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315 West Ponce Development Back On The Table

Apartments, shops and a parking deck would be built in the parking lot behind the office building at West Ponce and Ponce de Leon Place. Residents are invited to discuss the proposed development Feb. 26 at Decatur City Hall.

(Editor's note: The author of this article is a resident of the 335 West Ponce condo building.)

A big mixed-use development in downtown Decatur that was tabled years ago because of the economic downtown has come back to life.

Apartments, shops and a parking deck would be built in the parking lot that spreads out behind the tall office/bank building at 315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. A five-story building with shops on the ground floor would be built in front of the office building, facing West Ponce.

The City of Decatur will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, for people who own adjoining property. They will be the only ones allowed to make comments at the meeting, said Amanda Thompson, city planning director. (See the attached PDF for a plan of the proposed development and other papers sent to residents.)

The plans, including sketches of what the buildings will look like, have been posted on the city website. Copies are now available at city hall.

When the project was discussed several years ago, people living in single-family homes on nearby streets like Montgomery complained loudly.

The project lost steam when the economy crashed in 2008.

People who want to comment may attend the meeting or send an email to Thompson at amanda.thompson@decaturga.com.

Daisy February 21, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Would it be apartments or condos? Don't mind the latter, but not fond of the former.
Danielle February 21, 2013 at 03:46 PM
We decided NOT to buy a house near there because this big [most often] empty parking lot was directly across the street. That didnt feel safe for our small kids. I much prefer there be businesses and [preferably upscale] apartments there. The more bodies with eyes and ears around, the safer I feel (and stats support that thinking). I was once a renter and I never caused any problems so I don't mind that they wouldn't be condos.
Daisy February 21, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Not to be contentious - but during the work week hours the lot is actually quite full. Not sure where those who currently work there will be able to park throughout the construction process. Agreed, it is mostly empty on the weekends, but I see it as a good place to teach a child how to ride a bike, for example. Also great spot for watching the 4th of July fireworks!
Ralph Ellis February 21, 2013 at 05:14 PM
On the weekend, it's a great place to teach a teenager how to drive, too.
Carl Black February 21, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Very much so! The only suitable rental options for many are the newer condo buildings, which offer limited possibilities due to rental caps. There are plenty of folks in the CDC/Emory world that have very strong income but don't see themselves settling down in the area long-term, and they'd love to live in Decatur.

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