Brookhaven Launches “CitySourced”

March 23rd, 2015
BROOKHAVEN, GA,March 23, 2015 – Brookhaven now offers “CitySourced,” a smart phone app for citizens to report problems like potholes, code violations or traffic signal outages. The mobile service is available for iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones.

The service is a complete cloud solution and provides a single customer portal to connect citizens with appropriate city staff to address public works and code compliance issues. The reporting individual is updated throughout the process on the status of the fix and is notified when the problem has been resolved.

“We wanted to use smart technologies to improve efficiency, communications and engagement for our community,” said Community Development Director Ben Song. “A big bonus with this service is that we can also use it to push out emergency notifications to subscribers when necessary, which we couldn’t do before.”

CitySourced is used by cities and counties across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Omaha, San Francisco, Honolulu, San Jose, and Longview, Texas.
Locally, Peachtree Corners and Fulton County offer the service.

New Life for Brookhaven Plaza

February 11th, 2015

Tomorrow’s News Today reports –

 Brookhaven Plaza Getting Two New Anchors

Brookhaven Plaza has finally found new tenants

The nearly 45,000 square foot anchor space, once home to beloved Harris Teeter, is slated to become a Stein Mart and a Total Wine & More.
A look inside the former Harris Teeter earlier this week 
The Harris Teeter opened in 1993, and was one of the more successful and popular locations for the Charlotte-based grocer, but it closed in 2001 amidst stiff competition and the chain’s exit from the Atlanta market. Kroger, which purchased the lease, for a time operated it as a Kroger (approximately 2001-2003.) Even with Cherokee Plaza (former A&P turned Kroger) across the street, Kroger still controls and has been paying the lease (due to expire 08/2018) and had thus prevented another grocery store from opening.  Wilson and Sons Antiques opened in the space over six years ago but closed soon after. Since then, the space has been vacant.  

Total Wine & More has been working to get a store in Brookhaven / Buckhead for many years.  At one point, the retailer was reportedly in talks to take over the former The Container Store at Piedmont and Peachtree Roads, but Haverty’s eventually opened instead.  Total Wine operates three locations in metro Atlanta in Alpharetta, Dunwoody and Kennesaw. 

Georgia Law stipulates that no single business can operate more than two retail businesses that sell hard liquor.  This is why only two local Costco stores sell hard liquor (Dunwoody & Alpharetta.)  This being the case, the Brookhaven location of Total Wine is likely only to offer beer & wine but not hard liquor.  Red’s 2 Spirit & Wine in nearby Cherokee Plaza should be able to coexist with Total Wine as it does offer hard liquor.  
Total Wine Brookhaven will likely be about 15-20,000 square feet and should open late this fall. 
Stein Mart’s planned opening would mark the chain’s re-entry inside the perimeter (ITP.)  While the chain operates a number of suburban locations in Alpharetta, Buford, Marietta and Dunwoody, among others, the chain vacated intown markets years ago.  Two intown stores I recall were locations on Roswell Road in Buckhead (now Goodwill) and at North DeKalb Mall (now “Great Price Furniture.”)
Stein Mart Brookhaven will likely be 24-29,000 square feet and should also open late this fall. 
Brookhaven Plaza is also home to popular neighborhood eatery, Terra Terroir, as well as a Rite Aid and, of course, the obligatory Mattress Firm. 

REALTORS® See Uptick in Housing Markets

February 11th, 2015


An improving job market, low mortgage rates, and recent moves by the government to loosen up mortgage credit is fueling increased optimism among REALTORS®. In particular, real estate professionals are growing more confident about the housing market’s outlook for the next six months, according to the December 2014 REALTORS® Confidence Index, a survey of more than 4,000 REALTORS® about local and market conditions that is released by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Download the latest report:REALTORS® Confidence Index for December 2014

The single-family market saw some of the most improvement, with the six-month outlook increasing to 67 in December (from 60 the prior month). Any number above 50 indicates that respondents have a “strong” outlook than “weak” outlook.

