Take the Turner Field Community Survey before November 21

Your Community. Your Voice.

Do you live, work or worship near Turner Field? Do you want to see the parking lots transformed after the Braves leave? Don’t be left out of the conversation. Visit turnerfieldcommunitysurvey.com to take the Turner Field Community Survey today, or call 404-377-9147 to take the survey by phone. ALL SURVEYS MUST BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER 21.

Survey results will be provided to the City of Atlanta Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Planning study, and will be used by the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition to identify community priorities for the redevelopment of Turner Field.

Beltline Network hosting Community Forum on Developing the SE Beltline Corridor

Wednesday, November 4, 6:00-7:30PM

Zoo Atlanta, Ford Conservation Room, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE

The BeltLine Network is organizing a community forum focused on the Southeast BeltLine Corridor and the surrounding communities. This forum will be open to the public and input will be invited during the gathering.

What are the plans and timeline for developing the Southeast Corridor of the Atlanta BeltLine? What are the aspirations of various stakeholders in its development? What are the shared goals for realizing the SE Corridor?

Beth McMillan, Community Planning & Engagement Director, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will provide updates on the plan to be followed by a panel representing diverse interests in these topics will share information and perspectives on planned, anticipated and envisioned development of the SE Corridor of the Atlanta BeltLine.

 

Panelists

Brandon Tidwell (btidwell.seatlanta@gmail.com), SE Atlanta BeltLine Committee of NPU-W

Jim Williamson, Vice-President, Chosewood Park Neighborhood Association

Lee Harrop, Program Management Officer, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

John Reagan, Architect, Urban Realty Partners

Neil Carver, Artist and Sculptor, Carver Iron

 

See the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/719898338142039/

The BeltLine Network is an alliance of individuals and organizations working to ensure the BeltLine lives up to its vision to connect Atlanta and its citizens through transit, trails, parks and economic development. The BeltLine Network convenes diverse organizations and experts to facilitate discussion and create an environment for positive dialog as a collaborative, influential voice on the BeltLine project.

Please contact Liz Coyle at lcoyle@outlook.com for more information.

Important Beltline Meetings - August & September

Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC)

July 28, 2015

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
100 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

 

 

Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB)

August 11, 2015

3pm - 5:30pm

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
100 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

 

ABI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Aug 12, 2015

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
100 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

 

ATLANTA BELTLINE 101 – NORTHEAST

Aug 13, 2015

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Keller Williams Intown
621 North Ave NE, Suite C-50, Atlanta, GA, 30308, United States

 

THIRD QUARTERLY BRIEFING OF 2015

Aug 17, 2015

Park Tavern
500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States

 

ATLANTA BELTLINE 101 – WESTSIDE

Aug 20, 2015

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Trinity Anglican Mission
2270 Defoor Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30318, United States

 

ATLANTA BELTLINE 101 – NORTHEAST

Sep 10, 2015

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Keller Williams Intown
621 North Ave NE, Suite C-50, Atlanta, GA, 30308, United States

 

ATLANTA BELTLINE 101 – WESTSIDE

Sep 17, 2015

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Trinity Anglican Mission
2270 Defoor Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30318, United States

 

 

 

Monthly Southeast Beltline Walks

Residents from SAND, Grant Park, and East Atlanta are gathering each month to explore what will become the Southeast section of the Beltline. 

Photo by Steve Saenz

Are you interested in seeing what will some day be the Southeast section of the Beltline? Neighbors gather at drip coffee in Glenwood Park at 9:45am. They then walk along the rail line starting at Glenwood Avenue down to D.H. Stanton Park, then back to Glenwood Park. The trip is approximately 2.5 miles.  Walkers are encouraged to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

The next walks will be: 

  • October 25
  • November 8
  • December 6

Drip Coffee Shop is located at 928 Garrett St, Atlanta, GA 30316

Special thanks to our friend Dale for helping to reclaim some of the path from the kudzu!


Nuptial Announcement- Moreland and Glenwood to be Married?

In 2006 and 2007 a few folks came together with the Southstar Community Development Corp., and started working on the South Moreland Livable Centers Initiative (SMLCI), which was adopted and approved by the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2008-2009.

Among the nearly 200 recommendations contained therein, the number one priority project was the realignment of the Moreland and Glenwood roadway intersection, a point where more than 30,000 cars and trucks pass through our neighborhoods every day.

Now, after a courtship that lasted nearly 10 years, a public meeting has been scheduled by the City on Thursday, July 23rd, which may represent the culmination of this sometimes enlightening and frustrating process. The meeting's at 6PM at Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Ave. SE. (Corner of Moreland and Glenwood, parking and access in the rear),

About four years ago, a transportation planner working under contract with the City developed several preliminary proposals which were vetted thru NPU-W, EACA and SAND. This was the subject of several community work sessions and a final recommended plan was adopted and approved which involves the widening of Glenwood, new signalization, new and upgraded bike and pedestrian facilities and certain streetscape enhancements.

