Slaughterhouse – A Trial Date is set!

On Dec. 13, 2022, 9:00 a.m., Rudolph Bradford’s trial in state court begins. It will be in Judge Wayne Purdom’s courtroom in the Decatur courthouse at 556 N. McDonough St. Seating is limited, but the trial  will be streamed. We will post the link on this website once we get it.

Bradford 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 120 animals in his backyard in October 2022, consisting of 20 cattle, 61 goats, and 39 sheep.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture records show that he has slaughtered 4,967 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since the cease-and-desist order was issued March 19, 2019. 

He has slaughtered 7,097 animals since the state began keeping records in 2016.

Text Amendment to Allow Senior Housing in Hidden Hills Overlay

The Board of Commission votes Dec. 13 on the text amendment that will allow senior housing in Hidden Hills.  It’s decision-only, so no public comments will be allowed. We received unanimous support from the District 5 Community Council and the Planning Commission.  The change allows the senior housing to qualify as part of the mixed-use requirement of the zone that affects the central part of the closed golf course.  McKinley Homes has already received approval to build 228 townhomes and a managed apartment community (240 apartments).

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.

Successful Tree Planting Project

The community turned out to help plant 56 trees on S. Hairston Nov. 12. It was a great morning!

We planted a mix of Nuttall Oak, Shumard Oak and Bald Cypress on a stretch of S. Hairston on either side of Woodway. This is part of our effort to plant trees from Wesley Chapel to Mountain Industrial along Hairston. 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.

If you missed this project, stay tuned. We hope to have another one next year. Service projects restore the soul.

In the meantime, don’t forget that Trees Atlanta will GIVE you a lovely tree to plant in your front yard. Contact https://www.treesatlanta.org/yardtree/

Welcome to GHHCDC Meetings

The next meeting is Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m., on ZOOM. Please join us because we will  be setting goals for 2023, and we would like your opinions.

Please join by clicking this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89386736688?pwd=V2lqMFVLY2ZXc0Q1VmFJdHBhSnpvQT09

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.

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