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Published on August 22nd, 2015 |

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Brand Properties again defers NPU zoning meeting to revisit with neighbors

Brand Properties has asked the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B Zoning Committee for another 30-day deferral—to the Sept. 29 meeting—to present its plans for the redevelopment of the former Garden Hills shopping center site to include retail a mid-rise office tower.

Brand Properties CEO Brand Morgan discusses the company's plans for redeveloping the former Garden Hills shopping center site with residents of the Gallery condominiums on Aug. 18.

Brand Properties CEO Brand Morgan discusses the company’s plans for redeveloping the former Garden Hills shopping center site with residents of the Gallery condominiums on Aug. 18.

The request for the deferral came after the Garden Hills Civic Association announced last week that it would hold a meeting with Brand Properties CEO Brand Morgan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, the exact date and time that Morgan was to meet with the NPU Zoning Committee.

The rendering of the Brand Properties proposed mixed-use project at 2815-2839 Peachtree Road in Garden Hills shows the two-story retail elements facing Peachtree Road with the six-story office building behind it atop six levels of podium parking deck.

The rendering of the Brand Properties proposed mixed-use project at 2815-2839 Peachtree Road in Garden Hills shows the two-story retail elements facing Peachtree Road with the six-story office building behind it atop six levels of podium parking deck.

Zoning Committee chairman Bill Murray told BuckheadView that Morgan was to still have a follow-up meeting with the owners of the townhome complex on Rumson Road as well as the scheduled meeting for Tuesday night with the Garden Hills neighborhood.

Because of those meetings, Morgan asked for the deferral, Murray said. “Morgan said he did not want the neighborhood people to feel pressured because he was scheduled to meet the same night with the NPU committee. So he asked for the deferral and we took them off the agenda for our Aug. 25 meeting,” Murray added.

Brand Morgan also confirmed the request for deferral with BuckheadView on Saturday in an email that simply stated, “Yes…we don’t want anyone to feel rushed.”

BuckheadView had questioned Garden Hills resident Michael Isaacs, who represents the neighborhood on the NPU-B Zoning Committee, as to why the

Brand Morgan answers a Gallery condominium resident's question during an information meeting on Aug. 18.

Brand Morgan answers a Gallery condominium resident’s question during an information meeting on Aug. 18.

civic association would schedule its meeting with the Brand Properties folk on the same night at the NPU-B Zoning Committee meeting where they knew Brand Morgan was to appear.

This is a site plan for the proposed Brand Properties retail/office development on Peachtree Road in Garden Hills.

This is a site plan for the proposed Brand Properties retail/office development on Peachtree Road in Garden Hills.

Isaacs said he was told by the head of the civic association it was the only time they could get the recreation center space and could get neighborhood folk for the meeting.

Murray told BuckheadView that he felt Morgan had been doing a fine job of meeting with the surrounding neighborhood groups and residents of neighboring condos and apartment buildings. “He is meeting with them and discussing all aspects of the project, rather than just trying to ramrod it through.”

Earlier last week, on Tuesday night Aug. 18, Morgan also met with residents of the Gallery condominiums, across Rumson Road from his planned six-story office building on top of parking deck levels and with two-stories of retail facing Peachtree Road.

Morgan spent an hour with the Gallery residents, explaining the placement of the development on the property, showing renderings of the proposed project and explaining improvements they have proposed on Rumson Road to improve traffic flow. There will be entrances/exits to the parking deck from both Peachtree and Rumson roads.

For more information on the Brand Properties proposed project, click here.

 

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