The Georgia Supreme Court on March 2 rejected an appeal by Highwoods Properties, which had been seeking to be annexed into the city of Brookhaven.
In October of last year, the appeals court ruled in favor of Chamblee, saying that Brookhaven lacked the authority to annex the property, which includes Century Center.
In June 2013, Highwoods Properties, which owns the mixed-use development called Century Center within the disputed area, applied to be annexed into Brookhaven. In response, Chamblee officials filed suit to stop the annexation and incorporate the property into its borders. In October, Brookhaven proceeded with the annexation, but that action was later suspended when a DeKalb County judge sided with Chamblee and allowed that city to hold a referendum on the matter. The annexation was subsequently approved by a nearly 2-1 majority of Chamblee residents in the November referendum.
Then, in December 2014, Highwoods filed an appeal to have the judge’s order overturned. Brookhaven, which initially had joined the legal fight to take possession of the property, had since withdrawn its participation in funding the litigation. But, it had not rescinded its original vote to annex the property.
Complicating matters further, the Georgia Court of Appeals enjoined Chamblee from proceeding with its annexation while the litigation played out.