Construction Begins for New Health Sciences Research Building

Facility Includes Pediatric Research Partnership Between Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Construction of a new Health Sciences Research Building on the Emory University campus will kick off with an official groundbreaking on June 15.

More than half of the new facility on Haygood Drive will focus on pediatric research through the Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center, a partnership between Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who will work closely with key affiliates including Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine.
“In breaking ground for this new building, we celebrate our long partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the momentum of our growing research collaborations,” says S. Wright Caughman, MD, Emory Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. “This partnership will lead to continued medical advances that will benefit pediatric and adult patients in Georgia and throughout the world and will help Emory and Children’s reach the top ranks of pediatric research institutions.”
The new building will encompass 200,000 gross square feet, with four stories above ground and one floor below grade. In addition to a number of pediatric focus areas, the new research building will include investigations in adult cancer, immunology and drug discovery.
“This is another monumental day for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory and for the children of Georgia and beyond as we are excited for the chance to further develop a robust pediatric research program,” says Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Atlanta is blessed with many fine institutions – like Emory – who believe in collaboration, and we will continue to grow because it’s the collaboration among our clinical and academic professionals that will determine how much we are able to provide for Georgia’s children now and in the future.”
A two-story working bridge will connect the new building to the Emory-Children’s Center building, adjacent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the home of Emory’s Department of Pediatrics. In addition to research space, the Emory-Children’s Center also houses a pediatric outpatient center, the largest pediatric specialty group practice in Georgia.
“The bridge that links the new research building to the Emory-Children’s Center is an architectural highlight and gateway to the Emory campus. But more importantly, the bridge is a symbolic link between Emory and Children’s and reflects our shared commitment to child health,” says Barbara J. Stoll, MD, George W. Brumley Jr. Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The building’s open design, accommodating 65 lead researchers and their teams, will feature natural light in laboratories and corridors. The building will include a 175-seat auditorium and a café dining area with outside seating.
Designed by architecture firm ZGF (Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP), the building is expected to be LEED-silver certified, with completion expected in April 2013.
With a cost of approximately $90 million, the building will be funded primarily through philanthropic contributions, including a grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Inc., the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the Zeist Foundation Inc., Dr. Raymond Schinazi funds, the Georgia Research Alliance and two anonymous foundations.

Northlake Overlay Plan Meeting

“Northlake Station” blog editor, 8-year local writer, tennis coach
Holy Moly–
We have a shot at making another impression on the Simon Malls people. Next Tuesday (June 7) evening (6:30 to 8:00), hopefully hundreds of people will choose to hear DeKalb County.
The meeting is at the new “One DeKalb” government resource center on the bottom floor of Northlake Mall. Was anyone aware that the office is there? I hope they have a lot of seats.
Planners talk about their way of accomplishing a walkable community in the Northlake business core. They see this happening via creative zoning–a “zoning overlay”–in other words, taking existing zoning and layering more specifics regarding exterior architecture, planned compatibility among building heights all the way down to street furniture and bike racks. They call it a “compatible use” overlay because it doesn’t completely remove the “character” of the regional business center that it once was.
Anyway–this meeting will be wonderful if we get YOUR ideas across and get to add stuff to the agenda–like how to promote a commuter rail stop so we can get to Emory and downtown when gas is $10 a gallon. It’s either that or bicycles folks.
Then there’s the mall property. I like to call it the mall PROPERTY because I firmly believe it won’t be a mall in the future–indeed malls are antiquated. No–not a mall, but what…and what would have to happen to Simon to jar the company loose from the property?
Hey–do you suppose a Simon decision maker from Columbus, OH, will make this county tutorial next week?
(That’s two questions here for feedback folks, and I know darn well this mall area is a subject of ill-repute around here. I can’t walk on my street before I hear someone taling about it.)
The Northlake Overlay
Tuesday, June 7
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
One DeKalb Resource Center
Northlake Mall
(lower level next to Macy’s)

