Please sign this petition if you agree with BPCA’s analysis below.
On Wednesday, May 9th @ 1 PM, Chase Bank’s appeal for variance to DeKalb County’s Board of Zoning Appeals will be heard in the Manuel Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. We MUST defeat this request for variance if we want to preserve the vision of the LCI Study and Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay District!
Chase Bank’s variance application to DeKalb County poses a major threat to the vision Brookhavenites created with the LCI Study and Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay District. The plans submitted for the old Hastings site show a standard-issue suburban-style fast-in/fast-out branch bank which, if permitted, will seal the fate of Brookhaven’s Peachtree Street corridor as a fast food and service strip hospitable only to those in automobiles. Yes, we currently have McDonald’s, Kauffman Tire and Wells Fargo already developed in that mode. Do we want to continue and extend that? Do we want even more car congestion without “total street” design that makes people feel safe walking or biking?
Brookhaven residents said “no” through their public participation in the LCI Study in 2004. They said they want a Mainstreet feel along Peachtree with a safe pedestrian zone that will encourage people to walk, shop and meet. We are lucky enough to have a Zoning Ordinance that plans for this. Now we need to defend it.
Note that we have nothing against Chase Bank–we welcome the choice they bring as a competitor to Wells Fargo, SunTrust, Brookhaven Bank and Ironstone Bank. We simply want them to be part of a development that honors the spirit and regs of the Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay District. It is within their power to do this. See BPCA’s more in-depth discussion of the issues here.
NOTE: DeKalb Planning Dept. recommends “Withdrawal.”