Selig Seeking Ideas for Suburban Plaza

The developer is asking residents for suggestions on tenants and architectural elements.

Selig Enterprises, the development company that , is asking residents for ideas.

In a letter to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, Scott Selig said,

We at Selig have always said that the best design features in our projects come from those will will ultimately visit the center and know what kind of vibe needs to be created. ... We encourage everyone to provide feedback through your representatives on any suggestions you might have whether it be potential tentants or architectural elements and we will review them all.

The letter addressed two other issues.

Selig says company representatives had an unfruitful meeting July 12 with leaders of , a group that opposes Selig's plan to build a Walmart.

Selig says the company told GGD in advance that it wouldn't talk about Walmart, but the organization didn't want to talk about anything else. Only one non-Walmart question was asked, Selig said.

Patch asked GGD for their side of the story. Robert Blondeau responded with an email, saying the group leaders presented an anti-Walmart petition with more than 3,000 signatures.

The meeting was contentious and perhaps unproductive if you gauge success solely through Selig's narrowly defined ideas; that is, Selig getting its way.  On the other hand, Selig finally heard the other, unfiltered side of the story: Walmart is not wanted and the company's plan is fatally flawed in terms of growing a more vibrant community.  ... With that in mind, Good Growth DeKalb views the meeting as a success.  Someone finally was able to say to Selig that their redevelopment plans are not a welcome addition to the neighborhood. 

Blondeau says GGD will keep fighting the Walmart plan.

Also, Selig also said in the letter that the company is seeking ways to improve pedestrian connectivity at North Decatur Road, Scott Boulevard and Melock Road.

Chrissy Weeks July 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM
A nicer gym like LA Fitness or something would be nice. Decatur Y is fine but it is just SO crowded. Would like a less kids option. And don't hate - I have a kid - just would love a kid free place to work out and have a grown up moment. And I live across the street from Suburban plaza. Don't want Walmart but there being something there I do want would take some of the sting away.
JuliaMcElroy July 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I would love a JoAnn's fabric store. Hancock is a total dump and has a horrible selection. There is not a good all-purpose fabric store ITP. (I love you, Intown Quilters, but you don't always have what I want.) At the very least make Hancock expand in size and selection. I'd also l.o.v.e. a Bojangles there.
Jane Ayres July 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I would like to see a fabric store, a coffee shop/bakery, a "town square" type space with seating and room for a small performance keep and expand Onstage Atlanta (it would be great to have them able to offer children's theater and classes) a workout place (with childcare) a bookstore a store selling artsy-craftsy / folk art objects (like the ones in Decatur) clothing store All that said, I am quite concerned about the traffic flow. That six-way intersection is tricky to navigate safely either in a car or on foot, and I really want to see what is planned to make it safe and useable.
Rick August 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
At the corner of N. Druid Hills Rd and Lawrencville Hwy, there is a dead shopping center that would be perfect for Walmart. There are 2 or 3 empty former car dealerships about 1/4 of a mile from Suburban Plaza that would work as well. Selig is forcing out popular Suburban Plaza businesses (Last Chance Thrift, Pottery Place, OnStage Atlanta, etc.) and putting good people out of work. And then there is the traffic at a six-way stop with gigantic Walmart 16-wheelers added to the mix... I want to know what Walmart's plan is after the store fails and sits empty.
Deanne August 18, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Rick, I chatted with Bill Stogner, Selig's Sr. VP for Retail Leasing, a few nights ago on some of these very things! Fascinating to hear Bill's take on the N. Druid/L'ville Hwy shopping center, Suburban Plaza's displaced tenants, the many vacant car lots.... everything you've mentioned but the Walmart stuff. Interested in hearing about it? (Normally, I'd just go on and share it, but Bill sees trying to engage naysayers on blogs to be about as productive as beating one's head against a brick wall. Personally, I always welcome the chance to engage with others on things that matter to our community, but I get that over the many threads about Selig's plans for Suburban Plaza, he's seen the very worst in some folks on full display. Rick, I guess what I'm sayin' is I'd need to know that you're also okay with folks having different views before I say anything more on it.)


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