DUNWOODY, Ga. — With a 6-1 vote, the Dunwoody City Council approved the sale of two North Shallowford Road properties to Summit Healthcare Group, the purchasing arm of Emory, for $6.8 million Dec. 9. 

The plots, at 4553 and 4555 North Shallowford Road, are across from the Park at Pernoshal Court. Emory leased the 4555 property to operate an ambulatory surgery center.

Emory’s bid was $6.8 million — $1.9 million for the rear 4553 property and $4.9 million for 4555. The only other bid, from Northside Hospital, was for the 4555 property at $5.5 million. 

Emory’s offer included a proposal to build a 40,000 square foot medical building on the rear property, which would require a rezoning. Emory would also allow its parking lot to be used at night and on weekends for Pernosal Park overflow. 

Mayor Denis Shortal said he supported the staff’s recommendation to approve Emory’s bid because of the parking agreement and because it would give the property’s neighbors certainty about what would be built at the site.

“If we don’t sell that piece, what’s going to go in there?” he asked. “It could be a lot of things, but it might not be as palatable to all of you and us as citizens as what Emory would put in there … It enhances the quality of life for all of us to have a top notch medical facility like Emory in our city.

Councilman John Heneghan voted against the purchase contract, saying he had questions about the timing of the bidding. The 4555 property had been on the market for several months, but the adjacent property was only released by the city at the beginning of December.

Councilman Terry Nall offered an amendment to stipulate that the proceeds from the sale of the property be restricted to parks capital projects. That motion passed unanimously.

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