Celebration for Serenity Garden at Hairston Park

You are invited to join the Friends of Hairston Park as we celebrate the completion of our Mindfulness Project!

Jan. 18, 10 a.m.
889 S. Hairston Rd., Stone Mountain

In 2021, Park Pride awarded the Friends of Hairston Park a $50,000 Community Building Grant through the generous donation of The Home Depot. This grant allowed our Friends group to create a Serenity Garden with meandering trails leading to 3 native garden bed areas with benches, 5 meditative signs, trash receptacles along the path, and 3 picnic tables that will serve as an overflow from our beautiful pavilion (provided through park bond funds allotted by Commissioners Bradshaw). Park Pride’s grant also allowed us to provide 3 pergola swings for park visitors to enjoy the serene view of the lake or watch the turtles sunbathing on a log, 2 directional signs, and 2 educational interpretive signs so visitors can learn about trees and wildlife in our community park.

In addition to the grant, many volunteers made this project possible.  We thank the Friends of Hairston Park for clearing the native garden area and planting the native plants.

Sentencing for Illegal Slaughterhouse Moved to Feb 17, 9 a.m.

On Dec. 14 in state court, a jury of six found Rudolph Bradford guilty of illegally slaughtering animals in his backyard. He was to be sentenced Jan. 13, 2023, but the judicial tower of the DeKalb County Courthouse is closed for repairs, according to Assistant Solicitor-General Karen Scott.  The new sentencing date is Feb. 17, 2023,  9 a.m.

Bradford was found guilty on the first three charges dealing with illegal slaughtering of animals on residential property. The other two guilty verdicts dealt with inappropriate parking and storage of machinery.

Bradford was found not guilty of the four counts dealing with his license and four other nuisance charges.

Ms. Scott asked that Judge Purdom consider fining him $1,000 on each count and requiring a 600-day sentence (300 days would be suspended if he closed the abattoir within 90 days of sentencing.) 

Welcome to GHHCDC Meetings

The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m., on Zoom. We’ll provide the link in an upcoming newsletter and on our website.

Thank you for reading. We always appreciate your support.

Membership is $25 for individuals and $125 for neighborhood associations and businesses. 

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To mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., let us all be inspired anew by his service.

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

Bradford Found Guilty on Five Counts

On Dec. 14 in state court, a jury of six found Rudolph Bradford guilty of illegally slaughtering animals in his backyard. He will be sentenced Jan. 13, 2023. We will let you know details when we receive them.

Assistant Solicitor-General Karen Scott and assistant attorney Daniel Sanmiguel presented a solid case and persuasive closing arguments. Ms. Scott is pleased that guilty verdicts were returned on the first three charges dealing with illegal slaughtering of animals on residential property. The other two guilty verdicts dealt with inappropriate parking and storage of machinery.

Bradford was found not guilty of the four counts dealing with his license and four other nuisance charges.

Ms. Scott asked that Judge Purdom consider fining him $1,000 on each count and requiring a 600-day sentence (300 days would be suspended if he closed the abattoir within 90 days of sentencing.) 

Bradford is still advertising his slaughtering business on Craig’s list.  https://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/grd/d/lithonia-goats-sheep-lamb-cows-chickens/7570607801.html

Clearly, a guilty verdict is not enough to get him to shut down the illegal slaughtering operation. The Georgia Department of Agriculture records show that he has slaughtered 7,209 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since the state began keeping records in 2016.

In addition to the dedication of attorneys Scott and Sanmiguel, thanks also goes to DeKalb County Senior Code Compliance Officer Shaun Shaifer and to Solicitor-General Investigator Barbara Floyd.   We also appreciate the efforts of Investigator Tessa Bowers who worked hard on this case until her untimely death in July 2022.

Senior Housing Text Amendment Passed

On Dec. 13, the BOC unanimously passed the text amendment to allow senior housing in the center area of the closed Hidden Hills golf course. Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson made the motion and mentioned Hidden Hill’s support. Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson commended the community for thinking of the needs of seniors who might want to downsize and age in place. 

This amendment makes it possible to put a several-story residential tower for seniors in the southeast quadrant of Tier Five rather than an office building.

