Here are a few facts: The great majority of Druid Hills is in DeKalb County, but a portion, including about 1/3 of Lullwater Road is in the city, which is a Landmark District Preservation Area. Frederick Law Olmsted designed Druid Hills and planned Lullwater Road, including setting aside the Lullwater Conservation Garden as park or nature land.
The PATH proposal would take portions of the paved Lullwater Road, thus reducing the car lanes, and also take right-of-way land on the shoulders. The proposed paved trail will be FOURTEEN feet wide. This is where huge environmental damage will occur. Many old growth trees will have to go. At one point, the proposed trail goes very close to Lullwater Creek--a watershed already endangered by erosion. The Lullwater Conservation Garden, a quiet, peaceful oasis, would be severely damaged. The Conservation Garden has 6 Champion Trees as judged by Trees Atlanta---including one State Champion--the largest of that species in the State.
If you care about large and rare trees, then don't support this plan because we will lose or jeopardize old-growth trees that most of us will not see again in our lifetime.
I was at the Druid Hills town hall meeting. Four proposals lettered A.B.C.and D were presented in a Power Point by PATH Director Ed McBrayer--not two. A and B involved property owned by the Lullwater Estates Condominium Community--a gorgeous wooded ravine that goes along the creek. Tree loss here would be catastrophic. The Lullwater Estates folks had already informed PATH officials that their land was not available, so WHY were two routes shown at the meeting that involved their property? This was inappropriate at best. All four routes drastically impact Lullwater Road and the Lullwater Conservation Garden's woodland, bird sanctuary and wildlife refuge.
A simple and environmentally sensitive solution to this problem is to stripe Lullwater Road for a bike lane. Low cost, little citizen opposition, and zero environmental damage. But PATH officials have said this is not an option. Why? JJR
Mr. Buckler wants to put seven homes (not townhomes) on three lots. Formerly, there was one home on three lots there, but the home was torn down. The problem is more than one home per lot in historic Druid Hills. I don't think anyone objects to three homes on the three lots...there is plenty of money to be made with three homes. In any event, a lot of trees will be lost.
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