What Should Go Here? 1078 Moreland Ave.

Plans for townhomes and then self-storage facility fell-through.

The property at 1078 Moreland Ave. is quite tricky.

SpaceMax Storage wanted to build 90,000 square feet of self-storage at the site, which is just north of the East Confederate Avenue.

But a portion of the land, which remains vacant, falls within the city limits of Atlanta. The vast majority of the property is in unincorporated DeKalb.

SpaceMax Storage, which has outlets in Virginia-Highland and Midtown, needed to get approval from DeKalb County on the proposal in addition to going through the approvals process for the city of Atlanta.

But the company nixed its plans for the site.

What's more, homeowners behind the property in unincorporated DeKalb, were vehemently opposed to the project, which raised concerns about traffic, noise and its impact on their quality of life.

An earlier plan called for townhomes to be built on the property, but that, too, didn't come to fruition.

What would be the best use for the site? How do you think it should be developed.

Steve Bayliss September 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The back 1/2 to 3/4 of this lot goes up to the now-closed Skyhaven Elementary school, and contains one of the great undeveloped and barely known gems of East Atlanta -- a line of 40-foot high cliffs that stretches for 300 feet or more. It would make a great park and rock climbing site. It just needs to be cleaned up (lots of trash tossed down from the cliffs many years ago, by the looks of it, and evidence of kids partying there), with drainage installed to mediate the swampy area at the base of the cliffs. You should check it out sometime (preferably during a long dryspell). It's best accessed from Skyhaven Road along a footpath just west of the Ripplewater intersection, or from the end of Gresham Ave (walk to the right along the utility easement and the creek, then cut left into the cliff area.
Tomathy September 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
A skatepark.
Ormewood Park Mom September 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
A neighbor was telling us that all of the kids in Ormewood Park used to go swimming back there in the 40's.
skullcap September 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Would you like a 3-4 story steel wall that's brightly illuminated all night long replacing the forest behind your house?
skullcap September 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM
the "cliffs" are the remains of an old quarry, I'm told the stone house on Skyhaven was built using material from the pit.


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