Status on Closed Golf Course Development

McKinley Homes is the residential developer that has won approval to put 228 townhomes and a 240-apartment community in Tier Five, the former clubhouse area of the closed Hidden Hills golf course. McKinley Homes continues to work through the land development permitting process.  Vice President Bill Schmidt said that an agreement to provide sewer service has been reached with the County. The company is still addressing comments on the permit application and expects to be completed with that phase by early spring 2023.  He says that if the sewer repairs are on schedule, the company hopes to start development in summer 2023.

Video Surveillance Now Required at Convenience Stores

Thanks to Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, DeKalb County now requires all convenience stores and high-risk businesses to own and operate a video surveillance system.  The commissioner has been working hard for this legislation for years. It goes into effect June 30, 2023.  You may read the ordinance at this link:

The next meeting of GHHCDC will be Feb. 18, 10 a.m., via Zoom.

Details will be provided in a few weeks.

We always appreciate your support.

Membership is $25 for individuals and $125 for neighborhood associations and businesses. 

or go directly to PayPal:

May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Thank you for reading. Let’s keep working together to leave our community better than we found it!

Jan Costello

Slaughterhouse Trial Link Dec. 13, 9 a.m.

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. Here is the link to the trial:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOYFcIJ-UTPPL0tHczknwdw?view_as=subscriber

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.

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 112 animals in his backyard in November 2022, consisting of 8 cattle, 59 goats, and 45 sheep.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture records show that he has slaughtered 5,079 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since the cease-and-desist order was issued March 19, 2019.

He has slaughtered 7,209 animals since the state began keeping records in 2016.

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:

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

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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:

https://rb.gy/upbo5s

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:

https://gofund.me/65a04efc

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. 

https://itsmarta.com/south-dekalb-transit-initiative.aspx

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:  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CandlerART

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

https://www.marta2040nextgenbus.com/home

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:

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.

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:

https://gofund.me/65a04efc

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932196553?pwd=WkR4VWNITzBmQVdJRng3emtCeTVNUT09

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.

We appreciate you for accepting the post!

Special Election Sept. 24

Before the regular meeting on Sept. 24, there will be a special election for president. If you are interested in running for the office of president, please write to GHHCDC@gmail.com right away. Nominations will also be taken from the floor.

The reason for the special election is that Jan Costello has accepted a position representing District 5 on the DeKalb County Planning Commission. As a result, she can no longer serve as president of the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp., but she will continue to work as a member on various projects.

Meeting
Sept. 24, 10 a.m. at Mainstreet Community Center.
5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain, 30088.  

You can join by Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82103185277?pwd=cTFIM3I1TzBJdWRxQ1FBR1l6WlZxQT09

Meeting ID: 821 0318 5277
Passcode: 327752

One tap mobile:  +16465588656

Grow a Greener Future

We have raised 20% of the funds needed to protect the 50 trees the community and Trees Atlanta planted last November on Hairston Road. We thank those who have supported the cause.  We ask all readers to donate the cost of a few bags of mulch.   Click on this link, please.

https://gofund.me/65a04efc

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.

With your generous donations, the community can complete the project this fall. Let’s keep it green and protect our investment!

The beautiful stretch of young trees can be seen along the 1.5-mile stretch of S. Hairston Road from Mainstreet Park Drive to Martins Crossing Road near Antioch Episcopal Church. 

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation, a non-profit (501(c)3 that advocates for enhanced business standards, beautiful streetscapes, and protected green space, has committed to provide mulch for all 50 trees. GHHCDC is asking for help in raising $3000 to complete this important project. Your donation will defray the cost of materials and labor required to complete the project and will ensure the future health of these trees. Streetscapes matter and increase property values!

Help Us Save Our Trees. Please Donate Today!

Slaughtering Continues

The State Court has not yet set a trial date for Rudolph Bradford who was denied County permission to slaughter animals in his backyard at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia. This site is near Redan Elementary School.  Rudolph Bradford slaughtered 111 animals in his backyard in August 2022, including 7 cattle, 52 goats, and 52 sheep.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture records show that he has slaughtered 4,702 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since the cease-and-desist order was issued March 19, 2019.  Of course, he was slaughtering before that. The grand total since the State began keeping records is 6832.

