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GPNA General Membership Monthly Meeting Minutes – April 16, 2019

Time: 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Location: Zoo Atlanta ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater

Officers/Chairs Present: Dr. Michelle Kirby, President; Michelle Botwinick, Treasurer; Samantha McKinlay, Economic Development; Laura Keen, Fundraising; Rick Hudson, Land Use and Zoning; Eliza Adams, Philanthropic; Chris Newman, Public Safety

Officer Reports

President – Dr. Michelle Kirby ( Welcome, housekeeping rules, and thanks to Zoo Atlanta for use of the theater for the meeting. Reminder: The purpose of the monthly general GPNA meeting is for GPNA officers/committee chairs, local organizations, elected officials, etc. to provide brief updates to the community. In-depth discussion occurs at the committee level.

Zone 6 update: Sgt. Jones – Crime is down but car larcenies are still a problem. Remember the clean car campaign. If you have a Ring or Nest cam and have footage of a theft or robbery, send the footage to Pay attention to people going through backyards and call 911. Zone 6 Community Prosecutor update: Keith Lamar, (404) 612-7012. – Mr. Jarvis McRay still in custody and held with no bond. Trail is not until September. Frederick Robinson has been arrested and held with no bond. Trail is in July.

GPPN update ( Gwen Link, secretary – Easter Egg Hunt: April 20 is free to the public. Moving On Up is April 26 from 6:30pm-8:30pm ( Music in the Meadow: 5/2/2019, 6/6/2019, 7/11/2019, 8/1/2019, 9/5/2019. CPR Event: 5/19/2019. Summer Social: 6/22/2019.

Historic Oakland Cemetery ( Illumine: May 9-12, 7pm-10:30pm. Tunes from the Tombs: June 8, 12pm-8pm. Atlanta Preservation Center: David Mitchell. Big gala on May 18 in support of the Erskine Fountain renovation:

Vice President – Open ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby. Please check in. Please sign in if you’re a new member. Committee sign-up sheet.

Treasurer – Michelle Botwinick ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby. The GPNA is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible!

Secretary – Open ( – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby. March Minutes (approval vote toward the end of the meeting).

Committee Reports

Public Safety – Chris Newman ( LRB: Raman Station at the Larkin. Approved. Crime information is available from Burglary attempt at Ace Hardware to get power tools, but all are locked down so nothing missing.

Economic Development- Samantha McKinley ( Next gathering at Vickery’s at Glenwood Park on 4/25 from 5pm-8pm.

Fundraising – Laura Keen ( In charge of sunbursts now. Order your Sunburst today and have it by Friday! Don’t forget to sign up for Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile. Each of your purchases provide a donation in your name back to GPNA, at no cost to you. Spring Tour of Homes is set for May 18 and 19 from 12pm-5pm each day. Looking for volunteers and homes for the tour. Please contact to volunteer.

Philanthropic –Eliza Adams – Presented by Samantha McKinley. Dates have been determined with Nicholas House for Make a Meal and will be putting together a schedule soon. Coordinating with Maynard Jackson to get student volunteers to support GPNA.

Technology – Stephanie Warner ( If you are not receiving contact information from GPNA, please contact Also, please make sure your information on the site is up to date.

Homes & History – Paul Simo (😉 – Presented by Dr. Michelle Kirby. Tip of the month: promote When pressure washing your old home, be sure not to blast it and try to spray downwards, not up.

Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ( Z-19-001 – 1015 Boulevard – Rezoning to MRC-3: 350 apartments with 30,000 ft2 of retail space. LUZ committee voted to support the site plan to fulfill the affordable housing. Approved. 396 Cherokee – Variance to increase FAR to allow for garage and storage above garage: Approved. LOR-18-001 – 689 Home – replatting to lot of record: Parcel was original 2 lots and want a lot of record with only 1 zero lot line division to be an R5 lot. Both will have a duplex and have an ADU. Approved. Lynwood Ave variance to create ADU in rear yard of home facing Ormewood but ADU faces Lynwood. Approved with condition that residents can’t park between ADU and Lynwood and the sidewalk and curb must be improved by the city. Approved with a vote of 13 for, 2 against, 1 abstained.. Working on more traffic calming efforts for Boulevard and also Don’t Block the Box at Boulevard and Woodward.

Minutes Approval Vote: March minutes approved

New Business/Open Floor: None

Adjourn: 8:45pm

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