New aerial photos of Fuqua’s Decatur Crossing, renderings of apartment units

Posted by Dena Mellick October 8, 2015
Fuqua Development's aerial photo of the cleared land at Decatur Crossing.

Fuqua Development’s aerial photo of the cleared land at Decatur Crossing.

We’re seeing some new images of the work under way at the Decatur Crossing development on Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road.

Fuqua Development, which is developing the property into several mixed-use structures, released aerials of the cleared triangle. Scott Boulevard Baptist Church was sold and then demolished over the summer to make room for the new development.


You can see the cleared land in the aerial photos, and one picture shows the busy Scott Boulevard six-point intersection.

Fuqua Development aerials of what will be Decatur Crossing.

Fuqua Development aerials of what will be Decatur Crossing.

Dwell Design Studio, an Atlanta-based architecture and design firm, released renderings of the 250 residential apartment units that are part of Phase I of Fuqua’s plans for the site.

They are called “The Point on Scott” and will include a club room, a game room, a cyber cafe, business center, fitness center, and pool.

Decatur Crossing The Point on Scott Dwell Design 3

Renderings by Dwell Design Studio of The Point on Scott apartments at Decatur Crossing.

Decatur Crossing The Point on Scott Dwell Design

Renderings by Dwell Design Studio of The Point on Scott apartments at Decatur Crossing.

Renderings by Dwell Design Studio of The Point on Scott apartments at Decatur Crossing.

Renderings by Dwell Design Studio of The Point on Scott apartments at Decatur Crossing.

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved rezoning requests for Phase II of Decatur Crossing over the summer.

Fuqua told neighbors in March that Phase II will include 450 apartments, 80,000 square feet of retail space, and 15,000 square feet of office space.

At that meeting, residents expressed concerns about increased traffic in the area.

At a neighborhood meeting on Oct. 6, GDOT’s District 7 assistant engineer/district traffic engineer Patrick Allen was asked about the busy Scott Boulevard intersection and all of the development with Decatur Crossing and Suburban Plaza.

Allen said when a site develops, GDOT is involved in determining where driveways and sidewalks are located.

“The state highway is our top priority in ensuring that we don’t add five to six thousand extra vehicles and lock traffic down more than it already is during a given rush hour,” Allen said. “So we’re looking at that closely to ensure that we maintain an adequate level of service. Also, safety is a big thing to make sure that people can ingress and egress in a safe and efficient way. We want you to get to Walmart and be able to leave Walmart and go home safely.”

But Allen noted of the six-point intersection, “Without serious reconfiguration of that intersection, there’s not a lot of room for improvement.” He said any changes could negatively affect adjacent streets and neighborhoods. However, he said there are no current plans to alter the Scott Boulevard six-point intersection.

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  • Dagmar

    It would be awesome if they would make a pedestrian overpass at that intersection — across Scott and N Decatur so people could cross from WALMART / Suburban Plaza over to Medlock Park neighborhood *without* needing a car.

    • ZenderTranscender

      Do you think this crowd cares about pedestrians?

      • MedlockDad

        The developers might not, but the Cross Neighborhood Council negotiated with the developers and got them to make changes to the project to improve pedestrian movement.

        • ZenderTranscender

          That’s good to hear. That area will soon be choked by traffic.

    • MedlockDad

      No pedestrian overpass, but there will be a pedestrian crosswalk at a traffic light on Scott Blvd that will get you from Blackmon Rd in the Medlock neighborhood to the Fuqua development. From there, you can walk to Suburban Plaza.

  • ZenderTranscender

    Great – more people and traffic piled into that little space with no change in infrastructure. DeKalb can’t even manage to repair dangerous potholes.

  • Walter Winn

    A monster of a traffic problem is being created without a solution. Way to go, DeKalb County, you’ve done it again. Thanks!!!!! After it’s complete, Medlock Road will be bumber to bumper from Church to Scott…..won’t be able to go that way anymore.

    • HB

      Oversight of smart development is exactly the kind of thing cities do, and is another serious reason to support them. “Dekalb in general” will never have the vested interest a smaller city would in preserving livability. I feel sad for Medlock that their association opted not to give their residents a chance to vote for local representation in matters like this–they are currently stuck dealing with whatever the county is going to dish out for them. I am certain that the residents there will clamor to be annexed in so they too can have some local say.

      FYI– LVH is adamant about re-enforcing the development guidelines the citizens want and voted overwhelmingly for — but Dekalb no longer enforces–such as height restrictions in legacy neighborhoods.

      • travelingfool

        It’s funny we’re hearing the same thing from Decatur residents.

        • HB

          Great, another “I’m hearing..” post. The fact is, Decatur is among the most sought out places to live in the south, directly due to great city vision. Houses there sell before market, for petes sake. That’s the reality of a good city.

          • travelingfool

            HB you missed the point entirely. You state the obvious, which to many Decaturites, is the problem. Many are concerned that there is too much too density being approved over their objections, which shouldn’t happen with. BTW I have a lot of friends in Decatur so “hearing” from the horses mouth.

