Zoning change sets the stage for Decatur cottage court development


Decatur’s commission approved rezoning 230 Commerce Drive on Monday night to a higher-density residential development. This paves the way for the city’s first “cottage court” development, with six homes planned for this half-acre site across from the Ice Lofts apartments.

Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said the next steps include requests for proposals, designs and a builder.

The architect is Mississippian Bruce Tolar, a veteran of New Orleans’ post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding, who has designed cottage courts for years. Tolar visited Decatur for three days in May, drawing and subsequently revising a number of designs based on residential input.

“To say that we were surprised by the (May) turnout is an understatement,” Menne said. “We probably could’ve sold these houses three times over.”

Menne hopes building can start next spring or early summer. The sizes will be roughly 1,200 square feet at one to one-and-a-half stories. Though she’s previously anticipated costs at $250,000 to $300,000 each, Menne said Monday that actual prices haven’t yet been determined.

Houses will probably be made available by lottery, with the target buyer city employees or city school staffers, a group Menne pointed out “who (typically) can’t afford to live here.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Atlanta mayoral, council prez hopefuls connect to voters with new ads
Atlanta mayoral, council prez hopefuls connect to voters with new ads

Candidates for Atlanta City Hall are using the Internet to promote their campaigns through increasing numbers of video ads. City Council President candidate Alex Wan has released a new spot that shows his less-buttoned up side. Wan, an Atlanta City Councilman and director of libraries at Emory University, raises chickens and bees, an activity he says...
Rapper from ‘intolerable’ show at DeKalb middle school heads to prison
Rapper from ‘intolerable’ show at DeKalb middle school heads to prison

One of the rappers who performed what school officials called an “intolerable” concert at a DeKalb County middle school dance is headed to prison. Drugrixh Hect, whose real name is Dalemonte Stilley, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault with intent to rob and robbery, officials said. The pleas stem from a November 2015 incident...
Kennesaw State football stadium to open earlier, have metal detectors
Kennesaw State football stadium to open earlier, have metal detectors

Kennesaw State University seems to have learned something about their new football fans: They don’t love waiting in lines. The school announced Tuesday that it’s making some changes to the way folks will get into Fifth Third Bank Stadium, including metal detectors and early gate opening times. Interim athletics director Matt...
Man accused of impersonating cop turns out to be federal officer 
Man accused of impersonating cop turns out to be federal officer 

Aside from the blue light mounted in his unmarked SUV and the weapon on his hip, a man recorded during a traffic stop didn’t look like an officer at all. But looks can be deceiving, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office learned Tuesday morning. Hours after officials asked the public to help them identify a “suspected police impersonator...
Georgia candidates on NFL anthem protests: An act of defiance or free speech
Georgia candidates on NFL anthem protests: An act of defiance or free speech

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackles Grady Jarrett (97) and Dontari Poe (92) take a knee during the national anthem before an NFL football game. Carlos Osorio/AP Georgia Republicans responded with disgust to the wave of NFL players across the nation who demonstrated during the national anthem after President Donald Trump slammed...
More Stories