Selig Seeking Ideas for Suburban Plaza
The developer is asking residents for suggestions on tenants and architectural elements.
Selig Enterprises, the development company that plans to renovate Suburban Plaza shopping center and build a Walmart there, is asking residents for ideas.
In a letter to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, Scott Selig said,
We at Selig have always said that the best design features in our projects come from those will will ultimately visit the center and know what kind of vibe needs to be created. ... We encourage everyone to provide feedback through your representatives on any suggestions you might have whether it be potential tentants or architectural elements and we will review them all.
The letter addressed two other issues.
Selig says company representatives had an unfruitful meeting July 12 with leaders of Good Growth DeKalb, a group that opposes Selig's plan to build a Walmart.
Selig says the company told GGD in advance that it wouldn't talk about Walmart, but the organization didn't want to talk about anything else. Only one non-Walmart question was asked, Selig said.
Patch asked GGD for their side of the story. Robert Blondeau responded with an email, saying the group leaders presented an anti-Walmart petition with more than 3,000 signatures.
The meeting was contentious and perhaps unproductive if you gauge success solely through Selig's narrowly defined ideas; that is, Selig getting its way. On the other hand, Selig finally heard the other, unfiltered side of the story: Walmart is not wanted and the company's plan is fatally flawed in terms of growing a more vibrant community. ... With that in mind, Good Growth DeKalb views the meeting as a success. Someone finally was able to say to Selig that their redevelopment plans are not a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Blondeau says GGD will keep fighting the Walmart plan.
Also, Selig also said in the letter that the company is seeking ways to improve pedestrian connectivity at North Decatur Road, Scott Boulevard and Melock Road.