Decatur neighborhood wants traffic impact study for apartment project

A portion of the two-acre triangle slated to become a 101-unit apartment complex in northeast Decatur. The Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association wants a traffic impact study for this project due to concerns about volume and speed of automobiles on North Arcadia Avenue (right) and Winn Way (foreground). Bill Banks for the AJC

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A portion of the two-acre triangle slated to become a 101-unit apartment complex in northeast Decatur. The Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association wants a traffic impact study for this project due to concerns about volume and speed of automobiles on North Arcadia Avenue (right) and Winn Way (foreground). Bill Banks for the AJC

The Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association wants a traffic impact study for a proposed apartment project at North Arcadia Avenue and Winn Way in northeast Decatur.

The point was raised during the Association’s recent monthly meeting attended by five city officials including Planning Director Angela Threadgill.

Atlanta-based Enfold Properties has proposed a 101-unit apartment complex within a two-acre triangle annexed into the city eight years ago. The project also includes a two-story parking deck.

The neighborhood’s concerned about both the volume and speed of traffic on Winn and Arcadia, and at the very least would like an all-way stop at Winn and Pinehurst Street. It’s also concerned about cars cuing on Winn and backing up to Arcadia.

Although Enfold can do its own traffic impact study, Threadgill said the city’s current ordinances don’t require one from a project this small. Also, as per current ordinances, the developer isn’t required to provide affordable housing. For now, all apartments in this project are market rate.

Enfold, which didn’t send a representative to the meeting, hasn’t yet submitted a land disturbance permit, so there is still no timetable for the project.

About 75 percent of the apartments will be one-bedroom, 25 percent two-bedroom, and none are three bedroom. No commercial uses are proposed for the development.