Tucker’s City Council met twice in the month of August, approving a 12.2 acre residential development in the southwest part of the City.
The project, which required a rezoning, variance and comprehensive plan amendment, passed on a series of 5-0 votes. The project is being overseen by local developer Minerva, LLC. It calls for 18 single-family homes and 55 townhomes to be situated on the site of the baseball fields owned by Rehoboth Baptist Church. The developer has promised a pedestrian connection from the property to neighboring Johns Homestead Park, as well as two new pocket parks within the development.
Earlier in the meeting, Council voted 5-0 to approve a contract with New South Associates to perform a Historic Resource Report for the City. Per the terms of the contract, New South Associates will engage the community in the process, incorporating local knowledge and including an oral history component. The end result will be a comprehensive listing of Tucker’s historical assets.
At the meeting on August 13, Council voted unanimously to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County for the Tucker Streetscape project. The estimated $2.2 million project would require approximately $578,175 in funding from the City. It would include sidewalk and drainage improvement, as well as amenities like benches and bike racks for First Avenue, Second Street and Fourth Street in downtown Tucker.
That meeting saw votes on several other business items. Council approved $84,216 for the purchase of two mini-buses for use at the Tucker Recreation Center’s After School and Summer Camp programs. A City meeting schedule was approved for the upcoming 2019 calendar year. Joe Singleton, a longtime Tucker resident and builder, was appointed as the newest member of Tucker’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Additionally, Council approved funding for hardware to facilitate technological improvements for City staff.
Council then approved a series of resolutions. One resolution authorizes the City to collect film permit fees in a cooperative agreement with DeKalb County. Another demonstrates Tucker’s commitment to sustainability.
The next scheduled City Council meeting is September 10 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).