Gas Station Update, Quick Survey on Business Preferences, and more

Update on Gas Station/Convenience Store on Panola near Young Road 

There was an unexpected development at the Planning Commission hearing on March 4 when the gas station/convenience store came up for review.  The developer said he no longer wants to put a gas station at 1762 Panola Road, across from Berean Christian Church.  Instead, he wants to put in a strip mall with businesses as yet undetermined. What are the types of business you would like to see? Take the survey and let us know.

His application cannot be amended once the process has begun.  He will have to submit a new application. The Planning Commission had to vote on what was before them, and they unanimously recommended denial. 

Several people in the community attended the call and spoke out. I thanked the developer for the withdrawal of the gas station and added that we needed to see the new proposal and have hearings on it.  Others spoke up, too, including Laura Ellis, Lois Dunlap, Phyllis Frierson, and Barbara McClendon.

The Board of Commissioners votes on the case Thursday, March 25, 5:30 p.m.  You may give your opinion at the meeting. 

Zoom   https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94883110323

Or dial: 602 333 0032

Conference code: 217687

If you want to review the application, go to https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/planning-and-sustainability/public-hearing-agendas-info    and click on N15, N16, and N17.

The issue of allowing a renter to run a transitional home for teenaged boys was deferred to the Board of Commissioners.  The home is at 4552 Dorset Circle, Decatur, just off of Hairston Road, one mile from Wesley Chapel. According to the GA Department of Community Health, there are 13 “personal care-type” homes within one mile of this address. This issue will also be considered March 25 by the Board of Commissioners.

If you want to review the application, it is https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/planning-and-sustainability/public-hearing-agendas-info  and click on N19.

Calling All Friends of Hairston Park

We look forward to seeing you on March 27th, 10 – noon!

This is our first workday of the year with additional safety protocols. Please be mindful of the following:

  • All volunteers must sign in
  • Liability waiver required
  • Masks MUST be worn at ALL times
  • Working spaces will be marked 6-12 feet to ensure social distancing
  • To reduce waste, bring your own refillable water bottle. (As an exception this year, we will have some extra water bottles on hand).
  • Bring sunscreen and/or bug spray. Long sleeves and denim pants are recommended.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please stay at home! There will be other opportunities.

Yellow Rose Award Given to Gwendolyn Stegall

The State of Georgia recognized Gwendolyn Stegall, the president of Friends of Hairston Park, for her service to the community. On March 8, 2021, Gwen received the Yellow Rose Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award. 

She was nominated by District 87 State Representative Viola Davis.  “Gwendolyn Stegall has a long history of serving our community with dedication, diligence and a heartfelt commitment,” said Rep. Davis. “I commend Gwendolyn for working extremely hard for many years to renovate the Hairston Park in DeKalb County and her efforts to acquire a $50,000 park grant from Park Pride. I also commend her for envisioning neighborhoods in this area coming together as a community to promote beautification, encourage commercial growth and cultivate business relationships.”

Gwen serves on the GHHCDC as treasurer and is president of the Carriage Cluster Neighborhood Association.  She and her husband Jonathan have lived in their home for 29 years, raising three children and doting on the grandchildren.

The Yellow Rose award was created in honor of former State Representative Nikki T. Randall, the first African American female elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Former Rep. Randall served as chair of the Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus, and every year during Women’s History Month, this caucus recognizes outstanding women in Georgia who exemplify the leadership and inspiration embodied by former Rep. Randall.

We are all so proud of Gwendolyn Stegall and thrilled that she received recognition for her tireless efforts on behalf of the community. 

Please join us for the next GHHCDC meeting, 10-11 a.m. March 20. 

We will discuss the proposed developments on the closed golf course, business developments in the area, and other initiatives.

Click the Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86981684060

Meeting ID: 869 8168 4060

1-646-558-8656

Stay involved and stay safe!

