City of Stonecrest eyes former Target building to house new public safety, parks and rec departments

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The city of Stonecrest is gearing up to expand in 2019 and recently took the first steps toward finding a site to establish its Stonecrest City Center to house more  of its departments.

The City Council passed a resolution on Dec. 17 to appoint a committee to enter into negotiations for a lease with an option to purchase the former Target building located at 8109 Mall Parkway in Stonecrest for the expansion.

 The city plans to house the Department of Public Safety and Parks and Recreation in the 100,000-square-foot building, which is owned by Allen Family Investments, L.L.C.,  Lecester Bill Allen.

The resolution follows the city’s recent announcement that the council had passed a balanced budget of $9.1 million for 2019 with no tax increase for residents. The budget includes $250,000 in reserves and the addition of departments and expanded services.  

Mayor Jason Lary made the following appointments, including himself, to the committee that will begin negotiations for the former Target building: Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble, who has played an integral role in monitoring the city’s finances; Acting City Manager Michael Harris; Robert Scott, who handled the negotiations for the Stonecrest City Hall lease at the Strayer University building; and Attorney Winston Denmark, a partner of Denmark-Fincher, LLC, one of two law firms representing the city. 

Lary said the committee has been tasked with developing a recommendation within the next 30 days for the former Target building.

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  • S

    December 19, 2018 at 12:00 am


    That’s ok, but it would be nice if some other kind of business go there.If possible, a fitness center like LA Fitness Rue 21,or Planet Fitness, a recognizable grocery store( though not in that building and far as the supposed Atlanta Sports Center,its just a trick at this point.Im not counting on their people for anything as they ” promised ” a grocery store).

    I would also like to see a fitness center like LA fitness come there, an odd request of a hardware store like home depot or Ace Hardware or a civic center..come to Stonecrest.

    It wasnt that long ago that Mayor Lary mentioned that Cotsco possibly being interested in bringing their business there. It would certainly be nice if it could but seeing the problems that is occurring acquiring them for North Dekalb Mall, it could be a potential problem for Stoncrest.

    Don’t get me wrong..a public safety office is long overdue, but I don’t want Stonecrest to look cluttered from the outside with offices. It makes me think about the inside of South DeKalb Mall where you have all sort of governmental offices in there ..w which not only make their mall look cluttered but mismatched.In this case, those kind of business belongs in the other building in the back of the mall..not in the main shopping part of it.On top of , the mall only seem to cater to a younger crowd.


  • Livingston Thomas Jr

    February 13, 2019 at 3:39 am

    The Stonecrest mall has and remain an attractive locality for retail exchange. The planners who originated the knew exactly what the county consumers needed when the mall was built. Like other trade entities, Stonecrest mall is in dire need of upgrades and I will be bold to say upscale. I believe in order to retrieve shoppers enthusiasm similar to the onset, newer and high-quality department stores has to be the priority for Stonecrest mall if the goal is to maintain consumer interest and spending.

    It’s unfortunate to see the departure of such retailers as Target, HHGregg, Sears from the Stonecrest community. Sad as it maybe, we’ll be seriously misguided to rest content on the belief that moving the Department of Public Safety in the Target building will in any way boost Stonecrest community economy. I beg the difference.


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