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CRB Realty Associates is leading a project to develop five highrises on the former Gold Kist site across the street from the Dunwoody MARTA station.

The planned development, named Dunwoody Crown Towers, is to include business, hotel and residential towers at 244 Perimeter Center Parkway. The name is a nod to Crown Holdings Group, which purchased the property about two years ago.

“This is one of the finest places in the country you could have a mixed-use development,” CRB chairman and CEO Charlie Brown said. “This is a suburban area that is on the edge of being urban.”

The 15-acre site is zoned for a 20-story hotel and two 24-story high rise office buildings. On Jan. 5, Crown Development filed a pre-application review with the city of Dunwoody for a rezoning request for 4.75 acres of the property that would allow the company to build two additional residential towers not to exceed 40 stories at the eastern end of the project.

The pre-application form explains the property would be divided into two tracts, a 9.2-acre site for the hotel and business towers and 4.75 acres for the two residential towers.

Brown said he planned to donate 2 acres from the project for development of a planned east-west connector road in Dunwoody.

Zoning attorney Doug Dillard said the development would create a true “gateway to Dunwoody.”

“This is a real opportunity for the city to show the Southeast it is not the country and turn it into a true urban mode served by transit,” he said.

Some residents are already expressing concerns that the residential units would be apartments. Brown said that is not the case and high-end condos are planned for the residential towers.

And if city officials do have concerns, he said, “Put a condition in there [in the zoning requirements] that it’s only for condos,” Brown said.

Plans are to have 1/3 of the property be residential and 2/3 be office space, he said. The target audience for the condos are people who have been living in bigger single-residential homes but will be downsizing because, for example, their children are grown and leaving home.

“We don’t want to go up more than 30 stories,” for the condos, Brown said.

A meeting on the project is set for Feb. 7 at the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. Dillard said he would be going before city planning commission in March and then the City Council in April.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.