A few weeks after Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua faced a huge setback with his Buckhead proposal, it appears that his Glenwood Park project is now facing its own set of difficulties.
Neighborhood Planning Unit-W Chairman Edward Gilgor has sent out a letter to NPUs across the city, stating that Fuqua's Glenwood Park proposal doesn't fully consider the adjacent Beltline's master plan to the extent that it should — as it fails to adhere to zoning restrictions and other existing limitations.
"This kind of aggressive ignorance is indicative not of an enlightened view of new urbanism, but rather a rather common and pervasive view of old-style suburbanism," Gilgor says in his letter.
When CL spoke to Fuqua last month about the development, he said he was willing to build roughly 1,500 to 1,800 feet of the Beltline's multi-purpose bike trail, which would possibly snake onto the development's property.
The East Atlanta Patch posted part of Gilgor's letter this morning — which hopes to rally opposition against Fuqua's plan — in which he wrote:
The introduction of this purely retail focused plan does not further the goals of the BeltLine to provide residential focus in areas designated as BeltLine stops. It is also contrary to the developer’s own statements that its “concepts incorporate characteristics of 'live, work, play’ into communities and integrate urban lifestyles with shopping center environments.” Nothing about the proposal integrates this retail development into the existing community nor does it provide a means of integrating new residential into the retail development.
More fundamentally, the proposal fails in nearly every way to comply with the goals and ideals adopted by Council in committing to the construction of the Atlanta BeltLine and Council’s bold vision of connecting and revitalizing Atlanta. Instead, the proposal seeks to wedge a typically suburban big box store into historic neighborhoods and communities that have strived for true intersection of the live, work play ideal represented by new urbanism. NPU-W urges the Office of Planning to exercise its discretion and deny the application as it had been submitted. Should the applicant decide to submit an application that does meet with the BeltLine Overlay and the Subarea 4 Master Plan, then it will find the surrounding communities, as well as this NPU, to be active partners and supporters in its endeavor.
You can read the NPU-W's entire response, along with Fuqua's Glenwood Park application, here.
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