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Zoning Review Board Approves Lindbergh Develoment

A final decision on the project is expected to come Aug. 20.

Atlanta's Zoning Review Board gave approval to plans by the Sembler Company and Fuqua Development for a mixed-use development near the Lindbergh Center at its meeting on Thursday night, and to the development.

The issue will now go before the Atlanta City Council Zoning Committee for review on Aug. 1 and then before the full City Council on Aug. 20 for a final decision.

While local media has generally given more coverage to those opposed to the development, , Jeff Fuqua of Fuqua Development told Patch on Wednesday that he has heard no vocal opposition from the public at meetings discussing the issue and that there are many in the community that are in favor of it. 

His company has spent millions, he said, attempting to come up with a plan NPU-B agrees wth. Ultimately, he said the issue comes down to a disagreement on what "urban" development really is.

Expect more on this story as it develops. 

What are your thoughts on the Lindbergh development? Are you in favor of it? Let us know in the comments below.

Henry Batten July 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM
This project represents everything I have learned about urban planning and what not to do. If Mr. Fuqua thinks this is good urban design, tell me how a 13' retaining wall along Lindbergh Drive makes for a pleasing pedestrian experience. His new Morosgo Way is not in alignment with Lindbergh Way and there is a huge parking lot facing LIndbergh Drive to service yet another "big box" "anchor tenant". Furthermore, this parcel was designated high density residential in the SPI-15 plan, a 2-year effort on the part of local citizens to determine how they wanted the Lindbergh area to develop. This project goes against that plan and is a slap in the face to those who spent untold hours developing the plan. Additionally, with this rezoning there is no plan to offset this commercial project with residential, thus undercutting the plan to make this area transit oriented. At the ZRB meeting, 1/2 of those in attendance were opposed to this project, with many publicly voicing their opposition (the other 1/2 were there to support a different rezoning effort). The only people who spoke in favor of it were those from Sembler/Fuqua. Perhaps Mr. Fuqua and the ZRB need hearing aids.
ChadK July 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Two more chances to stop this atrocity in it's tracks. While anything is better than the mess that's currently on the site, Fuqua and Sembler have an opportunity to enrich this community through an urban development and instead they're choosing not to take it plain and simple. Instead they hide behind the argument "we have different ideas of 'urban'". A raspberry to you, sir! ppppppppttttttttttttttt. You know the difference.
Henry Batten July 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Sembler/Fuqua is not interested in enriching the community, only their pocket books. Thanks for calling this project what it is, an atrocity!
Lappin Hammond July 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hi all, my wife and I attended the zoning review board meeting. We are just learning of this proposal and are _opposed_ to it. We are both Georgia natives and moved back from Northern California in January because we were encouraged by the grassroots changes and organization we have seen happening in Atlanta over the past 5-10 years. That said, I believe this is a pivotal moment in the history of this community and is an opportunity for everyone to make a strong statement about how we want our environment to evolve. Given the comments by Jeff Fuqua it is apparent that we need to organize and get _VOCAL_. I will be reaching out to the folks at Livable Buckhead to discuss a community action. At the very least we can stage an adhoc event through meetup.com and get folks on the record about their feelings. Let's get organized and get vocal .. carpe diem!
Jamie Olson July 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM
A huge parking lot to have to walk across and a Walmart are very disappointing development plans for my neighborhood. I thought we were getting it in this town, but this plan sets us back 30 years. WM is in an expansion mode and is taking advantage of the down economy to acquire prime in town spots. City leaders see dollar signs that a WM can bring, but this is short sided thinking. The long term solution should call for a live work play development, not a big box retaier. This property should be developed with lots of residintial and small retail and very walkable with parking hidden a much as possible. We have to fight their development plan and demand better for our community.

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