The new Dunwoody Public Facilities Authority, a board made up of the City Council, is set to enter into a 40-year lease agreement with the Dunwoody Nature Center. A meeting of the new authority will be at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, prior to the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m. where the mayor and council will be sworn in as the members of the new authority.
The vote on the lease agreement is slated for Jan. 8.
A map of the proposed expansion of the Dunwoody Nature Center. (City of Dunwoody)

“A driving force for establishing the Authority is the ability to enter into long-term agreements with partners for public land and facilities rather than one-year renewable leases,” Economic Development Director Michael Starling states in a memo to the council.

 “The Dunwoody Nature Center is undertaking a capital campaign to add facilities to expand
programming and to meet the growing needs of residents and visitors who use the park. They are requesting a 40-year usage agreement to provide assurances to corporations and foundations that funds donated for capital improvements will be used for the stated purposes and remain under the control of the Nature Center,” the memo states.
The authority was created in July when the council approved a resolution establishing the council to serve as members of the authority.
This story has been updated to reflect the date of the actual vote is set for Jan. 8.

Dyana Bagby

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