Jan Costello
President, GHHCDC

Speak Out Against Gas Station/Convenience Store on March 4, 5:30, via Zoom

Please come to the Planning Commission meeting Thursday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. Make your opinion known.  It makes a HUGE difference. Note – the Planning staff recommends approval with conditions, so if you care about this, you really must speak out.

The District 5 Community Council met Feb. 8 and heard from many residents who do not want this development. No one spoke in favor. The Council unanimously recommended denying the application.

Zoom   https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94261560575

Or Telephone: USA 8882709936 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 934462

You can watch a simultaneous broadcast available on DCTV’s UStream link https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23

If you want to review the application, go to https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/planning-and-sustainability/public-hearing-agendas-info    and click on N15, N16, and N17.

At this same meeting, speak out on the request to put another personal care home in the community.  The owner of 4552 Dorset Circle, Decatur, just off of Hairston Road, one mile from Wesley Chapel, wants to rent the home to a group home provider for boys.  Within a mile of this spot are eight homes that provide such services. Yes, children need loving care and supervision, but this neighborhood does not need any more transitional housing. If you know anyone in that area, please tell them about the meeting. The Planning staff recommends a full cycle deferral.

If you want to review the application, it is https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/planning-and-sustainability/public-hearing-agendas-info  and click on N19.

Stay involved and stay safe!

Jan Costello
President, GHHCDC

Greater Hidden Hills CDC Monthly Update

Meeting Feb. 20, 10 a.m.

We will hold elections to the Board of Directors Saturday. We will discuss community developments including the potential development on the closed golf course, the proposed gas station at Young and Panola, and other initiatives.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84465227758?pwd=SnJJa252Q0RneTluTHBkZlk5MXZ3QT09

Meeting ID: 844 6522 7758
Passcode: 295122
Phone:   646 558 8656

GHHCDC Received More Support from Our Community

The Highlands at Hidden Hills is the latest neighborhood association to renew its membership in the GHHCDC.  We so appreciate it.  They join Carriage Woods Civic Association, Hidden Hills Civic Association, and Mainstreet Community in association memberships.  Many individuals have also renewed their membership, and we thank them.

The membership is a testament to the neighborhood’s commitment to the entire community, composed of many neighborhoods. Together, we are making our voices heard as we work to improve our commercial corridors and our quality of life.

Please ask your neighborhood organization to join. The contribution is $100, and it is tax deductible.  Individuals may join or renew their membership for $20. Click here to download the form or click donate at the top of the screen to join or renew.

The money helps us pay for improved streetscapes, such as the median on S. Hairston near Redan Road, anti-litter campaigns, and education efforts. We are dedicated to ensuring that the Hidden Hills Overlay Zoning Codes are applied so that we can create a better business environment, beautiful streetscapes, and protected greenspace. 

Working together, our community will be prosperous, attractive, and green.

Community Council Says No to Gas Station/Convenience Store
Next Hearing March 4

The District 5 Community Council met Feb. 8 and heard from many residents who do not want a gas station/convenience & alcohol store in their neighborhood.  No one spoke in favor. The applicant missed the meeting, but he will not miss the next one..  The Council unanimously recommended denying the application.

Next step — March 4, 5:30 p.m.  Please come to the Planning Commission meeting. Make your opinion known.  It makes a HUGE difference.

Zoom   https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94261560575

Or Telephone:

USA 8882709936 (US Toll Free)

Conference code: 934462

You can watch a simultaneous broadcast available on DCTV’s UStream link https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23

At this same meeting, speak out on the request to put another personal care home in the community.  The owner of 4552 Dorset Circle, Decatur, just off of Hairston Road, one mile from Wesley Chapel, wants to rent the home to a group home provider for boys.  Within a mile of this spot are eight homes that provide such services. Yes, children need loving care and supervision, but this neighborhood does not need any more transitional housing. If you know anyone in that area, please tell them about the meeting.

Stay involved and stay safe!

Jan Costello
President, GHHCDC

Community Council Says Deny!

The District 5 Community Council met Feb. 8 and heard from many residents who do not want a gas station/convenience & alcohol store in their neighborhood. No one spoke in favor. The applicant missed the meeting. The Council unanimously recommended denying the application.

