Thursday, February 27, 2014

Massive development is coming to Perimeter - State Farm @ Dunwoody Marta Station

A massive mixed use development is coming to Dunwoody that will affect just about every resident in the city and those who travel through it.  KDC Real Estate Development and Investments, based in Texas, is behind the 2.2 million square feet project.

It will be built on a 17-acre site outside the Perimeter and will include retail, corporate offices, restaurants, entertainment and a 200 room hotel. The first building will be constructed at Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway in the old Fuddruckers and Chequers parking lots.
The building will even be connected to the Dunwoody Marta Station. State Farm Insurance will lease 585 thousand square feet of office space.

Justin Tomczack with State Farm, says it will offer a convenience factor to employees like never before. "So folks coming to work at the State Farm campus will be able to ride Marta right in to where they work so, that's a very exciting concept!" said Tomczack.
And with an expansion of that size, State Farm says it will add more than 3,000 new jobs in coming months and years.

The Mayor of Dunwoody, Mike Davis says this is a game changer for the city and surrounding Metro Atlanta. "It's huge for Dunwoody, it's really the opportunity of a generation. And not just in Dunwoody or Sandy Springs, but in the entire Metro area."

However with this new development, will come construction, that is sure to linger for several years.
That means traffic will be thick in an already congested area.  Other businesses in the neighborhood are already voicing some concern about how the traffic and construction will affect their operations. Dunwoody's Director of Economic Development Michael Starling has been fielding some of those concerns.

"Sure, we've had some companies talk to us about that, but I think we've been able to alleviate those concerns from them. Obviously a large construction project like this will impact at times, traffic, but we will have plans in place to take care of that," says Starling.
Construction is set to get underway this summer.

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