2011 Architect 50 / Number 1: Perkins+Will

By Fred A. Bernstein for Architect magazine
As co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide sustainability initiative, Paula Vaughan, AIA, has consulted on hundreds of projects, including one very close to home: the firm’s office in Atlanta, a 1980s building that it gutted and rebuilt with an impressive array of green features. Since moving in several months ago, Vaughan has been busy evaluating (and adjusting) the building’s performance, as well as giving tours to everyone from architecture students to Perkins+Will competitors. Of the knowledge the firm developed in designing the new office, she says, “We’re not seeing it as a secret competitive edge, but as something to share with the entire profession.”
Perhaps that openness is the firm’s competitive edge. How else to explain the firm’s rise in revenue over last year (just one reason it tops the ARCHITECT 50). The firm has, for the most part, resisted cutting fees, says president and CEO Phil Harrison, FAIA, despite recession-related pressures. His concern isn’t about short-term profits. “You can go for a long time at break even,” he says. “The problem is devaluation of your services, and what that will mean, long-term, for the profession.” So instead of discussing fee reductions, Harrison says, he talks to clients about bigger-ticket items such as cutting energy use and speeding up construction through prefabrication. Pretty soon, any “give” in the architect’s fee is dwarfed by architect-initiated savings.
The firm’s buildings are also winning design awards, confirming the appeal of what Harrison calls “human-centered modernism”—a crisp but inviting look that is becoming recognizable as something of a firm style—though Harrison says it’s not the result of an aesthetic predilection so much as a commitment to certain principles. Those include “honest use of materials” and, of course, sustainability (which leads to generous use of glass for daylighting).
With more than 1,000 LEED accredited professionals, Perkins+Will has made U.S. Green Building Council standards part of its DNA. But Harrison says that the firm isn’t naïve enough to think that “we’re done as long as we’ve followed the checklist. Our firm strategy is to go beyond LEED, especially on the energy front.” To that end, the firm’s micro-grant program offers employees the chance to spend up to 40 hours of their time—at firm expense—on building-related research.
Perkins+Will has accomplished all of this without a major overseas expansion. (Only three of its 23 offices are outside North America.) One reason is that sectors in which the firm is most active—including education and healthcare—are strong domestically. Harrison would welcome growth abroad, he says, but, “frankly, we’ve been busy with the work we have here.”

LLCC to Host Spring Planning Workshop

The Lindbergh LaVista Corridor Coalition, in conjunction with urban design firm Perkins + Will, is excited to announce an upcoming Spring Planning Workshop on Saturday, 7 May from 8:00am – 1:00pm at The Center for Spiritual Growth & Meditation, to gain community feedback on the future development of our area. The Georgia Conservancy will be the facilitator for the event..
As you know, the LLCC’s aim is to improve the environment around us and the quality of life in our community.  We need your input to be able to influence the type of development we’ll see in the LLCC area.  The upcoming workshop will focus specifically on the area around Cheshire Bridge Road/LaVista Road/Lindbergh Drive.
The Center is located at 1893 Piedmont Road NE and has plenty of free parking.
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Sponsors for this event include Halpern Enterprises, Selig Enterprises, Java Blues and Nakato’s Japanese Restaurant. 
To register for the Workshop, click HERE!

Spring Planning Workshop & Survey


We Need to Hear From You! The Lindbergh LaVista Corridor Coalition, in conjunction with urban design firm Perkins + Will, is excited to announce an upcoming Spring Planning Workshop on Saturday, 7 May from 8:00am – 1:00pm at the Center for Spiritual Growth & Meditation to gain community feedback on the future development of our area. The Center is located at 1893 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. As you know, the LLCC’s aim is to improve the environment around us and the quality of life in our community. We need your input to be able to influence the type of development we’ll see in the LLCC area. The upcoming workshop will focus specifically on the area around Cheshire Bridge Road and LaVista Road and Lindbergh Drive. Please take a few moments to answer the following questions. All feedback is anonymous. The LLCC will use this information to guide our discussion at our Spring planning workshop on Saturday, 7 May, where we will have representatives from the commercial property owners in this area, as well as government officials. For more information on the workshop, please visit www.lindberghlavista.org.
Link to survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e3kxw9mvglig11ro/start

National Association of Realtors 2011 Community Preference Survey

2011 Community Preference Survey

NAR’s 2011 Community Preference Survey explores Americans’ wants regarding neighborhood characteristics such as proximity to parks and shopping, walkability, and commuting time, and the trade-offs in home type and size that people may be willing to accept in order to obtain those neighborhood preferences. The survey reveals that most Americans would like to live in walkable communities where shops, restaurants, and local business are within an easy walk from their homes, as long as those communities can provide detached single-family homes. The survey also shows that most Americans would choose a smaller home and smaller lot if it would keep their commute time to 20 minutes or less.
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Cozy pocket neighborhoods have sprawl on the move

By Andy Rogers/Red Box Pictures, for USA TODAY
When Brian and Colleen Ducey’s two adult children moved out, their large empty home on a quiet dead-end street in Seattle suddenly lost its homey feel. 

