Friday, May 4, 2012

John Wieland Homes Proposal for Georgetown Redevelopment in Dunwoody.

Attached above is the link to the proposal chosen by the City to redevelop two large areas in the Georgetown part of Dunwoody.  Please note that this is just the proposal and it will be modified (i.e. design items, for example the city may want more brick and stone) and will have various other contractual and possible financial changes before being put in front of the City Council.

A Village Plan

The 16 acre site plan features traditional neighborhood urban design elements. Timeless, classical architecture abutting treelined streets, small pocket parks and a new public square create a special village setting. Neighborhood sidewalks and a multiuse path connect the neighborhood from end to end, offering safe and easy access from the tot-park on the West of the site to the public park. Houses face the park on three sides and offer the opportunity for restaurant and retail space to abut the 4th side, creating a destination setting for the entire City.

Attracting Multiple Buyer Types The land plan is designed to utilize much of the existing road network, while establishing a density that is appropriate for the site, up to 70 units. A variety of residential products at multiple price points and sizes will be offered attracting a variety of buyers –young families purchasing their first Dunwoody home, empty nesters looking to downsize, and all in between. Homes will range from 2100sqft (Woodstock Paired) to well over 3000sqft. Eye-catching elevations comprised of a mix of brick, stone, hard coat stucco and cement siding, blended to create a unique streetscape, achieve maximum aesthetic effect and livability.

An Active Site

Attracting Active Adults The redevelopment of the 19 acre site facilitated through this partnership will create a vibrant center of activity in Georgetown. A large 5 acre+ City park provides opportunities for play and a serene experience. Multi-use paths enhance connectivity and walkability through both development sites, and prepare for future connectivity to nearby existing single-family neighborhoods.

The residential portion of this site will be a quiet enclave of homes, tucked away from the vivacity of the park and related uses, but still very much a part of the success of the overall redevelopment. A pedestrian gate on the north side of the neighborhood offers homeowners easy admission to the newly constructed park and multi-use trail running parallel to the north property line. From this trail one will eventually be able to access Brook Run Park to the East, the new 5+ acre City park immediately adjacent to the neighborhood, and the new public parks and commercial across North Shallowford on the Dunwoody Park Site.

Up to 40 homesites on this site, nestled between neighborhood pocket parks and pristine landscaping, will appeal to a variety of buyers but will be geared especially towards the empty nester, featuring small easy to maintain lots and homes designed with master bedrooms on the main level. Elevations comprised of a mix of brick, stone, hard coat stucco and cement siding will blend to create a unique and stimulating streetscape.


Joe Hirsch said...

Dunwoody’s Request For Proposals says the city wanted NO multi-family residential units in the project. However, the Wieland proposal is full of “paired-homes” (A.K.A. duplexes). 46 of the 70 homes on the 16 acre site say they are “paired homes”, while the remaining homes are described by Wieland as “single family”. Yeah, 66 percent of the homes are multi-family. What other concessions is the city willing to make or ignore to force this project to be accomplished?

GaryRayBetz said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Dunwoody currently has many homeowners that have had their houses, townhouses, and condominiums on the market for an inordinate time period, unable to move these units, but the city government feels the most prudent thing to do now is, with what has been referred to as the only remaining green space in Dunwoody, sell it to a contractor, in order that another 110 residential units get added into the mix as well as additional traffic congestion (not to even mention the possibility of an increased flood risk as concrete will displace the earth where the water was osmosed previously), instead of developing the area into a park for all the residents of Dunwoody to enjoy, a highly visible park area which would greatly increase the property value of all the city's homeowners.

But please know that I have no dog in this fight (gotta fence for my three beasts). I have no plans to sell my home (sorry to disappoint most of yawl). And I wouldn't use a park as my kids are all grown, I'm old, and my summer of love events always occur in my backyard. So, this was just my humble, and perhaps obtuse, observation.

Max said...

When developers build they estimate and quantify 'time to sale' in their projections. In a soft market that time is longer, and any developer worth their salt, has made an adjustment.

Residential Muli-family means rented apartments, zoned for as many as 50 units per acre. By contrast, "paired homes" are owner occupied and represent a far lower residential density than apartments.

GaryRayBetz said...

I'm sure that those folks in Dunwoody who've been unable to sell their house, townhouse, or condominium for the past few years will be relieved and mollified to know that the developers of the 110 Georgetown Project Renaissance residential units being added to the Dunwoody home market have performed an estimate and quantified a 'time to sale' in their projections.

Joe Hirsch said...

Ah, of course @Max, it could have been worse, so we should be glad that "multi" is now defined as more than two.