The Porch Press

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

SAND Full Body Meeting – January

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Call to order. Announcements: Voting rights (3 meetings, or $10 membership). 2022 Woodland Hills Rep – Nicole Thorly; approved unanimously. Porch Press Board SAND – Paul Bolster; approved unanimously.

Zone 6: Street racing updates – Lt Simmons was unaware of the recent street racing incident on Bill Kennedy on New Year’s Eve. The weather has been having an effect on the reduction in recent incidents. Some racers on Moreland have been cited recently. Scooter thieves – Lt Simmons was unaware of the incidents related to supposed teenagers on scooters that have been reported breaking into vehicles and brandishing firearms in Grant Park neighborhood and fringe areas of SAND. For additional information on citations issued on various crimes, contact the city.

City/State/School/Other Elected Officials (5 minutes per): City Councilmember, District 1 Jason Winston – Councilmember Winston sits on the city utilities committee and recycling should be getting picked up this week. Due to staffing issues, the city has been prioritizing trash pickup over recycling but should be caught up by the end of the month. Continue to utilize 311 for requests. Yard debris pick up should not have been delayed, so additional information on the delays is being pursued. Crime: Per Major Ries, APD crime suppression units being sent out in an effort to deter crime in Zone 6.

Social: 2022 Ormewood Park Makers Festival – SAND taking over the execution of this event. Tentative timeline aimed for June 2022. More details in the coming weeks.

Public Safety Ken Boff on oversized vehicles (boats, campers, delivery trucks) parked on the street Transportation. Update on Bill Kennedy Way – Councilmember Bakhtiari informed SAND leadership that Mayor Dickens wants to conduct neighborhood town hall regarding this situation and ways in which it can be assessed and modified to improve the safety of the neighborhood while minimizing inconvenience. More details in the coming weeks.

Land Use and Zoning (LU&Z) V-21-316 / 501 Stovall St. / Zoned R-4-Beltline – Applicant seeks a variance from the zoning regulation to reduce the front yard setback from 35’ to 24’ for the construction of a second-floor addition. LUZ: Motion to recommend approval was adopted; 13Y-0N / 1A. SAND: Motion to recommend approval was adopted unanimously. BL-21-046 / 1104 Avondale Ave / Zoned MR-4A-C-Beltline – Applicant seeks to reduce the required Lester Avenue sidewalk width from 10’ to 6’, with stated reasoning being the dead end/low foot traffic nature of the road, as well as accommodation of the Beltline spur trail in other areas of the project. LUZ: NPU Review and comment; Applicant should explore the viability of implementing a path which connects the Beltline Spur to Lester Avenue, in order to better serve residents east of the project along the eastern United Avenue corridor.

Approval of December 2021 meeting minutes passed.

NPU-W Elections for 2022 Community Representatives and Officers. For those interested in running for a Community Seat, as an Officer or would like to express interest in serving as a Committee Chair or on a committee, please check out this link: Online Form for Candidacy Declaration.

Zone 6. Lt Jesse Webb: Be mindful of leaving packages or items on front porches or in mailboxes around the holidays due to increase in thefts/porch pirates.

City/State/School/Other Elected Officials: Liliana Bakhtiari – Newly Elected District 5 City Council Member. Street racing, dangerous vehicle activity, and similar meet ups are an area of concern and focus for Liliana and Jason.

Jason Winston – Newly Elected District 1 City Council Member: Met with both Mayor-elect Dickens and Council President-elect Shipman to discuss agendas and priorities. Office phone number: 404-330-6039.

Communications – Like SAND on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Please submit any ideas for the newsletter to us.

Treasurer: Amazon Smile / Kroger Rewards. Trolleys available for $45 unpainted, $60 painted.

Education/Schools (5 minutes): Maynard Jackson High School raising funds – Sunshine Closet:, Maynard Merry Days! December 6–11. For more details, please visit

Social: 2022 Ormewood Park Makers Festival. Sahaa CBD Atlanta Operation Giveback Clothes & Blanket Drive – Collecting items from 11AM-6PM on Sat 12/18, event is from 1-4PM.

Public Safety: November 2021 Neighborhood Larceny from Vehicle maps Transportation (5 minutes): BeltLine Subarea 4 Master Plan Update: Deadline for Public Comment – 12/17. These opportunities for feedback can be found at the Social Pinpoint engagement site: Temporary lane closure at 950 Glenwood Ave SE due to a storm water line installation. Started 10/25/2021 and lasts for about 16 weeks (Mid-Feb 2022) from 9AM-4PM on weekdays. Pending permit for full street and lane closure on Delmar Ave and Palatine Ave on 12/13-12/14 for on location filming. Shoot starts 12/13/2021 at 4:30PM and ends 12/14/2021 at 12:00AM.

Land Use and Zoning (LU&Z): V-21-316 / 501 Stovall – Applicant seeks a variance to reduce the front yard setback from 35 feet to 24 feet for the construction of a second-floor addition. LUZ: Motion to defer for 30 days was adopted unanimously with a couple abstentions. SAND: Motion to approve LUZ motion to defer was accepted without objections.

Approval of November 2021 meeting minutes passed.