Druid Hills Residents Protest Clifton Ridge Subdivision
Developer: "They can protest until the cows come home."
A group of Druid Hills residents protested the development of a residential subdivision on Clifton Road last week after a crew arrived to begin clearing land.
But the crew stopped work after a DeKalb County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order halting work for the next 30 days so the court can address concerns of the Druid Hills Civic Association, which has opposed the development known as the Clifton Ridge Subdivision.
"[This development] is just very contrary to the nature of how Druid Hills was designed," said Mark Goldman, one of the protesters who lives about five homes down from the proposed development near the corner of Clifton and Oxford roads.
Atlanta attorney Robert Buckler wants to build seven homes on about three acres near the intersection and subdivide it, including a cul de sac. But residents of the historic district say the development violates building guidelines. The land is zoned for three homes, not seven, Goldman said.
"Most of us who live in this area like the ambiance of it. We like having lots of trees," he said. "Some of us are disturbed by other neighborhoods where they put up 5,000-square foot houses next to 1,000-square foot houses."
Buckler did receive proper permits from DeKalb County and said Thursday he expects the stop order to expire and work to continue.
"These people have lost at every step of the way," he said. "If they want to protest, they can protest until the cows come home. It doesn't bother me."
The protesters rotated throughout the course of the day, clutching protest signs, to the honking of passing cars.