Brian and Colleen Ducey, right, chat with neighbor Eileen McMackin on their front porch in Shoreline, Wash., where eight bungalows share a yard, garden and commons building.
Brian and Colleen Ducey, right, chat with neighbor Eileen McMackin on their front porch in Shoreline, Wash., where eight bungalows share a yard, garden and commons building.
“We had a big, 2,500-square-foot home that we weren’t using,” says Brian, 58. “We had a very large yard. We felt tied to it every weekend trying to make it look halfway decent. … It was a great house, but too big.
 
“They looked for something smaller, but their only options were condominiums — until they saw an ad for an unusual new development just across city limits in Shoreline, Wash.: Eight cottages around a central garden. The first view from the access drive was the gable of a commons building and colorful rooftops jutting up behind it.
 
One look at the charming cluster of small homes (less than 1,000 square feet) and the Duceys put money down, sold their house and moved in five weeks later.
 
“It’s like the ultimate for us,” Brian says.
 
After decades of living large — mini-mansions in sprawling subdivisions the size of cities — some Americans are retrenching and showing a new appreciation for small, cozy and neighborly.
 
Architect Ross Chapin, who designed Greenwood Avenue Cottages, where the Duceys live, has coined a term for these new compact communities: pocket neighborhoods.
 
His new book — Pocket Neighborhoods, Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World— documents a surprisingly broad array of such developments across the USA, from urban neighborhoods to suburban and rural areas.
 
  • BACKYARD COTTAGES: Seattle makes a dent in housing need
  • Based in Langley, Wash., Chapin has developed 40 pocket neighborhoods across the country — many in partnership with Seattle developer Jim Soules of The Cottage Co. He is currently working on projects in Indiana, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
    Cities in the Puget Sound area have adopted cottage housing ordinances that often allow twice the number of homes on a lot as long as they’re small, limited in height and face a common area.
    “Jurisdictions around the country are looking at these and adopting them,” Chapin says. “The idea of a pocket neighborhood is that you have nearby neighbors coming together around a shared space. … This really harkens back to the fact that we, as humans, are social. We want to be together.
    “Together but private. And that’s what pocket neighborhoods may bring to a society that is increasingly aware of the need to save natural resources — no sprawl and less reliance on cars — yet still cherishes personal space.
    Back to the basics
    Changing demographics, including a large aging population fueled by the first of 77 million Baby Boomers turning 65 this year, also are reigniting a hunger for community.
    “Having just gone through this era of the housing bubble and McMansions growing out of nowhere … now we realize that a lot of that was phony,” says Ben Brown, a consultant who specializes in “new urbanism,” a planning principle that encourages compact, energy-efficient living and communities that foster walking over driving.
    Big houses get families to put all their needs under one roof, often isolating them from neighbors, he says. Now that gas prices are soaring, large homes that need lots of energy to heat and cool are losing their appeal.
    Homes in pocket neighborhoods may be small but are designed to feel big and airy. Many feature high ceilings and skylights. Parking spaces and garages are usually out of sight to encourage residents to walk home through the shared gardens.
    ‘Perfect for my mother’
    Developer Casey Land had always worked on large projects, such as shopping centers and multifamily units. Three years ago, partly inspired by Chapin’s cottage industry, Land decided to build the Inglenook Neighborhood in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis.
    “A couple of times I had printed off little pictures of (Chapin’s) cottages,” he says. “Everybody always said, ‘That’s perfect for my mother.’ I had that comment more times than I can tell you.
    “Six two- and three-bedroom cottages, ranging from 1,100 to 1,800 square feet plus a basement, are under construction in the first phase. Price: $200,000 to $400,000.
    Land Development & Building Co. is putting Inglenook on 27 acres surrounded by existing development.
    “Our target market is an empty-nester, a single parent with a child or two,” Land says. “It might be a single person, widowed or divorced, or somebody thinking of buying a condo but who doesn’t want to live with shared walls and wants to have a garden for therapy.
    “Rosemary Sowler, 55, is single and childless and lives half a mile away. She and her longtime best friend, also single, talked for years about combining their households when they neared retirement. They were drawn to Inglenook’s location and environmental standards.
    “Once I heard about the plan not only for the common areas but for the green aspects, I got excited,” says Sowler, a nurse who handles medical claims. “This is what we need to be doing in our homes. We need to build smarter and not larger.
    “Todd and Jeannette Staheli and their two children live in a 1,000-square-foot cottage at Greenwood Avenue in Shoreline. After four years in their previous home, built in 1923, they still didn’t feel like part of a community.
    They know their neighbors at Greenwood. Kids play in the common area. Weekly potluck dinners bring everyone together. Need someone to water the plants or feed the fish? Ask neighbors. Plus, their utility bills have dropped by half.
    “We have less than the square footage of the typical American home,” Todd Staheli says, “and I’m sure we have less than half the hassle.”