Next step — March 4, 5:30 p.m. Please come to the Planning Commission meeting. Make your opinion known. It makes a HUGE difference.

Zoom https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94261560575
Or Telephone:
USA 8882709936 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 934462
You can watch a simultaneous broadcast available on DCTV’s UStream link https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23

Fight Against Gas Station! Park Update, and next meeting

Do We Need Another Gas Station?

A developer seeks a rezoning so he can build a gas station and a convenience store that will sell alcohol. The location is across the street from Berean Christian Church and Family Dollar at 1762 and 1744 Panola Road.  Express your opinion. Let the Community Council know what you think of the impact this will have on our neighborhood. 

When: Monday, Feb. 8, Community Council, 5:30 p.m.

Click on the Zoom link:
https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/86042398110

Or Telephone: Dial: USA 602 333 0032;  USA 888 270 9936 (US Toll Free); Conference code: 934462

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) is against this development. The Community Council will make a recommendation Monday night to the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission will hold a public meeting and makes a decision, March 5, 5:30, and sends its recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. The Board will vote on the matter March 25, 5:30 p.m.  (Visit DeKalb County Planning to review cases and to see all agendas: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/planning-and-sustainability/public-hearing-agendas-info  )

Support Our Community Development Corporation

Thanks to three neighborhood associations for renewing their membership dues: Carriage Woods Civic Association, Hidden Hills Civic Association, and Mainstreet Community.  Many individuals have also renewed their membership, and we thank them.

The membership is a testament to the neighborhood’s commitment to the entire community, composed of many neighborhoods. Together, we are making our voices heard as we work to improve our commercial corridors and our quality of life.

Please ask your neighborhood organization to join. The contribution is $100, and it is tax deductible.  Individuals may join or renew their membership for $20. Click here to download the form or go Donate at the top of the home page to join and renew.

The money helps us pay for improved streetscapes, such as the median on S. Hairston near Redan Road, anti-litter campaigns, and education efforts. We are dedicated to ensuring that the Hidden Hills Overlay Zoning Codes are applied so that we can create a better business environment, beautiful streetscapes, and protected greenspace. 

Working together, our community will be prosperous, attractive, and green.

Hairston Park – Exciting Development and Meeting Feb. 13

The Community/Senior Center at Hairston Park is getting close to the groundbreaking! The Board of Commissioners chose Headley Construction to do the work. The DeKalb Community Development Department anticipates having a virtual groundbreaking in the next few months. We will keep you posted.

The Friends of Hairston Park is laying the groundwork for things we can do as we wait for the pavilion building and path creation to begin at the park. Friends invites you to stay informed and learn how to be a part of this great park.  Write to FriendsofHairstonPark@gmail.com to be on the mailing list. Join the next meeting via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82938773366?pwd=VUwrcVRqQlZyVEdEZWFITlJYODlDZz09

Meeting ID: 829 3877 3366
Passcode: 751396

Join GHHCDC for Our Next Meeting

Feb. 20, 10 a.m. We’ll cover ongoing community developments and have elections. We would love to have you join the Zoom call.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84465227758?pwd=SnJJa252Q0RneTluTHBkZlk5MXZ3QT09

Meeting ID: 844 6522 7758
Passcode: 295122
646 558 8656 US  

Join us and build our beloved community!

Jan Costello
President, GHHCDC

Congratulations Friends of Hairston Park!

Hairston Park received a $50,000 grant from Park Pride to realize the Mindfulness Project.  This wonderful project will activate underused parts of the park with inviting amenities. Many thanks to Gwendolyn Stegall and her team for their heartfelt commitment and diligence to our community.

The project will:

● Create a Serenity Garden. We will clear a one-third mile winding path through a wooded area that is easily accessible from the parking lot and built environment. We will plant three native plant shade gardens, and near these spots will be a comfortable bench.  We will have discrete signs with inspirational quotes that prompt people to seek solace in nature, meditate, and experience awe.

