Mary Lin Renovation Update

Oct 27 2013

Updated to include APS timeline for the coming weeks.


From Sarah Cook, Mary Lin Local School Council, Communications Committee

Mary Lin Elementary School Construction Update 10/27/13

Through advocacy by Kate Sandhaus, LSC member, and State Senator Jason Carter, also a Mary Lin parent, and with the help of George Dusenbury, Atlanta Parks Commissioner, the Land Disturbance Permit was issued October 24! APS plans to have it in hand on October 28. A revised timeline for construction has been established and is below.

Here are some questions you may have:

Will the contractor meet phasing deadlines, especially for construction of the 2-story classroom section?

Hogan said they could meet their phasing deadlines if Oct. 24 permit arrives (AND IT DID!) and they can have the 2-story classroom section complete by July 28, 2014. Construction will occur between approximately 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Saturdays and later hours will be considered, if necessary, as the City allows.

When will site work begin?

Now that the permit has been granted, site work (fencing & drainage/sewage) will begin shortly.

What will be the impact of construction on traffic?

It will be 2-3 weeks of work before traffic will be affected. 1st stage will require shutdown of hard turn on Candler Park Drive to do storm drain work. This work will occur over 2 weekends and will not affect school/work days.

Lower school driveway (by the playground) and entrance off of Oakdale will be construction areas and will be closed.

No complete shutdowns of Candler Park Drive are expected. Carpool lane will remain but parking will be limited because teachers will park on the street.

Construction workers will use a shuttle from an off-site parking area to get to the construction site. They are not permitted to park on-street.

Workers know to work around morning drop-off & afternoon pickup as much as possible

How will I get my child(ren) to school?

Because on-street parking will be heavily limited, we encourage parents to walk their children, use the bus, use the carpool/drop-off, or park at Candler Park and walk kids up to school. Parents should not expect to be able to park on surrounding streets and walk their children into school.

What about the trees?

Tree removal will begin with Phase 1 but only trees necessary to that phase. Trees will be replaced either onsite or in Candler Park and the total diameter of tree trunks removed will be replanted.

What will happen to Mary Lin historical items?

Bricks, fountain, walkway, dedicated trees, etc. will be preserved as best as possible. Hogan is aware that these items need to be saved and reused. Ideas for repurpose are forthcoming.

Where will recess be?

We do not yet have a timeline for moving playground equipment, but it is being addressed. Some, but not all equipment will be moved to a small area near Ms. Brook’s portable. The habitat will also be available for recess.

How will the Mary Lin Community learn about the project’s progress?

APS has promised weekly reports and pictures on website once work begins.

Principal Brian Mitchell will provide updates on his blog, and the MLE LSC will provide updates through a variety of communication channels.

Who can answer questions I may have?

If you have any questions/suggestions/concerns, don't hesitate to contact the LSC/Building Committee, Principal Brian Mitchell or speak with any of the following grade level Parent Network contacts.

5th Stacey Appelson, Christen McClain, Teresa Tinney or Meghan Parham
4th Bryan Davis, Boyd Baker, or Christen McClain
rd Sarah Cook, Annie D'Agostino, Bryan Buck, Susan Ledbetter, Teresa Tinney or Anne Steib 2nd Julie Noble or Christen McClain
st Kate Sandhaus, Cynthia Baer, or Annie D'Agostino
K Jane Smith or Julie Noble



Atlanta Public Schools Facilities Services Department

Construction Management Team

Mary Lin Elementary School – Project Timeline

October 25, 2013

  •   Building Department Review - Complete

  •   Site Development Review - Complete

  •   Health Department Review - Complete

  •   Planning and Zoning Review - Complete

  •   Fire Marshall Review - Underway

  •   Building Permit Obtained - Need Fire Marshall approval 

  •   Obtain LDP from City of Atlanta - October 28, 2013 

  •   Kick Off Meeting with Site Development - Week of October 28, 2013

  •   Write Contracts for Site Contractor - Week of October 28, 2013

  •   Mobilization - November 4, 2013

  •   Site Layout - Start the week of November 4, 2013 

  •   Install Erosion Control & Tree Save - Start the week of November 4, 2013 

  •   Construction Fence - Start the week of November 4, 2013 

  •   Site Demolition - Start the week of November 11, 2013 


Municipal elections sample ballot for Candler Park voters

Oct 22 2013

Hello Candler Park neighbors. Please see the SAMPLE BALLOT that includes all the races that will appear on the ballots of CP residents (mayoral, school board, city council and judges). Take a moment to review the races so you'll be prepared to vote on Tuesday, November 5, or now during the early voting period.

Remember that all Candler Park residents will vote at Epworth Church; this includes residents who typically vote at Mary Lin. The Mary Lin precinct will be closed this election due to the Mary Lin renovation project.

