The Brookhaven City Council will consider moving ahead to purchase nearly 30 acres of wooded property at PDK Airport that was once designed as a place for airplanes to crash, once known as the “runway protection zone” and now dubbed the “PDK Overfly Property.”
The council is expected to vote Aug. 23 to give the go ahead to City Manager Christian Sigman to enter into negotiations to purchase the land.
PDK Airport Director Mario Evans said the property, owned by the airport and DeKalb County, would have to be purchased by the city at fair market value, or $5.7 million.
“That will be great if [Brookhaven] wants to purchase the property,” Evans said. “We’ve always wanted them to get the land over any other developer. We always gave Brookhaven the right of first refusal.”
The FAA released the property to the airport to sell back in 2012, Evans said. Since then, Brookhaven residents have lobbied city officials to purchase the prized property they see as a valuable piece of green space in a rapidly developing city.
The property is filled with trees and includes a small creek and lies west of Clairmont Road. It’s bordered by Ninth Street, Skyland Drive and Tobey Road.