Tuesday, December 16, 2008

If Decatur annexes we must, too says Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates: If Decatur annexes we must, too


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

As Decatur weighs the possibility of expanding its borders, neighboring Avondale Estates is again considering annexation as well.

The two west DeKalb County cities’ futures may be intertwined. Avondale leaders say that if Decatur moves forward on discussions to annex along East Ponce de Leon Avenue, which runs through both cities, they would have to annex from their end, to meet at Sams Crossing.
Otherwise, Mayor Ed Rieker said, the city could lose the chance to square its borders and add more commercial property to its tax rolls.

“If we don’t control it, Decatur might,” Rieker said of the mostly industrial and commercial land that lies in unincorporated DeKalb County between the cities. Avondale is considering whether to add about 80 businesses from the East Ponce/Laredo Drive area, as well as a handful more along East College Avenue.
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