Archives for October 2013

Kroger Update 10/16–“not ONE DIME…!”

From Thomas Porter, who has been pursuing Kroger and Cherokee Plaza owners to upgrade the sidewalks and streetscape along Peachtree Road per Overlay standards:

Through Kroger representatives, the City has just been informed that the “Ownership” of Cherokee Plaza (Hines et al) has no interest in providing improved streetscape or safety measures along Peachtree despite our City’s offering to invest. They are not interested in putting “one dime” towards those things.

MARTA Design Workshop–Updated Schedule

Here is the latest schedule of stakeholder “tracks” specifically set up for neighbors participation. Note there are changes from the originally published schedule!  Click on the image below.  The complete schedule of all tracks can be found here.

MARTA Charrette schedule

MARTA Design Workshop, Details and Schedule

The MARTA Design Workshop being led by Southface, officially known as a “charrette”, begins next Sunday, Oct. 13, with a kickoff meeting at 6:30 PM.  All meetings are at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, 3016 Lanier Drive.  You may attend any “track” as an observer, although you must be a designated “stakeholder” in that track to participate and comment.  Monday and Wednesday 4 PM sessions are designed for neighbors’ participation, and the Thursday noon session will be a final presentation of neighborhood input.

Here is the general announcement and information;  below is a detailed schedule of “track” sessions.  Each track has a unique color on the schedule, and a unique set of stakeholders will participate in each track (although certain stakeholders may be identified to participate in multiple tracks).  A “stakeholder” is a person identified as a key participant because of their professional expertise; ownership of nearby real estate; representation of MARTA, ARC or GDOT; leadership position in the City or surrounding neighborhood; or other salient and pertinent characteristic.

If you live in Brookhaven Heights, Historic Brookhaven, Brookhaven Fields or Ashford Park, you are a minor stakeholder, even if not identified as an official stakeholder, by virtue of your location.  You may participate in the “MARTA Station Area N’hood Engagement” sessions.




Kroger Update, Oct. 8

Thomas Porter, AIA, who is leading the effort by BPCA (click on “Kroger” in sidebar to get full story) to get Kroger to comply with building permit requirements as well as encouraging them to improve their Peachtree streetscape to Overlay standards, recently received the following letter from Marie Garrett, City Manager for Brookhaven:

Good morning Mr. Porter. Glad to hear from you. I was thinking about you over the weekend and wanted to reach to you for an update. A meeting was held recently between Kroger, the county staff, kroger’s atty, our city attorney and myself with Susan Canon. In this meeting, we reviewed all of the conditions that were assigned to the county’s ZBA approval. It was found that Kroger is in compliance with them. Your greatest concern regarding the ingress/egress has been resolved and the island that would have blocked the entry and could have created stacking onto Peachtree is now removed and by this design, traffic will not be impeded. Thank you for working so hard to get that point across to Kroger and the county. As you know, once we learned of it, we contacted the county and had a hold placed on the C.O.

Currently, we are in discussions on the landscape and trees for the parking field. I will have to get back to you on that matter. Basically, we are discussing the acceptable type of trees to be planted. The number of trees that were conditioned by the county’s ZBA are now being respected and will be provided.


The sidewalk and streetscape are being discussed and negotiated at this time. The city would like some introduction of the overlay standards along Peachtree. Unfortunately, Kroger is not required to do this as per the ZBA approvals. However, we are working in good faith to try and bring some of the overlay elements along this frontage. Nothing has been decided at this time but I will keep you advised.


Thank you and I hope to get back to you soon with an update.



Marie L. Garrett

City Manager

City of Brookhaven, GA