The infamously empty residential lot at the corner of Tilly Mill and North Peachtree is up for sale. This sign had to be recent - maybe even today. I happened to snag the photo while returning home. I've heard all kinds of stories about this lot from "a house is going to be built there" to "someone cut down and stole the trees for firewood."
Here's why this would be a good purchase for Dunwoody:
- Given the size of the lot, it's probably not going to break the regular budget. No bond referendums, etc. Given its long time vacant status I predict there will be no bidding war.
- It is unoccupied. No one is going to be displaced by the sale. It shouldn't be hard to steer clear of the neighboring residential properties if you put your mind to it.
- The lot can be used to improve traffic in an intersection that carries more cars daily than it was designed for. Improving traffic flow in this growing area is a documented NEED, not a recreational WANT.
- The positive impact the realignment of the intersection provides will benefit anyone who drives on the road. That's a cross-section of the entire "Dunwoody" community, including homeowners, renters, students, employees and commuters.
- Depending on the type of street alignment built, you can make it a secondary gateway, inside the city limits. Think of the foyer to a house and additional hallways are built off of it. Great place to start the recently-discussed "wayfinding" system. (Also useful, although I'd like to see some efforts to reach out to the "daytimer" community to find out what those needs really are before building anything.)
Talk about incredible timing! Right after the majority of voters turned down the parks bonds, a piece of land crops up suddenly that fills a clear NEED to improve our basic infrastructure. How lucky can you get??