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Brookhaven acquires 1.7 acres for greenspace with $353,400 pledge from DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester

Post Date:03/31/2017 10:42 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brookhaven acquires 1.7 acres for greenspace with $353,400 pledge from DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester

Brookhaven, GA, Mar. 28, 2017 – The Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 1.7 acres of greenspace near Murphey Candler Park for $353,400, funded the DeKalb County 2001 Parks Bond Fund from District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester.  In an effort to ensure the property remains preserved as greenspace, City Council members also authorized the creation of an intergovernmental agreement which prohibits any construction on the property for 50 years.

“It is the mission of the city of Brookhaven to purchase greenspace.  It is a policy priority to do this, but at the eleventh hour we received a wonderful gift from District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester,” said Brookhaven City Council Member Linley Jones.

“Her contribution to the cause allows us to move closer to our mission to achieve eight acres of greenspace for every 1,000 residents.”

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.”

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 is what the voters approved in 2001, for the purposes of preserving natural areas as Greenspace.  Thanks to Commissioner Jester’s support, for the first time Brookhaven residents will reap the benefit of that referendum,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst.   Any time the City can expand its greenspace holdings, we should, in keeping with the vision of the Comprehensive Plan and our mission to preserve greenspace.”

The City Council passed a resolution to create an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County to mandate the property is preserved as natural greenspace without facilities or public amenities.  The City will remove the vacant structure, pool and driveway and install curbing where the driveway would meet the street to prohibit vehicular access.

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Media Contacts:
Burke Brennan
Director of Communications
404-637-0709
burke.brennan@brookhavenga.gov

Ann Marie Quill
Communications Manager
404-637-0508
annmarie.quill@brookhavenga.gov


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