Friday, August 31, 2012
Legislation introduced calling For distance
requirements for new discount/Bargain stores within the Cascade Heights and
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Neighborhood Commericial District
Concerned about the proliferation of small discount retailers within the Cascade
Heights Neighborhood Commercial District, Atlanta City Council Members Keisha
Lance Bottoms, C.T. Martin and H. Lamar Willis have introduced legislation
calling for a distance requirement between new discount/bargain stores.
measure would also allow for the impacted Neighborhood Planning Units to review
a future retailer’s business application. In addition, a separate proposal was
introduced that would establish interim development controls on the issuance of
building permits for any new construction on vacant lots for commercial retail
along the Cascade Heights and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridors.
controls would be in place for (6) months to allow the City to review the
current Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning district category in place for
Cascade Heights Neighborhood Commercial District, and the possible creation of
the same type of zoning district for the Martin Luther King Jr. corridor. The
proposals (Legislative Reference Nos. 12-O-1136 and 12-O-1137) were forwarded to
the City Council’s Zoning Committee for further discussion.
comes after more than 200 residents turned out for an Aug. 14 community meeting
at the Adamsville Recreation Center in opposition of a discount store planned
for the corner of Benjamin E. Mays Drive and Fairburn Road. Others are planned
for the area. An initial meeting of concerned residents of the Cascade area was
held at Providence Missionary Baptist Church to address the same concerns in the
retailers are always welcomed into our community. However, the saturation
of dollar/discount stores within our neighborhoods has created a great deal of
concern for the Cascade Heights community,” said Council Member Bottoms. “This
legislation empowers the community to have proactive, rather than reactive,
conversations with those who wish to conduct business in the area.”
Members said their offices have received phone calls in opposition of yet
another discount retailer opening in an area already disproportionally saturated
with similar stores.