ExploreMassive High Street mixed-use project in Dunwoody gets construction financing

“With all of the pre-development pieces now in place, we are ready to forge ahead with the next phase in the redevelopment of Campus 244 and deliver a walkable, amenity-rich creative campus in Atlanta’s largest office submarket,” Jonathan Schmerin, Managing Principal of Georgetown, said in the release.

The first phase of the project will reuse the shuttered Gold Kist headquarters into a five-story, 400,000-square foot building. Georgetown and RocaPoint purchased the empty space in 2020. In October, the Dunwoody Development Authority approved a bond deal for the project, providing the developers with a roughly $23-million tax break over a decade.

Thank you Tucker District 2 residents for your support in yesterday’s runoff election. I am humbled that you have chosen...

Posted by Cara For Tucker on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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This outcome was already teased by Lary’s attorney, Dwight Thomas.","_id":"4GMPPURGPRB5TLQHCFRRISVZIQ","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"RRPEICCZNFB2JPDCYCSZ3UH7BQ","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Stonecrest mayor faces 3 federal charges in pandemic relief fund scandal","url":"https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/dekalb/breaking-stonecrest-mayor-appears-in-federal-court-in-wake-of-pandemic-relief-fund-scandal/CK7T2KVMOJBO3OCDIE5NJQ2SYM/","_id":"Y3RH555XGREHJHNTLNIMG5X64U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104917,"type":"text","content":"“He accepts full responsibility,” Thomas said in court Nov. 10, “and there won’t be a jury trial.”","_id":"ZYDS6QIPFFDNBK7Y6W3OVTKXZU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638451724388,"type":"text","content":"Lary, 59, waived his right for the case to go before a grand jury. Instead, the case proceeded using a “criminal information,” not an indictment, as the charging document, which is usually an indicator that a plea deal is coming.","_id":"SDNZE5ZZA5AIHCB4HKRWTRLH4Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104918,"type":"text","content":"Lary, who has repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via text Thursday morning that “any further comments” would come from his attorney. Thomas told the AJC he can’t comment until after the Jan. 5 hearing.","_id":"O4NXZMCDANEYRKPOS7GPM7AUGY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104919,"type":"text","content":"Despite the charges, Lary has not resigned. In public meetings after his court appearance, he maligned city staff as “lazy” and “inept,” asked why other city officials got paid more than him and implied he has no intentions to step down.","_id":"2YW6QU2G5FCD3NZ6SHCL7TI6TU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104920,"type":"text","content":"“I’m the mayor of the City of Stonecrest and will be until the people say I’m not or until some other entity says that I’m not,” Lary said during a Stonecrest Housing Meeting that took place hours after the Nov. 10 arraignment.","_id":"DDBW4KKHANDYNI2QOEBGDI6YYU","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"54OSH2WE4FBMNBNLOZNSAXYHJY","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Hours after federal criminal charges, Stonecrest mayor calls city staff ‘inept’","url":"https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/dekalb/hours-after-federal-criminal-charges-stonecrest-mayor-calls-city-staff-inept/HKU7O5ON4BBQNHLGH4G3HRGWME/","_id":"6JKSQKQYKRAYVOMOFTSG66BKKE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104922,"type":"text","content":"Lary isn’t the only person charged in this case. Lania Boone, 60, a bookkeeper for the company hired by Stonecrest to distribute the federal funds, was also arraigned on a conspiracy charge. She’s the wife of Clarence Boone, the city’s former economic development director who was fired as a result of investigations in the city’s relief program.","_id":"2MG6K7SV2NAEPGQGY5KS3TSASU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104923,"type":"text","content":"Court records do not show a scheduled hearing in her case.","_id":"WQQZSIF5AFDCTFUXS63FNQSDUM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104924,"type":"text","content":"Stonecrest received $6.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, and the two are accused of taking some of the funds for themselves. Lary allegedly had the city improperly enter into a contract with a recently founded nonprofit, Municipal Resource Partners Corporation, to distribute the city’s funds as a way to siphon money toward himself and cohorts.","_id":"2QIVGKDQKZGO3M5PCPQ4C5QOQA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104925,"type":"text","content":"In a prior news release, federal prosecutors said Lary “allegedly worked behind the scenes to assist MRPC, including by recruiting its CEO, opening its bank accounts and ensuring that Lania Boone would be hired as MRPC’s bookkeeper.”","_id":"KHFR65EJ4JG5PILXSKTPGWFZQU","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"CLA7EZRGDJEXXAF33XBQDHIPFI","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Pandemic relief meant for Stonecrest businesses lost in city hall turmoil","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/pandemic-relief-meant-for-stonecrest-businesses-lost-in-city-hall-turmoil/EJ3UZKAZ35BPJNILCIVCE4C2NU/","_id":"7J5T3F7F4BCGLMLT6O3NATHRAI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104927,"type":"text","content":"Small businesses that applied for financial relief were asked on an application form if they’d be willing to give 25% of the grant to one of three companies to market their business. Those companies were all connected to Lary.","_id":"RZLQDGC5L5BOFIHYEST2KFWX2A","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104928,"type":"text","content":"Prosecutors said Lary helped decide where the relief funds were directed, including an unsolicited $150,000 grant award to his church. In return, the church was asked to give $50,000 to one of those three companies. Lary allegedly said the funds would assist with home repairs for people who could not afford them due to the pandemic, but prosecutors said the money was used by Lary to pay off various personal tax liabilities.","_id":"O6FNXD3EGVH3HORUQLJ5OAKRUQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104929,"type":"text","content":"Lary is also accused of giving a $50,000 check to another church with the caveat that they contribute $4,500 to one of the three companies. The church was told it would be for pandemic-related rent assistance, but Lary allegedly used the funds to pay off his own property expenses and his dues to the Georgia Campaign Finance Committee.","_id":"KFA6YJCTAFEP7NNVUTESTINOPY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104930,"type":"text","content":"Prosecutors also found that $108,000 of relief funds were used to pay off the mortgage on a lakefront home owned by Lary, while another $7,600 was used to pay college tuition and rent for Boone’s son.","_id":"DDDZO7EIIBEULEKAMEAFXH2QQU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104931,"type":"text","content":"BJay Pak, the former U.S. attorney for Atlanta, previously told the AJC that prosecutors would likely recommend a sentence that includes prison time. 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Councilwoman-Elect Tara Graves Releases Statement On Election Victorynn📣📣THANK YOU📣📣 to the amazing supporters who...

