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Grant Park Appeals Zoning Decision on Fuqua Project

800 Glenwood Ave., site of the planned mixed-use retail development project. GRAPHIC CREDIT: MapQuest
800 Glenwood Ave., site of the planned mixed-use retail development project. GRAPHIC CREDIT: MapQuest

Denied its request to appeal the city planning department's approval of a controversial development project at a hearing last month before the Atlanta Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Grant Park Neighborhood Association is heading to court.

GPNA and two residents, Danny Leonhardt and Susan Walens, filed an appeal in Fulton County Superior Court in Nov. 8 that seeks to reverse the planning department's approval of a special administrative permit application connected to the 800 Glenwood Place project at 800 Glenwood Ave.

Representatives for the city could not be immediately reached, Saturday.

The appellants argue the city's Office of Planning erred in granting the special administrative permit because it violates 11 of 15 guidelines as outlined in a particular section of the Atlanta Code of Ordinances, as well as the Atlanta BeltLine's Subarea 4 Master Plan.

To overrule the Planning Department's SAP approval, Grant Park and the two homeowners had to prove they were uniquely affected by the project — something the ZBA said they failed to do at last month's hearing.

As envisioned, Buckhead-based developer Jeffrey S. Fuqua wants to bring a mixed-use project to the 20-acre property which is currently owned by LaFarge North America, the concrete and asphalt concern.

Fuqua's plans for the property, which he has under contract to purchase, include building 197,590 square feet of retail and parking for 1,201 motor vehicles.

GPNA also is holding a City Wide 800 Glenwood Conversation at the Zoo Atlanta ARC Building Coca-Cola World Theater on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Read our full coverage of the 800 Glenwood Place project at this link.

Erik Olson November 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Calling it a "mixed-use project" is a farce. It is a giant big box retail store with attached massive parking lot. This is suburban car-only architecture plopped in the middle of an urban environment.

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