          • HB

            As do I. Most everyone I know there says they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, and are proud of the way in which the hamlet is growing up Population is swelling, and you cant stop time or keep density from building. Growth is going to happen regardless. It’s really imperative that right now these pending decisions be made by locals, with a vested interest in the area…not by graft fueled county employees that for the most part don’t live here.

          • travelingfool

            I knew I’d get you to see we are actually on the same page. DM has an article today entitled: City Responds to Ongoing New Apartments/Student Enrollment Concerns that may be of interest

          • HB

            …only to be followed up with the article: “New enrollment projections show slower growth for Decatur…”

            My page is that if we leave development planning solely to Dekalb county and the developers who have them in their pockets, we are going to get horrible growth that will usurp our quality of life. Growth is coming, so best it be managed by those who live here. If you say your on this page, very glad to hear it.

          • travelingfool

            That included “Sayre saiid even with that difference, the $75 million bond referendum won’t be sufficient to build enough schools (s)pace to hold the projected number of CSD students in each grade level.” Which goes back to my original point of Drcatur IS a great place to live, however, the are a few items that need to be addressed if wants to continue being such a place. Annexation is one area and can’t be answered until Nov 4 when cityhood will be decided. If it doesn’t pass Decatur won’t be able to annex. Which means NYC property taxes in the South.

        • ZenderTranscender

          Municipalities such as Decatur and Dunwoody have carved out their own spaces in DeKalb because of their affluence and high educational levels. The Druid Hills-Emory-Decatur area is among the most educated communities in the U.S. At one time it ranked at #4 or 5, but has fallen to about 12 or 15. Not bad, when you consider its competition are areas surrounding MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Duke and so on.

      • ZenderTranscender

        Re: my comment above, we live in the City of ATL, and have no idea why people think being in the city is some kind of panacea.

        • HB

          I understand what you’re saying, I owned a house in city of ATL until we moved to unincorporated Decatur. And at first, things were stable. But those of us here now, due to this boggling onset of disfunction and corruption, are seeing certain signs of decay and lack of a decent vision. Look what ATL has accomplished. It’s made international headlines for its smart growth initatives like the beltline, krog and ponce markets that have attracted world level chefs, etc. Dont underestimate how integral having city vision is to positive change.

          Oh, and another property value influencing thing that ONLY cities can have? Google Fiber.

          In todays sorry state, we need to take whatever control we can get back from dekalb so we cah have nice things too. We have an excellent location, but the good change youre seeing will pass us by without it us having a city too.

          • ZenderTranscender

            Yes and no. As long as in-city dwellers are fully employed and don’t mind the staggering traffic, escalating rents, increasing noise levels, near-Third World streets and roads, neighborhood crime, mediocre to failing schools, stunning water costs and so on, things are great. Fortunately, my family is doing okay financially but see the day that we will be taxed out of the city. We have visited the Asheville and the St. Augustine areas in hopes of finding greener pastures there.
            Atlanta looks good for all of its close-ups and sounds glamorous to young people living in small to mid-size cities. But behind the veil, city living will soon require a very fat pocketbook and an ability to be unfazed by the undercurrent of corruption at city hall. Kassim Reed is petty and probably should return to a law practice after his mayoral term is over.

          • HB

            Enjoy your hefty profits on your home when you sell due to the improvements u our city has made for you! It should help you afford a nice place in Asheville!

            And sorry about the water problems..county issue, not city. And school issues are also a county issue here in Dekalb.

          • Publicpersona

            Thanks, I believe we will do okay.
            But yes, it is Atlanta’s water department that has been under scrutiny for many years. Reportedly, we have the highest water rates of any other major city in the U.S. The crooked government is situational. We have checked this out in smaller cities – actually talking to residents – and their elected leaders actually work with their citizens. Dirty politicians are a dime a dozen, but there are actually cities and municipalities who enjoy many quality-of-life features because their leaders listen to them.
            We’re still waiting for Rooster Reid to use the millions approved in the March referendum to repair the streets and roads that don’t look like they belong in a world-class city. Drive along Briarcliff, Lenox, LaVista, Lullwater, Fairview and so on, and you’ll see drivers doing the swerve to avoid potholes.Portions of these, like Clifton, are primarily DeKalb County. I can’t understand why Emory with all of its influenced hasn’t raised holy h about that.

      • jo

        “Growth is going to happen regardless. It’s really imperative that right now these pending decisions be made by locals, with a vested interest in the area..”……….Zoning (the base) decisions in DeKalb have always been decided by the district commissioner. They make the motions with the rest of the commission usually voting in the uninamous. And your other constant refrain about ..”Dekalb..will never have the vested interest a smaller city would in preserving livability”… total nonsense… “stuck dealing with whatever the county is going to dish out”…again total nonsense. I live here and I say the problem is government and (local) politicians and your answer is more government and (local) polticians. You say we make this additional government and politicians and utopia is upon us. No, no and no. I’ve been around long enough to know that ain’t goona happen! . I say no additional government and politicians. Here a a couple of quick quotes I’ve saved about (local) government.

