After months delay, demolition’s begun on the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, future site for Fuqua Development’s mixed-use project. Razing the church and the nine homes behind it on Barton Way should take about 60 days according to Fuqua Principal Jeff Fuqua. Also, DeKalb County’s board of commissioners approved Phase two on Tuesday, which Fuqua calls the project’s “last major hurdle.”
He added that foundation work and grading for phase one should begin by late September with construction expected to last “18 to 20 months.” When both phases are ultimately completed the development will include 700 apartments and 20 ground-floor retailers including a natural-foods grocery (as yet unnamed), restaurants and offices.
“The redevelopment of Suburban Plaza [across the street, including a 150,000 square-foot Walmart] has helped us a lot,” Fuqua told the AJC Wednesday. “The [retailers] we’re dealing with like the idea of having major retail at that corridor. That project gives our project credence.”
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