    Land Use and School Locations

    from Land Matters, a publications of the Atlanta Regional Commission
    There was a time in our nation’s history when a majority of children were able to walk or ride bikes to school.  Similarly, the school building was a fundamental civic landmark in the community. And while there are some older communities that still enable younger residents to walk to school, this is no longer the norm, as schools have increasingly been built on the outer edges of communities where land is less expensive.
    Consequently, the distance students travel to school has increased greatly. In 1969, 87 percent of students lived within one mile of their schools. By 2001, this number shrank to just 21 percent. In Georgia, it has been estimated that only six percent of elementary students, 11 percent of middle school students, and six percent of high school students could reasonably be expected to walk to school.
    This shift has come at a price, according to research recently developed for The Civic League for Regional Atlanta by Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In “School Locational Decisions and Land Use: Addressing a Growing Problem,” researchers cite increased traffic congestion (along with higher school bus costs and increased air pollution) and increased childhood obesity as two significant unintended consequences of “school sprawl.”
    The Civic League recommends that school boards and local governments change course by working collaboratively toward school siting decisions that:

    • Better match development and new school capacity;
    • Better align local comprehensive and school facility plans;
    • Better connect schools and adjacent neighborhoods; and
    • Facilitate the use of schools for other community purposes.

    The paper also addresses obstacles to collaboration between local governments and school boards and suggests specific action steps for the Atlanta region.
    “School Locational Decisions and Land Use” is available for download at www.civicleagueatlanta.org.

    Creating the Perfect City Is About Illusions, Such as Shorter Blocks

    A city planner in Gainesville, Florida and an urban designer from Perkins+Will talk about making American cities more vibrant and livable.

    Crumbling infrastructure, two hour commutes, sprawl, economic stagnation, and obesity! These are just some of the problems facing the many increasingly unlivable American cities today.
    Cities like Portland, Oregon, hog urban planning’s limelight with their schemes to fix American urban living, but meanwhile, many lesser-known cities and unexpected urban planners are working on quiet revolutions.
    Anthony Lyons is not your typical urban planning type. He didn’t go to planning school. He didn’t get an MBA. He went from studying Greek art to starting one of the nation’s first pre-paid phone card companies before turning around Claremont, New Hampshire, a New England mill town. He then became director of Gainesville, Florida’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Using his progressive outlook and eclectic background, Lyons is rethinking the role of local government in community life.
    In four short years, following a theory of “simple innovation,” the CRA accomplished the unthinkable: 1,500 new housing units were built, property values increased more than 60%, fiber optic cables were laid in long-neglected neighborhoods, and a signature park on the site of an abandoned train depot began to be created.
    Anthony Lyons and David Green, an urban designer from Perkins+Will, are teaming together to re-imagine how we address the challenges cities face in the coming decades. Here’s their recent conversation about what exactly the urban revolution might look like:
    DG: We hear all the time that government is too cumbersome. ‘Simple innovation’ sounds like it might be an answer. But now what? What are you doing to actually change Gainesville?

