Thursday, May 5, 2016

City of Dunwoody purchases City Hall building on Ashford Dunwoody Rd at Valley View for 8.2 Million

Building at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road Offers Central, Accessible Location
Bridging City Hubs of Perimeter Center and Dunwoody Village

Dunwoody, GA – May 5, 2016 – The City of Dunwoody agreed in principal to establish a new location for its City Hall by signing a purchase agreement for the lot and building located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

The selection is a result of a two and a half year exploration conducted by city staff and planning consultants to determine the optimum location for the first City Hall complex completely owned by the eight year old municipality. The decision to select 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road was based on a prioritized list of considerations and needs for a new City Hall, primarily looking at accessibility, convenience, overall cost and capability for future growth.

The agreement signed by the City of Dunwoody covers the purchase of the three and a quarter-acre lot and building for approximately $8.25 million. The city will continue further due diligence and inspection of the property over the next 90 days and, dependent on the due diligence findings, expects to close on the purchase within approximately 120 days.

“We performed extensive assessments and evaluations of available, existing or vacant properties within the city to see which might be the most beneficial solution for our citizens and city staff,” said Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal. “As city leaders and staff reviewed options, the 4800 building rose to the top of our list as the most fiscally prudent and logistically sound choice.”

With an estimated 45,000 gross-square feet, the newly purchased building offers slightly more overall square footage than the space currently leased by the city (located at 41 Perimeter Center East) and an annual cost comparable to existing yearly lease terms. The city intends to conduct minor modifications to its future building to create well-organized, efficient office space for the entirety of city staff, police department, municipal court, and city council chambers.

“We believe the new City Hall building will allow us to better serve our citizens,” said Mayor Shortal. “Our intent is to utilize the first floor of the new City Hall as the primary space where citizens and businesses will interact with the city through permitting, licensing, police department, court or council and public meetings. The central location, sufficient parking and overall accessibility make this new City Hall an ideal fit for our community.”

The city anticipates moving into the new City Hall space following the close of the sale and the completion of all planned modifications to the building, estimated to be no later than the end of Q1 2018.

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Dunwoody Art Festival 2016 - this weekend - has something for everyone.

Join us on the picturesque stretch of Dunwoody Village Parkway between Mt. Vernon Road and Jiffy Lube on Dunwoody Village Parkway. This street will be closed to thru traffic from 3AM Saturday, May 7 through 10PM Sunday May 8. In your GPS enter 1449 Dunwoody Village Parkway for the Festival site or 5067 Chamblee Dunwoody Road for the free parking and shuttle location. Or, Click Here for a Google map.
This event will go on rain or shine.

Admission is FREE

Festival Hours
Saturday, May 7, 10AM to 7PM, Sunday May 8, 10AM to 5PM.

Besides Art, there will be music, children's activities and plenty of food.

Free parking and shuttle are available at the satellite lot located Calvary Church of Atlanta, 5067 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Shuttles run regularly between Dunwoody Art Festival and Calvary Church. Look for the “Festival Parking” signs. Hours for the shuttle are Saturday from 10AM to 7PM and Sunday from 11AM to 6PM.

Parking for those with disabilities
Parking for visitors with motor scooters or wheelchairs is available in the Dunwoody Village shopping center, next to Starbucks and Smoothie King.  Look for the Handicapped parking signs.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dunwoody calls special work session meeting for Wednesday to discuss possible Perimeter Center zoning code changes.

Wednesday May 4, 2016
5:00 PM – Council Chambers

Agenda   &  Meeting Link

During the Zoning and Land Development Code Rewrite process, City Council determined the Perimeter Center area required additional attention through an independent process.  The unique characteristics and needs of this area require a separate zoning district to ensure high quality development as the area continues its transition from a suburban commercial district into a more contemporary, urban center. As a function of this project, the city will develop a zoning tool that will provide the proper regulations and incentives for redevelopment in appropriate areas, maintain and enhance areas that are not likely to redevelopment, and have lasting effects on the evolution of the Perimeter Center area while protecting the area’s valued single-family neighborhoods.

This work session is the second part of an in-depth discussion by the City Council to become familiar with the code and work through issues and comments in advance of the adoption process.

DISCUSSION ITEM - Draft Perimeter Center Code

Possible New Streets?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Dunwoody Community is in mourning for Halle Scott, 19, who was killed in a car wreck.

