Archive for November, 2012


Private Donations to Support “The Gateway” and Other Priority Projects

ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2012) The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership today announced it will receive a generous grant from the Woodruff Foundation to support the Atlanta BeltLine project’s expansion, specifically the development of the Gateway connecting the Eastside Trail to Historic Fourth Ward Park. The $3 million dollar grant will also support the development of the portion of the Eastside Trail through Reynoldstown; design for this trail segment will begin by the end of the year.

“The Atlanta BeltLine is a critical priority for the City of Atlanta, and the private sector has been a tremendous partner in its accelerated progress over the last several years,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “I applaud the Woodruff Foundation for their generous gift and confidence in the Atlanta BeltLine’s ability to connect communities, revitalize neighborhoods and redevelop entire areas of Atlanta.  This ambitious project is a national model for other cities to follow and is transforming the way we move around Atlanta.  I am hopeful that this private funding will spur others in our city’s vibrant corporate community to help out financially as well.”

“This legacy gift from the Woodruff Foundation represents a commitment to Atlanta’s future and one of the most ambitious economic development and infrastructure projects in the country,” said Duriya Farooqui, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta.  “I am grateful for their support and the continued support from the private sector.  Without the strong support of our business and philanthropic partners, the Atlanta BeltLine would not be what it is today and what we all know it WILL be in the future.”

“The Woodruff Foundation’s investment in the Atlanta BeltLine is a testimony to the value it sees in the development of what is Atlanta’s most ambitious economic redevelopment project,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson. “We are so grateful for the incredible support the private sector has continued to lend to enable this transformative project to fulfill its vision of a healthier city.” With this contribution, private sector investment in the project now exceeds $41 million.


About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns.  For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit

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Southwest Community Fall Festival

Southwest Community Fall Festival scheduled for saturday, November 17th ATLANTA

– Atlanta Post 3 At-Large City Council Member H. Lamar Willis invites residents to the annual Southwest Community Fall Festival at Jean Childs Young Middle School.  This year’s festivities will include food, games, candy, music, and more. This is the 4th year Council Member Willis will host the event.  He says, “growing up in Southwest Atlanta taught me the value of having strong community bonds.  While times have changed a bit, the need for tight knit communities has never been greater.  This is a wonderful opportunity for neighbors to come together and celebrate the work they do to make Southwest Atlanta such a wonderful place to live.” Entertainment will also include performances by Mays High School and Jean Childs Young Middle School marching bands, DJ Era, and Cardio Tone, who will give festival goers a workout while teaching them the latest urban line dances. This year’s event is the culmination of a day full of activities that includes the May’s Cluster Parade. 

The Southwest Community Fall Festival will be held Saturday, November 17th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.### 

Michael Tyler

Atlanta City Council Office of Communications

Atlanta City Hall Suite 2900

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McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority

Hello to all:
The next regular meeting of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority will be held on Thursday, November 15th at 1:00 PM in our new offices at 1794 Walker Avenue, SW at Fort McPherson.   
Entrance to Fort McPherson will be from the Lee Street gate.  An attached document gives directions to the office from several locations.  Temporary signs will direct you to 1794 Walker Street as you enter the gate.  You will need to provide a driver’s license or other identification to the gate guard and announce that you are going to the MILRA meeting.  GO DIRECTLY TO 1794 WALKER STREET – DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE AROUND THE PROPERTY IN YOUR VEHICLE.  
The public is invited to attend.
Jack  Sprott
McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority
Jack C. Sprott/Executive Director/1794 Walker Avenue, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310/(404) 477-6767

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Update on South Gordon Shooting…

Hello neighbors,

A few updates from Zone 4 concerning the shooting on South Gordon:

 – At this time they do not think it is related to previous shooting on South Gordon.

– The man who was shot was the homeowner.

– The investigators are working on leads and interviewing people that knew the victim.- His vehicle, a 2006 Range Rover, was stolen and has not turned up. Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the location of the vehicle. Tag number BIM9827.

More info here:

– Please use caution, as always, when walking outside – especially after dark. Be aware of your surroundings.

– They will have updates tomorrow (Wednesday) at the NPU-T meeting. The meeting takes place at 7pm at 686 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.

When incidents like this occur we are in close contact with Zone 4. I will continue to update the Yahoo group as we receive more information.



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City Hall closed on Monday…

Atlanta City Hall will be Closed on Monday, November 12 in honor of Veterans Day

ATLANTA – In honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, 2012, Atlanta City Hall will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2012 and reopen at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

The City of Atlanta recognizes all veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.  We honor and thank you for your service and dedication to our country.

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Join us This Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Join MACC as we support and say Thank You to our Veterans! This Saturday, November 10th. We need volunteers for this event. If you are willing to volunteer, please call STAND-UP at 404.581.0061 or email us at

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Notice of a ATAG II Regular Committee Meeting November 14, 2012

The City of Atlanta’s Alcohol Technical Advisory Group (ATAG II) will hold its Regularly Scheduled Meeting, to discuss the City of Atlanta’s Alcohol Code, regarding beer/wine/liquor licensing and enforcement issues on:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

in the

Atlanta City Council Chambers


City Hall

55 Trinity Avenue, SW

2nd Floor

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The Committee is composed of 17 members appointed by the Mayor, City Council and community and business groups.  They have been tasked with examining and recommending changes to the City of Atlanta’s Alcohol Code which deals with the licensing of establishments that sell beer, wine and liquor, as well as the enforcement of such laws.  As part of their review, ATAG II is required to conduct at least one public hearing in each quadrant of the City.  The Committee is expected to make final recommendations to the City Council by December 2012.

