UPDATE: 6-Story Project Pulled From Tuesday Agenda

A developer wants to build a mixed-use project at Commerce and Clairemont in downtown Decatur. However, the item will not be discussed Tuesday by the Decatur Planning Commission.

UPDATE, 11 A.M. MONDAY: This project has been taken off the agenda for the Tuesday night meeting of the Decatur Planning Commission.

Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said in an email to Patch: "The Bank of America redevelopment proposal was pulled while the developer continues to try and reach an agreement with Bank of America to locate into a temporary operating center."

THE PREVIOUS STORY: A six-story mixed-used development is planned for the land at Clairemont Avenue and Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur now occupied by a parking lot and the Bank of America building.

Decatur Clairemont Holdings LLC wants to build 192 apartment units, 10,000 square feet of retail and commercial space on the ground floor and a 300-space parking garage.

The property already has a C-2 (general commercial) zoning which allows apartments. The developers are seeking two exceptions to the zoning ordinance -- a drive-through window for the Bank of America be on the first floor as well as a density increase that would allow 32 extra apartments.

The Decatur Planning Commission will discuss the exceptions at a 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Decatur City Hall.

The extra 32 apartments would be built under a "lifecycle density bonus."

Documents in the application say the  purpose of lifecycle dwellings "is to provide increased housing opportunities for persons and families of moderate income, the elderly, employees of public agencies and local businesses."

The developer expects 26 percent two-bedroom apartment, 60 percent one-bedroom and 14 percent studios.

The Bank of America building would be demolished during construction.

For more information, look at the staff report on the project.

David D August 13, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Has the mayor consulted GGD?
Decaturette August 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I heard something about the deal being off. Something about Bank of America not agreeing to something that the developer wanted.
michael August 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Way to know your facts decatur mom! Sounds like a definite maybe or something!
Decaturette August 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Should have used a question mark. I don't know the facts and am curious if anyone does. Maybe it will come out in tomorrow night's meeting.
Ralph Ellis August 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Thanks, Decatur Mom. The project has been pulled from the Tuesday agenda. See the updated story on Patch.
John Haugaard August 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Developer's name is Decatur-Clairmont Holdings, LLC, according to SOS records. They managed to miss the "e". Should have checked a street sign.
Ralph Ellis August 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Thanks, John.


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