Halle Scott, 19, “was someone we looked up to” - AJC

When Halle Scott was a girl, this had been her church, with its tiny chapel radiant whenever light streamed through the amber windows arching high.

It was like that Thursday, the little brick chapel of Dunwoody United Methodist Church glowing inside, every pew filled with mourners. Outside, the rest of the world went on with its lunchtime business, many oblivious to the grief contained in this little room. There was an uneasy silence inside, broken every now and then with the rip of tissues being pulled from small boxes to muffle sobs and dry tears.

There was no order of service for this memorial to Scott. The 19-year-old perished along with three fellow UGA students after their car crashed Wednesday night. A fifth friend is fighting for her life at Athens Regional Medical Center.

The events of the past 24 hours was too much to bear for former classmates and teachers from Dunwoody High School, who gathered to mourn Scott.

One by one, kids in shorts and track shoes and adults with graying hair choked out prayers. They asked what people always ask whenever a teenager has to lay a peer to rest and a parent has to bury a child: Why?

“Dear Lord, life isn’t fair and it makes me mad, but I thank you for allowing me to be mad,” said one of her former Dunwoody classmates. “I’d ask that you’d welcome them into your kingdom, but we’d ask you to help those of us who are left behind to heal.”

“We ask for the Scott family the peace that surpasses understanding descends on this family,” said a teacher.

“We feel like we’ve been stolen from,” said another.

They prayed for Halle’s family, her mother, father and older brother, who friends said was also a student at UGA.

And when they were done praying but not grieving, they huddled in aisles and in the lobby to remember Scott.

Long before she became a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, she was a Dunwoody High Wildcat, captain of the football cheerleading squad her senior year.

“She was welcoming when we were freshmen,” said Emily Christensen, 17. “When you’re a JV cheerleader you get a big sister and you go on this scavenger hunt to find out who your big sister is. And I saw her standing there with a big sign with my name. I was so happy. Everybody looked up to her.”

At summer cheerleading camp, she was the only one who could ever seem to get the youngest kids to pay attention and practice, said Jenna Hogan, 17. She did it not by bossing them around but by making up little songs and dances for them to do. She didn’t like to see people sitting things out, her friends said. She wanted people to be included.

Scott had been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Dunwoody High since the 9th grade and every Friday morning could be counted on to read announcements at the group’s meeting. Steve Fortenberry, was one of her teachers and led the group. Faith played a large role in her life. But as much as she wanted to see people look past their differences and get along, she also had a quiet competitiveness, always looking to best herself. “She wanted to win,” Fortenberry said.

“She was comfortable in her own skin and at that age, you know, kids are hung up in what others think,” he said. “She wasn’t. She was confident and she had such a strong family that instilled that in her.”

Scott was the flier for her cheerleading squad, the one they tossed into the air during intricate routines. Her longtime coach Gayle Hard remembered Scott as the one who led by example and made it a point to get along with the many different groups.

That Scott seemed poised and confident in who she was is what made her a model for some of the younger girls, Hard said.

“This was a remarkable child,” she said.

Pernoshal Park / Trail Extention Grand Opening - Free Movie & Community Bike Ride

“Park at Pernoshal”
Friday, April 29, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Park at Pernoshal Court 4575 North Shallowford Road, Dunwoody, GA

Goal: Bring attention to and activate the new Park at Pernoshal Court
Objective: A celebration to open the park with a family-friendly community event drawing residents and visitors to the city’s newest Park, creating an opportunity for the city’s community partners to promote their organizations to the community.

Draft Agenda (timing/activities being finalized):
11:00 a.m. – Set up (some set up 4/28 if necessary)

4:00 p.m. – Welcome
-          Introduce Mayor (Bob Mullen)

4:15 p.m. – Mayor Denis Shortal
-          Welcome
-          Park at Pernoshal Court – Background & Key Features

4:20 p.m. Mayor & Council
-          Ribbon cutting and Photo op

4:30 p.m./5:00 p.m. –Various Activities begin and continue till dusk (tentative list below)
-          Food Trucks open (tables and chairs around pavilion)
-          Booths for city partners, local nonprofits/organizations, event sponsors
-          Lawn games: Bean Bag games, hula-a-hoops, etc.
-          Shoot around on basketball courts

5:00 p.m. – Bike-Walk Dunwoody - Bike loop ride for all ages along trail, loop Brook Run trail, back to Park at Pernoshal; Instructions for ride, Not a race

5:00 p.m.Chiefs Futbol Club - Soccer games and fun for kids

5:00 p.m. – Pickleball Tutorial - demonstration of the game from JCCA players

Periodic Announcements & Activities

8:30/Dusk: Movie on large field – Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur (PG)
9:30 p.m. ish – End of Event/End of Movie

Atlanta Colts Football & Cheerleading early registration ends Saturday - save money today.

