The Brookhaven City Council agreed to defer for 90 days a vote on the rezoning request on Dresden Drive for a proposed mixed-use development that includes a 194-unit apartment complex.

Attorney Carl Westmoreland, left, and JR Connolly, CEO of Connolly Investment and Development, at the Aug. 23 Brookhaven City Council meeting.

The proposed development, named Dresden Village, by Connolly Investment and Development and Fairfield Residential, is slated to back before the Planning Commission Nov. 2.

There is no consensus between residents and the developers of what to put on the site despite numerous meetings between the two, said Carl Westmoreland, attorney for the developers, in asking for the 90-day deferral.

“We’ll try to bring you a consensus project in November,” he said.

Caldwell Side rendering with three stories.

Developers  are proposing to build a 194-unit apartment complex with 20,000 square feet of retail space on the approximate 3 acres at 1336-1370 Dresden and 2544-256 Caldwell, where the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner office is located. They are seeking to rezone the property from O-I (office institution) and PC-2 (pedestrian community) to entirely PC-2.

Brian Levy, a resident who lives near Dresden Drive and has been working with the developers, said the neighbors supported the 90-day deferral.

“We understand substantially different plans are in the works and we look forward to looking at the revised plans,” Levy said.

Councilmember John Park said he is typically reticent to approve deferral requests because developers should bring their “A” game when coming to the community with a proposed plan, but agreed to this one because the residents were willing to keep working with the developers.

Dresden Drive rendering with four stories.

The city’s Community Development staff recommended approval for Dresden Village but only if the density was lowered from the requested 56.6 residential units per acre to 45 units per acre, or from 194 apartments to some 155 apartments.

Density is the sticking point — many residents living in surrounding single-family neighborhoods have criticized the number of apartments projects on Dresden Drive, especially with the proposed Brookhaven MARTA station redevelopment on Peachtree Road that could add another 547 multifamily units.

Community members speaking out against the project suggested that 30 units per acre is a reasonable compromise.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.