The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is compiling a list of conditions it wants to propose to the developer of the proposed Crown Towers development.
“What we agreed to do is solicit input from those here tonight and those who were not to come up with a list of conditions to allow us to support it,” Robert Wittenstein said after the group’s closed-door vote Sunday night.
Wittenstein said there are two extreme views from membership on the proposed development – those who do not want any more multi-family units and those who do want to welcome in high-end condominiums, similar to Dunwoody’s Manhattan building or the condos next to Phipps Plaza. “And then there are lot in between,” he said.
Veteran Atlanta developer Charlie Brown and partners want to construct five towers at the 15-acre former Gold Kist site at Perimeter Center located at the northwest intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and I -285 (behind Best Buy and Rooms to Go) and also next to the new State Farm development under construction.
The towers would be part of a mixed-use development to include office towers, retail space and a easy access to the Dunwoody MARTA station.
The DHA, which still carries clout with city officials and has a “bully pulpit,” said Wittenstein, can come up with some conditions in order to for the developer to gain the group’s seal of approval, including:
- Insist a certain number of units be owner-occupied.
- Set a maximum height of buildings, perhaps to not exceed 30 stories.
- That a significant portion of the parking decks be under ground.
- The top level of parking decks be “green” and designed for pedestrians.
“And the last thing, and I’m going to touch the tar baby … I would dearly love if this development included a community theater,” Wittenstein said.
A conference center is included in the design of the Crown Towers development, but is on the 9+ acres that Brown and partners are not seeking any rezoning from the city. That parcel of land was zoned by DeKalb County in 1999 before Dunwoody became a city and allows for a conference center.
Recognizing this, Wittenstein said after the meeting that the theater will not likely be part of any discussion or part of the conditions the DHA will seek from developers.
The city’s Planning Commission will take up the rezoning request at its March 8 meeting.