The City of Brookhaven will officially break ground on its City Centre project, a multi-purpose downtown district that will serve as the anchor of the 11-year-old municipality, on Oct. 11, 2023.
“Brookhaven is all about uniting our vibrant and diverse community,” Mayor John Ernst said in a press release. “We’re designing our upcoming City Centre to do just that, and it will be a place where residents can live, work and play together like never before.”
City Hall, the project’s centerpiece, will reside on an approximately one-acre site, featuring government offices and extensive space for public meetings, gatherings and events that will include a catering kitchen and rooftop terrace. The City Hall project, which is expected to be completed by mid-2025, is funded via Brookhaven’s Special Services District, so no residential property tax revenue is used to fund the construction, according to the press release.
“It’s not just a city administration building,” Ernst told What Now Atlanta. “The building is 60% for the public. We’re building a park on the rooftop… The views on that level of Buckhead, Downtown Atlanta and Stone Mountain are going to be unmatched.”
Ernst said it’s one of the largest municipal mass-timber buildings in the Southeast.
Retail and residential development will also be part of Brookhaven City Centre. Plans include a large public green space, a ground-floor coffee shop, and paths and multi-use trails leading to the City Centre.
“The market forces and such will dictate that the future,” Ernst said of the types of businesses that could be coming to the area.
Brookhaven City Hall will be located at the corner of North Druid Hills and Peachtree roads, right near the Brookhaven MARTA rail station. The city acquired the lot from MARTA last year.
[Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comments from Mayor John Ernst.]