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Decatur, Avondale Estates to Celebrate Annexation

The public is invited to the event at noon Nov. 10 at Sam's Crossing.

There used to be a strip of unincorporated land between Decatur and Avondale Estates.

No more. The cities annexed the commercial property through the legislature last summer. Now the cities have a common boundary.

To mark the annexations, the two cities are getting together for a little celebration at noon Saturday at the grassy corner at Sam's Crossing and East College Avenue.

Katie Abel, Decatur's special events coordinator, sent out this email about the event, which is open to the public.

Please join the City of Decatur and the City of Avondale Estates in celebrating the merging of our City boundaries on Saturday, November 10th at 12:00 p.m. at Lanier Park located at Sam's Crossing. 

The recent annexation of property along E. College Avenue allowed, for the first time, the boundaries of the City of Avondale Estates and the City of Decatur to meet. The annexation gives both the City of Avondale Estates and the City of Decatur control over the redevelopment of these areas, which are gateways to both cities. The City of Avondale Estates and the City of Decatur are partners in creating  successful, sustainable communities.   

Refreshments from local Avondale Estates and Decatur merchants will be provided. All are welcome to attend

What changes would you like to see in this area? New stores? Changes to the existing stores?

Editor's note: A previous version of this story said the event would take place on Thursday. It's Saturday.

contented-NOT November 06, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I thought Stella Lanier left the corner pictured as well as the corner across the road as a green space (Memorial Park). Is it to be developed now?
Jill Joyner November 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM
It is not going to be developed, it just happens to be the spot where the two cities will now share a common border.
Doc Al November 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I guess Decatur now has it's first official liquor store - the red arrow store was always in the unincorporated strip but I would assume that it is now in the Decatur city limits?
Ralph Ellis November 12, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Yes, our very own liquor store!

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