        “Most importantly, this episode proves that Dunwoody really is a tale of two cities, one with ‘folks in the know,’ the other ‘second class.”-Max in the Reporter

        “I think Smyrna should change its name to FUBAR”.-Lisa K on Smyrna Patch

        “This is craziness; everything I was promised was a lie : ( . ” –DL p’tree corners patch

        “The new city of Brookhaven, founded on principles of good government and transparency, violated Georgia’s sunshine laws when it tried to hide sexual harassment allegations against the former mayor, according to the state Attorney General’s office”–AJC 07/22/15

        • HB

          Since you’re putting words in my mouth that I didn’t say, (for the second time) to support your position, it’s not worth the engagement. Utopia? Quite the reach to attempt to make a point, Jo. And when arguments devolve to “i’ve heards” and “this individual saids”… time to move on.

          Go ahead, vote no. Many of us are going to vote yes to wrest a bit of control back from Dekalb. It’s not perfect and I honestly, truly wish Dekalb didn’t bring us to this, but with our current situation that will NOT be changing because of the embedded voting machine…. it is the ONLY proactive solution proposed or laid on the table. It’s insane to keep “hoping” dekalb will change. I’m a practical man who doesnt wait for others to take ca reof me. We have to govern ourselves.

          • jo

            Attempting to segregate yourself does not solve a problem. The “embedded voting machine” is who? There has been more attention focused on DeKalb in the last year or than ever. We’ve convicted 1 commissioner for coruption and that commissioner was promoting the creation of cities. We convicted the CEO of basically heavy handed campaign solicitation and we’ve indicted a couple of lesser political appointees for low level coruption and there’s apparently a couple of more indictments in the pipeline. This was done by the local DeKalb Police, the local District Attorney and referrals by them to the feds. I don’t see that as “hoping” for change. Creating more government only compounds the problem. The entire elected city government of Brookhaven conspired to suppress information from its citizens about a scandal invovling the mayor by altering public documents; I do not see that as a proactive solution.

          • HB

            Jo, the sad truth is that around here, votes are bought. It’s how convicted criminals such as Victor Hill (sheriff) get RE-elected, even after convicted of bilking constituents. It’s endemic, and creates entire chasms of actual representation.

            Another point is that all areas of Dekalb are incorporating because they want a more local voice as well. Stonecrest and GreenHaven are new cities coming next year to give S. Dekalb their say. We aren’t segregating ourselves, we are all cutting up a bloated monopoly that serves NO area well currently. If we don’t incorporate, we’ll be the only area who chose not to. All the cities are now drawn up. As much as we all wish Dekalb hadn’t fallen into disrepair, and that our tax dollars aren’t going mostly to line corrupt pockets, it’s time to face the next phase in our growth. Truth is, most people in America live in both a city and a county, where the county provides some basic services and the city ensures a smart vision.

            Can you imagine ANY city govt that would have greenlighted and gotten away with, (without any citizen input allowed) GIVING 12 Million of our tax dollars to a billionaire to build a soccer field that he could pay for himself with one quarter’s revenue? Unfathomable graft at play with YOUR dollars, and this structure which you support gives you and me no recourse. And people are actuall fighting to keep this system? Fighting to keep yourself voiceless? This is one real world example of why we need oversight. A city government is *you and me* Jo.

          • jo

            “We all wish Dekalb hadn’t fallen into disrepair” as we have this discussion under a story about a redevelopment in unincorporated DeKalb……Atlanta has put up how much public money for stadiums, street cars, etc? Brookhaven lost how much of tax payer money hosting a tree festival? Sandy Springs condemned a family’s business so they could assemble a development of their over priced and yet to be built downtown government complex. From my view, cities are twice as frivolous with our money than counties. The soccer deal wasnt a smart move but on the other hand what else could of been built on an old landfield? The idea of fixing government with more government will only lead to higher taxes for everyone. DeKalb already provided the needed municipal services at a better dollar ratio than the cities. Dunwoody spends 75% of its police budget on salary and benefits while only $40 thousand on training those officers and that city has grown its emplyee count by 30% since inception. It’s time to halt this job’s program for politicians and send a message to the legislature that layer upon layer of government is not acceptable.

    • ZenderTranscender

      We live in the City of Atlanta in DeKalb County and have for many years. We are seeing runaway development all around us, which would be fine if there were attention given to traffic flow and other infrastructure issues – including schools. People in Druid Hills who think they want to be annexed into the cy should re-think this. You’re not trading corrupt for better but adding another level of corruption with Kassim Reed’s government. No one in either government pays attention to day-to-day, quality-of-life issues.

  • EC

    The Wal-Mart space has been an embarrassing eyesore for years. I’m glad to see it being redeveloped. Onward and upward. The complaints are old and invalid at this point. Time to focus energies elsewhere.

  • Henry

    That intersection is begging for a traffic circle.

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