    Downtowns all over the country are struggling.

    AL: First, we posed a simple question, “What kind of city do we want to be?” It sounds stupid, right? At some level it is actually more stupid than it sounds, but very few communities ask fundamental questions because their problems have already gotten so complex. For example, in a lot of cities you get planners asking questions like, “How can we shorten commutes?” But without knowing what you want to be, at the most basic level, it is impossible to know where to start.

    What-we-want-cities

     
    When we asked that question in Gainesville, the answer was clear. We want Gainesville to be a walkable and flexible city. Beyond that, we just want Gainesville to be cool. The question then is how do we make that kind of city? In many ways, we’re dealing with a blank slate in our underutilized downtown. While this is an incredible opportunity, it isn’t something unique to Gainesville. Downtowns all over the country are struggling. Gainesville is a city with good bones and has land ripe for redevelopment.
    David, you’re the planner, what’s the trick?
    DG: One thing? For new development?
    AL: Sure.
    DG: Small blocks. If you can’t walk in a city, then a city isn’t walkable. And small blocks tend to be the most flexible in terms of their long-term reuse.
    AL: Fair enough.

    Walkability is more about perception than reality.

    DG: Seriously, it’s simple. On the point about walkability, people like to walk through cities that have small blocks. It is almost coded into our DNA. It’s about making progress when walking but it’s about the perception of progress in space. Think about Manhattan, it’s a great city, an unbelievably walkable city. Manhattan has small blocks. But even so, you feel different walking down different streets in New York. Anyone who has ever been there knows that walking uptown is far more enjoyable than walking crosstown, regardless of the distance. Why? Because the blocks in New York are long and narrow. You walk across the short side, 225 feet, when walking uptown and the long side, generally 600 to 900 feet, walking crosstown.

    Crosstown-Blocks-Suck

     
    Think about it this way, if you are standing on 32nd and Lexington and someone calls you to get a coffee at 42nd and Lexington, you happily walk the ten blocks uptown. If that same person calls and she is on 32nd and 6th, you do it, but you aren’t as happy about walking the same distance crosstown, although its only four blocks. Walking uptown is more diverse, you cross more streets that take you to different places. Walking crosstown, on the other hand, is a haul to the next street. This goes back to the point above: when it comes to walkability, it’s more about the perception than the reality. This is true of walkable cities all over the world. Going further, look at the front of a typical suburban shopping center, nobody wants to be there. Huge distances between stores. Why do we continue doing this?
    AL: That’s a tough one. But one reason is that old ideas get frozen in the complexity of land development regulations. All across the country, the documents that describe how cities are supposed to grow are growing amazingly dense and outdated. Take the block size issue, we are reworking our regulations to take out everything that makes blocks big, like huge parking requirements, large setbacks and unnecessary buffers that make development cumbersome anyway. So we’re supporting the goals of walkability and flexibility and, in so doing, incentivizing innovation by creating an environment conducive to creative solutions from the development community.

    Planning-Books

     
    We’re actually doing this right now with our plans for a new science and research district, Innovation Square, near the University of Florida. The plan will be boiled down to only the few essential things we believe this district needs. We can’t possibly anticipate exactly what buildings will be needed in the future or predict where the market will be. We can, however, predict what conditions will support a more flexible Gainesville, meaning infrastructure that can easily accommodate many development scenarios. And we, the government and our regulations, have to be nimble while still fulfilling our obligations to the public.

    What we’re doing now feels like a revolution.

    DG: I can’t resist going back to New York. You can see exactly this principle at work in the original plan for Manhattan, a very simple document. It was a single map, really, it was just streets and blocks, everything else was blank, and it generated astounding complexity and variety over the last 200 years. Without ever changing the location of streets, blocks in New York have accommodated everything from farm houses to the Empire State Building. Granted, cities today confront a whole array of challenges that couldn’t have been dreamed of in the past. It puts planners and local governments in a difficult position. And too often we respond to complex problems with even more muddled action. I think the point here is that we need to parse issues for concise solutions.

