Our redevelopment and beautification efforts are making an impact in the Greater Hidden Hills community. We had a productive 2018, and we thank all of those who were part of the effort.
We advocate for the area within and adjacent to the Greater Hidden Hills Overlay District, which covers a four-square-mile area (incorporating these four corners: Covington/S.Hairston, Redan/S.Hairston, Redan/Panola, and Covington/Panola).
Advocating for Better Business Development
Waffle House Opening – Redan Road and South Hairston. GHHCDC celebrated the opening of this new business in October.
The company changed its plans to conform to the GHH Overlay District, and the result is a dozen trees in parking lot islands and the street frontage.In addition, the company improved the bus shelter in front of its restaurant, expanded the cement pads and updated the landscaping. GHHCDC provided two new benches, and MARTA pitched in the garbage cans.
Rocklyn Homes Development – Covington Highway and Panola Road – heard our concerns and modified its design for the townhome community near LA Fitness. The development will have a one-third acre pocket park, a 30-foot landscaped buffer, and lots of trees. The area used to be in the GHH overlay district, but the city of Stonecrest annexed it. Nevertheless, we insisted that Stonecrest meet the higher standards that we have in our overlay, and they agreed. We had two meetings with the developers, one with the planning department, and attended four public hearings.
Interestingly, Rocklyn is proposing another townhome community on Covington, and this plan already has walking trails, a dog park, and a pocket park!
Tycore Auto Repair – Covington Highway and South Hairston. We attended four public meetings and one meeting with commissioners to ask that this business not be allowed to open at 5361 Covington Highway, across the street from Pep Boys, a tire shop, and next door to an auto repair shop. Within three miles of this address, there are 183 auto-related businesses. The effort continues into 2019 as the Board of Commissioners deferred its vote.
Beautification Builds Better Business
We’re beautifying the streetscape in our commercial zones. When the environment looks more attractive, more people want to do business in the area. This helps us attract better businesses and keep consumer spending close to home. This year we:
- Refreshed the median on South Hairston, just south of Redan. GHHCDC hired a landscaping company to regularly maintain the median.
- Planted rosebushes and perennials in the entrance island of Los Arcos and along with beautification of the sidewalk strip.
- Planted 26 trees as part of our ongoing streetscape improvement, in a joint project with Keep DeKalb Beautiful and the DeKalb County Tree Bank. These include 14 Nellie Stevens Holly leading up to the entrance of Hairston Park; 10 crepe myrtle in the public easement on Redan Road, to beautify the Hairston Square shopping center; and 2 Georgia Gem Green Ash trees on South Hairston and in Hairston Park.
Parks Add Value
Parks are an economic development tool. That’s why we are active Friends of Hairston Park. We finished installing fitness stations in Hairston Park, an effort achieved through the UPS Foundation grant that we received. We also helped make Earth Day in Hairston Park a huge success as we reclaimed trails in the beautiful wooded area on the north end of the park.
Remembrance of a Fine Musician and Friend of GHHCDC.
Theresa Hightower, the accomplished jazz musician, singer and actress, graced us with what was to be her last public performance at the 2nd annual Music on Main, a significant fundraiser for the organization. She passed away in October. Ms. Hightower was a true humanitarian, and she left a legacy of outstanding performances and community service.
Help GHHCDC Continue Our Work in 2019
Your donation can help us continue our mission to stimulate economic development and create a greener, healthier environment. Join our efforts for 2019, when we:
- continue our streetscape beautification along South Hairston and Redan
- advocate for amending our overlay code so that certain auto businesses and liquor stores are prohibited (No more hearings!)
- watch that all new development meets our overlay requirements
- lobby for tougher penalties on code enforcement violations by businesses
- pursue more grants to enhance Hairston Park
- stage the 3rd annual Music on Main, our annual fundraiser!
You can invest in this community. Come to our monthly meetings. And send your contributions to:
Greater Hidden Hills CDC
P.O Box 1811
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Or make a payment online at https://greaterhiddenhillscdc.org/you-can-make-a-difference/
We are a 501(c)3, and your contributions are tax-deductible.