The primary concerns with the current intersection alignment revolve around safety and vehicular congestion. While the proposed plan(s) address these functional matters, there has been considerable discussion and interest in recognizing the ways that this intersection serves as a major gateway to our communities and how this might be best realized in terms of both physical features and additional assets.  It is hoped that this type concern will also be addressed at the July 23rd meeting.

Three or four years ago, the projected total project costs were apx.$1.1 million and about 80% of that was to come from non-local sources, as the project is considered to be of regional importance. Currently, we understand the projected costs exceed $3 million and slightly more than 50% will come from non-local sources.

It is our understanding that the primary source of local funding will come from the allocation of local council district monies contained within the larger 'Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond' fund.

Despite the accepted regional nature of the project, it was not included on the 'citywide bond project list', but instead required City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong and Carla Smith to jointly devote a relatively large portion their respective local district infrastructure budgets towards this major community gateway project.

So try to find the time early in the evening of July 23rd to come find out how this romantic tale might transform our community.'

 

Notice of Property Tax Increase

The Atlanta Board of Education has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 9.63 percent.


All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on the tax increase to be held at the Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia, 30303 on June 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia, 30303 on July 6, 2015 at   9 a.m. 


This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 21.64 mills, an increase of 1.90 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 19.74 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $19.00 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $228.00.

 

Zone 6 has a new CourtWatch Coordinator

One of the most successful and recognizable Fulton County Community Prosecution initiatives is the Citizens’ CourtWatch program. Often dubbed the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community in court, CourtWatch was created by District Attorney Howard as a vehicle to engage average citizens in the criminal justice system.

 As Community Prosecutors track cases involving repeat offenders and those of general interest to the community, CourtWatchers are encouraged to attend court proceedings and, when deemed appropriate by the Court, offer perspective regarding the impact a defendant’s criminal activity has on a community.

In addition to our Communicty Prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Keith Lamar Jr., we now have a new Courtwatch Coordinator.  Danielle L. Simpson, JD will be attending our community meetings and keep in constant communication with our neighborhoods about upcoming Zone 6 cases.  She will help us to stay informed about relevant hearings so we can increase our involvement, which helps to send a message to criminals that crime will not be tolerated in our community.

You may reach Danielle by phone at 404-385-2466 or via email at Danielle.Simpson@fultoncountyga.gov

NPU-V forms the Turner Field Benefits Coalition

Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition

Purpose

In Fall 2014, a small group of neighborhood leaders from Neighborhood Planning Unit V began developing the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition. We believe that the best way to ensure a positive development for the residents of our communities is to come together with one unified purpose and voice.

The Coalition will organize residents and supporters to advocate for inclusive planning, transparent development, and community benefits related to the redevelopment of the Turner Field Stadium area.


Our Goals

• Inclusive Planning: The Coalition will help shape the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) planning process to make sure residents and stakeholders create a great plan for the Turner Field area and surrounding communities. The LCI will kick-off in September but we are working with the City of Atlanta to shape the process now.

• Transparent Development: The Coalition will also advocate for a transparent development process. Councilmember Carla Smith has committed to updating legislation to require the City of Atlanta to work with Fulton County to define a process for land disposition. The Coalition must organize to support this effort.

• Community Benefits: The Coalition will reach out to residents and stakeholders to create a list of community priorities for the development of the Turner Field area. This process will help us identify our long-term goals and the specific positive outcomes that we will pursue in the redevelopment process. To learn more about Community Benefits Agreements, check out the link below: http://www.forworkingfamilies.org/resources/policy-tools-community-benefits-agreements-and-policies.


Coalition Membership

Organizations are invited to participate in the Coalition in one of three membership tiers:

• Resident associations based in the immediate communities

• Resident associations and other organizations in adjacent south Atlanta communities

• Endorsing organizations that have a broader geographic focus.


Each organization that joins the coalition must designate a representative and an alternate representative to attend Coalition meetings. Any member of the organization or resident of surrounding neighborhoods are invited to participate in the Coalition committees. Representatives of Membership Tier 1 organizations (Organized Neighbors of Summerhill, Peoplestown Neighborhood Association, Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, Grant Park Neighborhood Association, Mechanicsville Civic Association, and Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association) as well as Committee Chairs will form a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will plan regular Coalition meetings to ensure that the entire Coalition is involved in important decisions and actions that we take together.