The Solicitor General’s office promises to let us know when the trial will be.

Oct. 15 – Go Green!

DeKalb County invites you to GoGreen. This event is free and aspires to raise awareness and appreciation of sustainability with our communities. Various partners engaged in environmental/ conservation work will be in attendance to share an overview of their organization and programs.

Wade Walker Park 5585 Rockbridge Rd; Stone Mountain, GA 30088

Saturday, October 15, 2022 (rain or shine)

9AM-12PM

Sustainability Awareness/ Beautification Trees • Planting • Invasive Species Workshop • Children’s Green Arts & Crafts • Trail Maintenance• Litter Pickup• Solar-powered OHL pop-up • Outreach • Electric Bike-Electric Vehicle Displays• Succulent plant giveaways (while supplies last)• DHL goodie bag (while supplies last)

Lane Closures for I-285/Covington

The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) will close lanes at Interstate 285 & Covington as part of the I-285 Eastside Bridge Replacements project. Please note the following:

Weeknights

  • Triple lane closures, Monday, September 26, 11 p.m. to Friday, September 30, 4 a.m. (Nightly)
  • Triple lane closures, Monday, October 3, 11 p.m. to Friday, October 7, 4 a.m. (Nightly)
  • Triple lane closures, Monday, October 10, 11 p.m. to Friday, October 14, 4 a.m. (Nightly)

Weekends

  • Double lane closures, Friday, September 23, 9 p.m. through Monday, September 26, 5 a.m.
  • Double lane closures, Friday, September 30, 9 p.m. through Monday, October 3, 5 a.m.
  • Double lane closures, Friday, October 7, 9 p.m. through Monday, October 10, 5 a.m.

Thank you for reading. Let’s keep working together to leave our community better than we found it!

Jan Costello

Be a Tree Lover!

You can help protect the 50 trees the community and Trees Atlanta planted last November on Hairston Road. Just donate the cost of a few bags of mulch.   Click on this link, please.

https://gofund.me/65a04efc

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.

With your generous donations, the community can complete the project this fall. Let’s keep it green and protect our investment!

The beautiful stretch of young trees can be seen along the 1.5-mile stretch of S. Hairston Road from Mainstreet Park Drive to Martins Crossing Road near Antioch Episcopal Church.  

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation, a non-profit (501(c)3 that advocates for enhanced business standards, beautiful streetscapes, and protected green space, has committed to provide mulch for all 50 trees. GHHCDC is asking for help in raising $3000 to complete this important project. Your donation will defray the cost of materials and labor required to complete the project and will ensure the future health of these trees. Streetscapes matter and increase property values!

Help Us Save Our Trees. Please Donate Today!

Sept. 10 – Native Plant Gardens Volunteer Day

Please join the effort to prepare the beds for native plants in the Serenity Garden at Hairston Park.  8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

We recommend that you wear work gloves, durable pants, and long sleeves. Bring water.

If it is raining, we will have the workday on Sept. 17. 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

Special Election Sept. 24

Jan Costello has accepted a position representing District 5 on the DeKalb County Planning Commission. As a result, she can no longer serve as president of the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp., but she will continue to work as a member on various projects.

Before the regular meeting on Sept. 24, there will be a special election for president. If you are interested in running for the office of president, please write to GHHCDC@gmail.com right away.

Meeting
Sept. 24, 10 a.m. at Mainstreet Community Center.
5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain, 30088.  

You can join by Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82103185277?pwd=cTFIM3I1TzBJdWRxQ1FBR1l6WlZxQT09

Meeting ID: 821 0318 5277
Passcode: 327752
One tap mobile:  +16465588656

Herbert Love has been nominated to serve, and he is willing. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, and he has led many initiatives including streetscape improvements and tying business license renewal to code enforcement compliance. He has lived in DeKalb County 44 years, and he is active with the Carriage Hills Civic Association. He is a retired Meineke Car Care Centers master franchisee.  

If other candidates come forward, we will provide their bios.