The seeds of the idea began when Dunwoody purchased the "PVC Farm" to prevent it from becoming high-density apartments. Hutmacher noted the city already has more than 9000 rental units.
------------------------------------------- A big reason Dunwoody became a city was for local control of zoning. For years, DeKalb County permitted many office parcels to become apartments. For several years, multi-family units in the thousands were built in Dunwoody, adding a strain to schools, roads, and emergency services. Land owners rushed to Dekalb County prior to Dunwoody incorporated, getting thousands of yet-to-be-built apartments approved. The 3,000 units at High Street are leftovers from the pre-cityhood era.
Many of the legendary 'Dunwoody Yes' folks complained about the onslaught of multi-family, and vowed to end it when we became a city. Dunwoody's city council fast-tracked a huge land purchase, putting millions of dollars on the line, speculating with a soon-to-be-broke home-builder. Project Renaissance was born.
|many empty lots and built homes for sale|
|new Dunwoody homeowners on the way|
So why is the city council (many of the current council were on council when the land was purchased to block apartments) now negotiating for hundreds more new apartments with a developer whose land isn't even zoned for apartments? What has changed?
And finally, no one will ever get to play pickleball at the new park, unless you go at 6 AM. There is no pickleball court. There are basketball courts, with one half court marked for pickleball. Best of luck trying to get the hoopsters to move so you can play. If the city wants pickleball to be played, build dedicated courts for it.