Brookhaven, GA, July 14, 2017 — by Trey Benton — For more than a year now, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) says they have been looking at where those accessing their services live and how they can be better served by the organization. According to BGCMA’s VP of Business Administration, Natasha Rice, that deep dive has resulted in the decision to sell the Brookhaven Club’s location and move to the site of the former Sophia Academy, at 2880 Dresden Drive, some 4-miles away in Chamblee.
While BGCMA says they are still working out exact dates for the relocation, the move will take place in January of 2018.
“We weighed many factors in making our decision, but top on the list is the ability to serve more kids better,” says Rice. “The new location offers more than double the building space of our old site including a huge gym where families can take part in events. We will be able to serve 250 kids each day – a big increase over our current space (more than 50%).”
With the Brookhaven Club’s land now up for sale, BGCMA is working with Ashton Atlanta Residential LLC. who is looking to build 74 townhomes on the club’s current site at 1330 North Druid Hills Rd. Ashton has applied to the City of Brookhaven to rezone the property to a higher density classification – from R-75 to RM-100 – to allow for the townhome community.
According to Rice, the Boys and Girls Cub has been a member of the Brookhaven community for more than 40 years. And in that time Rice says the club has met thousands of amazing kids and families and has been blown away by the level of support the club has received.
“From partners to volunteers to the residents near our Club, so many people have given their time, talent, and treasure to our cause,” says Rice. “We are now and will continue to be committed to being a strong partner and community hub.”
BGCMA says that even though they are moving locations, their focus remains the same – helping kids reach their full potential. “We will continue to deliver programming that helps kids succeed in school, live healthy, and become leaders,” Rice adds.
Each of the 74 townhomes proposed by Ashton will be approximately 3,000 square feet, with a maximum height of four stories. Ashton says in their application this change in zoning “would not result in a use or cause excessive or burdensome use of existing streets or transportation facilities.” The proposed townhome community would be accessed through a gated entrance on Sylvan Circle, rather than from North Druid Hills Rd., which the developer says will help mitigate any impact on North Druid Hills Rd. traffic.
Ashton will hold a required public meeting on August 2 at 6:00 PM at 1330 North Druid Hills Rd. The Planning Commission is expected to consider the rezoning application on September 6th, followed by City Council on September 26th.