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A controversial revision to Dunwoody’s building standards could be considered by Dunwoody City Council in June, city officials say.

The city’s standards now require buildings more than five stories tall be built with metal-and-concrete structure. Shorter buildings can be built with wooden structures, called “brick-and-stick” construction. Some city officials are proposing requiring the more expensive metal-and-concrete structures for buildings more than three stories tall.

The change has drawn opposition from builders and developers. They say it will slow development in Dunwoody. “We’re talking about a change that will increase construction costs 25 percent,” builder Bill Grant told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association’s board of directors on May 4.

But City Councilman Terry Nall said the reason for the proposed change was to raise building standards. “One of the things we’re concerned about is the downward spiral you get with ‘brick-and-stick’ construction … ,” he told the DHA board members. “I believe if you start with a higher quality standard, it’ll stay a higher quality.”

Joe Earle

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