The states with the strongest outlook in the single-family market are Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota.

“Falling oil prices means more money into consumers’ pockets, which along with reasonable interest rates, should be positive for the housing outlook in 2015,” Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, notes in the report. “However, REALTORS® in states with greater dependence on the oil and gas industry cautioned about the effect of continued drop in oil prices on employment and its impact on housing.”

While REALTORS® are showing more confidence in the single-family market, they tended to be less optimistic about the townhome and condo market, which remained below 50 in December on the index.

“REALTORS® continued to report that financing for condominiums is difficult to obtain because ofFHA financing eligibility regulations,” the report notes.

REALTORS® are reporting an overall increase in buyer and seller traffic in many local markets in December compared to the previous month, although weaker compared to year ago levels. “Although supply has been improving, demand continued to outstrip supply,” the report notes.

Many real estate professionals reported that home prices continued to rise modestly in December in their markets. About 47 percent of REALTORS® surveyed reported that the price of their “average home transaction” was higher in December compared to a year ago. The median home price of an existing-home in November 2014 was $205,300, according to NAR housing data.

“A moderation in home price growth is a boon for homebuyers, especially first-time buyers,” Yun notes in the report. “REALTORS® have reported about the lack of ‘affordable’ housing in many areas as home prices rebounded starting in 2012.”

The majority of the REALTORS® surveyed expected home prices to rise modestly in the next 12 months by about 3.2 percent. States that are the most upbeat with price expectations – confident about a 4 to 5 percent rise this year – are the District of Columbia, Florida, and Nevada.

“REALTORS® expect more modest growth along the Midwest region from North Dakota to Oklahoma, possibly on the account of the concerns about the effect of falling oil prices,” the report notes.

Source: REALTORS® Confidence Index (December 2014) and “Most REALTORS® Have Optimistic Housing Outlook in Next 6 Months,” National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook blog (Feb. 9, 2015)

Dekalb County Proposed New Sanitation Service

February 4th, 2015

This makes perfect sense to me.  As a long time Dekalb County resident we started with trash service four days a week.  Two days for household trash, one day for recycling and one day for yard debris.  That always seemed excessive and wasteful (no pun intended).  Then Dekalb County combined the recycling and yard debris pickup but still a sanitation truck came by every residence three times a week.  Better but still…………  Some City of Brookhaven residents were chosen to do the test run of one pickup a week and they were provided with one standardized 65-gallon green can for trash and the same sized blue can for recycling.   Hopefully, this change will go into affect for the entire county!


DeKalb County, GA, February 4, 2015 – by The Post – DeKalb County is proposing Sanitation service changes for its customers county-wide.

For the 28,000 customers who participated in the Sanitation Pilot Program, as well as the rest of the county, service will remain the same while the initiative is being worked through.

The change, if adopted, will mean solid waste and recycling and yard trimmings will be collected on the same day.

The county says this “cost-saving initiative promotes a one-day-a-week recycling and solid waste collection plan and the institution of free county-provided solid waste containers for county residents.”

The following outlines the proposed recycling and solid waste collection initiative:

  • Residential customers will not experience a rate increase.
  • Standardized containers: The standardized use of 65-gallon green county-provided trash containers will ensure neighborhoods are cleaner and neater with the reduction of loose trash.
  • One-day-a-week waste pickup: Currently, garbage is collected twice a week for DeKalb County residents.
  • On the first collection day, Sanitation picks up more than 66 percent of countywide garbage. This leaves a much lighter second-day collection.
  • Consolidated collection: With consolidated collection, all waste (solid waste, recycling and yard trimmings) will be collected on the same day.
  • Additional benefits to county residents: The program will include a renewed focus on recycling education for county residents and additional roadside litter collection by Sanitation employees.

