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Moreland Corridor Report

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Homelessness in Atlanta

Due to expressed interest following the January program on Homelessness in Atlanta, Lifelong Inman Park is offering a follow-up program to focus on two intown agencies offering services and support to Atlanta’s homeless and hungry. We hope you can join us to learn more about how neighborhood churches and others are working collaboratively to offer outreach and help. Additionally, we can learn about opportunities to assist in these efforts. 
DATE: Friday, March 2. 10:00 to 11:30 am. Inman Park Methodist Church
Presenters:
Brad Schweres, Executive Director Intown Collaborative Ministries 
Tony Johns, Executive Director Crossroads Community Ministries”

Inman Park Social

Join us at the Trolley Barn, Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm for the Inman Park Social. Food will be available  for purchase from the Good Food Truck. Free beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided by the IPNA. The Inman Park Festival volunteer committee will be on hand to answer all your questions and give you more information about volunteer opportunities. The Inman Park Festival is one of the oldest volunteer run festivals in the city. Shifts include house sitting for the tour of homes, trash pickup with the best crew around, beer truck shift, and working the stages with the bands. To sign-up for a shift click here

Inman Park Neighborhood Association Committees will also be on hand to discuss the volunteer work they do to keep the neighborhood running. 

Come out and eat some food, drink some beer and chat with your neighbors! We'll see you there! You can RSVP to the event on our Facebook  page

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Renew Atlanta Dec Update

Regan Hammond from Renew Atlanta came to our meeting Wednesday night to give an update on the three projects they've targeted. You can see the slides here

Here’s some bullets on where we stand with the 3 projects:

  • Edgewood @ Euclid – We have received traffic and turning moving counts for the intersection and will be adjusting the design a bit based on those.  Those counts will help us determine whether or not the left turn lane from Edgewood to Euclid is needed.  If it is needed, the counts will also tell us how long it needs to be.  The Cycle Atlanta Study recommended no left turn lane, so we needed to do this extra analysis to align our design with that plan’s recommendations.  We are going make some small adjustments to the new crosswalk/ped refuge island design and how we accommodate bikes traveling from Euclid to the Edgewood westbound bike lane.  We also updated the cost estimate to reflect the latest unit cost for hex pavers.
  • Irwin @ Krog – The Dept. of Public Works is replacing the crumbled sidewalk on the south side of Irwin between the Beltline and Krog.  Demo of the old sidewalk is starting this week and reconstruction will begin right after the new year.  They will also upgrade all of the ped ramps at the intersection to be ADA compliant.  The Renew Atlanta funding will be used to mill, repave, and restripe Irwin between Waddell and Auburn after the sidewalk/ramp work is complete.  The cost estimate has been updated to reflect this.
  • N. Highland – We received 2 draft concept options for traffic calming, ped crossing, and traffic control at the ped crossing from our study consultant.  I’ve included those drafts in this presentation, but we do not yet have cost estimates.  These concept options are being reviewed internally and will be slightly tweaked a bit before being brought to the public in late January/early February for comment.  We’ll then select the preferred concept and finalize design by late February/early March.  This particular improvement has additional funding (Impact Fee - $100k) to supplement the Renew funding for construction.

Parking Meters Proposed for Inman Park

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Transportation has informed the NPU that it intends to install parking meters along a number of commercial districts within Inman Park.  The Office has distributed a matrix that lists the impacted streets and a map showing some (but not all) of the locations where they plan to install meters.  The matrix and map are attached. 

At the last NPU meeting, the Office of Transportation’s representative emphasized that they do not intend to move forward without input from the neighborhood.  The Office will attend our next IPNA monthly meeting to present their proposal and to receive neighborhood comments.  If you have questions or concerns, please plan to attend the Meeting Wednesday October 18 at 7:30 at the Trolley Barn.

Click to see the map of parking meters.

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Jenkins Metal Meeting Cancelled

Thrive Homes, the developers of the Jenkins Metals site, have decided to cancel the meeting that had been scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, September 27) at the Trolley Barn.  I believe that they have come to understand that their initial site plan did not comply with our Historic District Regulations and they are now undertaking to redesign the project with these requirements in mind. The developers have not yet rescheduled the neighborhood meeting.  As soon as IPNA gets word on this, we will let the neighborhood know. 

