City Council approves annexation, rezoning for mixed-use project on Covington Highway

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Attorney Roxanne Martin of Battle Law Group and Christopher M. Byrd, LDG Development
Attorney Roxanne Martin of Battle Law Group and Christopher M. Byrd, LDG Development

By Valerie J. Morgan

The Stonecrest City Council on Monday (Oct. 16) approved the annexation and rezoning of 11.63 acres at 6024 Covington Highway to MR-R2 (medium density residential) for a mixed-use development that would include a 160-unit townhome development.

The council’s approval paved the way for Halpern Enterprises to bring its 24-acre parcel, which was split by the City of Stonecrest boundary, in its entirety into the city.

The site was originally two parcels and was part of a plan for a large mixed-use project involving Halpern Enterprises, DeKalb Hospital Authority and Sunstate International, city officials said.

Halpern is working with Rocklyn Homes to build a townhomes development at the site and add commercial development in the future. The townhomes will start at about 1,800 square feet and have a price point of about $220,000, according to the applicants.

Halpern and Rocklyn Homs worked closely with the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development ensure the property would meet overlay requirements such as tree preservation, landscaping, and restrict certain commercial uses.

Jan Costello

Jan Costello, president of the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp., said during the public hearing at Monday’s meeting that the Hidden Hills community was pleased with the negotiations with Halpern Enterprises and Rocklyn Homes.

“We want to thank Halpern Enterprises and Rockland Homes for coming to the table and agreeing to the park, benches, a walking trail around the community, a 30-foot buffer, and all of the landscaping and tree plantings,” said Costello, adding that Hidden Hills supported the 24 conditions Halpern and Rockland Homes recommended in its rezoning application.

The conditions included installing an opaque 8-foot fence along the interior of the eastern boundary of the property adjacent to the townhomes and other beautification efforts. The applicants also agreed that the front and sides of the townhomes would be predominately brick. The conditions further stipulate that no self-storage facilities, mini warehouses, liquor stores, pawn shops, pool halls and sports bars, adult entertainment or adult bookstores, check cashing, nightclubs, skating rink and indoor and outdoor recreation would be permitted.





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  • Charles Fitzgerald

    October 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Sounds great! And realizing Halpern Enterprises has business relations with Starbucks, we are HOPING that they will be able to attract a nice free standing Starbucks to the community. Given the amount of traffic flowing to I-285 in the mornings, they should do great business!


  • S

    October 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    There you go!

    I got apprehensive at one point because on one of Stonecrest’s iteneraries, someone wants to built a liquor store in the area and was set for some kind of hearing ( or something like that).

    Though I’m not from the Stonecrest area,it just a breath of fresh air reading about the city wanting their citizens to have a good quality of life. I cannot blame the council for that. If you allow others to bring in any old thing in your community..the next thing you know,you’ll end living in a sea of disappointment.

    It’s great that the stipulation was put in there.Without it,people will open junk..junk that shouldn’t be accepted in any South DeKalb community.


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