The latest community pushback against a proposal by Fuqua Development is mounting in Decatur. Atlanta-based Fuqua is seeking to rezone a triangular parcel at the intersection of North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard — the current site of Scott Boulevard Baptist Church — to allow for a mixed-use retail project called "Decatur Crossing." Plans call for 40,000 square feet of retail and more than 200 apartments as part of a five-story tower. Good Growth DeKalb — the group trying to stiff-arm plans for a Walmart Supercenter across the street at Suburban Plaza — plan to protest the church rezoning at a DeKalb County Community Council meeting this week.
Another watchdog group, the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, argues the development could thicken traffic and negatively impact quality of life and property values for residents in the vicinity. MANA points out that the number of projected apartments has swelled from 200 in preliminary plans to 260. The council is scheduled to consider the rezoning proposal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library. Suburban-style project proposals by Fuqua rankled Lindbergh-area residents last year and Grant/Glenwood Park denizens this year.