● Provide directional and educational signs.  The directional signs will point people to the Serenity Garden path, helping them feel invited and safe in their exploration. The educational signs will describe the trees, plants, birds, and wildlife in the park.

● Place three shaded benches (one handicap-accessible) near the large lake. These will be visible from the parking lot and draw people to the lovely water scene.

● Place three picnic tables in the woods across from the pavilion (to be built soon). The pavilion is small, and this will provide overflow seating as well as a more private and rustic experience.

Spending time in nature, especially for urban and suburban residents, is a proven way to reduce anxiety and improve a sense of well-being. It fosters curiosity in children. It gives people fresh air and natural spaces to stretch their legs.

The Mindfulness Project will foster peace, tranquility, and inclusion through the enjoyment of nature. At this time in our history, we face heartbreaking loss, social injustice, and bitter divisiveness.  Inviting people into a natural space where they will feel safe and find solace is essential. The Mindfulness Project provides a remedy that is essential to our very beings. It represents a piece of the beloved community that Martin Luther King, Jr., envisioned, a place where all people can share in the wealth of the earth.

Gwendolyn Stegall receives flowers and homemade pastry for her dedication to Hairston Park.

The Friends of Hairston Park are meeting Jan. 23 at 10 a.m.  Stay tuned. We’ll provide a link.

Also, write to FriendsofHairstonPark@gmial.com to get on the email list.

Congratulations to our Community for Winning the Senate

Our community turned out to vote in record numbers. Thanks to you and many others, Reverend Ralph Warnock and Jon Ossoff are our new Georgia Senators.  Their victory is a triumph for the forces for good, social justice, health care for all, equality, and economic relief for those hard-hit by COVID-19. 

This victory is the result of years of effort to get out the vote and to fight against voter suppression, an effort led by Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the governor’s race in 2018.  We owe her and all the hard-working organizers much appreciation.

Unfortunately, the elation many of us felt on Jan. 7 was quickly overtaken by despair and horror as white nationalists rampaged through the U.S. Capitol, at the urging of the president and his supporters. It is shameful. The forces of hate have not disappeared. We must be diligent. We must continue supporting our community and VOTING.

The Greater Hidden Hills CDC will hold its next meeting Jan. 16, 10 a.m.

Join us for a discussion of upcoming zoning matters and issues that affect our community. https://gsumeetings.webex.com/meet/jrcostello

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 855 234 573

Please write to GHHCDC@gmail.com with any questions.

Stay Safe and Wear Masks

–Jan Costello
President GHHCDC

December Updates – Attend hearing on gas station, trees, parks, lots of other good stuff

Your vote matters tremendously in the runoff election for two Senate seats. Please vote early. Please ask your relatives and friends to vote. Election day is January 5.  President-elect Biden won by only 12,000 votes in Georgia. Every vote matters!  Click this link to find out where to vote early.

GHHCDC thanks Erica Weaver for her continued diligence in bringing the Family Dollar at Panola and Young Road up to code. Code Enforcement issued a citation because of her efforts. Things are still not right, but they are improving. The store has a new manager, whom Erica has met, and the manager vows to remove the extra dumpsters on the property and keep the remaining one behind the screened enclosure. Erica has pursued this case for well over a year, and we appreciate her efforts.

Another Gas Station! Good Grief
Please attend the community meeting with the developer Dec. 21, 6 pm, via Zoom.

Developer Jeff Smith have invited us to a Zoom meeting to discuss a rezoning for two parcels located on the corner of Panola Road, and Young Road, from R100 to C1, “in order to build a high-end convenience store with gas pumps. We look forward to presenting you all our plan and fielding all questions.”

The GHHCDC has a low opinion of erecting yet another gas station in our community. Unfortunately, the parcels for the proposed gas station falls outside of the overlay district, but it is right across the street, and right across from Berean Christian Church.   We will attend and hope you do, too. Let us see what he has to say. 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89953377945?pwd=RFcvSGgrb3orNXMwWnRLUFErNHV4dz09

Give yourself a few minutes extra to log in. There is a registration form to complete.

