A DeKalb County judge has blocked the city of Brookhaven from taking any action to annex the Century Center office complex until after an Oct. 24 trial.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie issued the interlocutory injunction Aug. 16. The court order followed an Aug. 14 hearing, in which lawyers from Chamblee and Brookhaven argued over which city has the right to annex the lucrative commercial property near the intersection of I-85 and Clairmont Road.

Roughly 11,000 residents of an area that includes Century Center are scheduled to vote Nov. 5 on whether to be annexed into Chamblee. But the owners of the office complex requested annexation into the city of Brookhaven July 1. Shortly after, Chamblee officials won a temporary court order keeping Brookhaven City Council from moving forward with the annexation request.

In her order, Barrie said the court is concerned that if Brookhaven annexed Century Center, it may cause confusion for voters in the November annexation referendum and “may even be in violation of Local Act 205.”

“If the city of Brookhaven is allowed to vote to accept annexation of Century Center prior to the referendum, voters would be unclear as to whether the Chamblee annexation would include Century Center or not. This Court finds it is not in the best interest of both cities to allow any such confusion to impact the referendum vote established by the General Assembly in Local Act 205,” Barrie wrote.

Barrie also ruled that delaying the potential annexation of Century Center would not hurt the city of Brookhaven.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.