Renovations of Decatur DeVry Property start soon
There will be activity at the former DeVry University building soon.
City Commissioners on Jan. 21 approved splitting up the 21 acre parcel on Arcadia Avenue into three separate parcels. The largest of these, 14.5 acres, will become an outpatient clinic for the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
Harvey Rudy, a managing principal with GP-Govt. Properties I, LLC, confirmed that crews will begin gutting the building next week. The company purchased the property last year for $7 million, Rudy said.
“The building as it is right now will stay and the entire interior will be renovated and the outside will be improved,” Rudy said.
When the renovation is complete, it will be 83,000 square feet of office space that will house dental offices, a women’s clinic and a radiology clinic. There will be no overnight patients, and the outpatient clinic will operate from 7 or 8 am to 6 pm, Rudy said.
Rudy said the VA still isn’t sure what it will do with the remaining acreage. He said the company expects to turn the renovated property over to the VA sometime in early 2015.
The DeVry Property has been vacant for years. There was some chatter about City Schools of Decatur buying that property to accommodate its growing population of students, but in April of last year Superintendent Phyllis Edwards told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that it would be cost prohibitive. Interestingly, that article lists the purchase price as $17.5 million.