  • Meeting ID: 899 5337 7945
  • Passcode: 244430
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Effort to Amend Overlay Code Will Start Again in 2021

Jahnee Prince, deputy director of the department, reports that the department has been able to hire staff and is now fully staffed for the first time in two years.  That is good news for the Hidden Hills Overlay District. We have been trying that long to amend the code – the main objective is to further restrict liquor stores, gas stations, nightclubs, and “dollar” stores, and to update various portions. The overlay district was passed in 2011, and it covers 4 square miles (roughly Covington, Young, Redan, S. Hairston).

Karen Hill, senior planner at the DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability Department, retired recently. We are going to miss her, and we wish her a fulfilling, healthy, and happy retirement.

Trees – A Gift to Yourself and Future Generations

Would you like to increase the value of your home? Reduce your air conditioning bill? Improve air quality? Provide habitat for songbirds? You can do this by taking a simple step: ask DeKalb County to plant a beautiful hardwood in your front yard.

This is such an important act of kindness to our environment and to future generations. For only $25, you can participate in the new ReLeaf DeKalb program and have an overstory tree professionally planted in your front yard.   The program is in partnership with the experienced non-profit organization Trees Atlanta.

Please read the flyer and plant a tree!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HfkffyUrTxmtDlTKL1nVeiBJklkd_ZM6/view?usp=sharing

Some of the trees for this effort have been reserved for public initiatives. GHHCDC asked DeKalb County to plant trees along S. Hairston Road from Wesley Chapel to Memorial. The Planning & Sustainability Department is receptive to the idea and is considering the request. We will keep you posted.

Hairston Park Updates

Our park is waiting to hear about the Park Pride grant we applied for. It will be used to build a serenity path and gardens in the wooded area and to add seating areas. We are hopeful. 

The pavilion is coming, really. We won the grant in 2017. The Parks Department intends to send the final plans to the Board of Commissioners for review.

To learn more about the year’s activities at Hairston Park, please read the newsletter by Gwendolyn Stegall.    https://drive.google.com/file/d/12fcb6Xzzf3Ml358WsdC0lBZ6cv5EMDHj/view?usp=sharing

Still no end to the slaughter

Unfortunately, the slaughter continues at 1676 Rice Road.  The State v. Rudolph Bradford (18C16630-3) – against Rudolph Bradford, Bradford Homes & Grounds, Lithonia, GA 30058, has not been heard because of the COVID-19 shutdown in our court system. 

Solicitor-General Thomas Kemp diligently keeps us posted, and he said on Dec. 17:

The DeKalb Courts are still operating under statewide and local judicial emergency orders concerning COVID-19, but the State should be ready to proceed to jury trial when jury operations resume.  Right now, the exact date of in-person hearings and jury trials is unknown, but we will always do our best to keep you and your neighbors informed about upcoming court dates.

W. Thomas Kemp, III
Senior Assistant Solicitor-General

From January 2016 – October 2020, Rudolph Bradford killed 4,079 animals.   Since the cease-and-desist order issued March 1, 2019, he has slaughtered 1,949 animals.  The numbers are based on records sent from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.    

DeKalb Enters Third Phase of New Sanitation Trucks
Are You in the Service Area?
 Since October, many households have noticed that the third phase of DeKalb County’s deployment of automated side loader (ASL) collection trucks have begun. There are 43,000 households on select residential ASL garbage service routes that have or will be issued a larger capacity 95-gallon garbage roll cart in exchange for their existing 65-gallon garbage roll cart.

The DeKalb County Sanitation Department continues to receive emails from residents inquiring about the 95-gallon roll cart curbside exchange project. After review, they have determined that many of the residents requesting exemption from transitioning to the 95-gallon garbage roll cart are not within the project’s participation area at this time.