Jenkins Metal Site Condo Development Proposal

Proposed Condo Development at the Jenkins Metal Site (716 Edgewood)

 We have received notice that a developer, Thrive Homes, is proposing to build a condo complex on the Jenkins Metals site, which extends from Edgewood Ave. along the east side of Krog all the way to the Krog Street Market.  The developer has reserved the Trolley Barn for September 27 at 6:30.  They plan to present their plans for anyone who is interested and to receive neighborhood input.  This is not an official immediate neighbors meeting or full neighborhood meeting.  There will be no vote.  The session is purely for the developer to share their plans and receive comments.  

The development will require the parcel to be re-zoned from commercial (its current designation) to residential.   This means there will be an opportunity to vote down the road.  The site plan and application for re-zoning are posted on the Inman Park website. Click the links to see the development plan and zoning application

Road Closure Announcement

  • Letter from Rockline Pipeline and City of Atlanta announcing the closure of Waverly Way between Edgewood and Euclid from August 16 for approximately two weeks. 
  • The Department of Watershed Management will perform emergency repairs along Waverly Way NE, resulting in a temporary road closure to through traffic between Euclid Avenue NE and Edgewood Avenue NE. Construction is scheduled to begin August 16 and last approximately two weeks.

    Signs will be posted to guide motorists around the construction zone. If you park your vehicle on the street, it may be necessary for you to find alternative parking while this work takes place. Residents will have access to their homes at all times during the road closure.

    Detour is as follows: from Waverly Way NE onto Edgewood Avenue NE to Elizabeth Street NE, then Euclid Avenue NE and back onto Waverly Way NE.

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Public Meeting-Little Five Points Redesign

Do you love Bass Field? Do you love Little Five Points? Plans are underway to redesign Findley Plaza in Little Five Points with Renew Atlanta funds. The Little Five Points Commercial Improvement District’s (L5PCID) Findley Plaza Redevelopment Committee will conduct two community input meetings on the following days, times, and location. Show up and voice your vision for Findley Plaza and Bass Fields. 

Saturday, August 12th from 10:00 am to noon in the Sevenanda Community Room (the downstairs of 467 Moreland Ave)

 Wednesday, August 16th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sevenanda Community Room (the downstairs of 467 Moreland Ave)

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Villa de Grip Meeting 8.3.17

Neighbors came out to hear more about the Villa de Grip proposed plan and zoning change Thursday night at Regina Brewer's home. Brewer hosted an informal meeting with architect, Cooper Pierce, to give neighbors an opportunity to hear about the project before it goes to a vote at this month's IPNA meeting. Neighbors were vocal about the high volume of new traffic they say the development would create, along with increased danger to pedestrians trying to cross North Highland at Elizabeth. Neighbors also expressed concerns about people turning into the would-be parking garage from N. Highland, an entrance that would be roughly 35-feet from the stop sign at N. Highland and Elizabeth. Residents said that N. Highland is always backed up to Caramel St. at night and the new development would only further back up the already strained intersection. 

Pierce said the owners would be open to a traffic study but doubted a light would much of a difference as the traffic problems go deeper and fall under the city's purview. In response to the neighbors concerns over the massive scale of the development, Pierce opened the floor to suggesstions from residents on what would be acceptable. Pierce said is neighbors have ideas they could email him at cooper@jonespierce.com. 

At the upcoming August IPNA meeting, neighbors are scheduled to vote on two seperate issues in regards to the Villa de Grip property. First will be  a vote on whether or not to combine the two lots purchased seperately into one. Second, will be to vote on whether or not to change the zoning of the building from RG-1 (multifamily residential) to C-1 (commercial). 

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Vila De Grip Redevelopment Proposed

Major Development Proposed at 320 N. Highland
The owners of the parcel located at 320 N. Highland, the building known as Villa de Grip, have proposed a major development.  In addition to renovating the existing building, the owners plan to add two new buildings to the site.  Under the plans, the existing Villa de Grip building would be renovated to house a 5,000+ square foot restaurant on the ground floor and to provide 5,000+ square feet of office space on the second floor.  A second, three-story building would be built with another restaurant on the first floor and office space on the two upper floors.  Finally, an additional building would be constructed with a three-level parking deck and two additional floors of office space above.  In order to facilitate this development, the owners have filed an application requesting the City to rezone the parcel as commercial (C-1) instead of it present zoning classification as residential (RG-1).  In total, the proposed project would yield over 8,000 sq. ft. of restaurant space and over 34,000 sq. ft. of office space plus 135 parking spots.
The architect for the project, Cooper Pierce, will present the proposal for a vote at the next IPNA meeting in August.  In order to facilitate our consideration of the proposal, we are posting the site plan and proposed elevations as well as the application and a chart, provided to us by the architects, that compares the existing zoning classification with the proposed reclassification.
Click here to see full plans of the project. 
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Lifelong Inman Park Vote

