Rader, who represents the area, said he’s hearing both excitement and concern from residents.
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“Everybody is concerned about traffic and stuff like that, which is a reasonable concern,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “I think they’re (also) excited about the amenities. North DeKalb Mall isn’t what it used to be.”
The mall, like others built in the old indoor style, has been bleeding tenants for years and some parts have a deserted feel. The new development would be more modern, an outdoor mall with a variety of draws and a built-in customer base for the businesses there because of the housing component.
At the moment, the zoning of the land would allow the mall’s owners to tear it down and rebuild without county approval. It’s the intentions to add housing and a gas station (part of the Costco) that require county approval, Rader said.
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