Builder says city lost Mary Lin building permit

Nov 25 2013

Mary Lin Elementary’s construction project has run into another delay — this time because the City of Atlanta allegedly lost drawings that were part of the project's building permit application.

A memo to Mary Lin Principal Brian Mitchell from an Atanta Public Schools construction management official put it this way:

The City is requiring a total resubmission for the building permit.  According to Hogan Construction, the drawings submitted previously are lost in the permitting office.  The City will not accept the second application without these documents.

Architect's rendering of Mary Lin's main entrance after addition and renovation are completed.

It’s unclear how far back the permit problem will move completion of the addition portion of the project, which already had slid to July 2014. And it’s unclear how further schedule changes might affect classroom space for the 2014-15 school year. A separate stage of the overall project — renovation and reconfiguration of the existing building — is slated to get underway after the addition is complete.

According to that APS construction management memo:

Hogan is still meeting with their subcontractors to revise the phasing plan and more importantly, we still do not have a building permit in hand. The team is contacting the City Building Department daily.

The original phasing plan indicated phase 1 to start October 21st and phase 2 to start on November 4th.  These date slipped because the permit took longer than anticipated. Hogan is revising the schedule based on receiving the [Land Disturbance Permit] on November 13th.  The Land Disturbance Permit only allow[s] site work which is the phase 1 work. Based on the date the construction team received the LDP, the July 2014 date probably slipped also. The construction team is working on a worse case phasing plan scenario. 

Heads up on possible Mary Lin traffic changes

Nov 24 2013

Most Mary Lin parents probably know about it from a zillion or so comments on the Lin PTA Facebook page, but other commuters should be aware of a potential big change in CP's morning traffic patterns: Lin Principal Brian Mitchell has announced a new policy, starting in December, to end parent dropoffs from the northbound lane of Candler Park Drive. Please be aware that the change could ripple onto Oakdale Road and the nearby cross streets.

From Mitchell's announcement in the Mary Lin PTA Rocket:

Beginning Monday, December 9, the morning parent carpool drop-off on the golf course side of Candler Park Drive will no longer be available. Parents using this drop-off option will need to use the regular carpool lane, which travels SOUTH on Candler Park Drive and enters the school’s traffic circle by making a right turn. There is NO LEFT TURN from Candler Park Drive into the traffic circle during morning drop off OR afternoon pick up. With the closing of the back parking lot, we need as many parking places as possible, hence, the decision to eliminate the morning parent carpool drop-off in the morning.
In a separate, but related move, Mitchell said he also plans to discontinue the use of crossing guards at Candler Park Drive, from the golf course side to the school. Apparently, the crossing isn't sanctioned because it's not an official crosswalk. Part of the problem is that there's no sidewalk on the golfcourse side of the street, and crosswalks must terminate at sidewalks on both sides. (I should note, for what it's worth, that the Candler Park Master Plan does recommend a sidewalk there.)
The changes will allow four or five teachers or Mary Lin staff members to continue to park close to the school by occupying on-street parking spaces that currently are used as part of the dropoff process. The back lot where teachers had parked is being disrupted by construction.
Some Lin parents are complaining that, in an effort to enhance the convenience of a few teachers, the move will cause traffic jams to ripple through the cross-streets and onto Oakdale, and that it also endangers children because they'll no longer enjoy crossing-guard protection.
Parents are appealing to Mitchell to consider these repercussions. The Mary Lin Building Committee is planning to meet with the school administration about this issue on a week from today (Monday, Dec. 2)  at 1 pm at the school; this is an open meeting.
The best place to keep track of the issue is likely to be that PTA Facebook page. Please feel free to comment on this topic here if you have updates, ideas or concerns, particularly as this pertains to the neighborhood.

Real estate blog: No 3 BR houses available in our neighborhood

Nov 23 2013

Candler Park may lack vineyards and centuries-old villas, but it does have one thing in common with Tuscany, according to Jon Effron of the A is for Atlanta real estate blog: Lots of demand for housing and a limited supply.

Effron points out that, as of Nov. 5, there were no three-bedroom homes available for sale in our neighborhood. Those that have made it onto the market, have been sucked up right quick:

There have been 28 that have sold thus far this year- an absorption rate of 2.8 homes per month.  With a standing inventory of zero, it doesn’t take a housing economist to determine that there are zero months of supply available.

The Tuscany connection? See this Seinfeld episode:

Oak Pointe resurfacing leads to Oakdale traffic jam

Nov 22 2013

Oakdale Avenue's been pretty badly jammed up for the last couple of days during rush hour, Kate Sandhaus reports. It does look as if this will be the last day of the mess, however.

The apparent reason: workers are resurfacing the Oak Pointe Apartments parking lot (between Benning and Miller) so residents are parking their cars along Oakdale. A worker told Kate that they'll be done with the resurfacing today, but he wasn't sure that the lot would be dry and open before evening rush hour.

We expect to have more information soon, so come back to in the afternoon for an update.

Kwanza Hall and 'Keep It INtown' promote CP shopping

Nov 21 2013

Check out this "Keep It INtown" promotion that our soon-to-be City Councilman Kwanza Hall's office and Atlanta INtown organized at several Candler Park businesses.

Due to redistricting, we become Hall's constituents when the new City Council's sworn in in January. But he's already the go-to guy for Candler Parkers on legislation, constituent service and — in this case — community support. Thanks, Kwanza!