Lifelong Inman Park Vote Upcoming

The neighborhood will be voting on the Lifelong Inman Park Plan at our upcoming meeting, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Trolley Barn at 7:30pm. 

The Lifelong Inman Park Plan was developed to guide Inman Park’s transformation into a Lifelong Community by incorporating the needs of older residents into all aspects of community planning, development, and living. It was presented to neighbors at the June IPNA meeting. 

This plan reflects a national Lifelong Communities movement and addresses four Lifelong principles. These principles were identified through neighborhood surveys, a walking tour, and a workshop along with input from IPNA Board and neighbor meetings. The plan addresses housing, mobility/accessibility, services/information, and social engagement. For each principle, the plan describes existing conditions and identifies goals and policies that will guide the development of the Lifelong projects the neighborhood undertakes.

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4th of July Party at the Trolley Barn

ANNUAL IPNA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION 

Join us to celebrate Independence Day at the Trolley Barn on Tuesday, July 4 from 4pm-6pm. Inman Park will provide the chicken and beverages and you bring a side to share. It's a great way to visit with your Inman Park neighbors or just show off your new Peachtree Road Race t-shirt! Hope to see you there! 

Event Coordinator: Carol Mitchell (404-659-2579)

Little Five Arts Alive

Little Five Arts Alive Returns to Bring
Art & Community Development to Little Five Points

Building upon the success of the 2016 program, Little Five Arts Alive, a free weekly series of outdoor arts events, returns to the heart of Little Five Points!    Arts will enliven Findley and Davis Plazas (at the corner of Euclid and Moreland Avenues) every Saturday and Sunday from 5pm-8pm beginning April 22nd and running through November 5th.

This year’s programming will again highlight a wide variety of artists -- music, dance, theatre, visual arts, crafts, circus, performance art and more.    We are mixing it up with lots of surprises for our Little Five Points neighbors and visitors, including chances to be both spectators and participants.   You might listen to a great band or duet,  try your hand at a graffiti wall or chalk sidewalk art, or get an impromptu salsa lesson.   New this year, you can sit, watch, nosh and sip at tables on Findley Plaza with food and drink service provided by The Porter Beer Bar, 4-9pm on Saturday and Sunday.    And the plazas are getting a facelift with some new plantings and yarn bombing through a beautification project courtesy of a Little Five Alive, a community organization made up of neighborhood representatives and members of the L5P Business Association. 

Each month, we will feature one Spotlight Weekend with a theme that our artists and partners will use as their jumping off point.  On the second Sunday of each month, Little Five Arts Alive will provide local artists the opportunity to sell their work through a curated creative Little Five Arts Alive Artist Market.


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Volunteer event in Findley Plaza

Please join us for a volunteer event in Findley Plaza. We'll be beautifying the space and adding a unique art installation in anticipation of the Inman Park Festival. We need all the help we can get!

Please sign up using this link: 
http://www.signupgenius.com/…/20f0b4ea9a72ba3f58-l5pfindley/

Coffee and pastries for volunteers will be generously provided by Aurora Coffee and Proof Bakeshop!


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Goodbye to Suicide Lane

Say Goodbye to Suicide Lane on Dekalb Avenue

Dekalb avenue is getting an overhaul, thanks to the Renew Atlanta bond referendum voters approved two years ago. The city held a second public meeting about the roadway on March 30th to present ideas designers came up with after getting input from residents.

The result was a list of options for the road and its intersections ranging from roundabouts and advanced traffic signaling to just two lanes with buffers, bike lanes and turn lanes. Those at the meeting were presented with the various designs and asked to vote on their favorite in a non-binding online poll.

None of the options included the so called “suicide lane”, the reversible lane that switches direction with rush hour traffic.

