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Committee discusses Dunwoody Parkway Village
by Nicole Dow
November 07, 2012 09:56 AM | 2147 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Dunwoody Design Review Advisory Committee will decide at its next meeting what it will recommend to city council regarding proposed design plans for renovations to Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Proposed plans for the $2.4 million project would reduce traffic lanes from four to two, eliminate the existing median and create sidewalks and bike lanes.

The committee met Thursday to discuss the parkway project and hear public comment.

Those against the parkway project expressed concerns about the reduction in traffic lanes and the trees that would be lost when the parkway’s median is eliminated.

“I think it’s fair to say the consensus of the vast majority of people is to keep the design that we currently have with the four lanes and the center median,” said Dunwoody resident Jim Dickson.

He said his wife and neighbors have traveled on Dunwoody Village Parkway for years and use the lanes for convenience and easy traffic.

Those in support of the parkway mentioned how the plan was created with feedback from residents and that the new design would be attractive to new businesses.

“We had over 1,500 people who came out and put input into the Dunwoody Village plan,” said Danny Ross, a former city councilman who has lived in Dunwoody since 1975.

“I think that [the renovated Dunwoody Village] is going to be the one thing in the city that can transform the values of our properties more than anything else,” he said.

Advisory committee vice chairman Bill Grant said one of the objectives of the parkway renovation is to encourage the development of new businesses. He added that 75 percent of the city’s revenue comes from the business community.

Grant, who also serves as a board member of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, has spoken in favor of the parkway’s proposed design on behalf of the chamber, which supports the plans.

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