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Growing pains hit lynwood park

The lack of air conditioning added to the heated debate July 25 over a prospective neighborhood shopping center in Lynwood Park. Sixty residents came to voice their opinions about the 4,800-square-foot brick center that would house two to three neighborhood shops, such as a coffeehouse and pizza joint, alongside office space.

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It's the latest growing pain in ever-changing Lynwood Park, the historically African-American enclave that borders well-heeled Brookhaven and used to be filled with modest cinderblock homes. But high-priced, Victorian-style bungalows have been going up fast in Lynwood Park, changing the face of the neighborhood.

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If it sounds like a classic intown Atlanta battle between newcomers and old-timers, there's a twist: Opposition to the proposed shopping center is actually comprised of a mix of races and economic backgrounds. Some are new arrivals, others neighborhood veterans.

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The development, planned by Miller Capital Ventures, would be located on the southwest corner of Lynwood Park. But Miller Capital needs the land rezoned as commercial before it can break ground.

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"It's really designed to be a shopping center that you can walk to that will cement the neighborhood corners," says Mark Berman of Miller Capital Ventures. "We looked at other intown neighborhoods like the Virginia-Highlands or Candler Park for ideas that are pedestrian-oriented."

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But many residents, like Mark Kucera, worry about an increase in traffic and a decrease in safety and property values. Kucera contends that if the property remains residentially zoned, it's virtually guaranteed to turn a profit, unlike a retail development, which he says is riskier.

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Kucera drew up a petition of 21 concerns that was signed by more than 50 residents, many of whom felt the meeting was just an afterthought. After all, this was Miller Capital's first meeting with Lynwood Park residents, though the company has spent several months lobbying county commissioners for the project. Even DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon acknowledged that the developers had neglected to speak with Lynwood Park residents before the July 25 meeting.

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The shopping center plan will go before the DeKalb County zoning board Aug. 2; the county commissioners will vote on the proposed development Aug. 23.



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