Brookhaven Real Estate

January 29th, 2015

Brookhaven Georgia is one of Georgia’s newest cities.  Conveniently located just North of Atlanta.  Close to shopping, restaurants and you can easily take Marta to downtown or the Atlanta International Airport.  Great schools, great neighbors and a wonderful place to live.    Come see all the Brookhaven Real Estate for sale

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New Development in Chamblee

January 29th, 2015

Wouldn’t this be fabulous?

BIG NEWS: Whole Foods serious about coming to Chamblee as anchor tenant for new development

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Peachtree Crossing. Coming soon to Chamblee? Source: Loopnet

Chamblee, GA, January 29, 2015 – by Trey Benton and Eli Zandman, Contributor – Yes, you read the headline right. Whole Foods is seriously thinking about opening a new 40,000 sq. ft. store in Chamblee as part of a new development.

Peachtree Crossing, a 9± acre project that is being billed as “the highly anticipated, planned redevelopment of the triangle at Peachtree Road, Peachtree Boulevard and Johnson Ferry Road that will be anchored by an upscale, national organic grocer” is the product of S.J. Collins Enterprises whose portfolio boasts several Whole Foods projects and Chamblee may just be getting the next.

Work has been going on for the past few months preparing the site where Oxford Chemicals Company operated for nearly 50 years until closing up shop in the early 90’s.

The exact address of the proposed development is 5001 Peachtree Blvd. – which is located between Peachtree Boulevard and Peachtree Road, at Johnson Ferry Road.

CLICK TO ENLARGE: Peachtree Crossing Site Plan. Source: Loopnet

City Staff tells us they have been meeting with the developer for a few months and working closely with them as they go through the City’s planing and community development process.

According to preliminary site plans and materials we have obtained, the Peachtree Crossing development will feature:

  • A 40,000 sq. ft. “National Organic Grocer” (Whole Foods if it all works out)
  • 64,000 sq. ft. of specialty retail and restaurant space
  • Several “Pocket Parks”
  • Kids Play Area
  • Sitting Areas
  • Public Art area
  • Pedestrian Trail
  • Connection to the Chamblee Multi-Use Trail (a.k.a. Keswick Trail)
  • Farmers Market Area
  • EV Charging Stations

The development includes the Oxford parcel as well as three others that have businesses currently operating on them such as the Ashe-Simpson Nursery, Atlanta Discount Music, a hair salon and the vacant former Paradise Cafe. 

Whole Foods in Savannah by S.J. Collins. Photo:

Taking a look at Chamblee through a wider lens, other new developments have been announced recently such as The Olmsted, Parkview on Peachtree, and plans for the revamped Chamblee Plaza a.k.a. “The Blee” are all in the hopper.

The Peachtree Crossing Development is scheduled to go in front of the City’s Architectural Review Board on February 3rd, then to the City Council on February 17th.

Peachtree Crossing Site Plan. Source: Retail Leasing Advisors

Souper Jenny to Stay in Brookhaven

January 29th, 2015

What great news!

SOUPER NEWS: Souper Jenny to remain in Brookhaven after successful “trial run”

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Souper Jenny Executive Chef, Jessica Hanners (L) with Owner Jenny Levison (R) inside their new PERMANENT Brookhaven location. Photo: Trey Benton (BP)

Brookhaven, GA, January 29, 2015 – by Trey Benton – Ok. Let’s get right down to it. Souper Jenny is staying in Brookhaven!

Owner Jennifer Levison told The Post that they will also be staying in their same location adjacent to Nuts ‘N Berries at 4274 Peachtree Rd.

“We decided to stay at the end of December,” said Levison. “The Brookhaven crowd has been so loyal and supportive, we couldn’t say no!”

Levison said another big reason to stay in Brookhaven was the fact that it is a wonderful and growing community. She said her landlord, Anton was a big factor in solidifying her decision as well.

Souper Jenny at 4274 Peachtree Road NE – next door to Nuts ‘N Berries.

