Chamblee, GA, July 21, 2017 — Contributed by David Carter, Chamblee DDA — The Chamblee Town Center project continues marching forward, and I am writing to provide a brief update. On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Chamblee Downtown Development Authority (DDA) executed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc. (“Pope & Land”). Pope & Land was selected at the April 25, 2017 meeting of the DDA Board. A copy of the LOI is attached.
The LOI represents the first phase of the development process, which Pope & Land had referred to in their supplemental response to the DDA’s Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) as the “Preliminary Planning Period”. The Preliminary Planning Period will last 45 days.
The goal during this period is for the Town Center’s stakeholders — which include City staff, the DDA and the City Council — to meet with Pope & Land’s development team to determine whether a common vision can be established for the Town Center.
To establish that common vision, a Target Area for the Town Center will be defined, and Pope & Land will provide:
- Preliminary Concept Plans
- Phasing Schedule
- Market/Demographic Study
- Preliminary Linkage/Drive Time assessment
- Preliminary Assessment of targeted uses and densities for development of the Town Center.
There is no charge to the DDA for these deliverables during the Preliminary Planning Period.
If all goes well, a longer term contract that is referred to as a “Memorandum of Understanding” or “MOU” between Pope & Land and the DDA should be put in place in early September. With a general framework and common vision established, citizen input will be sought throughout the fall in all areas of design and planning for the Town Center Project.
Below is the executed LOI.