Friday, February 8, 2008

DeKalb Avenue greenspace safe...for now

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Just got an update on the half-acre slice of greenspace located at DeKalb and Gordon avenues. Residents of the nearby neighborhoods have banded together to convince the city to buy the property — which is the last piece of greenery along the busy thoroughfare connecting Atlanta and Decatur — or give them time to attempt to purchase it themselves. Residents also want to build and maintain a transit shelter and rest stop for cyclists and pedestrians who pass the greenspace and wait for buses at the nearby MARTA station.

The owner of the property has plans to build a 10-unit Earth-friendly condo development on the land, which he says will boost residents' property values by acting as a buffer between traffic and the neighborhood.

Teri Stewart, a local art gallery owner who lives just a few doors down from the lot in question, called and said that she filed an appeal with the city of Atlanta Tree Commission on Feb. 5. That appeal puts a freeze on any tree cutting on the property until a hearing is held. No date for that hearing as of now. If any trees are cut, the property owner faces a $1,000 fine per tree, and a one-year building freeze will be imposed on the property. Stewart is also preparing an application she will submit to the commission asking it designate "Grandmaw Gordon," the majestic antique pecan tree that sits on the property, as "historic" and protected. Neighbors are conducting a 24-hour watch on the property to ensure that nothing nefarious goes down.

We'll keep you posted on what we hear.

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