After nearly three decades on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, the DeKalb County Police Department is shutting the doors of its North Precinct.

Public Information Officer Mekka Parish confirmed the North Precinct will officially close Oct. 1.

“We are beginning the process of transition out of the North Precinct,” Parish said.

An Aug. 17 post on the North Precinct’s Facebook page reads, “The North Precinct officially ceased operations last night at midnight. All police calls continue to be dispatched through 911, but the response will be from Center Precinct. Thank you for all your support over the last 27 years.”

The precinct is located at 4453 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. The precinct closure had long been expected. Now that the cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody have their own police departments to patrol the north DeKalb area, there is no longer a need for the North Precinct.

Parish said officers and resources from the North Precinct will be redirected to the county’s other four precincts.

“As a benefit of moving additional officers into some areas, we see that as a definite benefit of addressing some of the crimes that may occur,” Parish said. “We see this as an opportunity to strengthen our force and provide even better services to our constituents in the county.”

The North Precinct building is owned by Hines, the company that owns the adjacent Ravinia development.

John Heagy, senior managing director for Hines, said the company has not yet decided what it will do with the property.

“We haven’t had any official communication,” Heagy said. “We know they’ve been evaluating what they want to do there, given they’re right in the middle of the city of Dunwoody. We’ve been happy to have them there, but we’re kind of waiting to hear what the next step is with DeKalb.”

With the recent addition of a Starbuck’s coffee shop on property near the precinct, Heagy said more retail is likely for the site in the future.

“We might take that property back and re-purpose it with a retail use or something that might be advantageous for the Ravinia project,” Heagy said. “That’s probably the best use for it given it’s right on Ashford-Dunwoody.”

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