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Selig: Plaza Redevelopment Timetable to Come This Spring

Complete plans for the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, including a Walmart Supercenter, will not be ready until April or May.

I had a brief phone conversation with Bill Stogner, senior vice president of Selig Enterprises, on Tuesday afternoon. Solidified plans for the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, including a contentious Walmart Supercenter, won't be ready until the spring, he said – April or May, most likely.

So, not much new on that front. I asked him about Good Growth DeKalb, the local group of residents fighting the construction of the Walmart. They've against Selig and the international retailer.

When asked about the group, Stogner essentially had no comment.

"They need to do what they need to do," he said.

Stogner said he receives emails supporting the redevelopment, including Walmart, daily. Just from commenting on stories I've noticed several subgroups of supporters: those who like Walmart and the redevelopment, those who don't like Walmart but appreciate that the store will attract other retailers and, finally, those who don't really like either but think Selig has a right to lawfully build anything they want in their space. (DeKalb County has already given the developer the a-OK to build as it were.)

"What's going to be there is a lot better than what's there now," Stogner said.

So, that said, I'm interested in talking directly with people who support the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza. It would be for a story. If you're interested, send me an email at jonathan.cribbs@patch.com with your contact information, and I'll probably be in touch.

Sally February 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Now we know what No Growth Dekalb can do with the money they've raised. Give it to the group who was turned down for the LCI grant. Come one. I dare you. Build something up rather than tearing down.
MrMatt February 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
For those looking to learn more about the GGD agenda and their view on Suburban Plaza, plan to join them for a "community meeting" this Thursday 2/23. See below. From the AGENDA it is clear they are looking for an "open" discussion of ALL points of view....NOT. It's embarrassing how Anti-Walmart these people are... Community meeting on Walmart Event Date and Time: 02/23/2012 - 7:00pm From Louise Runyon: Walmart at Suburban Plaza. How would a Walmart at Suburban Plaza affect you? Let your voice be heard * Your chance to speak! COMMUNITY FORUM Hosted by Good Growth DeKalb, Thursday, Feb 23, 7 p.m. N. Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033 Do these issues concern you? Increase in traffic congestion, noise and light pollution Decrease in property values Loss of local businesses Net job loss Close proximity to other DeKalb Walmarts Taxpayer burden: infrastructure, environmental, low wage-earner subsidy Panelists include: Russell Edwards, Protect Downtown Athens (organized to oppose Walmart in downtown Athens); Attorneys for Good Growth DeKalb To learn more: GoodGrowthDekalb.org Good Growth DeKalb | P.O. Box 33721 | Decatur, GA 30033 | 678-948-6696 | GoodGrowthDekalb.org
prettyflower February 21, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I still can't wrap my head around Good Growth DeKalb's platform. What is their plan to fight Wal-Mart? On what grounds? I would be much more willing to support them if they were more transparent about what they want to accomplish. I know why Wal-Mart is undesirable; can they move on from that point and explain what it means to "fight" or "stop" Wal-Mart?
Jonathan Cribbs February 21, 2012 at 08:51 AM
It's still unclear what tack the group is going to use to sue Walmart. There may not be a lawsuit. As far as I understand, the group has hired attorneys to look for a case. That's what the $4,000 raised is for. I expect more information about their plans to come out at this Thursday's forum.
D Ebaugh February 22, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I am not a "walmart- lover" and prefer to shop elsewhere, but am looking forward to some of the proposed changes to Suburban Plaza that I've seen in the Selig plans (sidewalks- gasp! Trees! Better traffic management throughout the nightmare intersections of Church / N Decatur / Scott etc). I wish GGD had gotten together BEFORE Selig and Walmart agreed to a deal - I've lived here for 6 years and there has been no action until there was someone to 'resist'.
Victoria Webb February 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
D Ebaugh - we wish we'd known about the Selig proposal to put a Walmart supercenter in the plaza too! This plan was not known to the public until October, although some have suggested that the commissioners had been talking with Selig about it since the previous spring or summer. I think it's incumbent upon all of us who live nearby to work with our county and city officials for smart growth. Yes, the Walmart proposal is a wake-up call that I doubt many of us expected for the vicinity. While research on local labor markets suggests that big-box stores are not a good thing for any local economy, we also don't think it's appropriate for an urban area so close to the city of Decatur. As for greenspace and trees, I really do hope that the proposed non-binding concessions will be met. But in so many other regions, those go by the wayside as soon as the city/county approves a Walmart or big-box store coming in. There are countless examples, versus concessions that were implemented. We also think that having Selig do their own traffic study rather than the county appointing an independent study FUNDED by Selig is negligent. All concessions are based on 'feasibility', with cost being the primary rationale whether the concession will get done - or not.

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