A developer, TPA-Arrowhead Real Estate Partners, had envisioned building 43 homes on the land, but the DeKalb Planning Commission voted down a sketch plat last month. Marion's group was concerned about stormwater runoff, traffic and the impact on streams that fed into two lakes.
“This is the largest remaining undeveloped piece of land in District 2,” said Commissioner Jeff Rader, whose district covers west-central DeKalb. “It’s usable as green space.”
The amount of money allocated to buy the land is consistent with the property owner’s demands, and the sale could close within 45 days after an environmental review is completed, Rader said.
The forest is located near Briarlake Elementary School and west of Northlake Mall, at the intersection of Briarlake Road and Amberwood Drive.