Great Way to Spend Saturday Morning: Plant Trees!

We’re Planting Trees on Nov 12, 9 a.m. – noon, on a stretch of S. Hairston on either side of Woodway. This is a wonderful project that not lonely makes a main thoroughfare lovely, it makes a commitment to the future of this community.

Planting trees is an investment in the future. 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.

You will ENJOY yourself. Service projects restore the soul. Come invest in your own well-being and help us plant trees.

We received 58 trees from Trees Atlanta, and we are planting them Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The trees will be spaced 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 are meeting on Woodway near the S. Hairston exit. You can park on Canberra or Quailwood.  Bring gloves and water. Trees Atlanta will provide tools.  

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.

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!

We encourage you to REGISTER at this link:

Mulch Project Completed!

Greater Hidden Hills CDC  successfully mulched the 50 trees we planted last year on S. Hairston and the median plantings near Redan and Hairston.  Thanks to all of you who contributed money for the project.  A special thanks goes to Herbert Love, our president, who shepherded this project through the entire process. 

You may still donate and help to defray costs.  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. 

Beautiful streetscapes enhance our environment and increase property values!

We’re Sorry to See You Go

Vance Harper, owner of Nick’s Barbershop, is retiring after 35 years in business. He has been a dedicated member of this community, providing outstanding service and employment. His shop was THE bright spot in Redan Village. We will miss you.  We wish you peace and health in your retirement.

Nick’s Barbershop won the GHHCDC Curb Appeal contest in 2016. Shown here, Mr. Harper is presented a planter by GHHCDC Board of Directors Nadine Rivers-Johnson (left) and Phyllis Frierson (right).

Learn about MARTA Options in South DeKalb

MARTA has been holding meetings to discuss three areas of interest: the I-20 corridor, Candler road, and the bus network. The dialog is important because DeKalb County leaders are determining what is the locally preferred alternative for mass transit in South DeKalb. 

You can learn more about rapid transit in S. DeKalb along the I-20 corridor at the link below. Scroll down to presentations and documents to find information.

MARTA is also looking at more service to connect the Candler Road corridor to GSU Panthersville Campus in the south and either Decatur or Avondale Rail Station on the north.  You  may take the survey below to share your option:

How to expand the MARTA bus network is also a hot topic.  There is also a survey and information specifically about the bus network options.  You may review the information and share your opinion at

Text Amendment to Allow Senior Housing in Hidden Hills Overlay

We received unanimous support from the District 5 Community Council and the Planning Commission 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).    

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 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, Dec. 10, 10 a.m., on ZOOM.

Please join by clicking this link:

Meeting ID: 893 8673 6688
Passcode: 894106
Mobile: 1 312-626-6799

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