Good Growth DeKalb speaks out about appeal

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 16, 2013
Photo from a protest, posted on Tell Selig: No WM in Decatur, the Facebook Page for Good Growth DeKalb. Photo was posted in February.

Photo from a protest, posted on Tell Selig: No WM in Decatur, the Facebook Page for Good Growth DeKalb. The photo was uploaded in February.

Good Growth DeKalb held a rally Dec. 13 and announced the filing of an appeal of a judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit against DeKalb County.

The group is trying to stop the development of a Walmart at Suburban Plaza

The group announced the appeal on its website over the weekend.

“At issue here is not only the re-development of Suburban Plaza, but the rights of any affected citizen in DeKalb to ask that the County follow its own laws in issuing building permits,” Good Growth DeKalb’s website says.

Selig Enterprises is the developer for the project.

A spokesperson for Good Growth DeKalb stuck to a similar theme in a follow-up interview with WABE published Saturday. The spokesperson told the radio station that DeKalb’s laws and ordinances “have been violated” in the process of approving a building permit for the Walmart. ┬áTo read the WABE story, click here.

Walmart has said the group’s actions are “a shame” that gets in the way of creating jobs and offering products at suspiciously-low prices.

So the fight continues. The question is whether Good Growth will be successful before construction begins on the project. Selig told WABE that it planned to start construction next month.


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  • Andrew

    If you’re saying no to Walmart traffic, as the picture seems to suggest, then the solution is not to say no to Walmart. Walmart has no interest in building traffic. They’re in the business of taking advantage of traffic that already exists. Between Church, North Decatur, and Scott Blvd. (the three arterials that surround Suburban Plaza), over 100,000 cars pass the site every day.

    As the president reminds us, Walmart didn’t build that.

    If the objection is the traffic, this effort should have begun a long, long time ago and the antagonist, rather than the big box retailers that instinctively chase high traffic counts, should be the DOT that over-engineered all the thoroughfares and DeKalb County for zoning all the adjacent land for auto-dependent retail. But Walmart (whom I despise for a host of reasons, btw) makes for a much juicier villain.

  • Rival

    The two buildings that are there now are such eyesores. As Andrew mentioned, US 78 is not getting any smaller and will bring huge volumes of cars down that stretch whether or not Walmart builds. The smart thing would also allow Fuqua or whoever to build apartments across the street if they want. Then *gasp* people might be able to walk to Walmart or anything else that develops there.

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