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Published on July 8th, 2015 |

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Legislation introduced to repeal $800,000 for Moores Mill Rd. project

Legislation was introduced at Monday’s meeting of the Atlanta City Council to repeal the recently approved ordinance that would have appropriated $800,000 from the city’s Transportation Impact Fees fund for construction of the Moores Mill Road extension.

Councilwoman Moore has been fighting toget a good grocery store in this part of her district for more than a decade.

Councilwoman Moore has been fighting toget a good grocery store in this part of her district for more than a decade.

The original ordinance, which had been introduced by Dist. 9 Councilwoman Felicia Moore, was amended weeks ago to divide the remainder of the city’s $9.7 million Transportation Impact Fees unallocated funds among the other Council districts.

“As previously stated, this was problematic,” Moore said in an email to constituents on Tuesday. “The amendment was not enforceable because, prior requirements were not met. I voted no on the final adoption, and I will support the repeal of the ordinance, for the good of the city.”

However, Moore wrote on Tuesday, “In any event, I am optimistic that we will receive the funding needed to construct the entire Moores Mill Road extension. I will update you in the next two weeks on how we will proceed.”

The long-abandoned Moores Mill Shopping Center has been a blight in Northwest Atlanta--just on the edge of Buckhead--for at least a decade and the area has been left without a grocery store.

The long-abandoned Moores Mill Shopping Center has been a blight in Northwest Atlanta–just on the edge of Buckhead–for at least a decade and the area has been left without a grocery store.

Moore also wrote in her email that South Carolina-based Edens, which plans to redevelop the entire abandoned Moores Mill Shopping Center with a Publix supermarket at the anchor tenant, “is still moving forward and will be engaging the community soon.”

The legislation authorizing $800,000 of Transportation Impact Fees for the construction of the Moores Mill Road Extension was approved by the Atlanta City Council as amended and returned without signature from mayor Kasim Reed, meaning the funding was approved, according Moore.

“However, based on the legally fragile amendment which was placed on the legislation by the Council, I am unsure how it can or will be executed,” Moore wrote in a previous email to constituents.

“As a reminder, I voted no because of the amendment that split the remaining Transportation Impact Fee Funds among the other 11 Council districts,” Moore explained. “This may be in violation of law, and not in keeping with the practice of spending impact fee dollars in proximity of the development.”

The abandoned Moores Mill Shopping Center which Edens plans to redevelop.

The abandoned Moores Mill Shopping Center which Edens plans to redevelop.

(To read the earlier story on the City Council actions at its June 15 meeting, click here.)

Moore’s ordinance, which had been passed by the Council’s Finance/Executive Committee, called for allocating $800,000 from the city’s Transportation Impact Fees fund of approximately $9.7 million to help pay for the road extension project.

The $800,000 was to be combined with $500,000 already committed by Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, to build an extension of Moores Mill Road that will serve a long awaited $40 million retail complex anchored by a 45,000-square-foot Publix supermarket.

The road extension, according to developer Edens, is required by Publix in order to proceed with the redevelopment of the derelict shopping center, a project that has been on the approved list for more than a decade, but stalled due largely to lawsuits.

North Buckhead Master Plan
Meanwhile Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved the North Buckhead Neighborhood Master Plan. This incorporates the master plan into the city’s code of ordinances related to Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan. North Buckhead now has an official, well-coordinated roadmap to guide the future of the large and diverse neighborhood.

The approved plan is posted on the North Buckhead website at www.nbca.org/plan.

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