Housing and Parks

Community Meeting on Redan Road Housing

The community is invited to a public meeting about a proposed housing development on Redan Road near Sherrington.  The meeting is at 7 pm, June 14, at 4960 Redan Road, Suite A (The Higher Ground Tabernacle of Praise).

REA Ventures would like to rezone the property from single family (R-100) to residential small lot mix (RSM).  This would allow the firm to build 42 single-family townhomes and 8 single-family detached homes.

The homes will be “Earthcraft-certified,” which meets high environmental standards. The site plan incorporates a club house, a community green, a tot lot, and a community garden, as well as passive open space.

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The firm specializes in affordable workforce housing and senior housing. This project, the company says, would provide rental assistance to working families who have low incomes. The firm will describe the review process and tenant requirements at the meeting.

If you would like to see the whole zoning packet (note that the dates for the hearings have changed), with the Planning Department’s comments, click

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-9TZ20drsg-RmQyQktqcThQdFk

 

Playgrounds and Pavilions – What do you like?

The Friends of Hairston Park invite you – especially KIDS – to a design review, June 24, 11:30 a.m., at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain.  The Parks Department will be there to show us ideas for the new playground.  We want to hear from kids to find out what you like.

GIS-Dekalb-Park-Map-enhancedWe’ll also get opinions on the pavilion and other improvements planned for Hairston Park.  We look forward to seeing you.

The  Greater Hidden Hills CDC worked to secure a grant for the park. In May, DeKalb County approved investing $141,000 of park bond money on the park. The Parks Department will pitch in for the pavilion, and we are working to raise money for other improvements.

 

 

Hairston Park Upgrade Approved

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Commissioner Steve Bradshaw’s request to spend $141,000 on Hairston Park on May 23! The funds come from District 4 park bond money raised in 2001 and 2005, The Greater Hidden Hills CDC submitted a proposal that the County invest in Hairston Park.  The DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department will add $80,000 to the improvement project.

Gazebo-2Work will begin this fall. Hairston Park will get its first pavilion, a facility that will house future family reunions, birthday parties, and community events. The park will get a new and improved playground, its first water fountain (accessible to adults, children, and dogs!), and additional picnic tables and benches.

“The Greater Hidden Hills Community is elated by Commissioner Bradshaw’s support of Hairston Park, says Jan Costello, President, Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp. “This 33-acre park is a jewel, and central to thousands of families in the area.  Parks are a terrific investment — raising the quality of life and an area’s economic profile.”

The park will also receive landscaping improvements.

NoHPark_ (2-edit)w is the time to get involved with Friends of Hairston Park.  Please learn about the plans and provide your opinions at a design reveal June 17, 10 a.m. – noon, at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park.  Write GHHCDC@gmail.com for more information.

 

Hairston Park News and May 20 Elections

Hairston Park Friends Achieve Key Recommendation

Hairston Park, a 33-acre park in the Greater Hidden Hills community, is one step closer to getting an upgrade. The GHHCDC recommended specific improvements to District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw – in particular, a pavilion, new playground facilities, additional seating and picnic tables, a water fountain, and landscaping.

The DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department supports the plan and so does Commissioner Bradshaw! He told the Friends of Hairston Park, a group reinvigorated by GHHCDC treasure Gwendolyn Stegall, that he will ask the Board of Commissioners to use park funds for the improvements. The vote will occur May 23.  We will keep you posted.

The recommendation is to complete much of the project in Fall 2017.

 

Public Meeting & Elections May 20, 10 am

Please join us for the next Greater Hidden Hills CDC meeting on May 20, 10 a.m. , at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park.

We will elect members to the Board of Directors. We will also discuss:

  • Streetscape improvements on Redan Road
  • The Waffle House development
  • The Music on Main fundraiser
  • Hairston Park
  • Code Enforcement

 

 

 

Spread the love! Spread the Mulch

Our median plants need a thicker blanket. Fortunately, DeKalb County is providing mulch.  Would you help us spread the mulch on Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.?  We’re meeting at the median on S. Hairston. Please bring a rake and a shovel.  Many hands will make light work! We could be finished in an hour.   Contact GHHCDC@gmail.com for information and to volunteer.img_0737-crop

Happy New Year! Award! and Lidl Grocery Meeting

We accomplished a lot in 2016. We staged a storefront improvement contest, the second annual Battle and festival, and a beautiful installation of trees and shrubs in the median near S. Hairston and Redan. All of these things were made possible by the volunteer efforts and contributions of many residents and business owners.

The year ended on a particularly happy note for me when I received a Community Hero award, given by CEO Burrell Ellis.  Thank you Nadiaward-edit-bne Rivers-Johnson and Pauline Dailey for nominating me.  Several friends attended the Dec. 27 awards ceremony, and it was a pleasure to be there with them.

We wilaward-nadine-edit-bl continue working to make this area one that attracts high quality businesses. I look forward to 2017, and I encourage readers to get involved with our community.

The next meeting of the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation is Jan. 21, 10 a.m., at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain, 30088. Join us to discuss our next streetscape beautification plans and zoning requests in the area.

Public Meeting on a New Lidl Grocery Store

A grocery store called Lidl is asking for a zoning change on 5.4 acres at 6038 Covington Highway (near LA Fitness; currently Wings of a Dove Christian Academy). The developers are holding a public meeting January 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Redan-Trotti Library (1569 Wellborn, Lithonia), to discuss the proposal.  Please join us for this public meeting.

