700 Homes Added to a Quickly Growing Corner of the Atlanta Metro Area

The Chamblee City Council has approved a massive new development project that will add more than 700 homes and tens of thousands of square feet of retail to the quickly growing city.

October 21, 2021, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

A map depicting the location of Chamblee, Georgia as well as surrounding cities and roads.

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The city of Chamblee, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta located in DeKalb County, has approved zoning changes for the development of 62 parcels, yielding 700 homes and 20,000 square feet of retail uses.

Zachary Hansen reports on developer Thrive Residential's (a subsidiary of Toll Brothers Inc.) plan to build the Chamblee Park development on 31 acres near Interstate 285 and Peachtree Boulevard.

The new development mostly provoked support from residents and city leaders, "with the only point of contention being access to the site," according to Hansen. The City Council did impose 13 conditions for the rezoning: "The site will be built around Parsons Drive and Deacon Lane, realigning the existing roads, adding sidewalks and creating a central roundabout. A shuttered church building and a few standalone homes in the area will be demolished as part of the project."

Prior to the City Council's vote, "the developer had to seek and obtain approval from the Atlanta Regional Commission to continue" due to the size of the project, according to Hansen.

"The project will boost housing stock in Chamblee, which experienced a higher rate of population growth than any other DeKalb County city over the past decade. According to the 2020 Census, Chamblee’s population grew 205% since 2010, which city leaders chalked up to several annexations," adds Hansen for context.

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