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Details of the Georgetown redevelopment released

Developer's proposal to city includes 110 residential units

An Atlanta-based developer's proposal for reshaping Dunwoody's struggling Georgetown area would start with 110 residential units on about 13 acres.

The proposal outlines an urban design that links single family homes and "paired" townhomes through community features such as trails, parks and future retail.

“I’m confident all residents and nearby business owners will find the proposed concept extremely beneficial for the entire city as well as a catalyst for the exciting rebirth of the Georgetown area,” Mayor Mike Davis said.

Dunwoody city officials announced Thursday that the city has agreed to partner with John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods on a .

A look at the proposal shows a more urban aesthetic than the ranch homes on large lots that typify Dunwoody. Residential units that start at 2,100 square feet would be placed close together, some are "paired" residences and share a wall, and many are clustered around parks and other community features.

The developer, in pitching the proposal to the city, compared the planned development in Dunwoody to ones the firm has built at One Ivy Walk in Smyrna and downtown Woodstock, both of which are live-work communities that bring retail, parks and other amenities into the planned communities.

Dubbed "Project Renaissance," the Wieland proposal for Georgetown is the first detailed look at how the city might accomplish a larger redevelopment plan on its eastern gateway that includes residential and neighborhood commercial components.

The city owns a 16-acre parcel on 4000 Dunwoody Park Drive and has an option to buy a 19-acre parcel on the 4500 block of North Shallowford Road. The city bought or has a contract on those properties, in part, to .

Wieland proposes buying 13.4 acres across the two parcels the city controls for $6.37 million, according to the proposal. In pitching the proposal to the city, Wieland said that it has $23 million to begin construction as soon as July 2013.

The residential development would be built in phases, starting on the 16-acre parcel, Wieland proposes. The first phase of the development would include 70 houses, starting as small as 2,100 to 3,000 square feet. Some are mapped as single family and many are "paired" homes.

Construction on the 19-acre parcel would begin three years after groundbreaking on the smaller parcel, according to the proposal.

The 19-acre parcel is envisioned as becoming a more traditional neighborhood that would feature larger single family homes near a large park. The market for the houses would be "empty nesters," according to the proposal, and the houses would feature a main floor bedroom.

City officials plan to gather comments on the proposed redevelopment in May, starting with an open house with the developer and city officials at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

From there, things are scheduled to move quickly. The city council is scheduled to vote on a formal agreement regarding the redevelopment at its May 29 meeting.

The city received two proposals for the redevelopment after putting out a public request for them in March. It received two. The city's selection committee rejected a partnership with Southeast Capital Companies.

Hillary Meister May 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Not good. Whatever happened to building parks and green space that would be for the entire Georgetown area and not relegated to be "part of" new residential neighborhoods. I live at the end of Pernoshal and own my home. I'm worried about my already dropping home value and how this will impact those of us that own down here even more not to mention the din and mess of construction, the eventual congestion and traffic issues and the overly-populated area. Will I be sneered at if I go hang out at those parks with my dog because I don't own one of the homes on that property (or the properties across the street from it)? Are they going to "gate" it keeping all who live in the area out? I'm hoping my neighbors will join me at these upcoming meetings. Our voices are crucial to what eventually develops there.
Max May 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
America's first planned sub-divided residential community is usually recognized as Levittown, Long Island. Carved out of potato fields, developer Bill Levitt designed a home that could be built and sold profitably with the proceeds of a post WWII VA loan. The rest is history. Nowadays, Levittown has remained a stalwart of tear-downs, but mostly redevelopment of existing homes, at trend I would foresee as postive to our Dunwoody. Growing up in Levittown, LI, I recall homes within walking distance to a grocery (Village Green) with a pharmacy and dry cleaner. Mom, as did most women then, would use a push-cart to wheel purchases home. "Life is Good!" The depictions of Renaissance remind me of other successful Atlanta planned urban developments. I urge everyone to look at areas where this sort of development has taken place, i.e. the Green around Suwannee City center. As well, the newer residential area near Little Five Points bordering the PATH to Carter Center looks a lot like the Renaissance renderings. I encourage neighbors close by to attend community meetings to make their concerns known. Also, look at the positive potential of re-development as well.

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