To The Editor:

Kudos to Neil Wilkinson with his thought for turning the corner of Mt. Vernon and Chamblee Dunwoody into a park.  I have told many friends how I’d love to see green grass, shade trees, a small fountain for animals that are walked by their owners and a few benches for resting in the shade.  Doesn’t that sound like a better picture than a fast food drive through?  How about it Dunwoody citizens?  Can we prevail upon our city council to implement something of this nature? 

Mary Lou Brooks

To the Editor:

Long before I became a Dunwoody resident our family had friends that lived in Dunwoody.  When visiting, I was impressed that the architectural style was uniform and not the mish-mash of so many other places. 

Now as a resident of many years, I still admire the uniform style.  It shows that the people that made the zoning decisions, or influenced them, cared about a sense of community and what the area represented and looked like. 

I sincerely hope our current planning commission does not waver from the current Williamsburg style when considering the possible restaurant development on the Chamblee-Dunwoody/Mt. Vernon Road property.  I don’t think I’ve ever picked a restaurant to eat at based on the architecture, but the uniform unique style is what attracted me to Dunwoody when I decided to live and shop here.

J.C. Conway

To the Editor:

Dunwoody community development director: “It might be time to ease restrictions on the architectural Village signature overlay; the refrain:  Developer spokesman notes that... “all feedback (on its design for the building on the high-profile corner of Mt Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody) has been positive on the new design.”  Town Council notes it’s ready to hear more of “a few proposals...” (Such as? (Quotes are from the Crier.)

The design is not a candidate for the required Williamsburg setting. A Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) should be  intended for absolute necessities and significant civic mandates requiring changing the rules on a one-off basis.

If the mayor and council want a “new Dunwoody,” they should change the ordinance—and Dunwoody—then all continue to play by the rules. Drop the posturing and jettison the Williamsburg “style” that was among the original supporting reasons for incorporating in the first place (and still stands until  a new version of the “brand.”) Then the “cool, “hip” and “sexy” can have their munchies and eat them, too.  Let’s not put this change effort on the developer or city staff or planning/zoning boards.   

It’s on the mayor and town councilors–up or down vote–whether it goes through.

Period.

E.R. Marnell

To the Editor:

This week’s Crier talks about Dunwoody’s tax rate staying the same. I find both laughable. I got my annual property assessment and the ‘Fair Market Value’ of my house went up 32 percent.

This leaves me with a $1,200 increase in my property tax. Will this tax cut offset that?

I’m glad I could do my part in helping Dunwoody and DeKalb County with their tax situations.

Rick Ballard

To the Editor:

Recently while driving in Brookhaven, I see a street named for our own Rebecca Williams.  

What a terrific honor! Congrats to you, Rebecca.  So glad you were honored.

Pat Francis

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