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Belmont Hills Zoning Request Approved

Smyrna City Council approved Halpern Enterprises' request Monday to change the layout of the proposed Belmont Hills site at the corner of Windy Hill and Atlanta roads.

Halpern Enterprises, the developer of the proposed Belmont Hills site at the southwest corner of Atlanta and Windy Hill roads, has made a major breakthrough toward getting the project off the ground.

At Monday night's meeting, Smyrna City Council approved Halpern's request to change the layout of the proposed Belmont Hills apartment property.

The following changes proposed in August by Halpern were approved as part of the zoning request:

  • Relocation of the 274 luxury multifamily units from Pod "C" to "F" (the back side of the property between the new elementary school being built and Windy Hill Road) to include the elimination of the planned parking garage and replace it with surface parking;
  • Approval for the modification of the building elevations for the multifamily building;
  • The re-designation of Pod “C” permitted uses from multifamily to retail, office, condominiums, and free-simple residential;
  • Approval of revised internal street design to provide wider internal street lanes.

"The essence and vision of the project really haven’t changed," said Ward 3 Council Representative Teri Anulewicz. "It's only a matter of rearrangement."

Halpern representatives said they are now ready to present the finalized site plan to their architect and get started on the project.

The Belmont Hills project has been in the works for several years. In 2008, the city approved a development agreement with Halpern Enterprises for a $250 million mixed-use redevelopment of the former Belmont Hills shopping center at the corner of Atlanta and Windy Hill Roads.

Steve West, Halpern’s vice president of development, said the project was put on hold in the past few years while developers waited to see what impact the economic downturn would have on the changing real estate market.

In other news from the meeting, the Mayor and Council presented a $10,000 check to Campbell High School Educational Foundation, recognized Smyrna firefighters' service and dedication, received monthly reports from various departments within the city government, and approved the following consent agenda items.

  • Approval of Health provider (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) and plans for 2013;
  • Award Belmont Hills Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation to the lowest bidder meeting specifications, K. M. Davis Contracting Company, for $2,394,843.34;
  • Award Terry Myers Drive Storm Sewer Project to the lowest bidder meeting specifications, D & H Construction Company, for $54,165;
  • Award Laurel Springs Way Storm Sewer Project to the lowest bidder meeting specifications, K. M. Davis Contracting Company, for $109,485.
MA Evans October 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Good luck to the resident who complained about the noise and trash from the restaurants located at the entrance of Market Village. They have dominion at MV. Both owners are on countless boards and committees in Smyrna. They're also one of the mayor's favorite locations for his libations. You'll never get cooperation from them. How is your council person helping you with this problem? Why total silence when you said you were making your second appearance before the council? Things will only get worse when the growler store opens. A visitor asked me once if there were anything to do in MV that didn't involve alcohol. Good question.
Delicious October 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Why are you so negative about the Market Village? I'm pretty sure that when the market village was built the resturants and bars were part of the original plan. The people that live there should know what they are getting into before they buy there. Did you tell the visitor that asked you if there was anything to do in the market village that didn't involve alchohol that you can also sit on one of the nice benches by the foutain and complain about everything? Get a life.
Brian October 20, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Some people are apparently opposed to signs of life and would rather things be cookie-cutter suburban.
svggrl October 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
MV is a wonderful community asset and is one reason why some many people have decided to make Smyrna their home. We need to support and nurture the existing businesses and find ways to encourage new ones. Diversity in terms of add'l eating/drinking options would be wonderful. Perhaps MA Evans' visitor would like to become an entreprenauer and add to the mix with a nice coffee shop?
Smyrnan October 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
It looks like Fuqua can do what Halpern can't. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/10/22/new-retail-center-proposed-for-decatur.html
Brian February 05, 2013 at 08:00 AM
? What are you talking about? Construction is underway on Belmont Hills streets, which have to go in first.

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