The video above is from my oldest sons first seasons of football with the Atlanta Colts and I know that even after almost ten years many of these boys are still enjoying the sport at Dunwoody, St. Pius X, Wesleyan and Woodward Academy.   I highly recommend the program and my 10 year old will be playing in the 5th grade league.  Maybe I will see you out there but the $50 discount for early registration ends this Saturday. Register before May 1 to save!

Register now and join the best youth football and cheer family in Metro Atlanta. The Atlanta Colt Youth Association has a team for every age and experience level. We offer flag football, Intra-league Cheer/Football and D1 Travel Football and Cheerleading.

Come Run With The Colts!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dunwoody Park at the Dunwoody Nature Center is the best playground in Atlanta for sensitive skin and young ones.

What seems like many years ago, my wife & I had our favorite children's playground in a beautiful shaded park in Norcross.  Unfortunately that park is no longer as shaded as it once was and my boys rarely hang out in playgrounds therefore I wanted to show and tell our community about Dunwoody's beautiful hidden play areas among the trees.  Please stop by the Dunwoody Nature Center to set a spell, enjoy the creek, the shade and the children's laughter.

5343 Roberts Drive  Dunwoody, GA 30338 and walk to the back of the park.

Dunwoody City Council ageda for Mon April 25, 2016 - Crown Towers, PDK Airport, Food Truck Tuesdays.

Monday, April 26, 2016
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Watch Live at 6:00 p.m.
6 pm Agenda

Administer Oath of Office to Officers Chris Valente and Officer Zach Woodburn.

Mario A. Evans, CM Interim Director Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.   Past history with City.

FIRST READ: RZ 16-041: Dunwoody Crown Towers, LLC, owner of 244 Perimeter CenterParkway, Dunwoody, GA 30346, by G. Douglas Dillard, attorney for the property owner, seeks to rezone property currently zoned Office-Institution (O-I) to Commercial-Residential Mixed-Use (CR-1) to allow for construction of a mixed use development with residential and nonresidentialuses.
FIRST READ: SLUP 16-041: Dunwoody Crown Towers, LLC, owner of 244 Perimeter CenterParkway, Dunwoody, GA 30346, by G. Douglas Dillard, attorney for the property owner, seeksthe following: (a) For approval of a special land use permit to increase the height of the multi unit residential building. (b): For approval of a special land use permit to increase the height of the mixed use vertical building. (c): For approval of a special land use permit to allow multi-unitresidential use in the CR-1 Zoning District

FIRST READ: TA 16-051 - Consideration of re-adoption and/or modification of the LED prohibition of the Sign Ordinance

 DHA Food Truck Tuesday's at new Pernoshal Park.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dunwoody's National Charity League brings mothers & daughters together for local community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Yesterday I stopped by the Dunwoody Nature Center to check on the paint recycling and discovered a great local organization of women making our community a better place.  These ladies were have fun and bonding over their community service.  Please check them out. 


National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) is a national non-profit organization comprised of mother and daughter members in Chapters across the United States. NCL, Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California, in 1925 and incorporated in 1958.


To foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.


Through the mother-daughter relationship, National Charity League, Inc. will develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.

Core Values

  • Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness
  • Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
  • Nurturing through mentorship
  • Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
  • Providing depth of support in local communities
  • Integrity and excellence in everything we do

Our Chapter History

The Dunwoody Chapter is the 116th Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) and is one of eight chapters in the state of Georgia. Our chapter was formed 2004 by a group of service-minded women who saw needs in our community and sought to fill them. Finding tremendous interest in the community from mothers and daughters who were familiar with other area chapters, these women  worked to create a chapter in Dunwoody. We received our charter in 2006. Over the past 15 years we have grown to include 228 active members, including 10 sustaining members.