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Online Petition To Stop Glenwood Place Project in Grant Park

'We want a responsible development for our neighborhood.'

An online petition is being circulated to stop Fuqua Development LLC's Glenwood Place retail project in Grant Park.

The project would create 199,050 square feet of retail space — which includes a 155,000-square-foot anchor tenant — by the spring of 2014.

It would be on the Williams Bros. Concrete Inc. site at 800 Glenwood Ave., off Bill Kennedy Way.

"This proposed development, with a destination "155,000-square-foot retail anchor" and 1000+ surface parking spaces, will bring major congestion to our neighborhood streets," the petition to the city of Atlanta, states.

"Limited return access to Interstate 20 will result in negative implications for Glenwood Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood.

"This petition is not against any specific chain or business. We want a responsible development for our neighborhood."

Jeffrey S. Fuqua, principal of Atlanta-based Fuqua Development has not yet announced any signed deals for the project, but for several months, speculation in Grant Park, Ormewood Park and Glenwood Park has been that the anchor tenant could be a Walmart.

Fuqua, who was out of town Thursday, could not be immediately reached for comment.

For its part, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has said it is looking at more inside-the-Perimeter and in-Atlanta stores.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer's current projects include building stores in Cascade, Buckhead, Decatur and Stone Mountain.

But while the retailer confirmed to the Atlanta Business Chronicle last month that it has had discussions with Fuqua Development regarding the site, it said "we have no agreement in place."

Fuqua has said the site is attractive for such a development because it's in Grant Park and is visible and accessible from I-20.

Being in that spot so close to the interstate puts it on a route trafficked by more than 159,250 motor vehicles a day and it's surrounded by densely populated areas with an average household income of more than $65,000 per year.

Fuqua Development's other projects include Town Brookhaven, and the company has developments in Jacksonville and Denver.

See also:

Walmart: Do You Love Them or Hate Them?

Péralte Paul (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Readers, is this a case of NIMBY or are there legitimate traffic concerns? If the site is to be redeveloped, what would you like to see there?
Jay Malloy October 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM
This would be a traffic disaster if the City does not widen streets to 4 lanes and create access to I-20 in both directions. The City will NEVER do this. Typical Georgia Style development. Build it first then figure out the traffic nightmare later.
ChadK October 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I'm actually over the traffic argument since a development of any kind will add some amount of traffic. My biggest problem is the massive suburban parking lot. Even though I am anti WalMart I wouldn't be opposed to a more modern approach... something like the Target in Atlantic Station, or the WalMart that Selig is doing in Decatur.
Jeff October 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM
A suburban-style shopping plaza is totally out of character here. This is totally counter to the concept of walkable, sustainable development right on the Beltline. This shopping center -- which will be accessible only by two-lane residential streets -- is a ridiculous proposal for this site. The idea of adding over 1,000 parking spaces and 10,000 car trips a day to this area should be a non-starter, but also consider that there is a high school right across the street with bus and pedestrian traffic (though it's under renovation now, it will reopen before the shopping plaza is completed). Also consider that both of these two-lane streets have access restrictions -- Glenwood at Boulevard, and Bill Kennedy Way at I-20. Does the city not have to approve a traffic plan?? This is crazy. Let's send it back to the drawing board and insist on a sustainable, walkable, mixed commerical / residential development that will actually fit the neighborhood and be a benefit instead of a liability.
Rick Laupus October 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Fuqua was responsible for the Edgewood development when he was at Sembler Co. He has some experience with these kind of things. But Edgewood would not be what it is without a lot of concessions to residents. They held his feet to the fire to ensure they got something that wasn't the typical big box strip mall Sembler is known for. Grant park should too.
Kirkwood Resident October 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I bet if the same plans were submitted but it was a whole foods everyone would be happy. So nimby it is. Nothing wrong with that if that is your opinion, but at least point that out and stop saying its all traffic related. Mixed use makes more sense here. Apartments with retail attracting the beltline and benefitting from its proximity. That's what I would want to see. Smaller retail stores.
Scott_Grant_Park_East_Side October 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
If the development included a very nice grocer, I am all in favor. Of course, there are several traffic issues. 1. No left turn on Glenwood from Boulevard. 2. No east I-20 access from the connector. Both problems can be solved.
Jeff October 19, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Seriously, Kirkwood - I don't care if it's a Whole Foods, a giant Trader Joe's or a WalMart -- that sort of suburban plaza shopping center with 1,000+ asphalt parking spaces and 10,000 cars a day on two-lane streets is a dumb idea and bad for the neighborhood. You're right, mixed use = less traffic and makes more sense and I would not have a problem with that.
Chris Murphy October 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Uh, yeah, both "problems" can be solved- but who'd pay for it? You have any idea how much it would cost to change the interstate exit/entrance, and bridge? And, "solve" the Glenwood/Boulevard intersection at that interstate exit and bridge? Those screwy intersections were done as is because of cost. Taken together, that would be a massive project, just so a former concrete plant could be developed for retail?
J. H. October 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Is this petition just an excuse to stop a possible walmart store? Exactly what kind of retail will be put in? I need more information before I sign a petition to stop all retail. Fuqua needs to be more open but so do the petitioners.
Chris Murphy October 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
He doesn't have any tenants yet. He proposed a 155,000 sq. ft. big box, and 40,000 sq. ft. of other shops.
Jeff October 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM
No doubt, some people probably are upset because it's *likely* a WalMart, but my concern is that the proposed plan for over 1,000 asphalt surface parking spaces and a 155,000 sq.ft. big box retail store is completely out of character with the neighborhood. This is a proposal for a suburban shopping plaza, not an urban, walkable, transit-oriented development right on the BeltLine. Also, the estimated 10,000 car trips PER DAY and truck traffic will overwhelm the two-lane residential streets that serve this property. Tell me one other shopping center of this size that's located on two-lane residential streets? It doesn't make sense.
Ashley Avart October 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Honestly, I'd like to see a Trader Joe's! It's a smallish grocery store and we don't need anything big, but we could actually really use a grocery store...
Jessica Sebbo January 09, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Trader Joe's please!!!! We need a good small grocer in the area so badly. They would do gangbusters. And a better spot would be the Parmalat buildings on Memorial around the Wag-A-Lot.

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