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Decision planned on proposed ‘next Ponce City Market’ in DeKalb

The Tucker City Council will to hold a special called meeting on Aug. 30 to vote on the proposed 88-acre mixed-use development known as The Rise

The vote was moved from a normal meeting to accommodate the “increased interest and complex nature of the petition,” the city said.

“...this promises to be a long meeting,” said City Manager Tami Hanlin. 

When The Rise went before the planning commission last month, the meeting went more than four hours and drew an overflow crowd. If the crowd overflows this time, residents can watch the proceedings on closed circuit TV. 

Stephen Macauley wants to build on the site of a former Sears distribution center near the corner of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. It could be similar to Ponce City Market and rival the population of DeKalb County’s smallest city, Pine Lake.

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Macaulay’s plans, which have been through several incarnations, call for a grocery store, shops, restaurants, office space, almost 500 multi-family units and a civic center. It even proposes a new Smoke Rise Elementary. 

There would be a 130-bed personal care home, 98 homes and more, according to the plans on file with the city.

City staff has suggested the plans be denied. The planning commission supported the development, assuming staff recommendations are followed.

In addition to the Aug. 30 meeting, the public can weigh in at the council’s meeting on Aug. 14. 

The meetings will both be held at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex at 4228 First Avenue.

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