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Grant Park Neighborhood Association Minutes

Date: October 21
Time: 7:36pm to 9:10pm
Location: ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater, Zoo Atlanta
Officers Present: Lauren Rocereta – President; Jeffrey Rogers – Vice President; Kristin Andris – Secretary; Michelle Botwinick – Treasurer; Rob Bernier – Economic Development; Katie Howard – Grant Park Parents Network; Rick Hudson – Land Use & Zoning; Chris Newman – Public Safety; Marie Mower – Parks & Recreation; Paul Simo – History
7:36pm: Meeting commenced
President, Lauren Rocereta

  • Welcomed everyone, explained the agenda and open floor rules, and voting eligibility
  • Thank you to Zoo Atlanta for allowing the use of the building for the meeting
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, November, 18 at 7:30pm
  • New member welcome and introductions
  • Featured Business: Eventide Brewery
  • 2015 Officer/Chair nomination period has ended
  • Volunteer is also needed to lead Neighborhood Watch efforts
  • Doc Chey’s Breakfast with Santa $100 Grant Request was approved unanimously
  • $250 check was presented to Parkside Elementary; $500 check presented to Nicholas House
  • Paul Simo, Historic Chair, was presented with gift for work done on Tour of Homes

Vice President, Jeffrey Rogers

  • Passed around sign-up and volunteer sheet, make sure info is correct
  • Advised new members to check in or sign in
  • Bylaws Ad-hoc Committee Update: Changes were presented and will be voted upon in November
    • Change to Section 5.02(a) – President may appoint liaisons to communicate updates from other organizations
    • Remove Section 6.02(b), the “Parks and Recreation Committee”
    • Change Section 6.02(d), the name of “Historic Committee” to “Homes and History Committee”
    • Remove Section 6.02(f), the “GPPN Committee” under GPNA
    • Change Section 6.02(j), the name “Transportation and Transit Committee” to “Transportation Committee”
  • If you have a GPNA meeting reminder yard sign, please email Jeffrey at

Secretary, Kristin Andris

  • Minutes from September 2014 meeting will be presented in November

School Updates, Katie Howard

  • ANCS Elementary
    • Fall Fest and Annual Yard Sale raised $13,000
  • Parkside
    • Fall Festival will be held on November 1
  • Wesley International
    • No report at this time
  • MLK Jr. Middle School
    • Conversations about merger with King and Coan middle schools continue; go to APS’s website at to learn more
  • Maynard Jackson HS
    • Lady Jags volleyball won the region 4AAA championship
    • Dance Concert was on October 16 and 17
    • GP residents invited to join PTSA and Booster Club
    • Volunteers are welcome. Contact Sonia Fuller at

Neighborhood Events Update, Katie Howard

  • Halloween Parade and Picnic on October 25
  • GPPN Great Pumpkin Carve Off through October 31

Parks & Recreation, Marie Mower

  • Ormond-Grant Park Dine-out at Six Feet Under will be held October 28
  • Conservancy has installed an informational kiosk at Fort Walker, which has also received a new cannon historical marker
  • Conservancy Lantern Parade on October 24

Fundraising, Lauren Rocereta

  • Mothball will be on November 8; tickets available at $30 in advance, $40 at door

Economic Development Committee Chair, Rob Bernier

  • Justin Draper, Dance 411 – Community outreach projects bring dance, music, and art to community and schools

Public Safety Committee Chair, Chris Newman

  • Report streetlights that are out. Information available on
  • Friends of Grant Park Police Mounted Patrol Facility, Jenn Batemen
  • Trick or Treating with Mounted Patrol horses on November 1, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Zone 6 update
  • Desmond Floyd,, 404-371-5002
    • Crime tends to increase during holidays
    • Be aware of your surroundings; criminals target those distracted by phones and other electronic devices

Land Use and Zoning, Rick Hudson

  • Motion approved unanimously to support redesign of 776 Mercer Street
  • Motion approved unanimously to support 860 Glenwood Avenue SAP (the multifamily portion of 800 Glenwood project)
  • Wade Ingram: Imagine Memorial
    • Project is facilitating communication among key stakeholders of Memorial
    • Accepting input from neighbors, which they will take to meeting
    • Exploring ideas to improve pedestrian experience by possibly lowering speed limit or improving intersections

Historic, Paul Simo

  • Woodward property post-renovation cocktail party Tuesday, December 9

Open Floor Discussion

  • GPNA is seeking wood workers to help make sunbursts.
  • Eco-Depot to be held on November 8
  • Grant Park Gun Club to meet on October 22

9:10pm: Meeting adjourned
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