The North Brookhaven Neighborhood Coalition has written the chairman of the board of the Hospital Authority of Fulton County and Fulton Commission Chairman Mike Kenn outlining its objections to the proposed extension of the Glenridge Connector.
The authority is the governing body of Northside Hospital, which has refused to meet with neighborhood groups about its role in the $4.5 million extension of the six-lane Connector from Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Fulton County to Old Johnson Ferry Road in DeKalb County.
The North Brookhaven coalition represents 19 neighborhoods in Fulton and DeKalb counties. In its letters, the coalition points out that Fulton traffic director Nayef Haddad told residents recently that the road was being extended to accommodate Northside’s desire for an office complex on Johnson Ferry Road that would generate an additional 18,000 vehicle trips per day.
“Your Fulton and DeKalb neighbors have long suspected that future medical office expansion, rather than Peachtree Dunwoody/Johnson Ferry intersection traffic was the impetus for the proposed construction of the Extension,” the letter to Northside said. “ Mr. Haddad’s confirmation that the Extension was being paid for by Northside Hospital for the benefit of Northside Hospital was therefore, not a surprise.”
In the letters to the authority and to Kenn, the coalition charged that the office building will violate the established comprehensive land use plans of both counties. It also points out that Northside’s decision to build between residential communities on Johnson Ferry and the connector ignores the space available and out for bid across Peachtree Dunwoody from the hospital at MARTA’s Medical Center station.
“This highway ‘bypasses’ MARTA, thus rendering impotent a valuable means of decreasing traffic,” said the letter.
Northside Hospital consistently has refused comment on the issue.