Lindbergh Development: What's Your Take?

If you were a city council member, how would you have voted on Monday?

The Atlanta city council voted down Monday the development project that would have brought a mixed-use development to Lindbergh Drive near the MARTA station.

Proposed plans include 200,000 square feet of retail space for a Walmart and roughly 200 apartments.

Developer Jeff Fuqua has been working to get the $80 million project off the ground for nearly two years, but opposition has been fierce from the neighborhood.

Many residents pushed against the development due to traffic concerns. Others voiced concerns for more affordable housing in the area.

Not everyone was opposed to the project. Some residents felt the development would have brought new jobs and resources to the area.

What's your take? If you were a city council member, how would you have voted on Monday? Tell us in the comments!

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arctk2011tj October 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
This comes into question the validity of MARTA's plans to create walkable communities around its stations as well as the Beltline's overlay areas to consider more dense, urban-like developments that properly address better land-use. Developing a 1-story big-box retail in Lindbergh and/or Glenwood Park goes against the intended plans for both of these areas. Atlanta needs to STOP allowing developers try to work the system under the guise of "any new development is good development" concept. Just because we're pulling out of a recession doesn't mean the City of Atlanta should allow any sort of developments happen just for the sake of development. Developing a 1-story retail edge to "screen" a massive parking lot is a terrible cover-up for addressing an urban context. There ARE urban Walmart typologies that have already been built in Chicago and DC with some other urban markets that have plans to include multi-level space above commercial space.
Drew Plant October 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Planning by the city (and collaborative entities) specifically called for a strong residential component - part of the reasoning behind current zoning. Let's not change that. Keep it residential; the reasons this area was zoned as it was have not changed. The proposal is not compatible with the current zoning or what is intended for the area. AND we have not dealt with infrastructure issues needed for to support the area now, much less the massive addition of people and cars this development would have added; we can't just plop this down and hope it will fit. It was too much and the wrong thing.
Bill Golden October 03, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I couldn't be happier about this being voted down. As a resident in the area, I can tell you that the traffic is already out of control, and this would only stand to make things worse. As a Realtor, I feel it would drive potential residents out of the area, which is exactly the opposite of what the current zoning for that area intended.
Bryan Farley October 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I completely agree!! For the nay sayers please use maps.google.com and put the address of 570 West Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60661. You can't miss it if you use the "Street View" feature. It's the only one story building around the 40 and 50 story skyscrapers. In the picture is it not a Walmart yet but you can see on the side where they have plans to convert the building.
Bryan January 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
This is what an urban Walmart should look like: http://exmiami.org/threads/midtown-miami-walmart-renderings-released.10/


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