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Published on June 23rd, 2015 |

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Garden Hills board to vote on AIS, Piedmont townhouse projects

The governing board of the Garden Hills Civic Association meets Tuesday night for what president Bobby Wolf describes as “an important, busy meeting” involving development proposals for a school, townhouses and redevelopment of a former shopping center.

The above plan shows the developer's last layout for the townhomes at 2878 Peiodmont Road, with only 12 units.

The above plan shows the developer’s last layout for the townhomes at 2878 Piedmont Road, with only 12 units.

Wolf told his board in an email the group will plan to vote on an Atlanta International School plan to change its campus and enlarge its enrollment (read BuckheadView story on that plan here) and on a proposal to develop 12 townhomes  on Piedmont Road.

“It is possible we may even vote on the Garden Hills Cinema proposal”, which is the announced Brand Properties plan to the site at Peachtree and Rumson roads that is now a green space, Wolf told his board members. (To read BuckheadView’s story about those plans, click here.)

Regarding the Piedmont Road townhouse proposal, the GHCA board will hear Tuesday night from neighbors who live on North Hills and Alpine drives and the developer, allotting each fivc minutes for their presentations including Q&A. The board will then discuss the matter and vote.

The developer, Charlie Tate of State LLC/SBT Contractors/ITP Development Partners LLC, has presented an updated 12-unit plan over the past few days in response to some of the neighbors’ concerns voiced during previous meetings, including dropping the units from 16 to 12.

This photo taken Friday, April 24, shows the green space that has replaced the abandoned Garden Hills Shopping Center property. Fellini's and La Fonda restaurants are at bottom left, Riumson Road at the bottom, Peachtree Road to the left, the Alhambra condominiums at top. Brand Properties plans to build a six-story office building and two story retail spaces on the site atop a parking deck.

This photo taken Friday, April 24, shows the green space that has replaced the abandoned Garden Hills Shopping Center property. Fellini’s and La Fonda restaurants are at bottom left, Riumson Road at the bottom, Peachtree Road to the left, the Alhambra condominiums at top. Brand Properties plans to build a six-story office building and two story retail spaces on the site atop a parking deck.

The developer claims to have addressed any noise issues by enclosing all rooftop areas in the middle of the roofs. All rooftops will face east and will have pitched roofs on three sides. The end units on the north and south sides are pitched shingled roofs with no rooftops whatsoever.

This street view photograph of 2878 Piedmont Road shows what is presently at the site.

This street view photograph of 2878 Piedmont Road shows what is presently at the site.

He claims to have addressed any privacy issues with residents of both North Hills and Alpine drives. The other 10 units have solid walls between the rooftop living areas and North Hills properties, no windows so no views of the North Hills properties. Alpine has no views at all due to the last unit on the southwestern row being a pitched roof building with no rooftop living.

He also claims to have addressed any parking issues on Garden Hills streets by implementing nine guest parking spots at the back of the site. Each unit has a 2 car garage as well as small driveway pads.

The revised plan also addresses security, privacy, and noise additionally by building a 6-foot high opaque wall around the entire property with a security gate at the front of the community. And, addressed the 50-foot undisturbed buffer by adding landscaping. He also added trees throughout the project along the border wall and in front of each unit as well.

“In order to make the project work revenue wise, I have approached the sellers about a price reduction for the two lots,” Tate wrote. “I have gone from 16 units all the way down to 12 units. My revenue has been greatly reduced. But in order to please all neighbors and make this project something everyone can be happy with, I am willing to do everything on the site plan and include all reasonable conditions.”

Wolf said the board will spend about 20 minutes on a presentation and Q & A regarding the Brand Properties plan for the former Garden Hills shopping center site. “I don’t expect us to take a vote,” he wrote to his board members. “But this is a large scale project that will require a vote soon.”

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