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Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

Brookhaven city officials are looking for input on what the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor should look like in the future.

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The goal is to improve traffic flow and increase safety on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, starting at Interstate 285 and running through the northern part of the city.

"It is a major traffic thoroughfare and is subject to some congestion, particularly in peak traffic times, and we want to make sure that we plan for it in the future," said Brookhaven spokesman Burke Brennan.

Lorenzo Zambino, 5, with Brasfield & Gorrie crew at the construction site of the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, which will be located on the North Druid Hills Campus.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta plans to build a $1 billion to $1.3 billion hospital on a 46-acre site at North Druid Hills Road and Interstate 85 in the city of Brookhaven.

The new facility will address worsening space constraints at Children’s – which currently has campuses in downtown Atlanta, Sandy Springs and on Clifton Road – and will allow the hospital to meet forecasted patient care and space needs through 2026 and projected demand to 2036 and beyond.

Closer Look: Greg Alan Williams; Satellites; And More

Aug 10, 2016
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Police in suburban Atlanta found themselves counting sheep after a flock escaped an enclosure and blocked a road.

Brookhaven police said in a news release that about 20 grazing sheep and their security dogs were spotted along a road early Wednesday.

Police say they were able to contact the herder, who used a sheepdog to corral them back into their nearby enclosure.

Investigators say they are not planning to file charges for blocking the roadway or impeding traffic.

Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

Bad traffic is not a new story for metro Atlanta, but Brookhaven leaders think it has hit critical mass in one part of town. 

Councilwoman Linley Jones says the problem is the three-mile stretch of Ashford-Dunwoody Road between Peachtree Road and Interstate-285. 

"The growth in traffic on Ashford-Dunwoody and on the roads that come off of Ashford-Dunwoody has not been incremental; it has been exponential," Jones said. "I’ve been in the area for 20 years, and just in the past few years, it has become dramatically worsened, and it really needs to be addressed."

Courtesy of MARTA.

MARTA calls the 15-acre project it’s planning around the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station a "transit-oriented development," but nearby resident Don Green prefers a different term.

"It's more like a traffic-oriented disaster," Green said.

Green came out Thursday night for MARTA's latest community meeting about the project, which is set to include apartments, offices and retail space.

He doesn't think Brookhaven’s roads can handle that kind of dense development.

Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

If you're looking for a place to pick up a paycheck in metro Atlanta, Brookhaven may be your best bet.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor's preliminary report for December, the jobless rate in DeKalb County's 11th city was 2.3 percent.

That's well below metro Atlanta, which had a rate of 4.9 percent.

On the other end of the spectrum, East Point has the highest jobless rate at 7.4 percent.

Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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The city manager of Brookhaven is looking at all mass transit opportunities for the area, and a monorail is one of the ideas under consideration.

"The objective is to get rubber tires off the road," Councilman Joe Gebbia said .

A monorail is a train with a single-rail track that is often elevated above the ground. There are monorail systems in cities like Seattle and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as one in Walt Disney World. 

Gebbia said that if a monorail is the best way to go, he would like to see a 12-mile loop throughout the city.  

Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

The mayor of Brookhaven said the DeKalb County development agency's decision to approve millions in tax incentives for two Brookhaven businesses -- without letting the city government in on the plan -- was “an oversight.”

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DeKalb County residents turned out to a town hall meeting in Brookhaven Tuesday night to discuss a recent report into countywide government corruption. 

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester, hosted the meeting of about 50 residents. She told the residents she recently introduced a measure that could prevent the abuse of county funds. 

"It should never be the case that these expenditures, that were illegal, questionable should have ever gotten out," she said.

Dixie Moon
Courtesy of Brookhaven Department of Community Development

Brookhaven's first City Hall will soon be converted into a restaurant.

The City Council has approved the rezoning of the 1938 wood-frame building, nicknamed the "The Little White House."

The restaurant will be called Dixie Moon and will be run by chef Scott Serpas, who also owns the Atlanta restaurant, Serpas True Food.

The building was used during the early days of the city's founding  in 2012 and 2013. 

Courtesy of the City of Sandy Springs

The mayor of Brookhaven asked ... and the city of Sandy Springs listened.

On Thursday night, Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams asked the Sandy Springs Planning Commission to give residents of Brookhaven more time to speak with the developer of a project that borders her city. The proposed four-acre project includes medical offices and more than 300 apartment units.

Sandy Springs planning commissioners approved a one-month deferral. 

City Hall for the City of Brookhaven
Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

Brookhaven has a new mayor. Rebecca Chase Williams was sworn in on June 9 and now takes over a city government in turmoil.

City attorney Tom Kurrie resigned two days ago, after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Brookhaven Post discovered Kurrie had withheld documents on sexual harassment allegations against previous mayor J. Max Davis. The reports said that Kurrie then released a document that had major alterations in it, and that he had also put out a false news release with Davis. 

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There’s a new mayor in Brookhaven.

Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Chase Williams was sworn in Tuesday. She succeeds J. Max Davis who resigned recently.

"I look forward to the opportunity to continue to build a great city, where our mission statement says we strive to be a national model, a place where our residents and businesses flourish," Williams said in a press release. "I will continue to build on the work already accomplished, to learn from experience and to build a government that is exceptional in all regards."

Courtesy of City of Brookhaven

Brookhaven's newest tourism booster is in the form of a big, green bird. His name is Brook, and he likes to wear a pink bowtie. 

He was introduced this week during a City Council meeting and is expected to be the official mascot of the city's Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend.

