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.


  1. Courtney Dufries says:

    Mr. Arnette brings music to The Haven already, and I like the bands. I say this with confidence because I can hear them several blocks away. Why would anybody think he would be considerate of loud noise at a new venue? And really – 20 spaces? Are they kidding?

    The variance to the Overlay District combined with parking and noise issues show the folks submitting the proposal could care less about our neighborhood. This is a rotten plan and should be rejected outright.

  2. Richard Hnatyk says:

    I couldn’t agree more with Courtney. This proposal is bad on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin. That building is an ugly eyesore and should be torn down and replaced with something that is compliant with the overlay. I am especially disappointed with Mr Arnette, seeing how he currently owns and operates two businesses that benefit from the overlay. He should be advocating for this type of development instead of trying to get around it. Shame on him!

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