DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester pledges $353,400 in Parks Bond Funds for 1.7 acres of Brookhaven greenspace
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brookhaven, GA, Mar. 28, 2017 – DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester has pledged to support the purchase of 1.7 acres of greenspace near Murphey Candler Park utilizing funds from the DeKalb County 2001 Parks Bond Fund.
“Preserving natural greenspace is a tall order in District 1, as land values are high due to the demand for development,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester. “This purchase is an effective use of Park Bond funds as it helps preserve nature near Murphey Candler Park, one of the greatest recreational areas in DeKalb. I am excited for this project and plan to put it before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners for approval at the next opportunity.”
The property is located at the end of a cul-de-sac on Remington Road, near Murphey Candler Park and an existing 5.4-acre wooded parcel owned by the Ashford Glen Homeowners Association. The sales price matches the appraised value of $353,400.
“This parks grant from Commissioner Jester will allow Brookhaven to quell any lingering concerns about any development on that property, as well as remove the vacant structures that could be a magnet for blight,” said Brookhaven City Council Member Linley Jones.
“Any time the City can expand its greenspace holdings we should, in keeping with the vision of the Comprehensive Plan,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “It’s even better when we can do it in a partnership, which mitigates the budgetary impact to the City. The City of Brookhaven is grateful for Commissioner Jester’s support.”
The City of Brookhaven will consider a resolution to maintain the property as greenspace without facilities or public amenities at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. The resolution specifies that the property will be returned to its natural condition with the structure, pool and driveway removed, and install curbing where the driveway would meet the street to prohibit vehicular access.
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