The developer provided the following information:

“Lidl US regarding its proposal to develop a grocery store on property located at 6038 Covington Highway in DeKalb County.   Lidl currently operates nearly 10,000 stores in 26 countries throughout Europe. It is part of the Schwarz Group, which is the largest retailer in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Lidl has a simple philosophy – focusing on offering customers top quality fresh goods and grocery products at the most competitive pricing in convenient locations. While customers receive amazing savings by choosing Lidl’s own great quality brands, they can still shop for their favorite branded goods, available at competitive prices.”

Right now, the property is zoned commercial and mixed use. The developers want to change it to commercial.

State Farm is helping plant the way to better business!

statefarmgift Dorcelin Bazil, State Farm Insurance Agent, gave Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation the first installment of a $3,000 grant for the beautification efforts. Board Member Nadine Rivers-Johnson accepted the check in early November.

We will use State Farm’s grant on Phase II. We just completed planting the median on S. Hairston, near Redan Road. It looks terrific! We’re working closely with Keep DeKalb Beautiful.  Our private-public partnership is an effective and gratifying way to promote investment in our community.

Our goal is to beautify all quadrants of this key intersection in our community.  Improving the streetscape will encourage people to take a second look at local businesses and will attract new development. Our efforts so far – and recognition by prestigious companies like State Farm – are already building community pride.

We did it! S.Hairston Median Beautification a Success!

Dozens of people contributed money and time. Keep DeKalb Beautiful provided expert assistance, heavy equipment, and volunteers. Local business donated money and in-kind support. We worked together and beautified the median on S.Hairston, just south of Redan.

It is planted with 10 crepe myrtle and 58 bushes — burning bush, ornamental grass, and gold mop cypress.

Our volunteers also picked up trash for close to one mile in each direction of the intersection.  DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis-Johnson came, and she helped pick up trash and dig!  Steve Bradshaw, Democratic nominee for Commissioner District 4 also attended and helped. Keep DeKalb Beautiful Director Gordon Burkette and his crew (all volunteering their time on Saturday) pitched in all day long.

Thank you, everybody, for the wonderful community spirit.  This project demonstrates our commitment to each other, high standards, and revitalized business districts.

I’ve put some pictures below.  We’ll put a slide show together soon and share it.

We’re Planting the Way to Better Business!

This fall and early winter, in conjunction with Keep DeKalb Beautiful and DeKalb Planning & Sustainability, the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation is inspiring business redevelopment. With your help, we will be planting trees and shrubbery at the S. Hairston/Redan intersection. Thousands of people drive through this intersection every day, taking their business elsewhere. Improving the streetscape will encourage people to take a second look at local businesses and will attract new development.

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Studies show that natural beauty pays off. When commercial areas have more trees and attractive landscaping, they get more customers and up to 12% more spending! *

You can:
Make a lasting impact
Make your drive more enjoyable
Make a contribution, by Sept. 15!

Let’s Get Planting

Your contribution to the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp., a 501(c)(3), is 100% tax deductible.

Every penny goes towards plants.

Send your check to:
Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp.
P.O. Box 1811
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Or, use GoFundMe. Follow this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/Plants-Streetscape

Volunteers — Help Plant the Way!

Send us your email, and we’ll let you know when Planting Day is. Even though the County is providing heavy equipment, we’ll need lots of help. Individuals and groups are welcome.  Write to:  GHHCDC@gmail.com

 

Please click here to download a flyer and contribution form: Fundraiser

2015 Accomplishments, and What’s Ahead

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We Received a Grant December 18!

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation received a $1,300 grant from the Neighborhood Fund* to stage a Most Improved Business Award, given to the business in the overlay district that significantly improves its exterior aesthetics. Details on the contest will be announced in January. A business seminar will be held in February to provide information on driving sales by making the store exterior inviting and appealing. The awards ceremony will be in March.

The grant includes $500 for community coaching. Our first meeting with the coach will be December 30, 3 p.m., at Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Mainstreet Park, Stone Mountain. You are welcome to join us.

*The Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, empowers community members to positively impact neighborhoods at the local level. Building upon grassroots ideas and energy, Neighborhood Fund provides grants and support to community groups to build relationships, develop leadership, and change communities within the 23-county region.

 

Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation 

Notice of Election

The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) election of board members is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10: 30 a.m., Mainstreet Community Center located at 5001 Mainstreet Park Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30088.

The Corporation operates as a not-for-profit business for the purpose of marketing and developing the Greater Hidden Hills Community.

The Bylaws require a total of five to nine board members to serve for a term of not less than two-years and not more than six years. The board is elected at a meeting of the membership. All interested members are invited to participate in the election.

It is important that the organization maintain a functioning board in order to keep the 501(c)(3) classification, qualify for grants and continue to provide meaningful activities for the community.

The members of the board designate the officers of the Corporation: President, Secretary-Treasurer, and General Managers. Each board member serves on one of the four standing committees: four Standing Committees Fundraising, Membership Development, Marketing and Communication, and Finance and Budget.

ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEDULED ELECTION.

 

Members THANK YOU!

GHHCDC thanks you for your support and participation in 2015. We’re off to a strong start! Please review the attached slide show to learn more about our accomplishments in 2015.

Slide show, click here:  Accomplishments 2015

With your support, we will continue our great works.

We are now approaching a prosperous 2016 and membership is due! Your dues are tax deductible because we are a 501(c)(3). Please fill out the attached form and send it in with your check. We look forward to your membership in 2016!

Membership, click here:  GHHCDC_Membership_Application_2016

We’re now on Facebook and Instagram

You can get to the sites by clicking the links on the column on the right.

Thanks to Karen Smiley-Speas for help setting up the new sites.