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Brewer Project Envisions Homes, Stores, Offices, School

Land Use and Zoning

Author: Tony Wilbert, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

[ From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 3/27/02 ]

Charles Brewer unveiled specific plans Tuesday for his first real estate project, which would include homes, stores, offices and a private school. His Green Street Properties intends to transform a 28-acre former concrete recycling plant lot near I-20 and the Glenwood-Memorial Connector into a neighborhood where people can walk and bike to and from work.

Brewer's company plans to start construction in the early fall but first must get its new site plan approved by the city of Atlanta. Neighbors are monitoring Green Street's progress because its plans call for a massive project with more than 1 million square feet of development in an area dominated by single-family houses. The development community is watching because it wants to see whether Brewer, who made his money in the Internet business, will successfully complete his inaugural real estate project.

Brewer founded Internet services provider MindSpring and served as chairman of EarthLink before resigning in 2000. EarthLink and MindSpring previously had merged.

Green Street says it will make sure Glenwood Park fits in with the character and scale of adjacent residential neighborhoods including Grant Park and north Ormewood Park. The site's existing three-story building would be rehabilitated and used for office and retail space.

"We see Glenwood Park as an extension of the surrounding neighborhoods," Green Street President Katharine Kelley said. "Our neighbors have been helpful contributors in the planning process."

The streets within Glenwood Park would connect with adjacent streets and the commercial/retail and mixed-use buildings would be built along Glenwood Avenue and Glenwood-Memorial Connector so the stores could serve the neighborhood as well as people who live and work at the project, Kelley said. Project plans also include bicycle lanes and a requirement of one bike or moped parking space for every 20 automobile space, according to plans filed with the city.

The Rev. Dolly Mahone, chairwoman of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W, has expressed concerns that Brewer's plans call for no affordable housing but she supports the development. "It will be a very, very good project," she said. "It's going to make a big difference in that area."