    Perkins-Planning

     
    AL: A couple of years ago we adopted a redevelopment plan for an industrial area adjacent to downtown. We started asking ourselves what kind of development might go there, housing or mixed-use? We figured out quickly that we were asking the wrong questions. We had no idea what the market could bear at that time or any time in the future, but we knew we wanted to create an extension of our downtown. So, we did exactly what New York did when they made their plan so many years ago—we kept it simple. The City Commission adopted a plan that laid out streets and blocks, small ones. And that’s it. You’d be hard pressed to find a City that has made a more elemental plan in the last 50 years.
    DG: Why aren’t more of your peers thinking this way?
    AL: I think it is often hard to ask why because it might mean that a lot of things need to change, that we might have even made some mistakes in the past. Sometimes it’s just easier to keep what you have. But that’s not me and that’s not what the CRA needs to be doing.
    DG: So, what does the future look like?
    AL: Now we are looking at issues of sustainability and asking why. We‘re preparing a framework to redevelop areas of the city without preconceived notions of what is right. We know a few things, like we want people to be able to walk, but beyond that we are going to question every decision we make. The goal is to only create important things. We’re moving forward like a city at the beginning of its history, we are starting from square one. It feels oddly like a revolution.

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    Biscuits and Bar-B-Q Out. Big Banks In?

    The former Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Cheshire Bridge Road near Lindbergh Drive was demolished this week to make way for Chase Bank. Sonny’s closed in 2009 shortly after its parent, Greater Atlanta Bar-B- LLC, filed for bankruptcy. Washington Mutual, now Chase, was already in the shopping center, in a small space on the Lindbergh side of the center. It will now have a larger free-standing branch. With the demolition wrapping up this week, construction could begin within the next week or so.
    While this is a bank and not restaurant news per-se, I wanted to write about anyway for the reasons discussed below…
    One, this is now the second restaurant (albeit this time closed) that Chase has knocked down for a branch. Last May, Chase bought out of the lease of the East Cobb location of The Flying Biscuit and demolished the building, constructing a free-standing branch in its place. These two restaurants are meaningful to me as saw each of them built. Having now just graduated from college, it’s amazing and kind of sad to think I’ve now managed to see buildings constructed, and also demolished.
    The Flying Biscuit on Johnson Ferry was originally built as a Donato’s Pizza in the late 1990s, and was closed in 2002 when Donato’s left the Atlanta market. I think that it remained vacant for a short time until Raving Brands turned it into their now infamous failure, Mama Fu’s Asian House. The Asian concept was launched on Peachtree Road and grew to over a dozen locations before Raving Brands was hit with multiple lawsuits alleging, among other things, racketeering and fraud. Once said to exceed the growth rate of sister concept of Moe’s Southwest Grill (now owned by Atlanta-based Focus Brands), Mama Fu’s locations started dropping like flies. The chain was sold in 2008 and closed its first and last remaining Atlanta area location last year.
    The Flying Biscuit was an Atlanta institution and loved by many but has become far too “cookie cutter” of late. The concept was purchased by Raving Brands in 2006 and started franchising in 2007. I believe the that conversion from Mama Fu’s to Flying Biscuit in East Cobb took place in late 2007.
    Over at Lindbergh and Cheshire Bridge, a similar scenario played out. McDonald’s, in their constant chase of consumers’ changing behaviors and driving patterns, closed its location at 1824 Cheshire Bridge Road (now home to ROXX Tavern & Diner) and opened a new location within the newly constructed shopping center. In the early days, Ray Croc scouted new locations by hovering over neighborhoods in a the company plane looking for church steeples. He said these were “good American families” and that’s who he wanted as customers. Of course, today more advanced technology is used to monitor traffic counts and such, and it’s a change in traffic flow that led to the move.
    The shopping center was constructed in the mid 90s if I recall. I remember accompanying my father on trips to Hastings Nature & Garden Center on that property. Today Hastings is located on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven.
    Chase has stated they plan to significantly grow their Atlanta footprint and expect to have 74 branches open in metro Atlanta by the end of 2011. Chase inherited 55 branches when it purchased the banking operations of Washington Mutual in 2008. Another new location is progressing in a portion of the shuttered Linens ‘n Things at the Peach Shopping Center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Plans call for as many as 10 new locations each year for the next several years.