Brookhaven selects location for new public safety facility

A rendering of the Peachtree Creek Greenway scheduled to open in 2019.
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A rendering of the Peachtree Creek Greenway scheduled to open in 2019.

The Brookhaven City Council executed a contract to conduct architecture and engineering work for Brookhaven’s new public safety facility on the 19-acre tract of land at 1793 Briarwood Road. The new police building will be adjacent to the signature trailhead for the Peachtree Creek Greenway and will be the new home for Brookhaven Police, Municipal Court and Emergency Operations Center.

The 19-acre parcel along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek, which is the signature trailhead for the PCG and the site of Brookhaven’s new public safety facility

For the PCG, the 19-acre parcel provides greenspace, the signature trailhead, ample parking and crucial ADA access. The buildout is funded via hotel/motel tax receipts, signed into law in May 2017. For public safety, the building will house Brookhaven Police, Municipal Court and Emergency Operations, and is funded via SPLOST, approved by voters in November 2017. The $2 million cost for the property itself was covered in an agreement with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, announced in December 2017.

The North Fork of Peachtree Creek runs from Chamblee to the Atlanta City line and will be the center piece of the Brookhaven portion of the Peachtree Creek Greenway multi-use trail.

The PCG Master Plan outlines a series of nature trails, paved multi-purpose paved trails, and paved promenade trails which will connect Brookhaven’s approximately three-mile portion along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek into the 12.3-mile Peachtree Creek Trail project from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb to the PATH400 trail, the South Fork Conservancy Trails and the Atlanta Beltline. The PCG will also provide connectivity to areas beyond as part of a larger network of multi-use trails to residences, offices, restaurants, bike rental stands, coffee shops and picnic areas.

The public safety portion of the tract will total 3 to 4 acres out of the 19-acre total, including parking. The City has awarded a contract in the amount of $800,000 to Rosser International, Inc., for architecture and engineering, which will be followed by a competitive bid process for the actual construction. The total cost will be no more than the $12 million limit on the SPLOST proceeds, and construction is expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.