Bob Connelly, association board member and monument project manager, said about three years ago the neighborhood board felt a need to have a better visual identity for Historic Brookhaven.
“We’ve had some [monuments] for decades scattered here and there … but most of them weren’t really at the more visible entrances to the neighborhoods,” said Connelly. “So our long term goal is to have at least one monument at every street that enters the neighborhood.”
There are about 14 entrances into Historic Brookhaven, he said. The two main entrance monuments for this project will be constructed at Mabry Road, with more to come at Brookhaven Drive. The neighborhood spans from Peachtree Road to Windsor Parkway to Peachtree Dunwoody and Mabry roads.
Since Rockhaven Homes has ownership of the nearby Mabry Oaks Subdivision, it seemed only fitting they would assist in this effort.
Rockhaven Homes President Brad Hughes said they wanted to get involved with the project because the neighborhood association has been supportive of them and their different developments. For the project, Rockhaven will provide labor and materials.
Several years ago, the association set up a Historic Brookhaven Foundation separate from the association, said Connelly, and donations are being used to purchase the monuments. Historic Brookhaven is conducting a fundraising effort and to date has raised $2,000 towards the $15,000 goal. The funds will not only go towards the monuments project, but also for other initiatives such as pocket parks and traffic islands that will help unify the neighborhood.
“I think it’s important mainly for everyone to realize Historic Brookhaven includes a bigger area than might be the common perception,” said Connelly of the project. “We kind of want to delineate our neighborhood from others.”
Connelly said the association would like to see the project done quickly, but it depends on funding and the amount of time to get permits from the governing authorities.