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Massive, Mysterious Demolition Grips North Druid Hills

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Fact: Large-scale changes are occurring on North Druid Hills Road. Less clear: Exactly what the hell is going on. Last week, approximately 16 homes on a prime stretch of the road near Toco Hills were razed, fenced off and left to make curious driversby ponder: Is some sort of new neighborhood coming to the area? Apartments? Mixed use? An oddly phallic go-kart track? For now, the answer to this development riddle is unknown — at least publicly.

A journey into DeKalb County property records revealed pretty much nothing. Almost all of the homes that were torn down — a stretch from roughly High Haven Court to Merry Lane, not far from Lavista Road — appear to remain in the hands of regular citizens. The list of recently granted work permits is a bazillion pages long and didn't reveal anything. The only signage on the fence enclosing the properties advertises, well, the fence company. The Internet turns up no recent news coverage or meeting minutes for pending developments in this area — at least none that we could find.

Admittedly, this is throwing in the towel, but it's also a plea for help. Anyone know what's going on? Curious minds want to know.

— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep

[Photos via Tyler Estep, Curbed Atlanta; rendering submitted]