Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein says it’s time to close the DHA office, but that doesn’t mean the organization is slowing down its operations.
The DHA started without an office and now its president says keeping it isn’t cost-effective. The DHA will save about $15,000 a year by closing its little-used office in Dunwoody Village, he said.
“What we’re doing is taking it virtual,” Wittenstein said.
“We operate virtually today because the office hasn’t had anybody in it for ages,” he said. “We’re available and as much a part of the community as ever.”
For many years, the DHA had a small office it occupied rent-free in the Spruill farmhouse. About five or six years ago, the administration at the farmhouse started trying to rent its space for special events.
“At the time, we looked around and talked about going virtual,” he said. “But, for better or worse, there was a lot of empty space in the Dunwoody Village shopping center.”
The idea was to put a big conference table in a rented office and offer its use to groups for meetings. “It was a nice idea, but it didn’t get used,” Wittenstein said.
Continuing to pay rent, heating and other bills associated with the space simply isn’t wise, Wittenstein said. “It’s not that we can’t afford it. It’s not a good use of our money,” he said.
Wittenstein added that membership in the DHA is up 10 percent when compared to last year. “We’ve still got the same phone number and P.O. Box,” Wittenstein said. “”We’re just losing the physical address.”