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Florida firm buys The Mall at Stonecrest, announces lofty plans

“The challenges posed by e-commerce will require us to maintain an aggressive marketing campaign focusing on a trade area of approximately 750,000 retail customers, and attract tenants who can meet the challenges of today’s evolving economy,” John Murphy, executive vice president of Hallmark Venture Group, said in the release.

The mall, which consists of 1.2-million square feet of commercial space, teetered on the edge of foreclosure in February 2020. The mall has had issues with debt since 2013, but Mayor Jason Lary previously said that, “Foreclosure is a financial process. It’s not a death sentence.”

ExploreStonecrest mayor: Possible mall foreclosure not a ‘death sentence’

Traditional shopping malls and retail centers have fallen on hard times as online shopping and e-commerce have become more prevalent. Several other metro Atlanta malls, such as Southlake and Gwinnett Place, went into foreclosure yet remained open for business.

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t help matters for brick-and-mortar stores, but Hallmark Venture Group claims The Mall at Stonecrest’s activity only dipped slightly.

“Despite the lockdown and occupancy restrictions imposed on all businesses as a result of COVID-19 and e-commerce competition, Stonecrest has maintained a mall shop occupancy rate of over 90%.,” the release said.

The firm’s ambitious development ideas bring up comparisons to the Atlanta Sports City project, which failed in 2019. Lawsuits against the project’s developers put an end to the project, which was pitched as a destination with dozens of sports fields, shops and restaurants.

Philanthropist and businessman Lecester “Bill” Allen is now working on his own large development project, the New Black Wall Street Market, which is poised for a soft opening near the mall at the end of May.

ExploreNew Black Wall Street Market in DeKalb County aims to boost Black, minority businesses

Hallmark Venture Group added that Urban Retail Properties, LLC, which has managed the mall since 2012, will continue to manage, lease and develop the mall’s property.

Special Election Unofficial/Incomplete resultsnnDeKalb County will certify election results on 3-26-2021.

Posted by City of Clarkston, GA Government on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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Chamblee Redistricting Map by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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The annexation added 12,000 new residents to the city, bringing its population closer to 30,000.","_id":"F7RCIWSOR5CSNAQXX7YAS7L5XY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615836997701,"type":"text","content":"The city used to be divided into five districts, but city officials said it was a challenge to get people to run for vacant council seats, which is why two districts were expanded to at-large seats.","_id":"2UU3NDMA7VHDDIJWW7NEZNVPWE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615578068277,"type":"text","content":"“When you have a transient population, people just typically don’t want to run for office,” Clarkson said.","_id":"ELIFBCZZ4NA7HPU6DIAEVBDQRA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615836997703,"type":"text","content":"The eliminated districts were near Peachtree-DeKalb Airport and Buford Highway, which were predominantly populated by rental communities and immigrants. 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Elmer Veith, who would become a resident of the new district, said a few neighborhoods were split up, which city leaders said they would try to avoid. He wondered why Buford Highway is divided among three districts as well.","_id":"6BOMNZC6DNEFNALHXY3QN6JOQI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615578068313,"type":"text","content":"“There’s a lot to be said when you’ve got a big honking road in the middle of things,” he said. “Buford Highway is a pretty natural dividing line.”","owner":"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc","address":,"syndication":,"caption":"The map on the left is the current three City Council districts in Chamblee. 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Chamblee District Resolution by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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Decatur Street Racing by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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PDK staff was also able to correlate 96% of the complaints with flights to and from PDK, while the remaining complaints were from airplanes that happened to be flying through the area.","_id":"JKJQVXRPCVHDJEDUIES4XAAKKI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615412374590,"type":"text","content":"PDK is primarily used for smaller planes and doesn’t service many commercial passenger flights. It’s the 11th busiest airport in the country for corporate jets, and it plans to get busier over the next two decades.","_id":"P55VWSZNEVCM5N5DSMZYVHNB34","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615412374591,"type":"text","content":"The airport currently has about 160,000 annual takeoffs and landings and predicts that will increase by roughly 58,000 by 2040. 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Legal Complaint by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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Dunwoody Council Meeting

Happening now: the Dunwoody City Council begins its hybrid meeting at 6 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall and via Zoom. You can find the agenda and Zoom link here:nhttp://bit.ly/3efx3honTo participate in public comment, you can use the “raise hand” function in Zoom. You can also send an email to publiccomment@dunwoodyga.gov. There is a public comment session at the beginning and end of the meeting.

Posted by City of Dunwoody - Government on Monday, March 8, 2021

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Doraville Police Resolutions by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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Doraville Voting Resolution by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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In 2021, some residents fees will drop slightly, but everyone’s fee should increase after 2022. Fees are due June 1 of every year.","_id":"ADNE5SV4YBA5THIHRWTIJK5PLI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1614959702104,"type":"text","content":"How much will I have to pay?","_id":"FAU2YLLREZDXDG5G7FPBAZIJMM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1614959702105,"type":"text","content":"All single-family homeowners used to pay a flat $100 fee, which is referred to as a equivalent residential unit (ERU). The city’s new system has four tiers, which take the amount of impervious areas on a property into account. An impervious area is an artificial structure, such as a sidewalk, a roof, a patio or a driveway, that blocks water flow.","_id":"BLDZSVLROVAOZHWPUEG73G7HP4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1614961506548,"type":"text","content":"The city is increasing the base fee to $215 for 2021. Assistant City Manager David Junger said during Monday’s meeting that most Decatur residents would be required to pay either $85 or $150 this year. For residents with less than 2,500 square feet of impervious area, their fees will drop by $15 in 2021.","_id":"2EA34WQBWBBI3KSLMLR7K5F3VU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1614959702109,"type":"text","content":"The rate is different for all other property types, including commercial and non-single-family properties. For every 4,000 square feet of impervious area, the fee this year is $215 — equal to the ERU.","_id":"5HUZB6APGNGV3HR75T4JEGADXE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1614959702110,"type":"text","content":"Starting in 2022, the base fee will increase again to $285. 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Proposed Tier Rate Schedule for Storm Water Utility Fee by Zachary Hansen on Scribd

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