Let’s Create a Greener Future

Plant Trees on S. Hairston

Join us Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to noon to plant trees on S. Hairston right in front of Hidden Hills. Meet us at Woodway and S. Hairston.

We have received 58 trees from Trees Atlanta, and we are planting them from Big Valley Road south along the S. Hairston median to Snapfinger Creek bridge (just before Covington Hwy). We will plant a mix of Nuttall Oak, Shumard Oak and Bald Cypress.

We had a similar project last November, from Hairston Park to Elam Road, so you can see what an impact the trees make. Of course, the impact will grow every year as the trees mature.

It’s a lot of fun.  All you need to bring is water and gloves.  You may register and get more information at

Plant Trees on S. Hairston .

If you can’t make it, you can still help.  Share the flyer with your friends and civic, church and school groups.  We appreciate your help in making our community better.

Save the Morning –We’re Planting Trees on Nov 12

We had a blast last November when our community joined other volunteers from across Atlanta to plant 50 trees on S. Hairston.  We did such a great job that Trees Atlanta is giving us 58 more trees!

This is stunning news and so welcome. Trees add beauty, economic value, and environmental benefits. So many trees have been lost in our community – here is an opportunity to help restore the tree canopy.

We’ll be planting from Snapfinger Creek to Big Valley Road on S. Hairston. We’re meeting at Woodway and S. Hairston Nov. 12, shortly before 9.

Grab a friend or two and have some fun. It’s not hard. The tree root balls are small. We dig a hole about the size of a 5-gallon paint bucket, place the tree in it, fill with dirt, spread the mulch, and water.  

Please spread the word. We had a tremendous time last year. It is an energizing uplifting service project! High school groups, neighborhood associations, and church groups – this is a great service project for you! 

Soon, there will be a link to sign up. But for now, round up your friends and save 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 12.

Mulch Project Nears Completion

We continue to raise money for mulching the 50 trees the community and Trees Atlanta planted last November on Hairston Road. We thank those who have supported the cause.  Please click on this link and donate:


Or, or send a check to Greater Hidden Hills CDC
P.O. Box 1811
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Donations are tax deductible.  The funds will also allow the community to mulch the trees and shrubbery on the median at Redan and Hairston that were planted in 2017.

Beautiful streetscapes enhance our environment and increase property values!

Children Can Borrow Books at Hairston Park

Thanks to the efforts of Friends of Hairston Park (FoHP) president Gwendolyn Stegall, we have a book box at Hairston Park. This eye-catching “library” was painted by Friends of Hairston Park volunteer Briana Simpson.  Delta Life Development Center helped install the box and stock it with books. You can also donate books; write to FriendsofHairstonPark@gmail.com

Many children are borrowing books from the park library.  It’s a great way to encourage reading. Thank you to all involved for this gift of imagination.

Native Plant Garden Taking Shape

The Hairston Park Serenity Garden features native plants. If you can help plant the week of Oct. 16, please write to FriendsofHairstonPark@gmail.com

Text Amendment to Allow Senior Housing in Hidden Hills Overlay

We received unanimous support from the District 5 Community Council of the text amendment to allow senior housing in the Hidden Hills Overlay District as part of the mixed-use criteria.  The changes also allow a residential housing mix (single-family, attached; multi-family; and/or single-family, detached).    Thanks to Larry Coles and Barbara McClendon for speaking in favor at the meeting.

Housing for seniors is a critical need in metro Atlanta. The number of people ages 65 and older will increase by 200% between 2015 and 2050, according to the U.S. Census and Atlanta Regional Commission. One in five people will be 65 or older by year 2030, up from the current ratio of 1 in 8. 

These people need homes near reliable transportation, health services, and basic retail options. The Planning Commission will hear the case Nov. 1, and the Board of Commissioners will vote on Nov. 17.

Slaughterhouse – A Trial Date is set!

On Dec. 13, 2022, 9:00 a.m., Rudolph Bradford’s trial in state court begins.  He faces charges for defying a cease-and-desist order that told him to close down the slaughtering operation in his backyard at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia. This site is near Redan Elementary School. 

Rudolph Bradford slaughtered 145 animals in his backyard in September 2022, consisting of 12 cattle, 46 goats, and 87 sheep.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture records show that he has slaughtered 4,847 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since the cease-and-desist order was issued March 19, 2019. 

He has slaughtered 6,977 animals since the state began keeping records in 2016.

Welcome to GHHCDC Meetings

The next meeting is Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.

5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain, 30088.  

If you want to join by Zoom, use this link:


Meeting ID: 899 3219 6553

Passcode: 942764

1 312 626 6799

Thank you for reading. You can make a difference. Join us at one of the upcoming events.

Herbert Love is the New President

Herbert Love was elected president of the Greater Hills Community Development Corporation on Sept. 24 by unanimous vote.   Herbert has lived in Dekalb County since the 1980s, and he is District 5 Community Council member. 

Herbert is a retired Meineke Car Care Centers master franchisee. He has served as President of the Meineke Southeastern Franchisee Organization, President of the Carriage Hills Civic Association and currently serves as Treasurer of his HOA. Mr. Love is a resident of the GHHCDC overlay district and is very much interested in making the area more attractive to mixed-use development, upscale restaurants and professional services. He says that the GHHCDC overlay codes are an excellent blueprint for future growth in the area.

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