Bruce Tolar is the planner/architect behind Decatur’s pilot cottage court development. In the background are some examples of his Mississippi cottages. Courtesy of Bruce Tolar

After long delay, Decatur’s pilot cottage court project back on track

After a lengthy delay Decatur’s initial cottage court development appears back on track. Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said the city’s waiting on a land disturbance permit for the half-acre project at 230 Commerce Drive, with demolition likely to begin by late spring.

Back in May 2016, nearly one hundred residents attended three days of site-plan drawings by Mississippi planner/architect Bruce Tolar. But after an initial burst of enthusiasm, there’s been little news since regarding the project.

The development, as it stands now, features six houses ranging from 468 square feet to 1100 square feet, with a price point range from $100,000 to $250,000. Buyers will be determined through a lottery, with the city targeting city employees, city school employees and employees of the Decatur Housing Authority as potential homeowners.

Part of the delay is related to concerns from the Georgia Department of Transportation since Commerce is a state highway. But Menne said recently those have been resolved. GDOT wanted a long deceleration lane, but settled for a shorter right-hand turn lane off Commerce into the development.

By keeping that turn lane at a minimum length she said, “we were able to preserve a pedestrian friendly [component] of the project.”

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