Statement on Georgia Supreme Court Ruling on Century Center Annexation

March 2, 2015

On March 2, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court passed an order which denied Highwoods Properties, Inc. petition for certiorari regarding the legal dispute over whether Century Center was annexed into the City of Chamblee after Brookhaven tried to annex the property prior to Chamblee’s referendum but after the local act calling for the referendum was signed into law by the Governor.

All of the Justices concurred in the order which let stand the October 23, 2014, ruling of the Georgia Appellate Court. In that ruling, which upheld a DeKalb Superior Court Order, the Appellate Court ruled “that Brookhaven lacked the authority to annex that property during the pendency of Chamblee’s referendum process.”

The City of Chamblee is very pleased with the ruling and hopeful that this legal battle is now over so that no more public funds will be needlessly expended defending the General Assembly’s intent that the Century Center property be included in the area which was annexed into Chamblee on December 30, 2013.

Said Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson, “I am proud of our City Council and Staff for working so diligently to support those that voted to annex into our city in 2013. It is great that we can now put this legal action behind us and move forward, knowing that the boundaries of Chamblee will reflect what was intended by the General Assembly when they passed the enabling legislation that allowed for the annexation vote to occur. I look forward to seeing our very local form of government continue to bring an exceptional level of service to all of those that we serve in this great city!”