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Old 09-04-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Inman Park
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After losing the ability to destroy the idea behind the Beltline that took YEARS of unprecedented neighborhood and government collaboration across the city, Fuqua Development will continue to pursue the role of evil villain.

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The developer says he expects litigation to be filed very shortly, perhaps "within a couple weeks." It'll likely include his company, LaFarge, and possibly several retail tenants who had already signed leases and committed to the project.
Glenwood Avenue update: Council rezones, Reed won't veto, legal challenge imminent | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:14 PM
 
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I am really happy with the vote by the city council but I gotta admit if I was the developer or the property owner I would fight it too, anyway you cut it that owner just lost a ton of money if he can't win in court. Hopefully in the future neighborhoods will rezone way ahead of time instead of waiting for 11th hour changes.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Castleberry Hill
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I seriously doubt any retailer will want to drag their name into this fight. The fact he brought them up leads me to believe that he thinks his position is weaker than he's letting on. It's always the weakest guy who screams the biggest threats.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:29 AM
 
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Wal mart doesn't mind fights. Have you followed the battle with some neighbors on N Decatur?
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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With all of the bad press Fuqua has been getting in multiple developments around the city recently, I can't imagine it is good business for him OR his potential tenants. So, why do they keep fighting? I'm not a business person, but I know that this is obviously very bad publicity for him. I feel like now, wherever he goes, just his name is going to make people think twice about supporting any development by him near their homes. He obviously could care less about what the people who live around the developments think, so why would anybody want to be a friendly neighbor to him?

If all this goes through in favor of Fuqua, I can see people resorting to similar vandalism as happened at the housing development in Druid Hills, where signs were spraypainted with red X's through them. I can't imagine that would help the developers home sales....
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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The citizens have a right to city has a right to change the zoning. And the intentions for the parcel have been published years before Fuqua tried to force in this development. They acted in bad faith by trying to force through this design rather than working with the community. I think Fuqua may be entitled to some damages from an inappropriately approved SAP, but I don't think they deserve any hypothetical "lost profits".
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:57 AM
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I won't be surprised if Fuqua wins in the end.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Castleberry Hill
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Wal mart doesn't mind fights. Have you followed the battle with some neighbors on N Decatur?
True but Wal-Mart, for whatever reason, hasn't been confirmed as a tenant here. They don't seem interested in showing involvement, probably because it's a 'nice to have' location rather than 'must have' location. If they don't get a cheap suburban format store here, they can build an urban format store somewhere else nearby with little problem and only a slight reduction in overall profit. Let Fuqua take all the negative press while they play innocent. And for all we know Wal-Mart isn't actually the tenant. Perhaps Fuqua has been allowing the impression to linger because of Wal-Mart's history of legal fights with bottomless pockets.

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So, why do they keep fighting?
Because he believes profit here will make up for the expenses of fighting while not really giving much thought to the reputation damage it might do. He can always start a shell company with a new name and have someone else be the face of that company for when they develop in Atlanta in the future. Also don't discount ego. Fuqua is use to getting his way. People like that hate to ever hear 'no' and often will go to great, even self destructive, lengths to 'win'.

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I won't be surprised if Fuqua wins in the end.
I wouldn't be surprised either way. The attitude of the company throughout the process has been really aggressive and confrontational. Most developers try to play nice for as long as possible. Fuqua came out with guns blazing from pretty much the beginning. When asked to make changes to the plan, they came back with an even worse plan. Makes me think he may know he's on a weak footing and is trying to use as much noise and bluster as possible to scare everyone into giving him what he wants.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I am really happy with the vote by the city council but I gotta admit if I was the developer or the property owner I would fight it too, anyway you cut it that owner just lost a ton of money if he can't win in court. Hopefully in the future neighborhoods will rezone way ahead of time instead of waiting for 11th hour changes.
Yep to all of this.

Fuqua is a terrible corporate citizen. They care not what a neighborhood wants. They are not interested in building appropriate developments. They are totally indifferent to the long term development of its surroundings. Fuqua could make boatloads of money AND have a positive impact on its surroundings. It just seems to be bulldoze and build, neighborhood be damned. What a jerk.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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Developers are just as entitled as anyone else to sue the city. Whether they win, of course, depends on the evidence.

What puzzles me, however, is why a developer wouldn't simply build a good project in compliance with the applicable zoning?

If you go that route, you can pull permits and get your project up and going and start making money. Why fiddle around trying build something that everybody hates and that is only going to result in months (or years) of community pushback and huge legal bills?

It would be cheaper to simply do it right from the beginning.
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