ATLANTA (WAOK)—The Atlanta City Council was shy of one vote needed to bring a Walmart to Buckhead.
Developer Jeff Fuqua’s original plan was to build a mixed-use development area, which would include Walmart near the Lindbergh MARTA station.
Although the Atlanta City Council voted in favor of the rezoning plan with a 7-6 vote, it was still not enough, since there must be 8 votes in order to pass the plan. After having his plan declined, Fuqua said he would resubmit a newer plan at a later date.
“This application is now in the rear-view mirror,” says Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook. “With the economy maybe starting to go from red to yellow now, we will see if anyone else is ready to jump in and try to make a play for that strategically-located property. I figured it was going to be a very close vote.”
Shook also stated that the Zoning Review Board approved of the plan in order to change a zone of high density residential space into a mixed-use development.
Submitted by: Brent Yancy, Student Writer