The board of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association plunged into the discussion of Project Renaissance Sunday night and also heard more on the uncertain future of the Dunwoody Green Market, which now has until May 30 to use its Dunwoody Village site on U.S. Postal Service property.
City Manager Warren Hutmacher came to the DHA to describe Renaissance, the redevelopment of 35 acres in the Georgetown Shallowford area in a public-private partnership.
Last week, the city council, reviewing two proposals by developers, selected John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods as the city’s partner.
The city needs to work out that contract and have an agreement by May 29, as land contracts expire. The sites in question are the 16-acre “PVC farm” on Chamblee Dunwoody and the former Emory Shallowford hospital site on North Shallowford.
The Wieland firm suggested a low-density, owner-occupied residential development interwoven with city parks and a multi-use trail running across and connecting both properties. The plan reserves space for the city to market and sell a 3-acre future neighborhood commercial node on the North Shallowford edge of the 16-acre parcel.
Hutmacher said the city will retain 24 acres for parks and future use as a municipal center. He called the plan for 35,000 square feet of retail on one corner of the project not viable in this economy but thought it might be developed in the next three to five years.
The city and John Wieiland Homes and Neighborhoods will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to take questions and suggestions on the properties.
Questioned about residential design and price points, Hutmacher said, “The city can’t regulate price, but it can regulate quality.”
Representatives of the Dunwoody Green Market said they were taken completely by surprise when the Postal Service said May 16 would be their last Wednesday market, but Hutmacher volunteered that a one-month extension is being worked out.
The Green Market leaders said they have been offered space by the city in both Brook Run Park and Dunwoody Park. They said they were leaning to Dunwoody Park because of the approval of the Dunwoody Nature Center. Their vendors would back up to the Dunwoody Seniors baseball field.
In other items of interest:
• Linda Shulin announced that she has 1000 dogwood saplings brought from the Dogwood Festival to her Dunwoody home. She invited residents to pick them up for a reasonable donation. Her email is Lshulin@bellsouth.net
• City Councilor Adrian Bonser announced a Preservation Celebration for the Donaldson Bannister farmhouse on June 3.
• DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer introduced Jerome Edmondson, a candidate for county chief executive against incumbent Burrell Ellis.