Fuqua Development attorney Steve Rothman makes his case to NPU-B.
Fuqua Development attorney Steve Rothman makes his case to NPU-B.

Buckhead’s Neighborhood Planning Unit-B (NPU-B) has voted 17 to 8 against a request by Fuqua Development to rezone 13 acres between Morosgo and Lindbergh drives for a mixed-use development. Fuqua wants to build an 82,000 square foot Kroger supermarket in partnership with Greystar Development, which would build more than 190 apartments. Some of those apartments would be for seniors.

Fuqua had modified the site plan to include more greenspace, reduce surface parking, more pedestrian connections and reorient the main entrance to line up with Lindbergh City Center’s Main Street across Piedmont Road.

Residents of Cosmopolitan at Lindbergh, which is adjacent to the property, squared off with each other over the rezoning issue with some wanting the Kroger and others vehemently opposed, especially because of traffic the big box grocery store would attract.

NPU board member Abbie Shepherd said she was voting against the rezoning because the development was “being sold as a neighborhood grocery store when it’s obviously not.”

NPU Chair Andrea Bennett said she was also against the rezoning because the plan for the property called for high density residential and not mixed-use.

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4 replies on “NPU-B votes against rezoning for Fuqua Lindbergh development”

  1. 1) 80,000 sq ft is not a “neighborhood” sized grocery store, it is a suburban mega grocery store that defies SPI-15 and transit-oriented design and development.
    2) 80,000 sq ft defies existing model of current grocery stores within a 5 mile radius (none are greater than 56,000 sq ft); the alleged “need” for an 80K sq ft size has NEVER been justified by any study or neighborhood or city analysis.
    3) Most people “for” the rezoning are NOT pro-grocery store; they are ANTI low-income (because they are concerned about their own property values and having low-income students in their school district). To them, any development would be acceptable, including residential.
    4) Most people “against” the rezoning are NOT anti-development; rather, they are PRO-SMART, efficient urban development.
    5) Convergence of Path 400 and two additional bike/pedestrian trails already completed, INCREASES concern about vehicular traffic in the neighborhood that an 80,000 square foot one-stop-shop grocery store will add (especially because no plans have been proposed that outline steps for managing the traffic flow or traffic abundance this will generate).
    6) Lindbergh to Emory MARTA corridor is already approved and on the verge of beginning construction; this justifies the demand for maintaining the current zoning as residential to be able to provide options for people to take mass-transit to work (Emory, Emory hospital, the CDC, etc.).
    7) When the proposed Walmart project was rejected, residential developers (like Greystar Real Estate Development and AMLI Residential) JUMPED at the opportunity to build residential in this neighborhood; Again, clearly demonstrating there IS DEMAND for residential in this area. Rezoning this would eliminate the last remaining land that can be redeveloped to meet obvious demand for residential property and provide close proximity to MARTA.
    8) Fuqua Development is already building a mixed-use project that stacks residential on top of a Sprouts grocery store on Piedmont Rd; Clearly, Fuqua Development is capable of putting forth this kind of efficient, urban design but are opting, in this case, to develop a SUB-urban type of mega grocery store at Lindbergh, not even a mile away. This demonstrates a lack of vision and concern about the growing needs of this city and the residents of this neighborhood.

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