The Dunwoody Planning Commission on July 8 approved a proposal to rezone about 6 acres in the Georgetown community to allow 55 townhomes to replace a declining office building.
Brian Davison of Minerva Properties told the commissioners that his company plans to build three-story townhouses in a gated community in place of the offices at 4330 Georgetown Square.

Minerva wants the city to rezone the property for residential use. The land, zoned for office-institutional uses, is now used for what Davison described as a declining, 1960s-style office park.

“It’s a bunch of asphalt and bricks and sticks whose time has passed,” said Commissioner Tom Dwyer, who said he once leased an office in the development.
After the meeting, Davison said his company, which is involved in redevelopment projects in several communities in metro Atlanta, saw Dunwoody as an attractive market, especially for young professionals. “You take opportunities as they come,” Davison said. “The opportunities to do something creative in Dunwoody are few and far between.”

Davison told the planning commissioners Minerva expected the townhomes to attract either older residents looking to downsize their homes or young professionals attracted to new jobs in the Dunwoody area.

Several residents who lived close to the proposed townhomes objected to the proposal, saying the new development would create unwanted traffic in the area and destroy deer habitat.

“I am horrified,” resident Sandy Blalock said. She said a family of deer live in nearby woods. “I don’t think this developer did his homework as to how important this wildlife is.”

The commission approved the rezoning 5-1, with Commissioner Heyward Wescott voting no. Wescott questioned whether the project would attract families with school-age children. “Our schools have always been slow to react to overcrowding,” he said.

But Davison said the planned townhomes would not be designed to attract families with young children. “We don’t see this to be a draw for families,” Davison told members of the planning commission. “We’re expecting either empty nesters or young professionals.”

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