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Published on September 16th, 2015 |

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EDENS, Invest Atlanta dealing to fund half of Moores Mill Rd. extension

The Invest Atlanta Board is slated to take up a resolution Thursday (Sept. 17) that would essentially take the entire $500,000 Invest Atlanta previously allocated for the federal Moores Mill Road extension project and use it to fund a drive that would go halfway into a redeveloped Moores Mill Shopping Center.

Dist. 9 Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore described the Moores Mill Road extension negotiations recently to the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods.

Dist. 9 Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore described the Moores Mill Road extension negotiations recently to the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods.

According to Dist. 9 Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore, the shopping center developer EDENS essentially has agreed with Invest Atlanta to build a portion of the Moores Mill Road Extension with the $500,000 that Invest Atlanta had previously allocated for the Federal project.

However, that federal project included the Moores Mill Road extension from Bolton Road to Marietta Boulevard through the Moores Mill Shopping Center property, as well as a new Adams Drive and intersection at Marietta Boulevard to connect with the Moores Mill Road extension.

“Their plan is to use all of this money to fund the partial road construction, with the hopes that the city will somehow identify the remaining funds to

Graphic shows the original proposal to extend both Moores Mill Road (at right) and Adams Drive (at left) to connect to Marietta Boulevard and to each other.

Graphic shows the original proposal to extend both Moores Mill Road (at right) and Adams Drive (at left) to connect to Marietta Boulevard and to each other.

build the entire extension at a later date,” Moore wrote in an email to constituents.

In fact, diagrams of the project presented with the resolution show the road that is to be funded with the $500,000 going halfway into the shopping center property from the intersection of Moores Mill and Bolton roads—just far enough to reach the planned Publix market site.

The road would not continue on to Marietta Boulevard as called for in the original plans that have been part of the shopping center redevelopment plans for more than a decade.

This all came to light just as it was announced that Craig J. Richard, CEO of Invest Atlanta (formerly the Atlanta Development Authority), will be the speaker at the Northwest Community Alliance’s meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight, at the Northside Park Baptist Church, south Buckhead. (To read the announcement for that meeting, click here.)

Craig J. Richard

Craig J. Richard

The timing of the two events could prove to be more than a mere coincidence. There is a good likelihood that Councilwoman Moore—and maybe even her colleague Dist. 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, who has backed Moore on the Moores Mill Road issue—could attend the meeting. That could lead to some interesting discussions.

The Northwest Community Alliance meeting will begin at 6:45 this evening for a tribute to recently deceased Julian Bond. The Invest Atlanta CEO is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. The church is

This copy of an attachment to the Invest Atlanta resolution shows in the darker ink outline the half of the Moores Mill Road extension that will be funded under this plan--only to the Publix market. The rest is unfunded.

This copy of an attachment to the Invest Atlanta resolution shows in the darker ink outline the half of the Moores Mill Road extension that will be funded under this plan–only to the Publix market. The rest is unfunded.

located on Howell Mill Road, just north of the intersection with I-75.

Moore said it was “just by chance” she found out on Sept. 14 that on Sept. 10 “the Tax Allocation District (TAD) Project and Policy Review Committee approved a resolution authorizing a First Amendment to a Development Agreement among Invest Atlanta, The city of Atlanta and Coronet Way (E&A), LLC; and for other purposes.” Coronet Way LLC is EDENS.

This copy of an attachment to the Invest Atlanta resolution shows the site plan for the Publix market and renderings of the front, side and back elevations of the market.

This copy of an attachment to the Invest Atlanta resolution shows the site plan for the Publix market and renderings of the front, side and back elevations of the market.

The Resolution is slated to go before the full Invest Atlanta Board this Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. at the Invest Atlanta offices, suite 2900 in the Georgia Pacific building, 133 Peachtree Street.

“This poses several issues that I could have communicated, if consulted,” said Moore, who has been working for months with Invest Atlanta and EDENS to get the entire Moores Mill Road extension funded and for more than decade to get the shopping center redeveloped.

“One, the $500,000 was for the entire federal project (Moores Mill Road extension and Adams Drive). Using all of these funds will leave no money for any match needed in the future to build the Adams Drive portion of the project,” Moore explained.

“Two, building a portion of Moores Mill Road is unacceptable! It is unconceivable to me that anyone would think that a portion of the road would help the congestion and safety issues with Moores Mill Road,” Moore stated.

“To build a development and housing component that will drive more traffic to an already congested area without the full extension is unacceptable. While all are saying they support the entire road, no money has been committed,” Moore added.

The councilwoman said the proposal she has is to use only $300,000 of Invest Atlanta money, leave $200,000 for Adams Drive, and fund the remaining $800,000 with Transportation Impact Fee dollars generated in Council Districts 8 and 9. “I anticipate approval of the Moores Mill Road project before the end of the month, and I will then introduce legislation at City Council to fund the entire extension,” she said.

“I am still working to get some input into what is happening,” said Moore. “I hope to have a meeting with all involved before Thursday” when the full Invest Atlanta board is scheduled to take up the funding resolution.

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    3 Responses to EDENS, Invest Atlanta dealing to fund half of Moores Mill Rd. extension

    1. Patrick says:

      The Atlanta Falcons stadium is replacing the GA dome, but yet their is trouble to find an $800,000 for a road, which will help safety and generate millions in sales tax revenue yearly. I am personally a huge football fan.

    2. Charlie L. says:

      It it a gold brick road?

    3. GhettoFabulousATL says:

      Seems Councilmember Moore got marginalized again and knocked out of the conversation. Her one on one conversations with Edens without directly involving the community are parental at best, although abhorrently short sighted.

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