Tucker Summit CID December 2019 Newsletter

Hugh Howell Mixed-Use Development Gets Rezoned for Retail, Restaurants and More

Branch Acquisition Co. has proposed that the 24 acres at 4560 Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard (the former Sears distribution center) be rezoned redevelop into a mixed-use development. The plans include up to 10 buildings of commercial space interlaced with common areas and would also be linked to a new multi-use trail.

Read more in this Atlanta Business Chronicle article.

New Bank Opens in Tucker

Photo of Tandem Bank Founder and CEO Charles DeWitt, from DeKalb Champion

Tandem Bank is the first new bank, that is not a branch, to open in Georgia in 11 years and is located right on Main Street in the heart of Tucker. Founder and CEO Charles DeWitt, who hails from the Tucker area, believes the primary difference between a community bank and national or regional bank is relationships.

With 30 years of banking experience and more than 17 years at a regional bank, DeWitt decided to open a community bank in the Northlake area. After 10 years of success, it was only natural to start a local bank with a community identity in Tucker. “It’s exciting to be part of the life of a community, its businesses and its families, to watch them grow, see their dreams come true and know that you’re playing a small part in their success. Our mission is to help people achieve their goals,” DeWitt said.

Read more about the new Tandem Bank in this DeKalb Champion article.

Tucker Summit Honors Tucker Princinct FIT Team as Officers of the Year

As a result of hard work and determination, the Tucker Precinct FIT Team has made numerous arrests in and around the Tucker Summit CID — all in an effort to keep it as crime-free as possible for business owners and customers. Working holidays, weekends and various hours, the FIT Team has made arrests for gun violations, narcotics, stolen vehicles and numerous other crimes in the CID area. 

Throughout the year the Tucker Precinct FIT Team managed to arrest eight felony suspects within the CID, two suspects for aggravated assault, one suspect for armed robbery, one suspect for operating a stolen vehicle, one suspect for a felony probation violation and three suspects for felony narcotics violations. As a result of these arrests, they recovered two stolen guns, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 37 grams of marijuana and 45 ounces of liquid GBL.

Additionally, in early January the FIT Team assisted the DeKalb County Vice Unit in an on-going investigation into human sex trafficking involving juvenile females. The investigation led them to assist the Vice Unit with an operation at the Stone Mountain Inn at 1819 Mountain Industrial Boulevard. As a result of the undercover operation, two juvenile females were arrested for prostitution. Both females, who were listed as runaways from south Georgia, were able to provide valuable information for detectives to continue their on-going investigations. The information provided by these females ultimately resulted in additional arrests of male suspects responsible for trafficking juvenile females in the metro Atlanta area.

For dedication to their jobs and business owners within the Tucker Summit CID, the Tucker Precinct FIT Team was selected as the Tucker Summit CID Unit/Officers of the Year for 2019.

TSCID’s Shaheen and Co.’s Founder Makes Huge Donation to the High Museum

Photo: Shouky Shaheen by Darnell Wilburn for Atlanta Magazine

Shaheen and Co. owns nearly 5 million square feet of distribution centers and business parks, six of those are warehouses located within TSCID. In fact, its founder Shouky Shaheen was one of the first members to join the CID. Shaheen saw the inherent value of being involved with the CID and all it had to offer. In addition to his interest in real estate development, Shaheen and his wife, Doris, have long been interested in art and have been collecting impressionist and post-impressionist paintings since the 1970s.

Since retiring from real estate and passing on the business to his son, Bill, two years ago, Shouky and Doris made the decision to donate 24 paintings by renowned impressionists Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Matisse and more valued at nearly $20 million to the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Parting with the paintings now “was the right thing,” said Shaheen. “I needed to do it while I was still alive. Now the museum has a great Impressionist and post-Impressionist group of paintings. I think it’s the best one south of Washington.”

Read more in this Atlanta Magazine article.

TSCID Year in Review

Tucker Summit CID had numerous accomplishments in 2019:

  • The Mountain Industrial Boulevard repaving project was completed
  • New crepe myrtles were installed along Mountain Industrial Boulevard from Highway 29 to East Ponce de Leon Avenue
  • New MARTA bus shelters and trash receptacles were constructed at four TSCID bus stops, including:
    • North Royal Drive at Commerce Place
    • Mountain Industrial Boulevard at East Ponce de Leon Avenue
    • Tuckerstone Parkway at Mountain Industrial Boulevard
    • East Ponce de Leon Avenue at Juliette Road
  • 300 feet of damaged guardrail was replaced at East Ponce de Leon Avenue at Mountain Industrial Boulevard
  • New DeKalb Clean & Beautiful signs were installed at the I-285 Bouldercrest Road off-ramp, the I-285 Moreland Avenue off-ramp Henrico Road and Constitution Road
  • New street lighting was installed in the medians of Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Highway 78
  • LMI Systems was selected to provide electrical services for the new Royal Atlanta Business Park Signage
  • Southern Care Lawn & Landscape continues to clean up graffiti, maintain and landscape to the beautification standards within the CID
  • License plate reading cameras were installed throughout the CID to increase security measures
  • The CID and the City of Tucker are working through the details for the design of safety and operational improvements at the interchange of US Highway 78 and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The GDOT has committed to funding 100 percent of the construction costs with the city and CID partnering on the associated design fees. The City Council is currently assessing the project and its interaction with the city’s transportation master plan
  • The CID is also working with the Board of Education, Crespac and the City of Tucker in developing design plans for a shared entrance at the new Smoke Rise Elementary School on Flintstone Drive. Once all parties agree on the design, then the CID and the City will submit the required signal analysis and permitting to GDOT for a traffic signal at the school’s entrance. No specific timeline is available for a decision by GDOT on this request
  • The City of Tucker unanimously approved TSCID’s proposal to partner on the design, construction, engineering and inspection phases on projects and interchange upgrades at Mountain Industrial Boulevard and US 78 from Greer Circle to Elmdale Drive

Team Reboot Still Needs a Home

TSCID-sponsored FIRST robotics team, Team Reboot, is still in search of a new space for the junior engineers to meet and build. If you know of a location where these young minds can continue to learn and grow, please contact Deneise Turner at dturner@81029@att.net.  

See You in 2020!

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