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.


The Champion Covers Beautification

Thank you to The Champion for covering our beautification efforts.  Here’s the link:


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.


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:

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

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.



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.


Public hearings on gas station and recreation center; Get ready for Battle of the Bands

 Please make a note of the following events:


Wednesday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. – Review of recreation center proposal

The Tropical Sports Club will present to the community a concept for a neighborhood recreation center. This meeting will be at the proposed site, a single-family house at 1943 South Hairston Road. There is limited parking. Please carpool.


Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. – Review of gas station proposal at Lou Walker Center

Murphy Oil USA is proposing to build a Murphy’s gas station in front of LA Fitness on Covington Hwy. The community is invited to hear about the plans on Aug. 13, 7 p.m., at the Lou Walker Senior Center. The site plan and rendering are attached. Murphy Gas Rendering     Murphy Gas Site Plan


 Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. The next GHHCDC meeting, which will be devoted to ensuring the Aug. 22 Battle of the Bands’ success. Join us at the Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Martin Road, 30088. All are welcome. We’ll be discussing the Aug. 22 Battle of the Bands event, the streetscape improvement plans, and grant applications.


 Saturday, August 22, Battle of the Bands, a community celebration

11:15 – volunteers begin setting up.

Event runs from noon to 3 p.m.


Where: Redan Village: NE corner of S. Hairston & Redan, in front of Jay’s Place

This community event will showcase creative students and local businesses. Join us!

* Celebrate the creativity of local high school bands (Including the Redan Raiders!)

* Compete for top honors in the Little Caesar’s Shaker Board contest

* Vote on the best haircut by the skilled barbers from Nick’s

* Watch local deejays battle it out for best in class

* Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers

* Win prizes, just by coming out!

* See what local businesses have to offer


Contributing sponsors include Jay’s Place, Zaxby’s, Kroger, and Bruster’s.

We’ll be raffling off great prizes – tickets are free but we encourage tax deductible donations to our community development corporation.

Local businesses and entrepreneurs may reserve tables for $25: contact GHHCDC@gmail.com for information. Or, call 508-591-3526.


All proceeds benefit The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to helping the community prosper and thrive. This volunteer organization represents the area on zoning matters and advocates for attractive business development that meets our residents’ needs.

A flyer is attached. Please share. Flyer-Battle of Bands


Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. The next GHHCDC meeting. All are welcome. Join us at the Mainstreet Community Center, 5001 Martin Road, 30088.