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DeKalb approves S.J. Collins/Whole Food project just outside Decatur

DeKalb’s commission approved zoning Tuesday for the mixed-use development just outside Decatur, now called North Decatur Square, anchored by a 365 By Whole Foods store.

Jeff Garrison, a partner with project developer S.J. Collins, told the AJC his company now has 18 collaborative developments with the Austin, Texas-based grocery chain, dating back to Charlottesville, Va., which opened in 2010. This one, at 35,000 square feet, is the largest 365 nationally either now opened or on the drawing board.

North Decatur Square totals 89,000 square feet, including 285 apartments (which could expand to 300) and 20,000 square feet for restaurants/retail. Garrison said he’s still two or three months away from naming specific tenants, some combination of sit-down (or “chef-driven”), fast/casual and/or a coffee bar.

Garrison added that he expects to break ground next January or February with the entire development opening sometime between June to September of 2018.