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POLL: Should Decatur Annex Suburban Plaza?

We're interested in hearing from you guys about whether Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd's suggestion that the city annex the shopping center to influence development there is a good idea. Expression is just a mouse click away.

Last week, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd got up, and during his State of the City address, said a bunch of things that were probably very important to the city of Decatur.

We're interested in some of that, but what interests North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch most is what he said about Suburban Plaza.

Specifically, that he . (He also said he wanted to annex the commercial property at the corners of North Decatur and Clairmont roads, but that's obviously secondary to our Big Fat Ol' Walmart Story.)

He's clearly not a big fan of Walmart. Or developers like Selig Enterprises. He said so. It remains unclear what effect (if any) annexation would have on Selig's plans to build a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.

So, do you agree with him? Vote in our poll below.

Steve April 05, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Annexing does not mean purchasing. It means that the area would fall under city zoning and would be provided city services. In general, the cost of incremental services provided to a commercial area is exceeded by the incremental taxes collected.
Henry Batten April 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Tom, CCTI and MARTA staff recommendation to the MARTA Board is light rail. Also, if the TIA does not pass, MARTA will seek other federal funds to construct this line. See this link: http://lindberghlavista.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/clifton-corridor-transit-initiative-announces-locally-preferred-alternative/ I do agree that this is a golden opportunity to make Suburban Plaza a more urban space. I'm not sure if Walmart knows what that means, however. Selig should.....
Henry Batten April 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM
All of the new cities in the Metro area have sought the commercial areas to pay for their services. Look at the plans for Brookhaven. Decatur's city limits stop about 2 blocks from the commercial areas that surround it on all sides. That doesn't make economical sense.
prettyflower April 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
This is insane to me. I wonder how many people who answered this poll were City of Decatur residents and how many were North Druid Hills residents. It's really clear who is going to get the short end of this stick if annexation occurs.
Steve April 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
If you live in the affected area, you'll have an opportunity to vote on the matter.

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