The proposed site of the big-box retail store on Glenwood Avenue.
The proposed site of the big-box retail store on Glenwood Avenue.

The developer and owner of property proposed for a big-box development on Glenwood Avenue have filed suit against the City of Atlanta after a controversial rezoning last month.

Fuqua Development and Lafarge, owner of the property at 800 and 860 Glenwood Ave., said the city’s retro-active rezoning from industrial to mixed-use residential would prevent the construction of a retail center, which is rumored to be a Walmart Supercenter, along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. According to a report in today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution, the lawsuits seek an injunction against the rezoning.

The lawsuits are ahead of an Oct. 10 meeting of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, which will hear an appeal filed by the Grant Park Neighborhood Association to rescind a special administrative permit granted to Fuqua to receive a building permit. The meeting is scheduled for noon at City Hall.

Fuqua and Lafarge warned the city that they would file suit over the issue in August. Smart Growth Atlanta, an umbrella organization of neighborhood groups opposing the Glenwood development, are raising money to assist in the court battle.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.