Why the exchange? The 65-gallon roll cart issued to residents in 2015 is inadequate to meet the needs of many households, and leads to overflowing garbage bins, excess garbage at the curb, and slower collection

Click here to determine if you are within this project’s area.
https://dekalbgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/lookup/index.html?appid=e160189f7c894f4ab1ee8d196025e18f

Next Meeting

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp. met Nov.21, and it was so good to see everyone. Several of the items in this newsletter were prompted by our discussion.  Getting together helps us stay motivated.  We will meet Jan. 16 at 10 a.m., and I invite you to attend.  GHHCDC will send an announcement with the link closer to the event.

May everyone stay safe.
Happy Holidays!

November Updates

New Rental Townhomes near Indian Creek Marta
Board of Commissioners will Vote on Nov. 19

Kaplan Residential is proposing to build 230 rental townhomes just south of the Indian Creek Marta station, and north of Redan Road.  The Board of Commissioners will vote on the case Nov. 19, and you are welcome to attend the meeting.

This complex will be managed full-time by Kaplan. It includes pocket parks and amenities. The apartments are 1 – 3 bedrooms, and the rent is expected to range from $1,150 – $2,100.

Nov. 19  5:30 p.m. Board of Commissioners Meeting
https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94883110323  

The District 5 Community Council recommended approval of the plan with the condition that the firm work with Marta to provide smooth pedestrian access from the community to the Marta station. The firm has made changes to the plan in response the input.

(From Kaplan)  Pedestrian connections to MARTA:   In addition to the sidewalks at the secondary access drive that connect to the Elder Lane sidewalk, we have added sidewalks connecting to Elder Lane from the pocket park (SE corner), from each unit facing the public ROW, and from the NW corner of the site (subject to MARTA approval).   We also have delineated raised pedestrian crossings at driveway entrances. These changes are responsive to the Community Council’s condition of approval.

The Planning Commission recommended a full cycle deferral, but the vote was based in part on a misunderstanding of the submitted documents.

If you would like to see the townhome plans, click on

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XeQX5JVZOipNW_cGpzc2GxQfAyFudMt4/view?usp=sharing

The firm also provided the traffic impact study, which you may see at

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gHTzk5jJUpqf8pNpBZckoZ9SKbdMm9T2/view?usp=sharing

GHHCDC Meets Nov. 21

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp. is meeting Nov. 21, 10 a.m., virtually, of course.   We will discuss what we have been doing during this challenging year and what we hope to accomplish next year.

Please click this link:

https://gsumeetings.webex.com/meet/jrcostello

If you have not used Web Ex before, give yourself a few extra minutes so that it can download to your computer.

Your Opinion Matters

Surveys to share your thoughts on community plans and parks

DeKalb County Long-Range Plan

The DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability Department is asking for your feedback on the Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Update. This is a mandatory five-year update required by the Department of Community Affairs that every County must comply with to maintain its Qualified Local Government status. Your input plays a vital role in the development of the plan and will guide the future growth and redevelopment of the County.  Please participate by taking the survey and do encourage others to get involved in the Comprehensive Plan update. The planning department will share results of the survey in the next Comprehensive Plan public meeting.

DeKalb Long-Range Plan Survey link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=J1UtKf-r_0W8krHbEDdge-5zzAne4ZpGsa2R6nRLUb5UNzVHMEU5WkhJSlYzNVRMMVdIMzFGWEdQWiQlQCN0PWcu

You may also read the executive summary at: 
https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/users/user3566/Exec_Summary.pdf

Hidden Historic Farm on Redan Road
The 9.2-acre park at 5338 Redan Road, a short distance from Redan High School, is undergoing a visioning process with Park Pride. What should the park be?  It was a working farm for most of its history, starting from the late 1800s, and includes several structures – some of them with historic value.

Your opinion is crucial to the success of this process. Take this survey and share your ideas:

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/5811381/5338-Redan-Road

Once you’re there, you can register for the December 9 public meeting and watch for yard signs around the neighborhood. We will be asking for your honest feedback every step of the way.

