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Notes on Neighborhood: May 2012

SAND Meeting Minutes – Feb 2012


  • Permit/License: Three Parks Wine Shop – specialty wine shop to open in the Enso development; vote to approve the application from Bob Conquest was unanimous.
  • Budget: 2012 SAND budget approved unanimously


  • APD: Sgt Hutchins is welcomed to Zone 6, along with a new officer at the meeting. Residents can call Zone 6 Crime Analysis Unit with questions on police activity
  • ATL Parks & Rec: Grant Park Rec is open and has lots of cool stuff: soccer, baseball, yoga, fitness classes – some free, some with a charge.
  • Transportation: Bob Titus: MARTA E I-20 coming before board vote Feb 13; need residents to contact any and all city officials to ask that they NOT support HRT3 plan; otherwise, our area could likely be left out of ANY of the pending funding for transportation developments
  • ANCS: Terry Roth: Right Brain Ball fundraiser March 3; enrollment period starts Feb 13;
  • Schools and Children: Al Brooks: SEACS meeting Feb 13 regarding Jackson HS cluster
  • Wesley Int’l: Peter Pankiewicz: WIA will be under new charter June 2012; interviewing for a principal; Charter expires in 2013-if renewed, it should last til 2018; the school is considering expanding or moving if it can find a suitable location in the area
  • Public Safety: Ron Lall is a member of the Alcohol Technical Advisory Group; holds public meetings/hearings monthly; resident can make concerns/ideas/issues know to the group via Ron
  • LUZ: No applications; proposed development of a storage unit on Moreland in unincorporated Dekalb will be presented at EACA Feb meeting
  • Ordinance supporting the rezoning items in the Moreland LCI passed city council in January
  • Previous month’s minutes approved with no objection

SAND March Meeting Minutes

By Sandy Lee, vice president


Land Use and Zoning:

  • 1123 Vickers – application to convert koi pond to wading pool/spa; motion to support passed 22-0
  • Street abandonment at 1159-1168 Benteen Ave; motion to support passed 22-0

Call to order: Steve Norman pres, Sandy Lee VP, Zach Juno treasurer
APD: Major Keith Meadows visited and gave an update on his tenure with APD and crime in the area.
Transportation: Bob Titus: Contact mayor’s office to let him know we support permanent passenger facilities inside the perimeter (and in our neighborhood) for the MARTA E-I20 plan; also we support Bus Rapid Transit on Moreland Ave.
Public Safety: Home security presentation by Duncan Cottrell; raffle of a door entry enforcer tool (winner: Lana Hardy.

  • Trolley patrol has twitter, email and a new Google group specifically for public safety and crime; report derelict vacant buildings in SAND to

Schools and Children:

  • WIA Phoenix ball and fundraiser
  • Superintendent’s Community Meeting to Review New District Map- Mar 21
  • Committee will meet to discuss a possible SAND position on the proposed APS re-districting

SEABA Updates

By Ashley McCartney
On March 22, 2012, Zoo Atlanta hosted our first Business Luncheon of 2012. One of our distinguished board members, Rick Hudson, gave his famous “Beltline 101” presentation as well as some pertinent information about the Transportation Tax vote that is coming up in July 2012. We had over twenty attendees! Rick provided us with valuable information about the progress of the Atlanta Beltline and how it impacts our local businesses and neighborhoods. For those of us who have been around for a while, we often get disgruntled about what seems like slow progress for this project. However, there are many things happening with the project that should ignite excitement in us all (e.g., Historic Old Forth Ward Park, Art on the Beltline, Boulevard Heights Park, etc). As Rick pointed out, if the Transportation Tax passes in July progress would speed up significantly. After the presentation, each guest was invited to introduce his or herself and tell us about their respective businesses. This was a successful event and we are already looking forward to the next Business Luncheon in July! SEABA thanks Zoo Atlanta for its continued support.
On April 19, 2012 from 5:30 until 7:15 p.m., Gardenhood and Stone Soup Kitchen will host us for Networking in the Garden. Please bring cash for beverages. Complimentary snacks will be provided. This was one of the favorite events from last year and we thank Garden Hood for offering to host us again. Bring your business cards! This is where deals get started.
On May 17, 2012, H.H. Harper Station will host our soiree from 5:30 until 7:15. We look forward to bringing H.H. Harper Station into the SEABA fold.
Good things are on the horizon for SEABA. Please check out our new SEABA website at for information about our new membership guidelines, leaders, membership benefits, and tactical and strategic plans for 2011-2012. If you would like to be on our mailing list or know more about our organization just send an email to and we’ll get back to you. We are also now on Facebook.
SEABA (South East Atlanta Business Association) was created through the merger of the Reynoldstown/Cabbagetown Business Association and the Grant Park Merchants Association in 2006. Our most important goals are to strengthen and grow the business community and enhance the quality of life for all residents. SEABA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation operated by volunteers.

