Breaking News on School Sale Vote

Amidst news reports that the Sembler Company is scaling back its proposed project at the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Roads, the DeKalb County Board of Education today voted unanimously against selling the 30 acres of school property on North Druid Hills Road to Sembler.

I know a substantial number of Toco Hills, Merry Hills, Sagamore Hills, and Oak Grove residents who worked very hard to communicate the community’s opposition to the school board members.  Good work.  This shows you can make a difference when you make your voice heard.

On a related note, this past week I conducted a telephone survey of registered voters in House District 80 who reside in the immediate vicinity of the proposed high-density, mixed-use projects at North Druid Hills and Briarcliff.  I thought you’d be interested to see what our neighbors are thinking.  Here are the results:

Do you support the high-density, mixed-use commercial and residential development projects that are proposed for the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Roads?

Yes – 22% – 55

No – 66.5% – 167

Undecided or no opinion – 11.5% – 29

Would you support a decision by the DeKalb County Board of Education to sell the 30 acres of school property on North Druid Hills Road to the Sembler Company for redevelopment into a new high-density, mixed-use commercial and residential development project?

Yes – 22% – 55

No – 66.5% – 167

Undecided or no opinion – 11.5% – 29

Do you support the creation of a tax allocation district to use county and school property taxes from commercial properties in the local area to fund transportation infrastructure improvements at the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Roads?

Yes – 24.5% – 61

No – 57% – 143

Undecided or no opinion – 18.5% – 47

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