The official Brookhaven city seal.
The official Brookhaven city seal.

The current owners of the former Flowerland garden say they’re open to the idea of turning the area into a public park.
But they and city officials are awaiting a more specific plan and price tag.

Architect Andrew Amor proposes restoring Flowerland, a gigantic garden that once stood in what is now the D’Youville condominiums off Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, as a city park. He presented ambitious design ideas—including recreations of an early settlers’ homestead and a Native American village—to Brookhaven City Council last month.

Amor recently presented the idea to the D’Youville Condominium Association board of directors.

“The board is keeping an open mind and is waiting to receive a specific proposal from the city of Brookhaven before making any decisions on how to proceed,” said Adam Langer, the condo association’s president.

The Flowerland presentations had no budget estimates and still don’t, Amor said. “I have no additional info on the costs of the visionary project,” he said.

The idea has been well-received by local elected officials. But City Councilman Bates Mattison is among those saying that lack of a budget estimate remains a sticking point.

“I loved the presentation that was given…I was really impressed by the thought and vision of that,” Mattison said.

But, Mattison added, the city has a tight budget and planned parks improvements that will demand funds. “We’ve got a lot of things people want [in the parks],” he said.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.