Planting Project; MARTA Survey; Hairston Park Update

Planting Project Postponed:  The December 2 planting project has been postponed.  We’ll set a new date soon.
Survey on MARTA
MARTA is seeking our opinion about transit-oriented development along the I-20 East.  Can anyone say, “Give us rail!”  Please give YOUR opinion by going to this link:
If you have a business in the I-20 corridor, use this link, please.
For more information about the I-20 Corridor, visit:
Friends of Hairston Park
We’re meeting Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain. Ayana Williams, ParkPride Director of Community Building, will be our special guest. We’ll then move to the park and erect a new sign that shows the improvements in the works.


Denied! — BOC turns down another liquor store and gas station

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported us in our fight against more liquor stores and gas stations. On Nov. 14, the commissioners voted 7 to 0 to deny the request to put these businesses at 4736 Redan Road, just west of S. Hairston.
More than 639 people signed the petition and gave comments, and these were shared with the commissioners.   It made a difference! We thank these advocates for speaking up for better development in our community.

Set Dates for Advocacy and Beautification

Update on Liquor Store/Gas Station Fight

The fight continues against more liquor stores and gas stations in the community.  The District 4 Community Council voted 13 – 0 to deny the request to sell liquor and gas at the old Tire Store, 4736 Redan Road. Now, we turn to the Planning Commission.

The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. The issue is last on the agenda, numbers 7 and 8.

After that, it goes to the Board of Commissioners: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.

If you can’t make the meeting, please sign the petition. We have 238 signatures so far.

How many liquor stores and gas stations are enough?  This report, from Esri Business Analyst, shows the number.   The measurements are based on the center point: 4736 Redan Road, the proposed site of a gas station/alcohol outlet.

Business Type 1-mile radius 3-mile radius 5-mile radius
Liquor Stores 2* 14 28
Grocery stores, convenience stores, &drugstores that have alcohol sales 9 108 327
Gas stations (which also provide alcohol) 2** 41 100
TOTAL 13 186 479

*  There is a liquor store 1.5 miles away at Redan and S. Indian Creek, and a liquor store 1.8 miles away at Redan and Panola.

**The Kroger gas station is hidden under grocery stores. There are three gas stations within one block: a Chevron, BP, and Kroger.


The businesswoman interested in putting a liquor store near Publix at S. Hairston/Covington was not dissuaded by the 40 people who attended a meeting Oct. 16.  Look for the issue to be on the District 5 community Council agenda Dec. 11, 6:30 pm., Redan-Trotti Library.


Update on Phase Two of Streetscape Improvements

We have received a commitment of 27 trees from the DeKalb County Tree Bank. We’re working with a developer who is supposed to plant them.  We’ll keep you posted!

Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – Streetscape upgrade at Los Arcos.  Save the date for a fun morning of planting. Rain date is Dec. 9.


Just Say No!

It’s time to restate your opposition to unwanted businesses in the community.  We are facing the prospect of three more liquor stores and one gas station. In all cases, the applicants have asked for a special land use permit to operate. Our overlay code put that restriction in place. This email shows you several ways that you can keep them from getting the permit.

1)   Show your opposition by showing up at meetings.

Oct. 16, 7 p.m. – Meet with owner of proposed liquor store at Publix Shopping Center. 2079 S. Hairston Road, Suite E

Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. – Ask the Community Council to deny a request for a gas station and liquor outlet at the old tire shop at 4736 Redan Road, Stone Mountain. The meeting is at Sue Kellogg Library, 952 Leon Street, Stone Mountain. (Does this look familiar? It is! We fought the same battle last year and won!)

Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. – Ask the Board of Commissioners to deny the request for a liquor store at 1026 Holcombe Road, Decatur.  The meeting is at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. – Ask the Planning Commission to deny request for a gas station and liquor outlet at the old tire shop at 4736 Redan Road, Stone Mountain.  The meeting is at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.


2)   Sign the online petition the states your opposition. It will be shared with DeKalb County.

Click here for the petition.

3)  Write our county commissioners.
Email to:,,,,,,
Dear DeKalb Commissioners,
Please support our community in its efforts to attract businesses that we need and to keep out undesirable operations. In particular, we ask you to deny the special land use request for these three applicants:
1026 Holcombe Road, Decatur, GA – Request to operate a retail liquor store.
4736 Redan Road, Stone Mountain, GA – Request to build a gas station and request to build a convenience store/alcohol outlet.
2079 S. Hairston Road, Suite E., Decatur, GA – Request to operate a retail liquor store.

4)   Share this message with your email list.


If you want to write individual letters, here is the complete email list.

Gregory Adams
Steve Bradshaw
Mereda Davis-Johnson
Kathie Gannon
Larry Johnson
Jeff Radar
Nancy Jester




Fall Update

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) is speaking out against undesirable development in our area and working to improve business districts and greenspace. We have also received two grants to help with the work. Please review our brief update.

Two more liquor store proposals. Ugh.

Proposed Liquor Store in Publix Shopping Center (S. Hairston and Covington)
Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
– The developers of a proposed liquor store have scheduled a pre-submittal community meeting, as required by the DeKalb County. Come and find out more, and give your opinion.

Where: 2079 S. Hairston Road, Suite E (This space is next to Atlanta Best Wing in the Publix Shopping Center.)

If the proposal moves forward, it will be heard by the District 5 Community Council at 6:30, Dec. 11, at the Redan-Trotti Library.

On Sept. 26, Jan Costello spoke out against another proposed liquor store, and she urged the Board of Commissioners to turn down its application. The owner wants to open at 1026 Holcombe Road, Decatur. This is just to the north of the intersection where Redan dead-ends at Holcombe. The vote was deferred for 30 days because of confusion about what ordinance it was applying under. Costello made the point the community does not care what ordinance is invoked; the community does not want another liquor store. There are numerous liquor stores near this proposed location: 2 within 1 mile, 16 within 3 miles, and 43 within 5 miles. That does not count the liquor available at gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, or drugstores. That is really enough. (Data from ESRI Business Analyst, 2017)


Beautification Projects and Hairston Park
Join us for an update and to share ideas. We’re working on several projects that will improve the Redan/S.Hairston commercial area and the park. Come and help make a positive difference in your community! It makes you feel good!

Oct. 21 – GHHCDC meets at 10 a.m.

Friends of Hairston Park meet at 11:30 a.m.

Both meetings are at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain, Ga., 30088.


Forward-Thinking Zoning Decision
GHHCDC Applauds the Board of Commissioners for Approving Two Tiers of the Memorial Drive Overlay on Sept. 26.
The action will keep undesirable businesses from opening and promote high-quality business and residential development in the tiers. Here is a brief description of the two tiers:

Tier I: Covington Gateway The intent of this tier is to implement the recommendation of the Covington Highway Corridor Study from the DeKalb County Board of Health Master Active Living Plan. The goal for this area is revitalize underutilized commercial and multifamily properties into a mix of employment, housing, retail, civic and open spaces, and make Covington Highway a multimodal transportation corridor that promotes healthy living.

Tier III: Indian Creek Wellness Center – The intent of this tier is to implement the recommendations of the Indian Creek Master Active Living Plan, while developing a multi-modal, transit-oriented area that integrates physical activity by enhancing connectivity to trails, parks, and open space (both internally and near redeveloped areas). These areas will also connect with mixed use, recreational, residential, and senior facilities. This tier is envisioned to be a premier regional recreation destination with accessory restaurant, retail, and office space. Transit Oriented Development is encouraged in this area to increase MARTA ridership and mixed-use development at the Indian Creek MARTA Station.

The other sections of the overlay are still under discussion. You can find out all about the proposal and more on the two approved tiers by clicking on:

2017 Grant-Love-Van Lare-eGHHCDC Thanks Wells Fargo
GHHCDC received a Days of Giving grant from the Redan Wells Fargo branch. Shown here, Board of Directors member Herbert Love accepts the $1,000 grant from Branch Manager Dot Van Lare. The grant is given to a non-profit organization that serves and uplifts the community. It is targeted for operational expenses.




NatureConservancy-July 15 2017-eGHHCDC Thanks Nature Conservancy
Urban Conservation Director Myriam Dormer (right) gives a $1,000 grant to GHHCDC President Jan Costello. The Nature Conservancy targets the grant for our Redan Road Marta bus shelter improvements (the bust stop near Los Arcos).

Music on Main a Rousing Success!

Music on Main was fantastic! Thank you, Chandra Currelley, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters. We raised money for streetscape beautification, and we had a wonderful time.

We very much appreciate Mainstreet Community Center for letting us use your beautiful facility on Aug. 19. Nadine Rivers-Johnson, Mainstreet Community Manager and GHHCDC General Manager, provided vital support in making the event happen, from recruiting the prime-time artist to securing sponsors.

Special thanks to Jay Betts at Jay’s Place and Dorcelin Bazil at State Farm for your sponsorships. These fine businessmen made it possible for us to launch the event, knowing that every penny raised would go to the streetscape effort.

Below, you will see a photo of the many businesses that contributed to our successful fundraiser.  Please patronize these businesses. They care about the Greater Hidden Hills community.

Shown below left are Keena Johnson, who shared expert advice on silent auctions and volunteered at the event, and Nadine Rivers-Johnson. Going clockwise, Velvet Loyal who helped stage the auction items and Myriam Dormer who helped get the process started (and both greeted guests). At bottom right, Nadine took a break from her Master of Ceremony duties to turn the mic over to Alesia Brooks (representing comm. Bradshaw) and  DeKalb Commissioner Adams.