For more information, be sure to visit our website at https://5338-redan.wixsite.com/welcome

Glenwood Road and Columbia Drive

The goal is to identify capital investment and policy changes that can support a more livable, pedestrian-friendly environment at this key intersection.

Register for a public input session on Nov. 18 – all done ONLINE. 
Two design workshops:

12 – 1 pm. Envisioning Opportunities (covers overall vision for land use and mobility in the area)

6 – 7:30 pm Planning for Redevelopment (pull together the ideas brought forth earlier in the day and come up with at least one redevelopment alternative

http://bit.ly/GlenwoodColumbia

Update on Community Center, Stop Metro Green, and Comprehensive Plan

Let’s Take a Look at the Planned Community Center

There will be a virtual tour of the new Community and Senior Center to be built on the north end of Hairston Park.  Join the information meeting 

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Location: https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/9738328532

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00 p.m.

There will be a period for public comments on the final phase of planning for the design, engineering, and programming.

Commissioner Steve Bradshaw’s office sent the following announcement:

The proposed center will be located on County owned land at 4875 Elam Road, Stone Mountain GA. The area was selected for a center based on a 2016 Comprehensive Feasibility Study that identified the area as a high priority for Senior Services and Community Activities. The proposed 24,000 sq. ft. center will include a state-of-the-art functional facility to include a multipurpose dining room, classrooms, fitness room, a therapeutic pool with lap lanes, and many other exciting amenities.

The Community meeting will include the following:

1. Project overview by District # 4 Commissioner, Steve Bradshaw.

2. Project Schedule

3. Virtual Tour (Fly thru) of the Facility.

4. Questions and Answers

Questions can be directed to either the Community Development Department at 404-969-9921 or Commissioner Steve Bradshaw at (404) 371-4749.

Update on Effort to Stop Metro Green Recycling

Metro Green Recycling Center has begun construction on the construction debris recycling center on Miller Road (just down the street from Miller Middle School).  Commissioner Mereda Davis-Johnson, some Stonecrest city council members, residents and others are trying to get its permit revoked. People are alarmed by the prospect of toxic air, foul smells and decreased property values. Superior Court will hear the request for a temporary restraining order on Monday.

The City of Stonecrest permitted the business without a public hearing.

The hearing will be broadcast Oct. 26, 9 a.m.via Zoom.   Click this link at that time to watch the hearing.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oEuLcgV3Rpx-PHhHoSMSg

If you would like background on this business, visit:

https://www.wearehiddenhills.com/stopmetrogreen.html

DeKalb County is updating it 5-year comprehensive plan. 

You can learn more about this effort on Oct. 22, 5 – 6 p.m.  Click this link:

https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/91524396384

Or, by phone:

USA 8882709936 (US Toll Free)

Conference code: 483980

You may also read the executive summary at: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/users/user3566/Exec_Summary.pdf

New Businesses, Parks Update, Environmental Post Open

Three drive-through restaurants coming to Wesley Chapel. Which ones? Your opinion is being sought

CSC Properties received approval to modify the Tier One code in the I-20 Overlay to build three drive-through restaurants on Wesley Chapel near Snapfinger Woods Drive. It was approved by the Board of Commissioners Aug. 25.

When company representatives spoke at public meetings, they mentioned they hoped to bring in restaurants with healthier food options, such as Chipotle and Wendy’s.  As far as we know, no deal has been finalized for any restaurant.  Company representatives know that the community is very interested in what happens here. Now, they would like to hear from us.

Kings Ridge Homeowners Association has been staying in close touch.  They shared the following method for sending Go to the company website:

https://cscproperties.com/

Click Contact.

In the Contact Us box, provide your opinion.  To ensure that your message reaches the right party, put Wesley Chapel Town Center in the box for Company name.

Thank you to the Kings Ridge Homeowners Association for staying in close touch with CSC Properties and for sharing this information with us.   

