Developer wants to buy part of Oakhurst Dog Park and sell it to city of Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 5, 2015
Jay Weaver, a founding partner with Weaver Capital Partners, and Ken Collins, CFO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, speak to Oakhurst residents during a Dec. 1 meeting. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Jay Weaver, a founding partner with Weaver Capital Partners, and Ken Collins, CFO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, speak to Oakhurst residents during a Dec. 1 meeting. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A developer looking to turn a piece of the Oakhurst Dog Park into two homes is interested in selling the park land to the city.

Jay Weaver, a founding partner with the development firm Weaver Capital, will appear before the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday, May 5, for a reconsideration of his company’s request to subdivide about a half an acre the property. A pack of dog park supporters is expected to show up as well to oppose that request.

The dog park’s champions have already been successful in getting the Planning Commission to delay the request. Planning Commissioners tabled the subdivision request at their Dec. 9 meeting. Commissioners were expected to consider it again at the April 14 meeting, but Weaver Capital asked for a deferral.

But behind the scenes, the developer has approached the city about buying the park property and then selling it to the City of Decatur. The dog park is owned by the Boys & Girls Club which leases it to the city for $1 a year.

“We have reached out to the city and indicated we would sell them the land we plan on buying from the Boys & Girls Club but have not received any feedback from them if this would be agreeable,” Weaver said via email. “We continue, as we have up to this point, to try and find a solution that everyone can be happy with moving forward.”

Decatur Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne has said the city would like to buy the Boys & Girls Club, with or without the dog park property. She said she is not currently entertaining Weaver Capital’s offer.

“They’ve reached out to us and I keep telling them I am not going to talk to them at this point about that possibility,” Menne said. “ … I am talking to the Boys & Girls Club strictly about buying their property, and it’s something that the city of Decatur has been interested in for decades. That’s between them and the Boys & Girls Club.”

The Planning Commission meeting on May 5 should be a lively one.

It begins at 7 pm on May 5 and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • King Tommen

    So Weaver Capital is proposing that they be able to purchase the land, then turn around and immediately sell it to Decatur at a profit . . . sort of like a finders fee? Other than lining a developers pockets, where is the benefit there? Why wouldn’t Decatur just pay the B&G Club the same amount, cut out the middle man, and make it a cleaner transaction for everyone but Weaver Capital?

    • Eric Burgess

      I came here to ask exactly this question. I don’t see how Weaver’s involvement in that transaction benefits anyone but Weaver.

      Does the fact that he’s already been in talks with B&G give him some legal right to insert himself?

  • Imminent Domain

    How about the CoD just condemn it, and force the sale at market value. Boodsucking developers can get lost.

  • Payola

    Weaver said via email. “We continue, as we have up to this point, to try and find a solution that everyone can be happy with moving forward.”

    And you would be happy with a big fat check from the taxpayers then I suppose, eh Weaver?

  • Rob

    I am shocked at what I’m hearing:
    Condemn it – why because your not happy someone bought a parcel of land you want?
    Weaver made an offer on an unused parcel of land and now are the bad guys?

    Still shocked that the Dog owners managed to get really LOUD and instead of raising money to buy what they want they have convinced the city to buy it.

    • Eric Burgess

      I don’t understand why you think we should raise money? The city already raised money from us (taxes), and we’re arguing that spending some of that money on a permanent dog park is in Decatur’s best interest.

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