Posted by Tara Graves for Stonecrest on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Good morning Stonecrest. nnI would first like to give a big thank you to all of my supporters who voted in this...

Posted by Clanton for Stonecrest on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Four other DeKalb cities — Decatur, Lithonia, Pine Lake and Stone Mountain — have women serving as mayor and majority of council.","_id":"LMSBHWLQRNCDRPRH3UCWSBB5HQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091165,"type":"text","content":"“It’s right on time and what’s needed across the country,” Bell said.","_id":"HNOAYU563NC6HDSNKTJJ6WZU5U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091166,"type":"text","content":"Carroll, a lawyer who is now one of two men to hold elected office in the city, agreed.","_id":"IBMRA6LH4NFZ7GLZTQXTVWOLZQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091167,"type":"text","content":"“I think it’s good that we have a high percentage of women in council because it’s been monopolized by men for a long period of Clarkston’s existence,” he said.","_id":"UKWNIYRKTFCGVESHSRX3VPGI2E","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"SVA5HX2DRNEYBMR3NQ5WGU3ZXQ","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Opinion: Redistricting’s surprising impact on women","url":"https://www.ajc.com/opinion/opinion-redistrictings-surprising-impact-on-women/IIS4AEMMQRCDDBI4MNEFDZB374/","_id":"OJQG7OXSLBE3LOULQ4D7I4SRDM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091169,"type":"text","content":"Hood, the only first-time elected official joining Clarkston’s ranks, said it’s interesting the city is now controlled by women, but she said it’s more important that the city has good leadership regardless of gender.","_id":"5LUEKAJQKFAWZLTX3EZHEIK53I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091170,"type":"text","content":"“I don’t know what changes that might bring,” she said. “But the main thing is that we have good leadership in all of those positions, whether it be young or old, men or women.”","level":3,"_id":"Z2JDKJKRKNH57DI7JYNCIXZ3TU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091171,"type":"header","content":"Top issue facing Clarkston","_id":"KIXMAKOC65BR7M4EYAUG62XVZI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091172,"type":"text","content":"All three councilmembers-elect said the city’s dwindling housing stock is the largest issue facing Clarkston. City staff is undergoing a zoning rewrite, which they all cited as a top priority for increasing housing options in the small city.","_id":"6R7ARZN2BJB7JKM3OSLPT2J42Y","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091173,"type":"text","content":"“We don’t have a lot of land left in the city, so we’ll have to expand out or up,” Bell said.","_id":"M2X4KF75HJGFBMOYRKNUGXGMWA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091174,"type":"text","content":"Hood, who is on a committee working on the zoning code rewrite, said Clarkston is already the most densely developed city in Georgia with 8,000 people per square mile. She said the city needs a variety of housing types. Clarkston recently received regional recognition for a tiny home community project that provided cheaper-than-usual housing stock.","_id":"AZA7WUXJI5FMRH2JZKLGQHUQVU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1637605091175,"type":"text","content":"Clarkston is well-known as a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees in metro Atlanta, and that’s remained the case recently. Hundreds of Afghan refugees are being accepted into the Atlanta area, and many are being placed in Clarkston. 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