 

Lidl has finally begun clearing land

It’s been a long time coming, but Lidl is moving ahead with its plans to build a grocery store at 6038 Covington Highway. Lidl is a German-owned chain, similar to German-owned Aldi, but Lidl offers more products and has slightly larger stores.  It operates on the “everyday low cost” model.

You may recall that the community attended public hearings on the plan beginning in January 2017.  The company responded favorably to our requests for landscaping and screening of the retention pond and dumpsters.

Since that time, delays occurred as a result of Stonecrest acquiring that portion of the county. The company had to go through new permitting process. In addition, it was analyzing which type of stores work best in the U.S. and waiting to build until it had enough data.

The company spokesperson would not give details on a specific opening date.  They are aiming for summer 2021. However, the construction signs say they are interested in hiring.

 

Hairston Park – Made it through Step One

Gwendolyn Stegall did a super job describing the Meditation Project for Hairston Park. The DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department gave the project its support.  Now, we can apply for the grant from Park Pride.

This project includes shaded benches placed near the lake, a serenity garden with winding path, picnic tables in the wooded area near the spot where the pavilion will be (one day – things seem to be moving in the right direction), and new signage.

 

Intrenchment Creek Park – Fighting for Survival

The County is considering a deal with Blackhall Studios that would give it 40 acres of beautiful parkland in a critical watershed for private development.  The County would receive, in exchange, a clear-cut piece of land.  Hundreds of people have spoken out against this plan because they do not want to lose any of our natural, untouched park landscape.

This 125-acre park is on what used to be the Atlanta Prison Farm. It is at West Side Place, Atlanta, 30316.
https://atlnature.com/blog/intrenchment-creek-park

There will be another public hearing on the matter on Sept. 10, 5:30-6:30 pm.

Commissioner Larry Johnson sent out this information.

To join with your computer, go to

https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94883110323

To call in, dial 602-333-0032 or 888-270-9936

Conference code: 217687

To watch on DCTV, go to

https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23

To learn more about the Stop the Swap effort, go to

https://www.stoptheswap.org/?fbclid=IwAR1y5ZCmCUnOBL2srqvxrtWhJxGl8QzuUlpxGK_yjXYi4Ia6tXE2N-Fc9vY

 

SE Fields in Stonecrest Still Closed

Southeast Athletic Complex near Covington Highway & DeKalb Medical Center Parkway has been closed since mid-March. Every park in the state and in unincorporated DeKalb County is open.  Even if citizens cannot play organized sports in this time of Covid-19, they could at least use the 97-acre park for walks.  Come on. Open the park or give it back!

When Stonecrest became a city, it made a deal with DeKalb County to get eight county parks for $34,950 in July 2019. The eight parks are Gregory Moseley, Southeast Athletic Complex, Fairington Park, Salem Park, Browns Mill Park, Chestnut Lakes, Miners Creek, Everett Property, and Browns Mill Aquatic Center.

If you would like to speak out on this matter, contact:

City Hall:  770 224-0200

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary
jlary@stonecrestga.gov

Robert Turner
District 2 Councilman (SE Fields is in his district)
rturner@stonecrestga.gov

Brandon J. Riley Sr.
Stonecrest Parks & Recreation Director
briley@stonecrestga.gov

This page has more contact info for the City of Stonecrest:   https://www.stonecrestga.gov/ContactUs.aspx

 

Important Environmental Position Needs a Volunteer

The DeKalb Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors is currently interviewing for a vacated appointed Supervisor position.

The Board tries to ensure that developers follow the state’s erosion and sediment control laws. In addition, an especially important role of the District is to support, encourage and educate citizens, staff and officials with the significant goal of protection and sustainability of the natural  resources of DeKalb County    The District meets the second Friday of every month at 10:00 am virtually via Zoom.

If you would like to see the volunteer job description, go to:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EnyWBGUNKQMMvSA8ETAJq8212vHt4qgB/view?usp=sharing

This file also has contacts you can write for more information.

 

Until next time, may everybody be healthy.

 

Jan Costello
President, Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation