March Update on Protest, New Restaurant, Trees, Red Hot Mess at Redan Village, and More

Protest! Shut Down the Slaughterhouse in the Residential Neighborhood

Since March 2019, Rudolf Bradford, owner of the slaughterhouse at 1676 Rice Road (near Redan Elementary School) has killed 4,019 cows, pigs, goats and sheep and sold the carcasses to individuals even though there is a cease-and-desist order from DeKalb County went into effect that month. Slaughterhouses are not allowed in residential areas.   We have been trying for 36 months to get the law enforced. There have been Covid delays, backlogs in the courts, and delay tactics from Rudolf Bradford, but how long can the excuses last?

Ryan Brown finally got the County to respond to his questions, and now the County has finally decided to seek injunctive relief. 

Christopher Eubanks, founder of APEX Advocacy, has enlisted his network and has prompted 350 people to write to the CEO and ask for action.  The campaign now enters the protest phase. On April 4, noon, opponents of the neighborhood slaughterhouse will gather outside the DeKalb County government building at 1300 Commerce Drive.  Please go to one of the links below to RSVP.

Feel free to bring your own signs. There will be a limited number of signs provided.  

Date: Monday, April 4th, 2022, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: 1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur, GA 30030-3222, Dekalb County Government Building

Meeting Point: We will meet on the sidewalk beside the visitors entrance sign and the sign with CEO Michael Thurmond’s name.

Travel: Take MARTA to Decatur Station and the DeKalb County government building is an 8-minute walk.

Parking: There is street parking available or you can park in the DeKalb County Courthouse Parking Deck at 125 W Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030. Parking is typically $6.

Facebook: https://fb.me/e/67agu3aTb

Meet Up: https://www.meetup.com/atlanta-animal-rights/events/284742992/

ActionNetwork: https://actionnetwork.org/events/protest-illegal-slaughterhouse-in-dekalb-county/

Rezoning Request Approved for New Restaurant/Club

The Rockstone Café received approval March 24 for the rezoning request at 1726 Panola Road (across from Berean Church). The approval came with the conditions that are attached to all Tier Two zoning, plus noise restrictions.  We asked for these conditions, and we are pleased that the owner, Adian Prince, accepted them without reservation.  The restaurant will have a West Indian theme. It will close at 12:30 on Fridays and Saturdays We look forward to having a wonderful restaurant in the community. 

More Trees in the Fall

Trees Atlanta and the DeKalb Arborist have committed to planting more trees on S. Hairston, this time on both sides of the Woodway/Bishop Ming intersection.  These trees are part of the ReLeaf DeKalb program, and at last count, there are 67 available.  

Trees Atlanta was too busy this spring to get them planted, but they committed to a planting next fall. By the way, the 50 trees we planted last November (on S. Hairston, near Antioch A.M.E. Church).  Stay tuned for more ways to increase tree cover and beautify our community!

Redan Village – Illegal Truck Parking and Homeless Encampment

DeKalb County is aware of the homeless encampment on the vacant Wells Fargo property at 4798 Redan Road, in Redan Village (corner of Redan and S. Hairston).  It is aware of the many tractor-trailers and truck cabs illegally parked at the shopping center.  Commissioner Bradshaw told us that DeKalb Code Compliance has cited the property owner for “accumulation of open storage, illegal parking of tractor trailers, and repair of parking & walking surfaces.” He notes the Family Dollar has prior citations. 

The commissioner sent the Community Development Street Outreach Team to offer assistance to the homeless individuals, but they refused services. Commissioner Bradshaw promised to contact Wells Fargo and urge them to handle the homeless camp on their property.  Wells Fargo needs to evict the squatters and erect a fence around its property. 

So, we’re still in a holding pattern.  I reached out to Wells Fargo’s property manager, and I was told they are pricing fencing and considering what action to take. We’ll keep you posted

We always appreciate your support.

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The next GHHCDC meeting is April 9, 10 a.m., and we’re meeting in person!

Please wear a mask.

Join us at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain, 30088

Thank you for reading. We encourage you to do what you can today to make improvements in our community.

Jan Costello
President

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