Saturday, March 16, 2013
The group claims its appeal of a construction permit was incorrectly heard and dismissed by the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals.
Good Growth DeKalb, the local group fighting the construction of Walmart Supercenter in North Decatur, sued DeKalb County on Friday for granting the international retail giant a construction permit. The suit, filed in DeKalb County Superior Court, contends that the county violated its own ordinances when it heard the group's administrative appeal of the permit issuance in January with the Zoning Board of Appeals rather than the Technical Board of Appeals, which Good Growth DeKalb claims is required by county law. The county does not currently have a Technical Board of Appeals. At the February hearing, attorneys with Good Growth DeKalb also said county ordinances related to trucking, trees and hydrology were not followed when the permit was…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The issue will go before the DeKalb County Board of Appeals on Feb. 13.
Good Growth DeKalb, the local organization fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter at Suburban Plaza in North Decatur, has filed an appeal against the redevelopment and will get a chance to argue its case next month. Selig Enterprises, which was recently issued a building permit to move forward, will go before the DeKalb County Board of Appeals on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., according to county signs posted at the site. The group filed the appeal Jan. 9, which they said was a "necessary precursor to filing a lawsuiti," according to a note from the group sent out to residents who signed an online petition over the summer protesting the Walmart. The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association offered more details last week on what basis Good …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The group will also discuss Decatur Crossing, the new proposed retail center in North Decatur.
Good Growth DeKalb, the North Decatur community group fighting the construction of a Walmart Supercenter at Suburban Plaza, might take a few tips Tuesday from residents who successfully beat back a proposed RaceTrac gas station in Sargent Hills late last month. The group will meeting with some Sargent Hills protesters in North Decatur Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to an announcement on its website. Good Growth DeKalb will also discuss Decatur Crossing, a new retail center proposed at the intersection of North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The anti-Walmart group said they hoped to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 at Saturday's rally and concert.
At a "Rock to Stop Walmart" rally and concert Saturday night, Good Growth DeKalb leaders said they're still pursuing a legal case against the international retailer as it plans to move into Suburban Plaza in North Decatur. The concert was held at the Beacon Hills Arts Center. The group said it hoped to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 at the rally, according to a story by WSB-TV. "We think there is a possibility we can move forward on a legitimate cause," Betty Blondeau told Channel 2's Ashley Swann. Blondeau says they support local, small and mid-sized businesses in the Surburban Shopping Plaza, not Walmart, which they believe will damage the community and lower property values. Here are some of our most recent postings on the project:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Sept. 29 event in downtown Decatur will raise money for the group's fight against the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.
Good Growth DeKalb is holding a concert fundraiser next weekend to raise money for their fight against the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza. The Saturday, Sept. 29 event in downtown Decatur will feature performances from a number of bands, and it will include a silent auction. Tickets to the event will cost $22 to $25 and can be purchased at the group's website or at Intown Ace Hardware at 1404 Scott Blvd. Performing at the benefit will be Mudcat, Aviva & the Flying Penguins, Andy Makely Band, Janna Nelson and Scott Hooker, Veronika Jackson, Moira Nelligan & The Dixie Jigs and poet Theresa Davis. The silent auction will include a collection of original art, vacation home stays, and tickets to several popuar Atlanta …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Out of 1,457 households the protest group approached in the area, just 60 said they supported the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.
How many people in the Decatur/North Druid Hills area support the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza? It's not a question easily answered, but on Aug. 8, Good Growth DeKalb, which is protesting the construction of the retail store, said they figured it was about 5 percent. From a press release they sent out: In the last 8 months, Good Growth DeKalb has done extensive neighborhood canvassing and found that 75% of residents are opposed to Walmart and only 5% are in favor, with the remainder neutral or undecided. North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch asked the group last week to explain how they arrived at those percentages. We'll let you judge the explanation. In short, the group canvassed across several neighborhoods on …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Good Growth DeKalb claims only 5 percent of the local community favors the construction of a large Supercenter retail store in Suburban Plaza.
Leaders of Good Growth DeKalb say the group will gather at at the intersection of Medlock Road, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to protest the forthcoming construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza. This will be the last of three summer rallies Good Growth DeKalb has conducted. GGD says the Walmart will create traffic problems for the neighborhood, clog already busy streets and is overall a bad fit for the area. A message from GGD said, In July, Good Growth DeKalb met with Selig Enterprises and presented 3,056 petition signatures. In the last 8 months, Good Growth DeKalb has done extensive neighborhood canvassing and found that 75% of residents are opposed to Walmart and only 5% are in …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Good Growth DeKalb will stage protests near Suburban Plaza.
The group opposing developers' plans to build a Walmart at Suburban Plaza will take it to the streets this summer. Good Growth DeKalb says members will stand at intersections near the shopping center with signs during the evening rush hour on June 8, July 13 and Aug. 13. They encourage people to honk if they support their cause. Protesters, Good Growth DeKalb says in an email, should "Wear a bright yellow T-shirt. If you don’t have one now, consider picking one up at Last Chance Thrift Store at Suburban Plaza. We'll also have a few on hand for you to borrow." Good Growth DeKalb staged protests back in January. The group opposes construction of a Super Walmart at Suburban Plaza, located just outside the Decatur city limits, saying the store…
Friday, March 30, 2012
Good Growth DeKalb launching an outreach campaign this Saturday.
Good Growth DeKalb, the citizens group that opposes construction of a Walmart at Suburban Plaza, is taking it to the streets again. A few weeks after marching down Church Street into Decatur, members of the group will knock on residential doors Saturday, March 31, to seek support for their cause. An email from the group said members will meet at 9 a.m. at North Decatur Presbyterian Church and go out in teams to assigned neighborhoods until noon. They'll ask residents to sign a paper petition and engage in dialogue, the email said. Group members will do the same on other Saturdays in April. Good Growth DeKalb also has an online petition. The group fears the Walmart would bring increased traffic congestion and other problems to the areas …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Neighborhoods respond differently to the prospect of a big box store.
People are still riled up about plans to build a Walmart near Decatur, but it's a different story in West Atlanta. People in Vine City are more than happy the giant retailer wants to build on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Ground was broken Monday for the 73,000-square-foot store, WABE public broadcasting reported. “We didn’t come against any opposition at all,” Wal-Mart regional general manager Karen Brewer Edwards told WABE. Of course, Decatur and Vine City are very different places with different needs. Vine City, for example, doesn't have a nearby grocery store. “This is a neighborhood that was a food desert,” Atlanta City Councilor Ivory Young said. Earlier this year, people in Gwinnett County also expressed support for a proposed…