Many places in Georgia completed Livable Community Initiative (LCI) studies, undert he direction of the Atlanta Regional Commission, during the last decade. In fact, Chamblee made significant changes to their building codes and design requirements.
These ideas are costly to implement and may have good sense during a hot commercial real estate market. The concept of ‘New Urbanism,” would remake the center whereby storefronts are closer to Peachtree Road.
Now the center sits nearly vacant as the economics of such a redevelopment is more difficult to justify. Variances may provide owners a respite time needed for prior to redevelopment.
Owners want to lease property, but can only do so under the constraints of current zoning laws. That poor Zaxby’s has got to be the longest development lead time in the history of the franchise, due to zoning changes.