Decatur working with developer to refine Callaway project

Decatur continues working with Cousins Properties to refine the projected mixed-use development on the Callaway Building property to both sides’ satisfaction. City and developer disagree about the limited retail currently planned for project, and there’s even been some speculation Decatur might seek another partner.

But Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said recently the city is still committed to working with Cousins. Decatur wants more ground-floor retail, though a grocery—or at least a full-sized grocery—seems unlikely given the topography and layout makes it difficult for large delivery trucks.

Menne added the city also wants top-floor office, with an open-floor plan and loft-type spaces.

“We think there is a market for contemporary downtown office space,” she said. “The last [downtown] office building was built in 1991.”