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Buckhead Walmart Project Overcomes Zoning Hurdle

The city council is expected to make a final decision on the Lindbergh redevelopment on Oct. 1

The controversial Lindbergh redevelopment project is back on the city council agenda.

The zoning committee amended the proposal for the mixed-use project that would bring Walmart to Lindbergh Drive, with the condition that some of the housing planned for the property is used as affordable housing for seniors.

The full council is expected to vote on the project on Oct. 1 during the full council meeting.

Developers want to build a mixed-use development that would include a Walmart off Lindbergh Drive near the MARTA station.

But the property is zoned for residential use, and the project failed to move forward until the council's zoning committee approved a land use change.

City councilman Alex Wan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution "not a good enough case has been made" to change the use of the land.

"I have yet to see or hear a compelling argument to say, ‘Yes, we need to change it,’" Wan said. "There should be data saying there is a higher and better use of this land."

Earlier this month, the council voted to send the proposal back to committee in an effort to resolve the land use issue.

Both the land use committee and the zoning committee voted this week to send the proposal back to the full council with no recommendation.

Plans include 200,000 square feet of retail space and roughly 200 apartments.

Developer Jeff Fuqua has been working on the $80 million project for nearly two years.

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