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Serving the Historic Atlanta Neighborhoods of Grant Park, Ormewood Park, East Atlanta, Benteen Park, Glenwood Park, and environs

GPNA May 2021 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order–Tuesday, May at 7:30pm.

President’s Introduction

Appointment for Transportation Chair – Phil Kelly. Adelee LeGrand has moved into a supporting role, and Phil Kelly was appointed.

Announcement of Backing Historic Small Restaurants grant. Daddy D’z BBQ is one of the winners of this grant for $40,000 for restaurant support and building repairs.

Maynard Jackson High School (Booster Club) yearly donation – field banner. Request of $400 for a new banner. Neighbor requests that we ask the principal to attend GPNA meetings and send their updates to The Porch Press. The banner will be redesigned

Approval of the April Minutes: Minutes are approved.

Historic Oakland Foundation update by Mary Fernandez: Friday is Arts at Oakland event – Arts at Oakland Event Page: https://oaklandcemetery.com/event/arts.

Item One – Public Safety

Zone 6 Update – Lt. Carroll: Reminder to keep cars clean. Reminder: NPU-public safety meeting 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 19. ZOOM connection is found at NPU-W website. Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD) Neighborhood Survey. Reminder about 911 vs 311 vs 511 (see slides).

Item Two – Land Use & Zoning

460 Connally Street – Item, request, recommendation. Assuming newer variance application has stalled because there is no news. 

289 Little Street – A resolution for removal of zoning condition by the Council member. Original version: The following uses shall be prohibited: (d) Personal service establishments including barber shops, beauty shops, and manicure/nail shops. Amended version: The following uses shall be prohibited: (d) Personal service establishments including barber shops, beauty shops, and manicure/nail shops above 2,000 sq/ft. Doug Lueder, the applicant presented, he has responses from 10 neighbors in agreement, interest for salon to be in the building. Motion passed and it will sent to NPU-W.

Updates on Cherokee Bike Lane: Parking on west side of Cherokee has been removed and prohibited, and there is a new bike lane. Upcoming MARTA meeting about expanding the Streetcar (doesn’t affect Grant Park, but affects city). MARTA Streetcar East Extension Project: Thursdat, May 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm (day after NPU-W). Online (Preregister): https://tinyurl.com/StreetcarMeeting. Webinar ID: 970 9550 3767. For phone access, dial 1-646-558-8656. Access Code: 441656. Online Virtual Meeting Room: https://tinyurl.com/StreetcarEast. Question about Grant Park Coffee Shop moving, but there have been no updates

Item Three – Treasurer’s Update

$18,532.46 in the bank, $6549.00 in PayPal. Michelle Botwinick has agreed to file out taxes.

New Business: Steve Powner asks GPNA for a donation to Nicholas House for their capital campaign. Motion to support a donation of $500; motion passed.

Adjournment – 8:30pm.

GPNA Officers and Steering Committee – Online Directory: Visit gpna.org/calendar for committee meetings and Zoom links.

Laura Keen – President; Audra Cunningham – Vice President; Catherine Manci – Secretary; Evelyn Pannell – Treasurer; Eliza Adams – Fundraising Chair; Skyler Hassan – Land Use & Zoning; Chris Newman – Public Safety Committee Chair; Paul Simo – Homes & History Committee Chair; Stephanie Taylor Warner – Technology & Communications Chair.