The Post-“Dresden Village development proposed for Dresden Drive”
in: Categories, City of Brookhaven, Planning and Zoning
by: Trey Benton
An application for a new mixed use development located on Dresden Drive, between Caldwell Road and Parkside Drive was filed on April 6th with the City of Brookhaven’s Planning Department. It’s called Dresden Village, and it is the product of developers CONNOLLY and Fairfield Residential. Dwell design studio designed the project.
According to the plans, the four-story Dresden Village development will be on 3.437 acres of land featuring:
- 20,000 sq. ft. of boutique shops and local restaurants with outside patios managed by local operators
- Pedestrian friendly streetscapes with wide sidewalks and interesting storefronts
- 206 luxury multi-family apartment homes at a density of 60-units per acre
- Approximately 200 parking spaces for retail customers and the general public
- A central parking deck with access points on Dresden Drive, Parkside Drive and Caldwell Road
“The retail/restaurant component will be provided on the ground floor along the Dresden Drive and Parkside Drive frontages,” says the Applicants Letter of Intent. “The building height will be four stories, consistent with the height currently allowed on the subject property.”
The Letter of Intent also says that back in 2006, a portion of the nine parcels Dresden Village will consume, was zoned to PC-2 – allowing the development of 155 multifamily units (48.6 units per acre) and 35,000 square feet of retail/restaurant uses in two four story buildings with a central parking deck on 3.19 acres.
The current proposal is to redevelop a slightly larger area, with 206 multifamily units at 60 units per acre and 20,000 square feet of retail/restaurant use portion of the property was zoned in 2006 and has not been redeveloped since the 2006 approval.
“The lack of development evidences the lack of economic use as currently zoned,” Attorney for the applicant, Carl Westmoreland writes in the Intent Letter. “In addition, one of the properties originally zoned PC-2 and included in the 2006 zoning plan has since been rezoned, limiting the possible execution of development under the existing PC-2 zoning The O-I portions of the site are small and pie shaped, making them more suitable for an assemblage into a larger tract for development consistent with the development trend on Dresden Drive and contemplated by the Peachtree Corridor Overlay District character area. Rezoning the site will respond to the market trends in the area.”
According to the developers, building this project would mean relocating the Dresden Drive DeKalb County Tag Office to another location. Sources tell The Post, DeKalb County is considering parcels on Clairmont Rd. for the new tag office location, but nothing is firm at this point.
The developers will host a community input meeting on Monday, April 25th at Briarwood Community Center from 6-8pm.
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