New CPNO leaders chosen

Nov 19 2013

More than 100 Candler Parkers turned out to elect a new Candler Park Neighborhood Organization board. CPNO members also voted to appoint a new NPN-U representative. Last night’s standing room only November membership meeting lasted until nearly 11 PM.  Officers for 2013-2014 are:

  • Ken Edelstein, President
  • Lexa King, Vice-President
  • Bonnie Palter, Secretary
  • Peter Bluestone, Treasurer
  • Russell Miller, Public Safety Officer
  • Laura Hussey, Membership Officer
  • John Skach, Environmental Officer
  • Mark Clement, Special Projects Officer
  • Seth Eisenberg, Zoning Chair
  • Jeff Elrod, Communications Officer

Amy Stout, who challenged Mark Clement for the special projects officer position, was appointed by membership vote to a one year term as Candler Park’s representative on the NPN-U. 

Outgoing president Steve Cardwell opened the November membership meeting. Photo by David Rotenstein.

Standing room only in the Old Stone Church for the meeting and election.
Photo by David Rotenstein.

New Oakdale Road historical marker

Nov 16 2013

By David Rotenstein

Edith Kelman, founder of Candler Park’s BiRacial History Project, worked with a small crew of volunteers to install a new historical marker at 420 Oakdale Road on Saturday Nov. 9. The site was where the Antioch East Baptist Church was first located, from 1877-1916. Planning for the marker began three years ago and it is the fourth historical marker placed in the neighborhood stemming from Kelman’s research into the neighborhood’s rich history.

Read more about the Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project at its website <> and look for more details about the marker in the December Messenger.

Newly installed historical marker at 420 Oakdale Road and the Candler Parkers who made it possible. Photo by David Rotenstein

Newly installed historical marker at 420 Oakdale Road and the Candler Parkers who made it possible. Photo by David Rotenstein

Candler Park Night at Horizon Theatre - Santaland Diaries

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 is Candler Park night at Horizon Theatre. Join us for a special performance of The Santaland Diaries. Tickets are $25 each with the major portion of the proceeds going to the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization to fund neighborhood projects. This is a great way to earn money for our neighborhood while also enjoying a really funny show!
Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking the button below:

Tickets purchased online can be picked up at will call the night of the show.

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Horizon Theatre - 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

An Evening of Southern Storytelling - This Saturday Night

Nov 7 2013

First Existentialist Congregation 



An Evening of Southern Storytelling



Mary Ann Hopper, Dorothy Kirk, Gail Reeder,

Nita Roberts, Tia Rix, and

Special Guest Tammy Whynot


Saturday, November 9, 7:00 - 10:00 pm


Admission $10, more if you can, less if you can't


Delicious Snacks, Wine, Beer, Sodas available


470 Candler Park Drive

Notes from the November Zoning Committee meeting: Fox Bros. returns to the table

Nov 7 2013

By David Rotenstein, Messenger editor

Fox Bros. barbecue restaurant returned to the CPNO zoning committee Nov. 6 with an update on their plans to expand parking at their popular DeKalb Ave. eatery. Jonathan and Justin Fox updated the committee and about a dozen residents on efforts to address questions that were raised during last month’s zoning meeting. 

The pair brought revised site plans and a tree inspection survey prepared by arborists hired to evaluate trees on the three newly acquired DeKalb Ave. lots where the restaurant hopes to expand its parking. They also noted that they met with Josephine Street neighbor Dan Flicker and are continuing to work with restaurant management to ensure that employees are not violating local traffic and parking laws. One employee, they told the group, had been fired after a complaint was received about traveling the wrong way up the one-way Josephine Street.

The latest discussion focused on intermediate steps the restaurant can take to relieve overflow parking and traffic on Candler Park streets. Fox Bros. said they are actively searching for a site to relocate their catering business. This will eliminate some traffic and open up additional parking now used by the restaurant’s catering vans.

Residents and members of the zoning committee urged Fox Bros. to bring a traffic expert to the table to evaluate what type of study could provide useful data on whether curb cuts and other measures would be effective mitigation to the traffic issues. Fox Bros. also said that they would seek MRC (mixed use residential-commercial) zoning for the new lots and zoning committee members suggested that the entire property (four parcels) be rezoned MR-C1C, with conditions attached preventing expansion of the existing building’s footprint.

Residents continued to express concerns about the compatibility of a new surface parking lot with the neighborhood and the new Candler Park Master Plan. Look for additional details from the meeting in the December Messenger.

In addition to the Fox Bros. discussion, the zoning committee had two other cases on its agenda. The owners of a home at 422 Sterling Street appeared with a proposal for a setback variance to allow construction of a second story addition. A motion to recommend approval passed with three members voting to approve and with two abstentions.

The other case involved representatives for the owner of 374 Clifton Rd. who presented plans for a new home in a lot that is currently zoned commercial. Committee members expressed concerns about the proposed project’s scale and noted that some of the proposed setbacks shown in preliminary plans were problematic. The committee voted unanimously to defer consideration of the case and told the applicants to seek a deferral from the City of Atlanta until new plans are developed.

Justin and Jonathan Fox share revised parking plans with Candler Park residents. Credit: David Rotenstein.

Justin and Jonathan Fox share revised parking plans with Candler Park residents. Credit: David Rotenstein.