Things are moving quickly with DeKalb County, Emory University, and the PATH Foundation for a 12-foot-wide, concrete path running along the creek that runs between Hahn Woods and Victoria Estates.
We want all of our neighbors to be informed about the project and the issues.
Read on - and check back for the latest news.
DeKalb County, Emory University and the PATH Foundation are proposing to install a 12-foot-wide concrete path along the creek that runs behind the Castle Falls loop in Victoria Estates. Each of these entities have their reasons for wanting to push this through. It’s fair to say, though, that none of them will live with the results the way that the Victoria Estates neighborhood will.
After meeting with the PATH Foundation, our neighbors have discovered that there are no current plans to explore alternative routes to overcome significant flaws in the planning—or to hire an ecologist to study potential environmental impacts. Indeed, PATH Foundation officers admit that they have not even considered hiring an ecologist despite needing to understand the environmental impact.
The sewer repair work in this area does not provide a free pass for this project’s proponents to avoid considering other options. And while a goal of greater recreation space sounds nice, the permanent damage it will cause to one of the city’s last pristine, old growth forests far outweighs potential benefits.
The environmental impact of a 12-foot wide impervious band of concrete along a fragile river bank raises serious alarms.
The $280,000 study was approved by DeKalb County by consent agenda.
By supporting this development, Emory is breaking the promise it made more than 30 years ago to the Victoria Estates neighborhood.
The value of your home is not measured merely in dollars and cents. Imagine choosing a home with ample green space and privacy in the backyard and discovering that a project will now threaten that very thing. Issues include:
Victoria Estates is a friendly neighborhood whose neighbors enjoy walking and strolling through the neighborhood, conversing with others and catching up on local news. This is in large part because we know our neighbors. We know who lives here.
David R. Kaufman, Peachtree Creek (UGA Press, 2007)