We also thank the following elected officials for showing your support of the work we are doing:  Georgia State Senator Gloria Butler, DeKalb District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams, Georgia State Senator and Minority Leader Steve Henson, and, representing DeKalb District 4 Comm. Steve Bradshaw, Alesia Brooks.

The singer-actress Chandra Currelley gave a lively and uplifting performance.  This woman has a musical gift, and we are so pleased that she shared it with us.

Finally, special thanks to Gwendolyn Stegall, the GHHCDC Treasurer who shared her superb event planning skills with us.

Many people helped make this event a success.  We thank them all.  Here are pictures of some of the set-up and preparations.

We’ll publish a slide show of the event soon.



Sneak Peak at the Silent Auction Deals!

On August 19 – you may enjoy a wonderful evening of jazz by Chandra Currelley, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails AND you can walk away with a GREAT DEAL! Here are some of the wonderful items that will be part of the silent auction to benefit the streetscape improvement projects. We are grateful to the sponsors for donating these goods.

Bidding will begin at well below market value.

  • Four Disneyland Day Park Hopper passes – good through 6/18/2018. Use them to visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park.
  • 40-inch Flat Screen TV, donated by Jay’s Place
  • Two Wine Baskets, donated by PJ’s Package Store
  • Wine Tasting, by Total Wine & More
  • Golf Packages (four rounds; can be used individually or in a group), donated by Mystery Valley and Southland
  • Haircut Certificates, donated by Nick’s Barbershop
  • Arizona Restaurant Certificate (donated by Apex Auto)
  • Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards Gift Certificate
  • Designer Bracelets by Sircles Accessories
  • Vera Bradley Gallatin Satchel in Bittersweet Chocolate, donated by Vera Bradley/Mall of Georgia
  • Limited Edition, Signed Prints by Roederick Vines
  • Original tennis art by Andre Thompson
  • Dashboard web camera and a Backup Camera donated by TCH Consulting
  • Wireless microphone donated by Pro Music Outlet
  • Tax Service ($300 value), by Liberty Tax Service

Entertainment is provided by the captivating  Chandra Currelley
“Lady Soul Of Ja
zz,” Singer-Actress Chandra Currelley.

It’s all happening Saturday, August 19,  8 – 11 pm

Mainstreet Community Clubhouse,  5001 Mainstreet Park Dr. Stone Mountain, GA

You may purchase tickets for $25 each at:   (accepts major credit cards)  (accepts PayPal)

or in person at 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain.







Music on Main Fabulous Event Featuring the “Lady Soul of Jazz”

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation invites you to
Music on Main. This fabulous evening features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres,
a silent auction, and jazz.

Chandra CurrelleySee and hear one of the nation’s most
captivating performers, the “Lady Soul Of Jazz,” Singer-Actress Chandra Currelley.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
8 pm – 11 pm


Mainstreet Community Clubhouse
5001 Mainstreet Park Dr.
Stone Mountain 30088

The proceeds will benefit Greater Hidden Hills’ streetscape beautification efforts.

Tickets:   $25
Cocktail attire
Purchase your ticket  with a major credit card by clicking on our
EventBrite page. 

Click here to pay with PayPal and to see other payment options.

Download and share the invitation.  Music-on-Main_Digital_Invitation

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3).


UPS Donated $15,000 to Hairston Park!Groundbreaking Celebration!

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation received a $15,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.

The grant will be used towards upgrades and beautification at Hairston Park, 971 S. Hairston, Stone Mountain.  This 33-acre park is receiving a new pavilion and new playgrounds, thanks to $141,000 from District 4 park bond money. The DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department is adding $80,000 to the improvement project.

(on right) UPS Administrative Assistant Samantha Williams delivered the $15,000 donation from The UPS Foundation. (from left) Friends of Hairston Park leader Gwendolyn Stegall gratefully received the check with GHHCDC board members Jan Costello and Nadine Rivers-Johnson.

See groundbreaking video at:

The groundbreaking celebration occurred July 7, with DeKalb County Commissioners Steve Bradshaw and Gregory Adams lifting shovels. They were joined by Parks Director Marvin Billups.. Work will begin this fall.

Hairston Park will get its first pavilion, a facility that will house future family reunions, birthday parties, and community events. The park will get a new and improved playground, its first water fountain (accessible to adults, children, and dogs!), and additional picnic tables and benches. Community volunteer days will be scheduled for helping with improvements.

Contact for more information.


The UPS Foundation was established in 1951 and is based in Atlanta. In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world.


Choose a Playground!

Kids and the young-at-heart: Which playground do you like best
for Hairston Park? The winning design will be announced at the
Groundbreaking Ceremony at Hairston Park
July 7, 10 a.m.

Let us know your favorite option AND your age. Please click “leave a comment”
at the bottom of this post or email your vote and age to

You can also view a large diagram and vote at Mainstreet Community Center (5001 Mainstreet Park) through Tuesday.  Or, you can stop by the booth at Mainstreet Park at 6 pm on the Fourth of July.

Playground Options-c