Rezoning sought for mixed-use development near Avondale MARTA station

Rosie Manins | 2/24/2017, 6 a.m.

A developer’s plan to rezone almost nine acres at East Ponce de Leon and North Arcadia avenues in Decatur to build a new housing and retail complex will be considered by the DeKalb Planning Commission at its March 8 meeting.

The county government has received a rezoning application from Alliance Realty Services for a mixed-use development comprising up to 270 apartments, a grocery store, and additional retail space near the Avondale MARTA station.

The Planning Commission will decide whether the land, currently zoned Light Industrial, should have a Neighborhood Center zoning when it considers the application at its 6:30 p.m. meeting in the Manuel Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.

The commission’s recommendation and the developer’s application will then be considered by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners on March 28.

The 8.9-acre parcel of land is on the north side of East Ponce de Leon Avenue and the east side of North Arcadia Avenue, along both sides of Grove Place, encompassing 11 properties – 153, 161, 165, and 173 Grove Place; 2700 Grove St.; and 2716, 2706, 2700, 2688, 2734, and 2748 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Those properties have a combined total value of $2.9 million, as listed on the DeKalb Tax Commissioner’s Office website.

The land has about 990 feet of frontage along North Arcadia Avenue, 726 feet fronting Grove Place, 250 feet fronting Grove Street, and 472 feet fronting East Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Fifty-five of the proposed apartments will be inside Decatur and the rest in unincorporated DeKalb.

The development’s 45,600-square-foot grocery store is rumored to be a Publix, although nothing has been officially announced.

Alliance Realty Services expects ground breaking to be at least two years from now.

Two other mixed-use developments are already being built near the Avondale MARTA station.

Construction of a $42 million five-story complex with about 197 residential apartments and 8,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space began on the north side of East College Avenue – between Hillyer Street and Sams Crossing – in January when the project was officially signed off. That 3.17-acre development is being driven by South City Partners.

A $120 million transit-oriented development on 7.7 acres on the south side of East College Avenue, opposite the rail station, broke ground on Nov. 28, 2016, and is expected to incorporate 378 apartments, 92 senior living units, and a plaza with 21,000 square feet of commercial space.