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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?

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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