Published on November 11th, 2015 |5
Mayor Reed vetoes use of Impact Fees to extend Moores Mill Rd.
Dist. 9 City Councilwoman Felicia Moore, with whom Reed has continued ongoing battles since he became mayor, was the author of the legislation which was designed to kick
start the major redevelopment of the long-abandoned and derelict Moores Mill Shopping Center by the Edens Company.
Posting on Facebook, Moore told her constituents, “Sorry to post, but Impact Fee legislation for Moores Mill Road was vetoed late last night by Mayor Reed. Will post his letter later this morning.”
Moore told BuckheadView that she is in the middle of moving and has been unable to follow up much on the original Facebook posting, especially since City Hall is closed today for the Veterans Day holiday. Moore said talked to one person in City Hall who should know the reason for the veto, but that person reportedly said she did not know about it.
Moore has been championing the redevelopment of the Moores Mill shopping center property for well more than a decade. South Carolina developer Edens has been ready to begin work on the redevelopment for many years and secured a much-needed Publix supermarket as an anchor for the new center, which would include additional retail and a residential development.
According to Moore, the mayor reportedly vetoed the use of the Impact Fee monies—all of which came from developments in Moore’s Council District 9—saying that federal funds have been allocated for the road project. However, those federal funds have been held up for years.
“The mayor says we should use federal funds,” Moore posted on Facebook. But she told BuckheadView there has been no indication to her that the federal funds allocated for the project have been released to the city.
It did not take long for residents in the area to respond to the Facebook posting.
Brenda Bass posted: “Perhaps we should check west end area near belt line he signs all but then again his cronies are buying up the land.”
Will Curry posted: “What? I have a few questions. 1. Are there enough votes to override. 2. If not, are there federal dollars available? 3. What does this mean in terms of the timeline to completion of the project?”
Moore replied to Curry on Facebook: “1.not sure. 2. this is news to me. City hall closed, will investigate tomorrow. 3. Not sure of impact, if any. Will update as more info becomes available.”
And then there was the note sent to directly to BuckheadView from an avid follower of the Moores Mill shopping center story for more than a decade: “Now that’s total BS that Kasim vetoed the Moores Mill legislation. Petty politics sucks.”
(Editor’s Note: Stay tuned to BuckheadView for more on this story. There is likely to be a whole lot more reaction from northwest Atlanta constituents of Felicia Moore.)