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JULY 28, 2005
Sierra Contracting President Larry Wolfe holds a rendering of a proposal for 140 condos to be built adjacent to the DuPre Excelsior Mill at North Avenue and N. Angier Avenue during Monday nights Neighborhood Planning Unit M meeting.
Representatives of re-zoning
applicant Sierra Contracting again came before Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU)
M on Monday with new site plans for 695 North Ave. N.E., the site of the DuPre
Excelsior Mill. In return, NPU members expressed their appreciation of the new
plans but deferred a final vote on the matter to the land use committee.
Despite many attendees applauding
the contractor for their work with the neighborhoods and NPUs involved, the
vote was ultimately deferred because, as NPU-M Chair Derek Matory explained,
the land use committee did not have the conditions in writing. Because the
applicant was scheduled to go before the Zoning Review Board on Aug. 3 and the
land use committee will not formally meet again until Aug. 8, a motion to
empower the committee to make a recommendation on the application via e-mail or
at a special meeting passed unanimously. The committee will report back to the
NPU next month.
The applicant was seeking to rezone
the property, currently the site of The Masquerade nightclub, from I-1 (light
industrial) to MRC-3(c) (mixed residential-commercial). Hakim Hilliard with
McKenna, Long & Aldridge law firm told the group the new site plan “contemplates
saving the entire structure.” “One of the things that we were told
that if we could come up with a plan that saved that structure, you all would
support whatever kind of density we needed on the back end. Fortunately,
(architect) Fred (Pucciano) was able to come up with a design that allowed them
to still stay within the MRC guidelines and save the structure,” said
The new proposal has 140 condo
units, as opposed to the originally proposed 186 units, for a total of 10
stories with three levels of parking that are concealed from the street,
Pucciano said. Two-story loft units will line N. Angier Avenue. The units above
the lofts step back from the two-story line, anywhere from 5 to 20 feet.
“So that when you’re walking on North Angier as a pedestrian,
you’re very aware of the 2-story mass and less aware of the units
above,” he argued.
Above the second story line is the
“balance of the units,” he continued, adding that they will have an
undulating façade. Many of the units will have large exterior balcony
spaces and the back of the development will mirror what is being proposed on N.
Additionally, Hilliard reported
that restaurateur Bob Amick is interested in purchasing the mill facility for
use as a restaurant, bar and microbrewery. An effort to designate the mill as a
landmark building is currently in litigation, added Hilliard.
In other news, police Zone 5 Lt.
Judy Smith reported that the zone was down 7 percent overall year-to-date in
part 1 crimes, a total of 350 total less crimes. Part 1 crimes are the top
category for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larcenies and
auto theft, she explained. She also said the zone’s crime was down in all
categories except for burglary. “We were slightly up in burglary but
we’re bringing that down.”
Zone 5 police are also doing a lot
of drug enforcement and will be getting some federal assistance on Boulevard,
an area that has always been an issue, Smith said.
Three friends add spice to Westside
For Westside resident Tim Lannon, a phone call from his employer asking him to return to Georgia during his Las Vegas vacation was the breaking point. Lannon, who was an operations manager for six Southeast facilities, decided his corporate America life needed to change
[April 20, 2006]
Atlantans get Antiques Roadshow-like experience
Atlantans have a chance to possibly experience firsthand the unimaginable and discover the worth of their own treasures when the 14th Street Antiques Market, in the former Georgia Lighting building at 530 14th St. N.W., hosts an appraisal fair Oct. 8 as part of their grand opening celebration
[October 6, 2005]
Citizens Police Academy gives residents new perspective
Imagine spending three hours every week for 10 to 11 weeks stepping into the shoes of an Atlanta Police Department (APD) officer
[September 29, 2005]