The menu at the Brookhaven Souper Jenny is slightly smaller than the other locations because of the small kitchen, but they have added their organic, cold pressed juices, dinners to go and gluten free cakes to make the store unique.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Souper Jenny you should…and if you have, you know why so many people are crazy about their food.

A steady stream of customers welcoming Souper Jenny to Brookhaven. Photo: Trey Benton (BP)

When The Post visited the store on opening day, one after another customers lined up to purchase their favorites and to tell Jenny and Executive Chef, Jessica Hanners how pleased they were to see the new location open…and their support is why Souper Jenny is here to stay.

Souper Jenny
4274 Peachtree Road NE – next door to Nuts ‘N Berries.

Business hours are 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
Cash and Major Credit Cards accepted.

Ashford Park Real Estate

January 29th, 2015

Free Ashford Park Real Estate home search engine. Ashford Park real estate is one of the hottest neighborhoods in North Atlanta .   Ashford Park is in the Brookhaven community of Atlanta, Georgia and home prices range from the $200,000 to $1,700,000.   Ashford Park is connected by the Kilpatrick Park in Brookhaven.   The Park is one of the best kept secrets in Brookhaven.  You will have everything you need when you move to Ashford Park.   We have restaurants, shopping, churches, and plenty of retail merchants. Ashford Park Elementary, Chamblee Middle, and Chamblee High School are some of the best schools in DeKalb County.   Call us at 678-248-3500

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Google Fiber Coming to Atlanta

January 27th, 2015

Today Google made it official that they are bringing their awesome internet service to Atlanta and some surrounding areas, including Atlanta, Brookhaven,Chamblee and Sandy spings! From what we have been told, they roll out the service based on demand, so put your address in to receive updates:…

At CES 2015: More Attempts to Dethrone Stainless Steel’s Popularity

January 19th, 2015

Posted in Home Trends, by  on January 6, 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Stainless steel’s popularity has outshined its competition for years in kitchen appliances, but has that shiny, smudge-prone finish finally worn out its welcome?

Appliance manufacturers have long been trying to find a potential successor to stainless steel, but none have yet to find one to top its popularity. But two companies are giving it another chance with showcases at the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this week.

Appliance giant Whirlpool and LG are showing off new appliance finishes — with Whirlpool betting on gold and LG debuting a glassy black.


Whirlpool is introducing Sunset Bronze appliances to its lineup — a range of warm, golden hue appliances that can fit into contemporary or existing kitchens. The color is an attempt to capture on the latest popularity of rose gold in interior decors. It’s not a complete verge from the stainless steel look, however. Sunset Bronze is a painted version of traditional stainless steel with a blend of gold, copper, and bronze tones.

LG_Countour Glass

Meanwhile, LG is showing off a new take on black finishes. At CES this week, LG debuts a glass-front refrigerator finish called Contour Glass. The refrigerator features tempered glass over a black patterned finish that is a chic, yet smudge-proof way, to enhance kitchens. The finish is featured on LG’s new door-in-door refrigerators, which offer hidden compartments for extra storage behind the front door to hold condiments and drinks.

Will these smudge-proof finishes offer a convincing enough, stylish alternative to stainless?

“The kitchen is fast becoming a new canvas when it comes to home design and décor,” says John Hall, senior brand manager at Whirlpool. “More and more, consumers seek ways to customize their spaces with new paint colors, different countertops and backsplashes, mixing and matching cabinetry, and colored small appliances.”

In 2012, Whirlpool had introduced White Ice and Black Ice finishes to its products lineup in its first attempt to to provide an alternative to stainless’ popularity. The color failed to catch on, though. Other manufacturers have tried as well, such as General Electric’s low-gloss slate gray finish. (Read our previous blog post on the topic: Will Stainless Steel’s Popularity Ever be Dethroned?)

What do you think? Do you think stainless steel stands a chance of being outshined in the kitchen any time soon?