parcel located in the Dunwoody Forest community Friday, May 26th, adding another 1.7 acres to the City’s green space inventory. The closing of 1664 Remington Rd. was originally scheduled for Thursday, but delays bumped it back a day.
“I am very pleased that this long-awaited day has finally come and the Remington Road green space will be preserved for the community for generations to come,” said District 1 Councilwoman Linley Jones. “I look forward to continuing to participate in the preservation of green space throughout the City of Brookhaven.”
The heavily wooded Remington Rd. parcel includes a long driveway – with an almost wooded tunnel like feel – that crosses a Colonial Pipeline easement. At the end of the driveway, an abandoned ranch home sits, a home the City says will be demolished.
There is an expected amount of invasive plant material growing in the understory of the heavily wooded lot. The City says that will eventually be removed as well, then preserve the land as is.
Brookhaven’s Public Works Director, Hari Karikaran, outlined in a Wednesday, May 24th email, an initial schedule of activities the City is planning on Remington Rd. site. The schedule as presented to occur after closing (subject to change due to severe weather events, and /or unforeseen circumstances is as follows:
- 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)
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.
“Adding to our green space inventory is a priority in Brookhaven,” Mayor John Ernst told The Post. “I am pleased that we are able to add another 1.7 acres and take another step to realizing the vision of the many residents who spent countless hours developing plans that specifically call out acquiring and preserving greenspace.”
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.