In most cities, citizens go to their elected officials with requests for help or money for projects. It’s different in Dunwoody. When the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association convened Sunday night, there was City Councilman Denis Shortal asking the volunteer group for its help.
Shortal, acting as a citizen, asked for and received the DHA’s backing in an effort to raise some $50,000 for two restrooms near the Dunwoody High School baseball and football fields. Currently “port-a-potties” are in place. DHS booster clubs have tried to get permanent bathrooms for years without success. Now Shortal is leading the effort.
Shortal emphasized that the cost figure was a rough preliminary estimate. He noted that as a state representative, state Sen. Fran Millar had secured a grant for $20,000, funds that still are available. The project will rely on gifts in kind from local architects, planners and a local contractor before it is sent to the DeKalb Board of Education for review.
Shortal called the high school and its sports teams a matter of community pride.
The DHA board also heard from Bryan Musolf, director of land acquisitions for John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods. He described the company’s progress on Project Renaissance, the 35-acre redevelopment project in the Georgetown-Shallowford area.
Musolf said the company is focusing on the 16 acres formerly known as the “PVC farm” and will follow the city’s master plan for the Georgetown area. He described the site plan as a village concept, with trails, parks and a mix of different kinds of homes. The smallest will be 3,000 square feet.
“It will be several years before we start building in the 19-acre site,” Musolf said.
He said the plans call for 36 homes on the 19-acre site and 69 homes on the 16 acres.
The DHA president, Bill Grossman, told the board he had reserved the auditorium at Georgia Perimeter College for July 26 for a pro-con forum on the one-cent sales tax for regional transportation that is on the July 31 primary ballot.
The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce is holding a community forum focused on the transportation improvements the city would receive if the tax is approved. That meeting is July 17 at Dunwoody High School.