The city's Communication Director Rosemary Taylor says Brook is not any particular type of bird, “he is a bird unto himself.”

Last year, the city adopted the cherry tree ─ “a symbol of peace and good will” ─ as it's official tree.  

Elly Yu / WABE

 

The city of Brookhaven has launched a civic engagement app for residents to report complaints in their neighborhoods, from potholes to traffic signal outages.

Residents can use the app, called CitySourced, to take photos and videos of their complaint and use their GPS location to notify the city of the location. Ben Song, the city’s community development director, said that a city official should be getting back to the resident within 24 to 48 hours via push notification.

This Wednesday, April 9, 2014 photo shows cherry blossoms as they begin to bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Brookhaven city officials say they're preparing to welcome a Japanese diplomat for the city's upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival.

Mayor Pro Tem and festival organizer Rebecca Chase Williams say Japanese Consul General Kazuo Sunaga will participate in the opening ceremony for the festival on March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Brookhaven has been a city for almost two years now, but the U.S. Postal Service has been a little slow to catch on.

Adrian Morton moved here about 18 months ago, and he gave his relatives his new address: Brookhaven, Georgia. Says Morton, “There has been some mail sent from home in the UK that hasn’t reached us.”

The likely reason? The postal service only just recognized Brookhaven as a legitimate mailing address.

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If the Pink Pony wants to remain a totally nude strip club that sells alcohol it will have to relocate. That’s based on a Georgia Supreme Court ruling Monday in favor of the city of Brookhaven. In the ruling, the court upheld a lower court decision dismissing the lawsuit. The strip club sued Brookhaven after the newly created city passed a law last year prohibiting completely naked dancing combined with alcohol.

Rendering of the Gables complex at Oglethorpe from Hermance Drive, with a view toward the university campus.
Oglethorpe University

Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University is leasing seven acres of its campus to a developer for a multi-use complex.

The Gables Residential Company will build luxury apartments for students and non-students.

In addition to the rental units, fitness center and parking, for all residents, the complex will have a classroom suite for Oglethorpe.

State Commission Denies Charter School In Brookhaven

Aug 28, 2014
The Georgia Charter Schools Commission
Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The State Charter Schools Commission turned down a petition for a new charter school in the city of Brookhaven Wednesday. The denial of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy came despite the backing of DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the entire Brookhaven City Council serving on the school’s governing board.

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Can the recently incorporated city of Brookhaven stop long-standing strip club the Pink Pony from combining the sale of alcohol and nude dancing?  

That’s the question now in front of the Georgia Supreme Court after the justices Monday heard arguments over the constitutionality of an ordinance stipulating just that.

Speaking before the justices Monday, Brookhaven attorney Scott Bergthold said the new city’s law is legally sound.

These Google Fiber installation vans may be coming to one of nine cities in the Atlanta area, but no decision will be made until the end of the year.
Google Fiber Kansas City

It's like deja vu all over again.

Earlier this year, Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison said his city was going to get Google Fiber.

Within 24 hours, he issued what he called a "clarification," saying that Brookhaven was merely in the running for Google's new service.

The same thing just happened in College Park.

On Monday, College Park officials issued a press release saying Google selected its city for the fiber internet service.

Brookhaven Annexes Century Center Amid Legal Battle

Oct 9, 2013
Highwoods Properties

The Brookhaven City Council voted to annex about 100 acres of the Century Center office complex into its borders yesterday. But the land doesn’t automatically go to Brookhaven because of a court fight over the property with the city of Chamblee. Both cities want the office park because it’s attractive to their tax base.

Stonecrest City Alliance President Jason Lary says part of the reason the southeast DeKalb community wants to become a city is so it can hire its own police force. He says that’s because there are too few county officers to respond to the needs of Stonecrest citizens.

“The problem is that there’s not enough [officers],” Lary says. “It’s 30 minutes or so before you can have a person out. “

So Lary says he was pleased when Interim County CEO Lee May announced a plan to hire 480 police officers and 300 fire fighters over the next three years to right size the departments.

As More Cities Incorporate, County's Role Evolves

Aug 29, 2013

Metro Atlanta continues to see an explosion of new cities, and as more areas incorporate in DeKalb and Fulton counties, the role of county governments has changed.

At the unveiling of Brookhaven’s new city logo, Mayor J. Max Davis defended the relevance of DeKalb County government.

“To say or think that the county is irrelevant, to me is just a little silly,” Davis said.

Brookhaven is the latest incorporated city in DeKalb county, and more areas like Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker have also been pushing to incorporate.

Brookhaven, which now has its own police force (above), has negotiated fees for police and park services from DeKalb County.
City of Brookhaven

Brookhaven and DeKalb County have finally agreed on how much the county should be paid for providing services for Brookhaven.

Brookhaven owed DeKalb County for providing over seven months of police services and park management. The question was…how much?

The initial agreement was as high as five million dollars. But after negotiations, the city and County settled on $3.2 million. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this is almost 20 percent higher than what Dunwoody paid DeKalb for its services in 2008 as it was transitioning to cityhood.

Recently, metro Atlanta has seen an explosion of new cities, and advocates in other areas are trying to start cityhood drives in their neighborhoods.  

But one Georgia lawmaker says the process is too careless, failing to take into account the effect new cities have on their counties, and on surrounding cities.  

Democratic Decatur Representative Mary Margaret Oliver has proposed a bill, placing new hurdles in front of supporters of future new cities.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Rep. Oliver, and with J. Max Davis, mayor of Georgia's newest city, Brookhaven.

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