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While many support the idea of redeveloping the mall, residents and county staff have raised concerns about increases in traffic. Documents from the county show that staff recommended some redesign to make the plans more pedestrian friendly.
At the board’s meeting last Tuesday, resident Marshall Slayton told commissioners he was “very worried about the housing units.” The trouble with the 500 proposed units, he said, is that they could lead to increased traffic and school overcrowding.
Mary Shellman of the DeKalb Cross Neighborhoods Council said she isn’t opposed to the redevelopment, but the plans are “nowhere near” ready to go.
Commissioners could now pick up the matter at their Nov. 13 meeting, but it depends on timing of the ARC’s process with the mall’s owners.
The zoning already on of the land would allow the mall’s owners to tear it down and rebuild without county approval. But the intentions to add housing and a gas station (part of the Costco) require county approval.
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