Discussion Over Highwoods Properties Legal Battle Continues

posted Mar 12, 2014, 7:45 AM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated May 15, 2015, 8:07 AM ]

Chamblee, GA, March 11 – Highwoods Properties’ intentions to continue a legal challenge in Georgia’s court system over annexing the Century Center office park into the City of Brookhaven came up during a Town Hall meeting Monday

night held by Representative Mike Jacobs and Senator Fran Millar.

Chamblee resident, Leslie Freymann asked Jacobs or Millar to explain the issue to the group.

Rep. Jacobs explained that in 2013, the General Assembly passed a referendum to enable a portion of unincorporated DeKalb County to annex into the City of Chamblee. That referendum was passed by voters in November of 2013 by a 61% margin, and within that referendum boundaries were established. Those lines included Century Center in the City of Chamblee.

Before the referendum vote, but after the Bill passed in the legislature, Highwoods Properties applied for annexation into the City of Brookhaven. Under a cloud of litigation, Brookhaven officials processed and accepted the annexation application and later voted to annex Century Center, after a DeKalb Superior Court Judge said they could. However, the property was already included within the borders of the Chamblee annexation referendum and if the vote was successful it would be in Chamblee.