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Oak Grove Land Owner Still Pushing for County Purchase

Ed Nelms Jr. wants to sell 17 acres near Pangborn Road to DeKalb County. But so far, the county hasn't bitten, he said.

An Oak Grove-area man who has been trying to sell 17 acres near Pangborn Road to DeKalb County for a park since last year says he's still trying – but the county won't meet with him.

Ed Nelms Jr., who's offered to sell the land for $6 million, said he wants to keep the historically significant plot green by selling it to the county, which has been buying up land throughout District 2 and the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Road area with park bonds money, according to a story Sunday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I really feel like it’s an excellent opportunity for both the county and my family,” said Ed Nelms Jr., who last year offered to sell 17 acres of his family’s historic farm near Pangborn Road for $6 million. “We would hope we could work together on keeping this land as it is, green.”

Central DeKalb – full of homes and large regional employers such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is the least green part of a county where residents twice recently approved bond referendums to buy land and develop more parks.

Susan Hood, head of the county’s Natural Resources Management Office, declined to comment on Nelms’ request, citing a confidential review process.

Read the rest of the story for more information.

Here are links to stories in North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch about recent land purchases:

  • County Buys Oak Grove Land for New Park
  • County Looking at Another Land Purchase in Oak Grove?
  • County Buys Lavista Land for $1.78M
Eric Benjamin September 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
6 million for mostly floodplain is utterly absurd. I'm a Realtor and I would put the value at no more than 100K an acre.
Jim Bobber September 23, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I can't figure out exactly where this tract is. The map looks similar to the land closer to Oak Grove and Lavista, which I thought was already sold to the county. The picture is too blurry for me to make out.
Tom September 24, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Rader & Ellis are getting a huge kick-back on the sale of this property.... probably paying for a trip to Hawaii with their mistress...
Eric H September 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
That works out to $353,000 an acre that is very very high even if it wasn't in flood plain. Is it commercially zoned? And if what Eric Benjamin is correct and most of it is Floodplain that's even more insane. It also looks like the property is broken up into different parcels, some not even attached. Surely they could figure out a swap of more density on one portion in exchange for donation of another portion of the property for park land. By the way I see there are pots of money divided up by district. Wonder where District 1's money got spent...oh well

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