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In Defense of Our Homeless Neighbors

In Defense of Our Homeless Neighbors

As Inman Park resident, I want to welcome our homeless brothers and sisters, and stand in opposition to an article published in the Inman Park Advocator last month. The individuals referred to as “Urban Campers” in the article are our neighbors. They should be welcomed and treated with respect and dignity, rather than labeled with inaccurate, degrading stereotypes while calling for their forcible removal.1 Our neighborhood would not be the vibrant, progressive space that it is without all of our residents.

By definition, a homeless person “has no private property and therefore no choice but to perform tasks necessary to life [in a public space].” Encouraging the city council to revise the 1996 Urban Camping Ordinance to begin persecuting these behaviors encroaches on the humanity of an already vulnerable population. The ordinance, which made “the ‘improper use of public spaces,’ [illegal] including erecting tents or other temporary structures or objects providing shelter; sleeping in a single place for more than one hour at a time; cooking or preparing meals; or other similar activities,” was overturned as unconstitutional in 1997 in a class action lawsuit lead by the ACLU.

During its short span, Urban Camping Ordinance resulted in the arrest of a college student and an employed homeless person, among countless others, pushing them deeper into homelessness rather than out of it.3 In a recent survey, almost every homeless youth in Atlanta, when asked about their future, had goals, dreams, and in many cases, specific plans in place to achieve them.4 Let’s not revert back to damaging legislation that so deeply offends human dignity and pushes youth into harmful situations.

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2017 Inman Park Diners Club

2017 Inman Park Diners Club

Yes, it is time to sign up for the Inman Park Diners Club and for those who are new to the Inman Diners dinner club, after you signup you will be invited to the kick-off party. At the party you will find out who is in your 2017 group and then you will attend 5 dinners with that group over the course of the year, approximately once every 2 months. I will suggest some dates but you as a group make your own decisions and dates can be changed at any time if needed.

The host or hostess has the honor to decide on the menu; emails out the recipes and everybody chooses one dish to bring. That means less work and less clean up for the host! You must live in Inman Park and you must to commit to show up at each dinner, dish in hand. Other than that, there are no requirements. This is not about cooking skills, large dining rooms, blind dates, or anything else. This is about having fun, getting to know each other and being able to walk home after some good eating and drinking with your neighbors. If you are not a member of the IPNA yet, this is a great opportunity to do so and it is free. This year the kick-off party will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:30PM, 860 Euclid Avenue.

Please register here for the 2017 Diners Club.

Inman Park Coyotes

In walking my dog, I noticed a "beware" sign someone posted about someone spotting a coyote. Knowing how common it is for coyotes to be in most urban and suburban areas around the nation (and in other Atlanta neighborhoods like Candler Park), I was not that surprised (even though I have never spotted coyotes myself even though I walk my dog daily). But I am afraid that some residents might needlessly over-react and hire some trapper to trap and probably kill those coyotes who might live around here. That will just open up the territory to other coyotes to come in.

I've been hosting a WRFG eco radio show "In Tune to Nature" since 2010, and I have interviewed many local experts who can help our Inman Park neighbors understand how to peacefully coexist with coyotes. This is one group https://coyotecoexistence.com (my friend Meta is a cofounder of Coyote Coexistence), and also the AWARE wildlife rescue group https://www.awarewildlife.org/how-to-live-with-wildlife I think either of these groups could send a representative to an inman park association meeting. Or perhaps you could use this information on their websites to help write an educational article in an upcoming Advocator.

Thank you! I appreciate you all working to help the neighborhood. I love it here.

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Aging Well with Technology Recap

Aging Well with Technology Recap

Steve and Karin Stern, our Inman Park neighbors and technology experts, provided a session on Taming Your Technology that included information on smart password management and organizing and managing files. We learned about the importance of choosing secure passwords and steps to take including avoiding using the same password for multiple sites and to never chose birth dates or other personal information as passwords. The session provided helpful information on cloud based password management software such as LastPass. Kathy Busko also gave a brief overview on Uber and Lyft car services and judging by the discussion, there is a strong interest and need for alternative transportation options.

During the session, many expressed interest in additional sessions as well as one-on-one in-home technology consults. Steve has offered to provide this service based on an hourly rate. For information on Steve’s services, he can be contacted at: Steve@ChrysalisStainedGlass.com. Or 404-281-8582.

Look for announcements on our upcoming 2017 Aging Well Programs starting in February. These sessions are offered through the Lifelong Inman Park Committee.

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