Could the next Ponce City Market be in DeKalb?

After backing off in January, a developer is coming back to Tucker officials with another grand plan.

Stephen Macauley wants to build a mixed-use development on 88 acres, redeveloping an old Sears property, which could be similar to Ponce City Market.

The Rise, as the project has been dubbed, would have a grocery store, shops, restaurants, office space, almost 500 multifamily units and a civic center. It would even have a new Smoke Rise Elementary. 

There would be 100 “supportive living” units, 98 homes and more, according to the plans on file with the city.

The development, near the corner of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard, could rival DeKalb County’s smallest city in size. Pine Lake has about 760 residents.

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The Tucker Planning Commission is set to weigh the proposal on June 22, followed by the city council on July 10. The council’s vote is set for July 24, assuming there are no delays as there were during Macauley’s first attempts.

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