DUNWOODY, Ga. — It used to be known as “Bankwoody,” but with new construction at the heart of Dunwoody, residents may change the city’s unofficial moniker to “Care-woody.”
At last count, there are at least a dozen financial institutions in the Dunwoody Village area — a density that has prompted overseers of a proposed overlay district to prohibit future banks from opening within a quarter mile of another.
Meanwhile, an urgent care medical facility is under construction on Chamblee Dunwoody Road within a half mile of two others, making a bid to give the city a new reputation.
The 4,000-square-foot medical building is being built at 5419 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, across the street from the Dunwoody Farmhouse. According to Dunwoody Senior Planner Richard Hathcock, a permit recently received by the city called for “an interior fit-up for Peachtree Immediate Care.”
Just a couple of hundred feet across the street, next to the BP Station and across from the Dunkin’ Donuts is Piedmont Urgent Care by Wellstreet at 1575 Mt. Vernon Road, and about two blocks in the opposite direction is Dunwoody Urgent Care at 1730 Mt. Vernon Road.
Why Dunwoody needs three urgent care facilities within a mile of each other has confounded several residents, including Dana Gaines, who has lived in the Wynterhall subdivision for 24 years.
“Having three urgent cares within a stone’s throw of each other is not exactly something that might draw one to the city,” she said. “First it was banks, then dry cleaners and now urgent cares. Nothing is moving in the direction of making the city a desirable destination.”
Gaines said she was an enthusiastic supporter for incorporation of the city more than 10 years ago. She participated in community forums and was optimistic about the vision that city planners presented about making Dunwoody a vibrant place to live, work and play.
“Eleven years later, we are still looking at plans to make the city enticing,” she said. “And putting an urgent care in what should be the center of the city is not going to do anything to make people believe that this is a desirable community.”
Dunwoody Communications Director Jennifer Boettcher said several people have called to ask what is being built at the location, but she hasn’t heard any complaints after they learn about what it is.
Hathcock said the parcel falls within the Dunwoody Village Overlay, but there are no provisions in current zoning that would restrict the number of medical offices.
“In the proposed Dunwoody Village rezoning, there would not be any zoning restriction for the number of medical offices nor would there be a distance restriction similar to banks and financial institutions,” he said.
According to Hathcock, the site is 22,757 square feet and has been zoned for about 20 parking spaces. He said he was not sure about the completion date for the building.
A phone call to Crim & Associates, which is listed as the company of record with the city, was not returned.