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Awesome Volunteers Rally to Install New Legacy Markers in the Park

Aug 29 2014

Earlier this week, we posted a blog entry about the installation of the Legacy Markers in the park. Here's an account of the event by Tom Painter, as well as a couple of photos. Thanks again to the volunteers.

At 9:00 on steamy Saturday morning, 23 August, a group of energized volunteers gathered on the park side of Candler Park Drive at Miller Ave., the location of what used to be an African American Legacy Marker of the Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project. I say “used to be” because earlier this January a semi-truck and trailer caught and broke off a large limb from a tree just south of the marker’s location, dragged the limb like a very large club as the truck moved northward, hitting and destroying the marker.

Saturday’s group was ably led by Edi Kelman (who also provided cold water and very tasty brownies!), and was tasked with installing a new marker, freeing the pathway along the street from creeping kudzu and low-hanging branches, spreading mulch around the marker, and generally sprucing the place up. Randy Pimsler and Danny Feig were the marker installers-in-chef. Other helpers included Amy Irwin, Bill Read, Bonnie Palter, Carol Gregory, Daryl Nenstiel, Diirga Bough, Don Bender, Glen Lopez, Jesse Orrock, Jim Kessel, John Skach, Kelly Jordan, Ken Edelstein, Peter & Kelly Bluestone, Roger Bakeman, Roz Mance, Seth Eisenberg, Tom Painter, and Michael Browne. The newly replaced Legacy Marker provides information about the 1893-1942 site of the African American Edgewood Evening Star Lodge, which is now a soccer pitch.

Once this task was complete, the group moved to the park’s southwest corner and handily replaced a second marker that had been knocked seriously out of kilter during construction of the McLendon Ave. sidewalk. This was the site of the Rose Hill/Mayson Ave. Subdivision (1892-1942). Thanks to the BiRacial History Project’s partners, a Park Pride Small Change grant, a Love Your Block grant from the Mayor’s office, Kissberg Construction Co., and the neighborhood volunteers, these Legacy Markers once again provide passersby with valuable information, telling the stories of the African American community and residents who once thrived in what many Candler Park neighbors think of simply as “our park.” Apologies to any who helped whose names are not included.

By Tom Painter

 

More pictures here

MARTA stretches timeline on Edgewood project rezoning

Aug 28 2014
Breathe easier. MARTA's taking a bit more time on its effort to rezone the mixed-used project it's proposed for the Edgewood-Candler Park Station's southside lots.
 
Meanwhile, the developer chosen by the transit agency says market conditions needed to justify construction of most of the complex could be many years away.
 
Those were two takeaways from a meeting last night between neighborhood activists, MARTA representatives and Columbia Ventures Managing Partner Dillon Baynes. Most in the room were Edgewood residents — the project is in that neighborhood, after all — but Lauren Welsh and I attended from Candler Park.
 
A timeline unveiled last month had raised concerns in both neighborhoods, because it called for taking up in early September legislation that will lock in zoning conditions for the property. That’s important because the zoning process is the main leverage that surrounding neighborhoods can use to influence what’s built on the MARTA land, as well as what MARTA and Columbia will do to mitigate such impacts as traffic.

Reminder: Edgewood/Candler MARTA Station Transit Oriented Development Meeting Tonight

Aug 27 2014

Reminder that tonight is your opportunity share ideas and concerns with the Marta officials and the developers regarding the project planned at the Edgewood/CP Marta Station.

Date: 
Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Columbia Townhomes @ Edgewood, 37 Hutchinson Street #41, Atlanta, GA., 30307

Movies in the Park

Aug 26 2014

Have you had enough rain? In five years we have never had a rain out. We had three this year. It is now time to redo the Movie Nights that have been rained out. So here is our updated schedule.

  • August 30 Frozen the Sing Along
  • September 6th Remember the Titans
  • September 13 Lego Movie
  • September 20 Karate Kid

Movie night festivities start at 7:00ish and the feature presentation will go on as soon as it gets dark enough-in front of the pool house.

 

In the event of a rainy day check our web site www.friendsofCandlerPark.org. Rain days are typically the following weekend. You will want to get there early for the best spot! Once again, well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring your own coolers but be aware that glass containers or bottles are strictly forbidden in city parks. The Candler Park Movie Night is produced by Park Pride/Friends of Candler Park. Also, with help from Epworth Methodist/ Clifton House.  Thanks to our sponsors Front Page News, Tijuana Garage, Candler Park Market, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza and most of all our Presenting Sponsor, the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization.

NPU Rep Solicits Input on Ordinances, Lake Claire Park Plan

Aug 26 2014

Please see my report from the July NPU-N meeting in the recent Messenger, page 15.

Our August agenda contains consideration of at least six city-wide ordinances and a new Lake Claire Park Plan.  More details on all have been posted on the Message Board.

Amy Stout, NPURep@candlerpark.org

Candler Park Legacy Markers

Aug 23 2014

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped install the Legacy Markers this morning! Here's a group photo.

Here's an excerpt from last month's Messenger about this effort..

The Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project has been awarded two grants to help replace two legacy markers that were damaged over the last few months in separate incidents.
 Now, it’s up to Candler Parkers to chip in with a little volunteerism to install the updated signs. Park Pride is providing a “Small Change” grant of $1,800, and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office has offered up a $1,000 “Love Your Block” grant. The funds should cover the anticipated expenses to replace both damaged markers. 
 Both grants require a neighborhood volunteering component, and CPNO isn’t alone in agreeing to participate. Among the others who’ve volunteered to help are Friends of Candler Park, the Mary Lin principal’s office, the pastor at Antioch East Baptist Church, the First Existentialist Congregation Social Justice Guild, Pimsler Hoss Architects and Small Carpenters at Large.

MARTA Plan for Edgewood-Candler Park Station

Aug 20 2014

For those of you you were unable to attend the Monday night meeting, here is the power point presentation.

Edgewood/CP Marta Project - Rezoning Work Session

Aug 19 2014

At the August CPNO membership meeting, officials from Marta presented to the neighborhood an overview of the mixed residential commercial project planned for the south side of the Edgewood/CP Marta station. Notes from the presentation will be covered in the August membership meeting minutes, but we wanted to make our members aware of a Rezoning Work Session with Marta officials and the developer, Columbia Ventures. The session will be held at

                      Columbia Townhomes @ Edgewood
                      37 Hutchinson Street #41
                      Atlanta, GA., 30307
                      Wednesday August 27, 2014 6:00 PM

This is the opportunity share your ideas and concerns with the Marta officials and the developers.

How to help CPNO's push for road, crosswalk and sidewalk improvements

Aug 17 2014

Posted on behalf of Master Plan Coordinating Committee

Mayor Kasim Reed has announced plans for a $250 million infrastructure bond referendum, likely to be held in March. The timing is good for CP residents because the Master Plan we completed last fall includes ideas to improve our infrastructure, and because last month the neighborhood identified 28 Master Plan recommendations as priorities.

After discussing our ideas with city officials and scrutinizing the criteria for projects to be funded by the bonds, we’d like to enlist your help in communicating nine neighborhood priorities to key city officials. Seven of the items are internal to Candler Park:

Monday CPNO meeting to focus on big MARTA project

Aug 14 2014
MARTA officials will brief us at Monday's CPNO Meeting on the mixed-used, transit-oriented development the transit agency is planning for the Edgewood side of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Station.
 
The project has been anticipated for several years. But MARTA finally selected a developer in July, expects to rezone the Edgewood parking lots this fall, and plans to break ground next year. It's time now for Candler Park and our neighbors in Edgewood to offer our input.