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Sembler Vet Behind New North Decatur Retail Center Project

Fuqua Development, created earlier this year by a former Sembler executive, wants to build Decatur Crossing, a new retail center at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road.

A former Sembler executive and one of metro Atlanta's most prolific retail developers is behind the effort to buy Scott Boulevard Baptist Church and turn it into a 40,000-square foot retail center.

Atlanta-based Fuqua Development, started earlier this year by former Sembler president Jeff Fuqua, wants to redevelop the church into Decatur Crossing, which will include a bank, restaurants and retail shops, according to a company flier about the project.

That development does not yet include the residences adjacent to the church along Barton Way and Blackmon Drive that were contacted last week by Atlanta Land Group about selling their homes and land to redevelopers. The Fuqua Development flier shows a redevelopment area only where the church currently sits.

Atlanta Land Group's letter to residents regarding the proposed deal did not say it was working for Fuqua Development, though the group's website does list Sembler as a client.

Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Monday on some of Fuqua's projects in metro Atlanta, including a $90 million mixed-use development in Buckhead that included a 150,000-square foot Walmart until it faced heavy community opposition.

Decatur Crossing would sit directly across North Decatur Road from a redeveloped Suburban Plaza, including a new Walmart Supercenter that has been criticized by some nearby residents.

Fuqua Development's website said it hopes to have Decatur Crossing completed by spring of 2014.

Henry Batten October 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
It would be truly sad to see this venerable structure torn down for a retail development by Jeff Fuqua.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The church has already made the decision to sell.
OakGroveParent October 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
This sucks.
Terry Smith November 08, 2012 at 12:57 PM
i hope there is a special place in hell for developers.
Terry Smith November 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Jeff Fuqua is the spawn of Satan.
Laura Martin November 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
More neighborhood destruction proposed by Sembler when there are HUGE tracts of land already for sale where the Ford dealership formerly was located on Scott Blvd. Do they want that? Heck no - Sembler would rather ram this other stuff down our throats. Death to Sembler!

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