Fight over Fuqua’s proposed Glenwood Park shopping center heads to City Hall tomorrow night

Tomorrow night’s meeting will take place inside Atlanta City Council’s chambers at 6:00 p.m.

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The battle over veteran Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua’s proposed retail development along the Atlanta Beltline near Glenwood Park has quieted down in recent months. But expect that to change tomorrow evening when the property gets discussed at the city’s Zoning Review Board hearing.

Fuqua Development submitted its third plan in March for the 800 Glenwood Avenue site that includes an approximately 143,000 square-foot anchor tenant that may or may not be a Walmart. Soon after, Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith introduced proposals to change the property’s land use and rezone the parcel from light industrial, which allows for big-box retail to be built, to multi-family residential, a zoning designation that many nearby residents say is more suitable for the Atlanta Beltline.

This process is a bit different than usual. Developers typically file land use paperwork before pushing for rezoning. In this case, however, an elected official is moving the two measures at the same time. If passed, Smith’s proposals could potentially hinder the development firm’s current efforts to build a mammoth retail center along the Beltline.

One of her measures will be discussed tomorrow night during the ZRB hearing and plenty of concerned southeast Atlantans are expected to attend. According to comments on a Facebook event page created by the Grant Park Neighborhood Association, it appears some neighborhood leaders are hiring counsel for possible legal action. But their strategy hasn’t been made public yet.