Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is seeking to have 11.4 acres along the Northeast Expressway annexed into the city of Brookhaven for a proposed 8-story office building on the property as part of a massive expansion of its new 45-acre campus at North Druid Hills Road and I-85.

The request is slated to be considered by the Planning Commission June 7 and go before the City Council on June 13, according to Brookhaven spokesperson Burke Brennan.

Included in the 11.4 acres is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, located at 1911 Cliff Valley Way. CHOA approached the congregation late last year about purchasing its building and in March the congregation voted to approve the deal, according to Rev. Anthony Makar, senior minister.

“It was not something we were looking for,” Makar said. “It was a very surprising reach out.”

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is buying the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta building (top right) and is seeking to annex that property and four other parcels on the Northeast Expressway for a new 8-story office building as part of its expansion of its North Druid Hills Campus at I-85. (Google Maps)

CHOA spokesperson Brian Brodrick said CHOA filed on April 5 an application of annexation with the city of Brookhaven of five properties, making up the 11.4 acres, along the Northeast Expressway. CHOA is also asking the city for a special land use permit so it can build an 8-story, 340,000 square foot building for support staff offices.

The new building proposed to be built on the Northeast Expressway will be a “replacement office building” for current CHOA staff who must be relocated from their current location in several one-story office buildings on Tullie Road at North Druids Hills Road and I-85. This support building is a separate replacement office space that will allow CHOA to “preserve space on its new campus for clinical operations that directly benefit children,” Brodrick said.

Those one-story buildings will eventually be razed to make room for a new $1 billion hospital announced in February, Brodrick said. CHOA is also currently constructing an 8-story, 260,000 square-foot Center for Advanced Pediatrics building at what it calls its North Druid Hills Campus at I-85.

Three separate buildings are currently located on the five properties along the Northeast Expressway – two are CHOA buildings at 1577 Northeast Expressway; the other is the UUCA building on Cliff Valley Way.

CHOA will be working with the city of Brookhaven and Georgia Department of Transportation to develop improvement plans for the I-85 underpass, according to a CHOA information sheet.

A public meeting to discuss the project is set for April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at 1680 Tullie Circle, Classroom 5, unless a deferral is necessary, according to CHOA.

Dyana Bagby

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