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GPNA Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Call to Order – 7:30pm. President’s introduction: Even though it’s mid-year, we actively welcome new members who want to get involved! Neighbors can reach out to any committee chairs. Treasurer update: Monthly income statement can be found in the Google Drive.

Public Official Update: Jonathan Harris for Commissioner Natalie Hall – BOC meeting tomorrow (June 21) at 10:00am and special call meeting at 2:00pm. 141 Pryor Street. Couple of updates from Commissioner Hall: In the process of getting ready for monthly cleanup. This cleanup will be dedicated to Underground Atlanta. 42 people are signed up for the June 24 clean up – those who would like to get involved can contact Jonathan at, 404-612-8226 (office), or 404-822-9165 (cell). These take place the 4th Saturday of every month. Lawn care services for senior neighbors are available.

Special Orders

Item One – Public Safety: APD Zone 6 & Fire Station 10 Update. Lt. Capell – Zone 6 Day Watch Commander; can be reached at His updates include: Down 12% in crime in the past 28 days. The precinct has auto theft deterrent devices for Hyundai and KIA owners. ACE Unit got a new commander, and has been very active in the 605 space and bordering zone of Zone 3. Zone 3 is south and west of Grant Park. Lt. Crosby – Zone 6 Morning Watch Commander 9:00pm to 7:00am; can be contacted at One neighbor raised concerns about gunshots occurring on Boulevard near the CVS between 9:00pm and 12:00am, occurring frequently. 6 officers getting better speed detection training this week, so there should be additional resources to monitor speed on Boulevard. Two Alcohol Applications – These will go through NPU-W for approval. Anyone interested in attending can register on the NPU-W website at Augustine’s on Memorial – Change of ownership. Grant Park Bar & Grill at the Beacon – Owner has deferred hearing until next month. Porch Press Article about Station 10.

Item Two – Land Use & Zoning: Z-22-22 – Ordinance to Remove Parking Minimums for All Zones in BeltLine Overlay. NPU-W LUZ voted Unanimously to Support on condition that residential parking minimums remain for now. This is due to BeltLine residential development currently being tied to erasing parking minimums as an affordability incentive. Addressing parking maximums is also recommended to be of equal importance. A motion was held to vote on this ordinance; there was a lot of discussion with neighbors around historic preservation and implications. Neighbors decided to defer to the GPNA LUZ committee. Those interested in attending the meeting can email Sky Hassan at or register for the June 22 meeting online at Z-22-23 – Ordinance to Prohibit New Drive-Thru & Drive-In Uses in BeltLine Overlay. NPU-W LUZ voted Unanimously to support on condition Pharmacy Drive-Thru Uses remain allowed for purposes of retrieving prescriptions. Z-22-24 – Ordinance to Prohibit New Service Station Uses in BeltLine Overlay. NPU-W LUZ voted unanimously to support with no added conditions. The BeltLine overlay district is on average ⅓ to a ½ mile from the physical BeltLine.

Item Three – Economic Development: Small Business Mixer Turnout – Special thanks to Grant Park Market, and thank you to all who attended the mixer in May.

Approval of the May Minutes.

New Business: Michael Gallagher, Grant Park Bar and Grille – The restaurant is not open yet, but will be soon. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. There will be steak, seafood, and oysters, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Anyone with questions can reach out to Michael at 770-671-0114 or email at Neighbor questions included: Will there be outdoor seating? Yes, with a couple fire pits and a few 85” TVs for sports events. Will there be amplified music? No. There is a baby grand piano in the inside of the property, but not outside and not disruptive. The back bar will be for sports, but that will not impact the outside noise level. What are your plans for being a good, respectful neighbor? Michael will be on site and available for any neighbors with concerns. Who is the actual owner/agent on the application? Ricki Sheeley (under American Restaurant Group, LLC). Michael will be the managing partner and one on the floor at all times. Still waiting on a sign permit.

Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB) – Advisory Board for Neighborhood Planning Units: Two major items from the most recent meeting. A lot of people are unhappy with the Department of Planning; resolution was basically calling for a divorce. Almost unanimous vote in favor of telling the mayor and city council that we want a referendum on the November ballot on the recently approved police training facility (Cop City). Steve Carr shared the link to for those interested in learning more.

The next AUDC meeting is next Wednesday; Paul Simo brought up the importance of supporting preserving the gateway and portions of the structure. This will be discussed during the next Homes & History Committee meeting before AUDC. The committee meeting is June 26.

Adjournment – 8:30pm.

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

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