A developer wants to build a RaceTrac gas station and Wendy’s on the corner of Clairmont Road and Briarcliff Road in unincorporated DeKalb, replacing the car repair and service shops located there now. The land would be annexed into Brookhaven. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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DeKalb News: Developer withdraws controversial Brookhaven annexation plan

The busy intersection of Briarcliff and Clairmont roads in north DeKalb won’t see any changes for now. Developer Jay Gipson has withdrawn his request to have Brookhaven annex the northwest corner into the city in order to proceed with a controversial development.

He had planned to build a gas station, service station and Wendy’s there. That proposal was first submitted to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners because the land is in unicorporated DeKalb.

When nearby residents balked, DeKalb commissioners refused to support Gipson’s plan. So, he withdrew his application and resubmitted it in Brookhaven.

That also required the city to agree to annex that land as well as an apartment complex nearby.  

Brookhaven’s Planning Commission and Community Development Department staff both recommended the proposal be denied. The City Council was scheduled to take a final vote on Wednesday, but Gipson asked for a withdrawal instead.

The City Council approved his request. Gipson can resubmit an application at any time.

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