Coalition Committees:

• Media Committee: Educate the public about Turner Field redevelopment

• Outreach Committee: Find out what is most important to the impacted residents

• Research Committee: Learn about how development decisions are made and how to influence them

• Resource Committee: Manage resources and propose and manage Coalition budget

• Mediation/Ethics Committee: Ensure adherence to Operating Agreement, propose additions or changes ??to Operating Agreement, and mediate disputes.

 

Additional Documents:

Coalition Members, as of March 31, 2015

Agreements Document

Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition's Facebook page

Georgia Hill Library Branch 2015 Summer Programs

Superhero’s Summer Reading Kickoff Event

Tuesday, June 2. 11:00 a.m
Help us celebrate the start of summer and the summer reading program by joining us for a special
children’s superhero story time. Kids come dressed in your favorite superhero costume.
 

Be a Butterfly Hero: Help save the Monarch Butterfly

Tuesday, June 9. 11:00 a.m

Becky Griffin, an Urban Program Associate for UGA's Center for Urban Agriculture, will present a program on Monarch butterflies. Children will learn what makes the Monarch butterfly so special and what they can do to providea safe habitat for them. Did you know that Monarch butterflies can migrate up to 2,000 miles? Did you also know Monarch butterflies visit very specific plants? The Monarch butterfly population has plummeted so much that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now believes there might be reason to protect them under the Endangered Species Act. Be a hero, come and learn how to help the Monarch butterfly. We will participate in a Monarch butterfly craft and also explore other Georgia butterflies.

 

Beer 101

Saturday, June 13. 1:00 p.m
This workshop focuses on beer basics and is ideal for people who are new to the world of craft beer. This session typically covers the following topics: The history of beer; the brewing process; beer styles; beer terminology; and a
beer tasting “How To” in four basic steps. Beer will not be served at this program. Adults. Reservations required. 
 

The Writers Space: Join us as we create the time & space for the writer in you to learn and grow

Monday, June 15. 12:00 p.m
Experience basic approaches that engage and support your writing processes.
Writers at all levels of development and in all genres are welcome. Award winning writer and teaching artist Sandra Hughes is the presenter.

 

STORYTELLING WITH KUUMBA STORYTELLER, DEBORAH STRAYHORN

Tuesday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.

Ages 3-6. Mayors Summer Reading Club Program

 

Lifecycle of butterflies, dragonflies, caterpillars

Wednesday, June 17. 1:00 p.m
Children will hear about butterflies in their various life cycle stages. Crafts include a caterpillar made of pipe cleaners and an adult butterfly made from coffee filters and clothes pins. Vocabulary learned by the children for this program will be life cycle, habitat, host plant, metamorphosis, and chrysalis.

 

Unmask the Artist in you with Mr. Funn

Tuesday, June 23. 11:00 a.m
Come create your own comic book poster.
Ages 3-6.

 

Studio Class: Superfood The Vegan No Bake Experience

Thursday, June 25. 2:30 p.m
This studio will encourage students to reach for carrots instead of candy by exposing children to easy, simple recipes that they can make on their own.
K- 5th Grade. Reservations required. Class size is limited.

 

Herbs and Edibles

Friday, June 26. 12:00 p.m
Nothing tastes quite as good as fresh, homegrown herbs, fruits and vegetables to spruce up a meal. Not only do home-grown edibles taste better, they can also save shoppers money at the grocery store. Mickey Gazaway with
Pike’s Nursery will discuss how to grow delicious and fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at home. This program will include step-by-step instructions to teach attendees how to plant and care for home-grown edibles, which edible plants thrive in the Southeast; and how to incorporate these plants into your landscape.

 

Exploring Proper Glassware

Saturday, June 27.1:00 p.m
Believe it or not, the glass you use to enjoy your favorite beer really does matter! Brewers put a lot of work into their
products, and glassware is meant to showcase beer’s beauty. This session will explore: The appropriate glassware for several different beer styles; proper pouring techniques; beer glassware upkeep and maintenance. Beer will not be served at this program. Adults. Reservations required.

 

UGA Insect Zoo

Tuesday, June 30. 11:00 a.m.
Come touch and observe up-close real live insects, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, crickets, roaches, and spiders as well as museum specimens from Georgia and other parts of the world. Other activities will include roach races, beetle tractor pulls, cricket spitting, the wheel of insect trivia, insect hula and live and preserved insect specimens
. The University of Georgia Insect Zoo hopes to teach children and adults how to appreciate insects and understand their importance in our lives.

 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A National and Local Perspective

Wednesday, July 8. 1:00 p.m
Do you know how many grandparents are raising their grandchildren? Do you know the special issues they face? This program will provide an overview of the prevalence of grandparents raising grandchildren from a national and loca
l perspective and discuss the challenging issues facing these families. You’ll learn about Georgia State University’s Project Healthy Grandparents program, which was developed to provide support for such families and to improve health outcomes for both the grandparents and grandchildren.

