As a homeowner on Medlock Road, almost behind this new "improvement," I have perhaps the most right to speak up. That intersection currently services 70,000 cars a day. Spaghetti Junction services 300,000. That means that nearly 25% of the traffic that goes through SPAGHETTI JUNCTION FOR CHRISSAKE is going through the Scott/N Decatur/Medlock intersection. This will be a traffic nightmare.
A "small-mart" would be better, by far, than a 150,000 sf supercenter, but that appears to be off the table. Surburban Plaza is currently considered the most desirable under-developed parcel in Dekalb County, but the Commissioners just see $$$ signs.
I am luckier than the poor folks in the fancy townhomes down the street that paid $400k to back up to the WalMart, but I will still be affected. You neighbors of the area already zoom down my street at speeds approaching 60 MPH to get to your favorite eatery or your job in Decatur. My neighbors on Greylock and Eastland experience the same thing.
What we need to be doing at this point is to STOP bickering and start working with the county to put in restrictions that will minimize the threat to our quality of life. Let GGD (God bless them) continue the fight, but unless they engage more area residents and the federal government (this is probably in violation of our non-attainment zone regulations) all is for naught on that end.
We need to fight for: NO Tractor Trailer Rigs on side streets (including Church Street). Reduce the speed limits to 25 MPH on Medlock, Sycamore, and other feeder streets including maybe even Church. Of course, Wal-Mart should have been required to pay for sidewalks on all the nearby streets, and for other improvements. But I guess that ship has sailed.
But I forget - this is "progressive Atlanta" and not "backward" New Orleans that I just spent 7 years helping turn into a city that LISTENS to its residents. In my old neighborhood in NOLA, I can assure you that the residents would have succeeded in getting massive concessions from the retailer - if it even got in the door (we fought off Wal-Mart already). But now, if we are stuck with it, let's focus on minimizing the affects.
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