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SRCA Endorses Multi-Use Development for Empty Sears Property


After hosting a community meeting with over 200 attendees, researching and participating in community discussions on Social Media, consulting and researching other commercial developments in the metro area, speaking with multiple commercial development professionals,  and conducting several straw polls within the Smoke Rise community, the SRCA Board of Directors brought a comprehensive list of community concerns to a lengthy meeting with project developer Steve Macauley and architect Jerry Silvio.


Key topics of discussion included:

  • Traffic concerns
  • Quality of retail  tenants, most specifically Lidl Grocers
  • Level of commitment of key potential tenants
  • Type and quality of  planned office spaces
  • Whether the community will be able to have input on the project after zoning is approved (YES!)
  • Environmental impact on the property (stream buffers, impervious surfaces)
  • Number and quality of new jobs that will be created by the development
  • Number, type, and quality of residential buildings in the latest plan


Board members left the meeting with full confidence in the level of commitment and investment the development team has placed and will continue to place into the project.  All of our concerns were relieved, with the added benefit of several positive surprises.  After Mr. Macauley and Mr. Silvio left, the board continued internal discussions and voted unanimously to endorse this project.  


The primary themes we took away from the meeting were that the development team:

- is committed to exceeding the highest level of standards for quality, environmental impact, and usability;

- is available and willing to discuss this project with any community member with questions; and 

- is committed to working WITH the community via charettes, email, meetings, and other means of communication to provide a final product that we will treasure and use often.

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Welcome To Smoke Rise, Georgia


Smoke Rise is a tranquil community nestled at the foothills of Atlanta's Historic Stone Mountain.  Our unique homes and natural setting provide an environment rarely found in one of our nations's largest metro areas.   Our community is comprised of approximately 2,000 homes in more than more than 10 neighborhoods clustered along the DeKalb County/Gwinnett County border.  Smoke Rise is conveniently located less than 15 miles from Atlanta's metropolitan downtown area, yet each home is situated on at least an acre of scenic land.  We also boast over 40 acres of public green space within our community border, including Smoke Rise Park.