 

Want to “Bee a Hero

Tuesday, July 14.11:00 a.m
Honeybees are one of nature's wonders. What other creature do you know that lives with a group of 60,000 of its sisters,pollinatesmanyofthefoodcropsweeat,andfliesuptothreemilestocollectnectar? Onlythehoneybee! Everyone can be a hero for honeybees by adding plants that are bee-friendly to a home garden or landscape. Becky Griffin, an Urban Program Associate for UGA's Center for Urban Agriculture will present a program on honeybees and beekeeping. We will see and try on the equipment that beekeepers use, learn about planting bee friendly plants, taste honey, and learn fun facts about honeybees. 

 

Fears in the Outdoors

Wednesday, July 15. 1:00 p.m
A discussion about common fears in the outdoors, bees, poison ivy, snakes, wild animals, etc. will take
place. Children will learn ways to avoid dangerous situations and about the benefits provided by the objects of their fears. Crafts will include making a hanging snake mobile. Vocabulary learned by the children for this program will be pollinator, habitats, responsibility, beneficial.

 

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Evidence-based Disaster Preparedness Information

Thursday, July 16. 12:00 p.m 4:00 p.m
Attendees will identify and evaluate authoritative sources of disaster preparedness information, locate information using databases, websites; download, organize and use disaster apps. This course will also cover National Library of Medicine disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers.

 

This or That: Craft Alternatives to Big Beer Brands

Saturday, July 18. 1:00 p.m
Ready to make the transition from common beer
to craft beer? This session is ideal for anyone who’s ready to move from drinking ‘big’ beer brands to smaller batch craft beers. This session will explore: An understanding of popular ‘big’ brands such as Budweiser, Corona and Heineken, including flavor profiles, aroma and other attributes for these popular styles; an overview of the craft brewing industry; an introduction to a few craft beer alternatives to these popular ‘big’ beer brands; and what makes them unique while also being similar. Beer will not be served at this program. Adults. Reservations required.

 

ArchaeoBus: Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom

Tuesday, July 21. 11:00 a.m 12:30p.m
Come and learn about Georgia’s archaeology and preservation in a fun and interactive way. Children k-8 will learn what archaeologists do in their profession and how they observe and study historic facts. Kids will explore exhibits inside the ArcheoBus peeking through telescopes; they will look through googles to see what an underwater archaeological site looks like; learn how archaeologists piece together artifacts they find; and observe how archaeologists look at plant material and determine characteristics about its past. Posters, brochures, and a list of Georgia archaeological sites to plan for potential visits will also be provided.

 

Yay! It’s National Ice Cream Month

Wednesday, July 22. 1:00 p.m
I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream during National Ice Cream Month. Get out of the heat and have a bit of ice cream on us. Come learn about the National designation, ice cream resources, and enjoy tasty samples from Honeysuckle Gelato & Sorbet.

 

How to Host Your Own At Home Beer Tasting

Saturday, August 1. 1:00 p.m
Beer tasting parties are a great way to explore new brews with friends. In just a few steps, you can be ready to host
your own! This session will explore: A beer tasting “How To” in four basic steps; overview of what’s needed to host a beer tasting event; a review of online free resources; and ideas for fun tasting themes. Beer will not be served at this program. Adults. Reservations required.

 

Yoga Laughter

Wednesday, August 5. 12:00 p.m
Laugh your way to health and wholeness through "laughter and breathing" exercises designed to keep you laughing
without jokes. “Laughter for Health” with Josie is the most fun you will ever have in an exercise class while you enjoy the naturally built in benefits of deep breathing, rhythmic movement and laughing. Join us at “Laughter for Health” and get a good cardio workout while having fun!

 

Habitats: beavers & great blue herons

Thursday, August 6. 1:00 p.m
Children will learn about the four components of a habitat food, water, shelter, space. Discussion will be centered on how animals find what they need to survive and thrive. Crafts will include the beaver mask and the great blue heron hat. The vocabulary learned by the children for this program will be habitat, pollution, and natural.

 

Home brewing for Beginners

Saturday, August 15. 1:00 p.m
Have you ever wanted to get into home brewing
but just didn’t know where to begin? Well we’ve already done the guesswork! This session will explore: Home brewing basics including helpful hints and tips; equipment needs for a basic home brewing set up; and picking the right ingredients for your preferred style. Beer will not be served at this program. Adults. Reservations required.

All Events are held at:

Georgia Hill Branch, a part of the Atlanta Fulton-Public Library System
250 Georgia Avenue, Atlanta 30312
For more information call 404.730.5427