The City of Atlanta Alcohol Technical Advisory Group (ATAG II) was established through legislation (11-R-0936) introduced by Post 1 At-Large Councilmember Michael Julian Bond and passed unanimously by the City Council.


For more information please call 404-330-6770 or email

FYI: This meeting and the December 12, 2012 Regular ATAG II Meeting was moved to the Council Chambers due to reservation availability conflicts in Committee Room #2.

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Memorial information for fallen APD Officers

Friends of the Atlanta Police Foundation:
The tragic loss of Officers Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley is a reminder of the sacrifice APD officers make every day – risking their lives to keep our city safe. Day in, day out, these brave men and women show up to work prepared to serve, despite knowing their life can be placed in danger at any given moment.
Officers Halford and Smiley answered their final call late Saturday night. They were flying an  APD Air Unit helicopter,  while responding to assist with the search of a 9-year-old boy, when they hit a power line and crashed. Both men were outstanding officers and served our community with honor and integrity. They leave a huge void in the department and will be missed.
Officer Halford joined the APD in May 1986. He had been with the Air Unit for more than 16 years, serving as a pilot, and 26 years with the APD . Throughout his career, he served in various roles at APD – the  Zone 4 precinct, the Motors and DUI units. He is survived by his former wife, and a 21-year-old daughter. He was a beloved member of the APD family and is often described as a first-class officer.
Officer Smiley joined the APD in October 2010 and joined the Air Unit earlier this year, serving as a tactical flight officer. He previously served in the Department’s Zone 2 precinct. He is survived by his wife and three children, ages 5, 7, and 9.
Please join us in extending our sympathies to their families and to the brave men and women at the APD who worked side-by-side with Officers Halford and Smiley.
The City is currently working to provide their loved ones with all the information regarding benefits afforded to fallen officers’ families, including state and federal benefits as well as the APF Life Insurance Policy generously funded by the Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Additionally, memorial funds have also been set up in honor of the officers and to assist family members with expenses. Donations are accepted at any Wells Fargo bank location for the Officer Richard Halford Memorial Fund and/or the Officer Shawn Smiley Memorial Fund.
Funeral arrangements have been made for both officers:
Officer Halford
  • Family Visitation:  Thursday, November 8th, 2012 from  5pm to 8pm at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, 534 Fairburn Rd NW, Atlanta, GA  30331.
  • Funeral: Friday, November 9, 11 a.m, at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, 534 Fairburn Road NW, Atlanta 30331.
  • Motorcade for Friday, November 9: Officers will line up for the motorcade beginning at 9am at the GOLD Lot (corner of Hank Aaron and Georgia Ave. with entrance on Hank Aaron) at Turner Field.  The motorcade will leave at 9:30 am heading to Jackson Memorial Baptist Church.
The route for the motorcade will be:  North on Hank Aaron to Fulton Street, left on Fulton to Windsor Street, right on Windsor to the I-20 West bound ramp. I-20 west to I-285 south veering right to M. L. King on the ramp to I-285 south. West on M. L. King to Fairburn Road, right on Fairburn to the intersection of Collier and Fairburn Road.  Church is on the left.
Officer Smiley
  • Family Visitation:  Friday, November 9, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm at Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA  30034.
  • Funeral: Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, 4400 North Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30338.
  • Motorcade for Saturday, November 10, 2012:  Officers will line up for the motorcade beginning at 9am at the ORANGE LOT (corner of Fulton St. and Hank Aaron with entrance on Hank Aaron) at Turner Field. The motorcade will leave promptly at 9:30 am heading to Dunwoody, GA to First Baptist Church of Atlanta.
The route for the motorcade will be:   North on Hank Aaron to Fulton Street, left on Fulton Street to the ramp to 85 North,  I-85 North to I-285 East to North Peachtree Road.  Church is at the end of the ramp.
Thank you for your continued support of the APF and the men and women of the APD.

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NPU-T (West End) Request from U.G.A. Anthropologist

My name is Dave Himmelfarb and I am an anthropologist working with colleagues at the University of Georgia and US Forest Service on a project regarding climate change and community in southwest Atlanta. We would love to speak with residents of the West End. Specifically, we would like to hear your thoughts about the changing climate and about how weather, especially severe heat, affects your lives. As the climate is projected to become increasingly hot and dry in the Atlanta region over the coming years, it will be important to understand how people are exposed to the weather and how they responded to it both in the present and the past. We plan on publishing the results of our research and hope to make recommendations for policy makers that reflect the thoughts, desires, and experiences of our research participants.

If you are interested in participating in a 20-30 minute phone or in-person interview, please email me at or call 706 254 1740

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City of Atlanta Brownfields Program Meetings

Upcoming community meetings we have planned for the  City of Atlanta Brownfields Program, in particular the EPA  Area-wide Planning Grant
that we are closing out in December. We would very much appreciate if you could help us get the word out to as many of your constituents as  possible. The meeting dates are listed below.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6 pm-8:30 pm
Atlanta Technical College Library, 560 Metropolitan Parkway S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310

*         Presentation of the draft report for the Area-Wide Planning Grant

*         Receive information on additional grant opportunities

*         Learn about economic development activities and available resources

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 3 pm -5 pm

Invest Atlanta, 86 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

*         Presentation of the final report for the Area-Wide Planning Grant

Brandy Crawford

Urban Planner, Principal

DPCD, Office of Planning

404.330.6522 (d)

404.546.8231 (f)

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