Published on May 19th, 2015 |0
Invest Atlanta to delay votes on Moores Mill Rd. extension funds
The reason given by both Councilwoman Moore and Invest Atlanta President and CEO Craig J. Richard, is that both the Invest Atlanta people and Councilwoman Moore are working on options
with South Carolina-based developer EDENS, which can lead to a workable solution for all parties.
The email also states that the full Invest Atlanta Board’s discussion of the matter, which had been scheduled for May 28, now also will be rescheduled at a later date to allow time for the negotiations to work through their course.
The battle over the redevelopment of the Moores Mill Shopping Center has been going on for over 10 years and the final issue is an added $700,000 in funding that is being requested of Invest Atlanta to build the road extension, which is a requirement of Publix the anchor store for the redevelopment.
Richard sent Moore a correspondence late Monday afternoon which said, “TAD Committee Chair Constance Lewis, Ernestine Garey and I have had productive conversations with EDENS. Our goal is to work within the EDENS and Publix timeframe to find a productive solution to leverage the $500,000 already committed to the road extension and the $5,000,000 for the shopping center redevelopment.”
Richard further wrote: “We were working to provide a recommendation by this week’s TAD meeting but due to the annual International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas this week, EDENS has not had an opportunity to assemble key information needed for a decision. Therefore, we agreed with EDENS not to take any action at Thursday’s TAD meeting.”
Richard explained, “On the agenda, you will see an update from EDENS and Invest Atlanta, but no action item is contemplated. Given that no action will be taken, please feel free to share this email with your constituents so they understand the reason behind the no action,” he added.
“Be assured we are all working toward a speedy resolution that will accomplish the objective at hand which is to realize the successful revitalization
of the Moore’s Mill development, while also remaining sensitive to the development needs of the other six neighborhoods in the TAD – Carey Park, Almond Park, Scotts Crossing, Grove Park, Rockdale and Carver Hills,” Richard wrote.
There was no future date suggested as to when the TAD Committee and the full Invest Atlanta board might continue the discussions of the issue and vote on whether or not to increase the amount Invest Atlanta will contribute to the building of the Moores Mill Road extension to Marietta Road.
Ironically, the final TAD Committee vote for the project initially set for May 21 would have come the day following a forum being hosted by the Northwest Community Alliance of neighborhoods and businesses on Wednesday (May 20) to discuss the negotiations going on between EDENS, Moore and Invest Atlanta and the recent hitch that could kill the deal for a Publix super market there and leave the center an area blight.
The 7 p.m. NCA meeting at the Northside Park Baptist Church, on Howell Mill Road just inside I-75 in Buckhead, will have two of the most important folks who have battled for this development for the last 10 plus years, Councilwoman Moore and Karyn Hudson, former NCA board member and NPU-D representative from the Bolton community, leading the discussion.
The NCA meetings are always open to the public and public participation is encouraged. (Click here to read the earlier BuckheadView story.)