Archives for January 2012

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Help Revitalize Brookhaven Park

Now every resident of Brookhaven has a chance to help make our community a beautiful place to relax and play.

One of the least known but true gems of the community is Brookhaven Park. Located at 4158 Peachtree Road on the corner of Osborne Road, its historic site once held the old Veteran’s “48” Hospital which was constructed after WW II. Today the location includes the DeKalb Training Center, a daytime facility that assists challenged residents of the county. The 9-acre park includes a multi-use field, basketball court, playground, picnic shelter and walking trails.

Led by the volunteer group, Friends of the Park, Brookhaven residents are shaping the future of the park. In the summer of 2008 Friends of the Park, a volunteer group supported by BPCA, held three “visioning” sessions at the park to increase awareness, build support and gather ideas for a redesigned park of the future. Neighbors divided into groups and developed a set of ideas to guide future planning.

“From this base, we hope to proceed in the raising of funds to hire a landscape architect to produce a master plan for the park,” said Jack Honderd, architect and member of the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance (BPCA). Friends of the Park, BPCA and other volunteers will work with DeKalb to develop a master Plan for the park enhancements.

A key objective of the Brookhaven LCD study is to develop a well-designed heart for Brookhaven, a centerpiece accessible by all members of the community. According to Honderd “we see this as occurring around the Marta Station – and a true public greenspace, a re-envisioned and redeveloped 17-acre Brookhaven Park behind the DeKalb Training Center.

Dr. Paul Hudson, historian at Georgia Perimeter College and Oglethorpe University, will produce a series of columns to keep Brookhaven Buzz readers informed of changes in Brookhaven Park. All interested residents of Brookhaven are invited to join in and help plan and create a better Brookhaven Park for everyone. For further information contact Carol Haley, 404-262-1607, chaley@bellsouth.net

Walgreens Update

After early attempts to build its usual model didn’t go through (see BPCA History), Walgreens most recently was denied an administrative variance to get an extra curb cut on Peachtree by Dekalb County Planning; they then lost their appeal to the Dekalb Board of Zoning Appeals (Oct. 12, 2011).

Now they have filed suit against the Board of Zoning Appeals and DeKalb County in Superior Court, where a judge will decide whether the zoning board and county acted properly.  There are number of non-comforming elements with the most recent design submitted by Walgreen’s, but only the Peachtree curb cut is the subject of the current legal action.  BPCA’s legal committee is working with an attorney to keep a close eye on the procedings, and the advice of attorneys and engineers has been key to our success so far.  Every dollar you have donated is being carefully leveraged to create a building on the corner that helps create a more liveable, walkable Brookhaven.

 

Fernwood Park Bridge

Fernwood Park Bridge

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