Brookhaven, GA, July 26, 2017 — Letter to the Editor by Laurenthia Mesh — A developer wants to build 18 townhomes on property along Johnson Ferry Rd. that borders Nancy Creek, land that contains dozens and dozens of old growth specimen trees. On behalf of the Brookhaven Tree Preservation Committee, we recommend keeping the trees on this historical site and preserve the land in a natural state as a park. The historical marker states 10,000 troops rested along this creek before moving on to Atlanta.
Dana Epstein, Soil Erosion Control Engineer, is applying to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to purchase and develop this land as a new park for recreation development. Neighbors say they do not have a pocket park nearby. 95% of neighbors are tired of the clear cutting and ensuing flooding they see everywhere.
Geodetic maps show this is the one of the highest hills in Atlanta. A dirt road called Balloon Road (now Lake Hearn Drive) on the other side of the hill was where Civil War reconnaissance air balloons took off to locate Union armies.
The City of Brookhaven with the help of DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester purchased a similar lot on Remington Way with a house vacant for 10 years for around $400,000 to turn it into a pocket park with direct access to Murphey Candler Park.
Despite protests from the majority of neighbors who fear a developer will buy out the neighborhood and use the “gateway to the park” to make millions in profit, the Council voted approval. We would like the same consideration from the City of Brookhaven, and respectfully request time for the LWCF to respond to our request to save this land for a park.
Laurenthia Mesh, Member, Brookhaven Tree Protection Committee