Friends of Kensington

Promoting a Multi-Use, Transit-Oriented Destination for the Kensington MARTA Station


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About Us

Who We Are

     

Friends of Kensington (FOK) is a diverse group of DeKalb County citizens advocating for a multi-use, transit-oriented destination for this site anchored by the Kensington MARTA Station. We support the various plans developed by DeKalb County, the Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, and area stakeholders over the past 16 years. These plans envision Kensington Road from Covington Highway to Memorial Drive as a pedestrian-oriented main street lined by street front businesses, wide sidewalks, and canopy trees. We support affordable housing around the Kensington Station as part of the mixed-use development envisioned by years of community planning. 

 

Mixed Income housing coupled with Mixed Use provides much-needed services and amenities to local residents, integrates the project into the surrounding community and fosters social interaction and solid and inclusive neighborhoods. This is especially true in communities such as this that are underserved by retailers and service providers. Mixed Use developments with services and retail are more affordable for residents since transportation costs can be decreased. Mixed Use projects are more sustainable because they provide an added income stream for the developer.  


See the PDF section for the latest renderings of Phoenix Station and ,as comparison, the East Lake MARTA TOD .

Why We Formed

 

LDG, an out-of-state developer, intends to build an apartment building in place of six single family homes located across the street from the Kensington MARTA Station. LDG has filed a request with DeKalb to rezone the land to High Density Residential for a six-story, 244 unit, multi-family project. It will provided needed work force housing.

 

We are opposed to LDG’s proposed plan because it is not a Mixed-Use development.

  • It goes against the 2003 ARC Livable Centers Initiative.
  • It goes against the DeKalb County 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
  • It goes against MARTA Transit Oriented Development Guidelines.
  • It goes against the DeKalb County 2014 Transportation Plan.
  • It goes against the proposed Kensington-Memorial Drive Overlay District. 
  • The proposed design of the building and lack of mixed use creates a development that is socially, physically, and economically isolated.  
  • The project contains 28 one bedroom, 108 two bed room and 116 three bedroom units. In spite of targeting families, the site includes very limited places for children to play or for social interactions.

How You Can Help


  1. Attend The DeKalb Board of Commissioner's meeting July 24th.  Wear black to show support!
  2. Writie and/or call the DeKalb Commissioners who will have the ultimate vote on the rezoning (contact information listed below)
  3. Forwarding this info as you feel appropriate 
  4. Ask your friends and neighbors for their support
  5. Contribute to the Friends of Kensington fund which will be used to pay our Zoning Attorney.


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We need your assistance to convince The DeKalb County Commission to deny the proposed rezoning and insist on a Mixed Use development to benefit residents of Phoenix Station and residents of DeKalb County.

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Thank you for contributing to the Friends of Kensington fund to pay our Zoning Attorney and cover the costs of mailings, flyers, and signage. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.  Thank you.

Contact Information for DeKalb County Commissioners

Nancy Jester  (District 1)

Mike Davis , Jeff Long - Assistants

njester@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-2844


Jeff Rader (District 2)

Caroline Enloe - Assistant

jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-2863


Larry Johnson (District 3)

Colet Odenigbo, LaShun Atwaters - Assistants

larryjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-2988


Steve Bradshaw (District 4)

Alesia Brooks, Robin Detar - Assistants
srbradshaw@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-4907


Mereda Davis Johnson (District 5)

Demetrius McCoy, Demetrius Pinkett - Assistants

mdjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-2159


Kathie Gannon (Super District 6)

Kelly Cato, Davis Fox - Assistants
kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-4909

 

Gregory Adams (Super District 7)

Sonia Gilbert, Karren Manuel - Assistants

GregoryAdams@dekalbcountyga.gov

404-371-2899



Planning Documents outlining the vision for the Kensington Marta Area

Livable Kensington - Kensington Station LIvable Centers Initiative 2003

http://web.dekalbcountyga.gov/planning/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Kensington-Station-LCI-Report_2003.pdf


DeKalb County 2035 Comprehensive Plan

https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/user354/Comp%20Plan_draft_Feb2017_1.pdf


MARTA's Kensington Station Transit Oriented Development plan

https://www.itsmarta.com/pdfs/Kensington%20Station%20Profile(1).pdf


MARTA Transit Oriented Development Guidelines

https://www.itsmarta.com/uploadedFiles/More/Transit_Oriented_Development/TOD%20Guidelines%202010-11.pdf


Dekalb County 2014 Transportation Plan Recommendations Report

http://www.dekalbtransportationplan2014.com/documents/DeKalb%202014%20Transp%20Recommendations.pdf


Kensington-Memorial Drive Planned Overlay District - Tier II DeKalb Business & Lifestyle Center, which includes the Kensington Area, starts on page 15

https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/user405/N2%20Memorial%20Dr%20Overlay%20TA%2017%2021605.pdf


LDG Development, LLC - The Good and The Bad

LDG Development, LLC

https://www.ldgdevelopment.com/


Austin TX Police Department extends Operation Strike Out to patrol The Harris Branch Apartments in response to 142 calls to police in the past year 

http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=237172


Cambridge Station has been called the "Epicenter of Crime" by the Indianapolis Housing Authority

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/apartment-complex-asked-to-repay-809-000-to-taxpayers


https://www.indystar.com/story/money/2014/11/12/troubled-far-westside-apartment-complex-faces-foreclosure/18913843/

Downloadable PDFs

Friends of Kensington letter to members of the DeKalb Planning Commission July 5, 2018


DeKalb Planning Department Staff Analysis and Recommendation for Rezoning Application Z-18-22040


Phoenix Station Renderings revised June 11, 2018


Phoenix Station Site Plan revised May/June 2018


DeKalb Rezoning Agenda July 2018


Kensington Station Planning Document Excerpts including:

1 – 2. “Kensington LCI Concept Plan” and “Kensington Station Illustrative Plan,” Atlanta Regional

Center's Kensington Livable Centers Initiative (Kensington LCI)

3. “Kensington Station Land Use Map,” MARTA’s Kensington Station Transit Oriented Development

profile

4. “2035 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Concepts,” DeKalb County 2035 Comprehensive Plan

5. “Kensington Station Activity Center,” 2035 Comprehensive Plan – Chapter 7 ‐ Land Use

6 – 7. “18. Transit and Land Use” and “Livable Kensington,” DeKalb County’s 2014 Transportation Plan

Recommendations Report

8 – 9. “Kensington‐Memorial Drive Overlay Boundary Area” and “Tier II: DeKalb Business and Lifestyle

Center,” Kensington‐Memorial Drive Overlay 


East Lake MARTA TOD Plan

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