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Near Emory and CDC, rare new Atlanta condo development planned

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2 dozen units are proposed to fill part of site housing Fox 5

Three-story horizontally banded wood and stone residential building.
A rendering of the “flats.”
Minerva via ABC

New plans for a contentious residential development near Emory University and the CDC have been released, and it would appear the Briarcliff corridor could be getting new condos, still a rarity in post-recession Atlanta.

Developer Minerva USA has filed plans with DeKalb County for the development, nestled on 2.2 wooded acres at Briarcliff and Old Briarcliff roads.

Drawings obtained by the Atlanta Business Chronicle show 24 “residential flats” divided between two buildings.

Neighbors have been fighting proposals on the site adjacent to the Fox 5 Atlanta antenna mast on the grounds of “safety,” claiming that falling ice from the tower—which is taller than any building in Atlanta—could cause harm to the new homes or homeowners.

While the plans have been scaled back and redesigned from an initial proposal, it seems the altruistic neighbors (who also happened to be concerned about the impact of the development on the historic nature of the area—and local traffic) haven’t succeeded in stopping development outright.

A possible schedule for development has not been released.