Honderd believes that several factors may now collaborate to change that. E.co East, with a proposed 378 market rate apartments, 92 affordable senior apartments and 22,000 square feet of retail/restaurant is one.
Another is City Schools Decatur’s purchase last summer and this fall of roughly eight acres on Talley St./South Columbia Drive, a likely site for a new school. Third is the city’s potential purchase of the AT&T property, also on Talley, where Decatur leaders would like to build a storm water maintenance pond and park.
“I admit, I thought some of this would’ve started happening 8 to 10 years ago,” Honderd said. “But in the end, organic, long term growth is going to be better than planned, forced growth that has to meet a timeline.”