Renter-led team gathers to oppose Back garden Hills development

Part of the Delmont Townhomes complex on Delmont Push. (John Ruch)

A grassroots work to conserve a tree from a controversial townhome challenge in Buckhead’s Backyard Hills has jelled into an opposition team highlighting a deficiency of renters’ enter on developments that are altering nearby housing affordability. A regional condition consultant and a prospect for Atlanta City Council are among those people supporting the group’s advocacy.

Hedgewood Properties and Silver Creek Redevelopment program to demolish 20 of the 22-device Delmont Townhomes at Delmont and Sheridan drives and switch it with 35 solitary-household homes. The strategy has been controversial for site visitors, affordability and other neighborhood impacts, which would include things like eliminating many old trees. The builders not long ago attained rezoning acceptance for the task and upcoming are seeking variances for significantly minimized setbacks at an Aug. 5 City Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing.

The task heads to metropolis review with conditional support from group companies, anchored in a list of adjustments negotiated with the Garden Hills Civic Affiliation. But neighbors like Elizabeth Gibson, an eight-calendar year tenant of a complex throughout the avenue, say these groups are centered on home owners, as is a town approach that never ever notifies neighboring renters. Gibson says the 20 to 25 men and women in her group — numerous renters, some householders — are deeply worried by the similar builders proposing an additional challenge on Sheridan and potentially obtaining other community complexes, modifying the entire community.