GPNA Meeting Minutes, February 21, 2012

By Laurie Baggett
At 7:36 pm the meeting called to order. President Russell Baggett welcomed new members, reviewed meeting conduct and thanked Zoo Atlanta for use of their space. 3/20 is the next GPNA meeting. He introduced John Elmore as Fund Raising Committee Chair and announced 4/21 Pub Crawl fundraiser event date.
Mary Woodlan & David Moore from Historic Oakland Foundation & Cemetery asked for support for the second annual Tunes in the Tombs Event on May 19 & 20 from 1 to 8 pm on Sat. and 1 to 7pm on Sun. A motion was made to approve, discussion followed. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
Russell said to look for the new mural painted on the old Youngblood property on Glenwood Avenue.
Vice President Lauren Rocereta introduced Jeff Swing, Grant Park’s Neighborhood Watch coordinator. Contact him at
Secretary Laurie Baggett said last month’s meeting minutes are in front for review.
Public Safety Committee Chair Chris Newman introduced Assistant District Attorney & Community Prosecutor Claire Farley. Claire introduced Paul Camarillo as the new Zone 6 Community Prosecutor. Contact him at 404-265-3457 and Zone 6 Main Office is 404-371-5002, the Investigations Division is 404-373-5331. Chris Newman updated crime statistics. Larcenies involved copper & catalytic converters, specifically Toyota SUV’s. Bob Conquest will be opening a specialty retail wine shop in ENSO on Glenwood Avenue and needs a liquor license. He has SAND’s approval. A motion was made to move forward to NPU, discussed, seconded, and unanimously approved.
Economic Development Committee Chair Jeff Rogers has meeting reminder signs. Email him if you need one.
Education & Children’s Issues Committee Chair Meg Boeff introduced Maya Jenkins from ANCS. Registration & information sessions at Now a K – 8 school. APS redistricting updates were given by Leslie Grant who reviewed SEACS’s position. On Sat. 4/14, a 5K run to promote health & wellness will benefit ANCS – come out & run with the Wolves! Jackson High School got funding for a $30 million renovation. SEACS wants to propose a cohesive non-split feeder cluster of schools in SE ATL. A letter will be posted on the website at www. Meg made a motion of support for a cluster approach to SE ATL schools, discussion followed, motion seconded, and unanimously approved.
Historic Committee Chair Paul Simo said committee meets 3rd Monday each month at Atlanta Preservation Center on St. Paul Avenue @ 7:00 pm. APC is preparing for Phoenix Flies events in March. Tip of the month: Open your crawlspace vents.
Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair Rick Hudson said committee meets Thurs. in Zoo Atlanta’s Tech Lab. Issues will include the old ice factory on Memorial Drive and the Claxton Property on 408 Woodward. Check your email for information.
Parks & Recreation Committee Chair Sharon Jenkins discussed a fund raiser for GP Dogs, and introduced Tally Spalvins from Grant Park Recreation Center. He circulated AYSO soccer registration information – call 805-450-6357 or visit He announced free yoga at the Rec Center Wed & Thurs @ 6:30 pm. Fitness Mon. & Fri. @ 11:00 am & Weds. @ 12:00 pm. The City offers baseball and track & field for kids. Business hours 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Information at Adult men’s basketball league getting ready to start up. Ed Hunt, a steering committee member of GP’s Community Garden on Grant St. south of Atlanta Avenue, said spaces are available at a $40 yearly expense. A fund raiser for the Garden is on 3/15 at Grocery on Home Avenue. Get information at or on Facebook. Contact him at 404-622-0052.
Technology Committee Chair Stephanie Warner thanked Loren Heyns, GPNA’s website and business directory developer.
Transportation Committee issues discussed were about a road diet on Boulevard and a 2-way conversion on Atlanta Avenue.
Open Floor: Trees Atlanta will be planting trees in Grant Park on Sat. 3/10 @ 9 a.m. GP’s Business Directory on FaceBook. New lighting on the Cyclorama.
Motion made to approve 12/2011 minutes was unanimously approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m.

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