Brookhaven’s City Council unanimously approved two rezoning requests at its Feb. 23 meeting — one that will allow a 28-unit townhome development and another to allow a RaceTrac convenience store and gas station.
The Rockhaven Homes townhome development, represented by attorney Doug Dillard, will be located on 1.64 acres of property fronting Apple Valley Road, Dresden Drive and Peachtree View Drive. The project consists of four separate 3-story buildings with a two-car rear entry garage.
Right now, the property includes three single-family residential dwellings fronting Peachtree View Drive and two single-family residential dwellings fronting Dresden Drive, according to city documents.
Getting City Council approval was a year in the making and several members of the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance spoke in favor of the development.
“This is the 10th meeting I’ve attended on this development,” said Michael Miller. “There was lots of dissatisfaction at the beginning … but we all worked really hard. This is an excellent design. It’s time to move ahead and not waste any more time.”
Councilman Bates Mattison agreed.
“Rockhaven Homes redeemed itself. It caused lots of consternation but a lot of activists cared deeply about this area and you’ve come a long way,” he said.
The RaceTrac development, including an alcohol outlet, will be located on the west side of Clairmont Road. The development sits on three adjacent parcels totaling 1.265 acres situated in the northeastern quadrant of its intersection with Dresden Drive.
The southernmost parcel is a vacant gas station and the two lots farther north of the intersection contain a small pre-owned automotive dealership and an automotive service facility, according to city documents.
RaceTrac representatives agreed after being asked by a resident to put in a bicycle rack and also a bike repair stand as part of a good faith effort to contribute to the city’s desire to become more bike friendly.