Archives for November 2012

1411 Dresden Variances

Michel Arnette, owner of Haven and Valenza restaurants, has requested several variances for the metal building located at 1411 Dresden Drive with the intent of opening a music/food venue on the order of Eddie’s Attic in Brookhaven.  The variances will be heard before the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals on Weds., Dec. 12th at 1 PM.  A copy of the application and sketch site plan can be found here.  John A. Carlos of Dresden Properties LLC has signed the application as owner of the property.

The BPCA is currently trying to schedule a meeting with Michel and Brookhaven Fields neighbors to discuss the variance request.  Here are some areas of concern:

1) The property abuts several single-family residential properties.  How will Mr. Arnette protect surrounding neighbors from noise?

2)  Music acts run famously late, even thriving on late-evening starts.  What will be the hours of operation and how will that affect surrounding property owners?

3) The variance requests a total of 20 (valet) parking spaces, yet Mr. Arnette states that the venue could hold up to 200 patrons.  Where will everyone park?

4) The variance requests a waiver from Overlay District streetscape requirements–i.e. wide sidewalks, street lights and street trees.  If the music/restaurant venue is granted variances and is successful, it could operate ‘as is’ for many years, leaving a semi-permanent hole in the Overlay District streetscape in that block.  Its success would also prevent new mixed-use development in line with the LCI vision on the site.

We will post a time and location for a neighborhood meeting on this website and on the BFCA listserv as soon as one is scheduled.

Brookhaven Overlook Update

A good up-to-date description of Brand Properties’ proposal for Bellaire/Peachtree corner can be found at this link http://www.buckheadview.com.

Kevin Quirk Receives 3rd Star

The BPCA has awarded Kevin Quirk a third star for his knowledge and support of the Overlay.  Kevin is a candidate for City Council in District 3 and is in a runoff with Bates Mattison, who also has earned a 3 star rating.  Kevin recently met with Bill Roberts and Jack Honderd of BPCA and impressed on them his commitment to the LCI vision and Overlay zoning code.  Kevin attended 4 different BPCA-led meetings to ask questions and learn more about zoning.  He stated that the whole campaign has been a “wonderful learning experience” for him as he’s met and talked with many Brookhaven-ites, and that he wants Brookhaven to exemplify a very different urban paradigm than that of Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

BPCA Hires Dunlavy to Oppose Overlook

The BPCA, supported by HBNA, has retained Dunlavy Law Group LLC to review the Brookhaven Overlook project with an eye to defending Brookhaven neighbors’ interest.  In particular, we feel the proposed project shows a building that is too high, contains too many units and creates a traffic bottleneck at Bellaire Drive and Peachtree Road as currently designed.

For a project summary and drawings, see this link.