Atlanta Marathon Adopt-a-Mile: Volunteers Needed!

Oct 18 2013

Volunteers are still needed for Candler Park's Atlanta Marathon Adopt-a-Mile initiative! The will take place on October 27th, starting at 7am, and CPNO gets $3500 just for having a minimum of 30 participants. We could come away with as much as $8000 for the neighborhood based on categories like creativity of dress, how well we clean up, how loud we are, and whether the runners judge us to be the best cheering section. 

This is a great way to earn money for the neighborhood just by showing up and hanging out with your neighbors for a few hours. Aid station volunteers will pass out cups of water and assist resting runners, while cheer zone volunteers will hold signs and cheer on the passing runners. 

Register for the Aid station:
Register for the Cheer zone:
If you have any questions, please email Eric Rubenstein at

CP Movie Night This Saturday: It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown / Field of Dreams

This Saturday, October 19 is the final CP Movie Night of the season. With Halloween approaching, movie-meister Mark Clement has a double feature lined up:

6:30 pm - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

7 pm - Field of Dreams 

Uncle Maddio's Pizza will be there selling pizza and their famous locally baked chocolate chip cookies starting around 6 pm.  Dinner and a movie - what more could you ask for?



Sat, 10/19/2013 - 6:30pm
Candler Park

Sweetwater 420Fest Moving to Centennial Olympic Park

Oct 15 2013
from Jennifer Bensch, Happy Ending Productions
Dear Candler Park Residents,
As we approach the planning season for SweetWater 420 Festival in 2014, it’s with mixed emotions that we announce to you all that we will be transitioning our festival out of Candler Park and moving it to Centennial Olympic Park.
We wanted to take this opportunity to personally reach out and thank you all for such a great run. We’ve got nothing but love and gratitude for the neighbors who have welcomed us back year after year to Candler Park. This park has been an incredible home to our festival over the years and will remain near-and-dear to the SweetWater family for all our memories there.
As we approach the festival’s 10-year anniversary (time flies when you’re having fun), we wanted to begin looking at look long-term opportunities that could potentially help grow the festival and provide better access for local patrons and those traveling in for the fest. We’ve been able to cultivate this festival over the years and look forward to it evolving even more in the years ahead. After listening to the neighborhood, we know that growing the festival would not be possible if we stayed. This change in location will allow for a bigger footprint with greater transportation access, all right in the heart of downtown Atlanta.
All of that said, we wanted to reassure you that while we are moving we’re not abandoning Candler Park. We still have funds raised from the 2013 festival that we are excited to put back into the park! We are working on gathering the folks from Park Pride and other key community members to help us determine how we will allocate the projects and efforts. We will also remain a sponsor for the Candler Park Fall Festival and look forward to partnering with Candler Park for future initiatives!
We’ve truly had some really great times. It’s our hope that you will join us for the 2014 SweetWater 420 Festival to celebrate Mother Earth with us the best way we know how!

Fox Bros. meets with CPNO, residents to discuss parking

Oct 11 2013

Bills Schoonmaker (cap) and John Robinson (bowtie) show Candler Park residents proposed site plans before the start of the Oct. 2 meeting.

About 20 people attended a CPNO zoning committee meeting Oct. 2 to discuss proposed changes to parking at the popular Fox Bros. Barbecue restaurant. The restaurant is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave. and it recently bought adjoining lots at 1210, 1216, and 1220 DeKalb Ave. to accommodate customer and employee parking that currently spills over into nearby residential streets.

Fox Bros. vice president Bill Schoonmaker and attorney John Robinson made a brief presentation. They distributed copies of site plans showing several alternatives for parking and landscaping in the lots where two vacant single-family homes currently are located. Fox Bros. proposes demolishing the homes to build a surface parking lot. The project would require a zoning change.

It took Fox Bros. more than a year to acquire the property. Parking has long been a concern and the business has discussed it with CPNO previously. Residents who live on Elmira Place and Josephine street who attended the Oct. 2 meeting would like relief from overflow parking but they expressed concerns about the potential impacts new onsite parking might create.

Among the concerns voiced were increased traffic to the business because of the new parking supply; aesthetic concerns; impacts to trees; expansion of the existing restaurant footprint; impacts to nearby property values; and, light pollution.

Recommendations to mitigate potential impacts introduced by additional parking included valet parking and other offsite solutions for customer and employee cars. Schoonmaker noted that the business is looking for sites to expand its catering and in-store dining business. Their efforts to expand into Decatur last year collapsed after a tree damaged their existing restaurant and forcing them to invest in repairs to the existing facilities.

At the end of the 90-minute meeting, Schoonmaker promised to take into consideration the concerns and suggestions he received before meeting again with CPNO and residents. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 6.

City of Atlanta municipal elections on November 5

The 2013 City of Atlanta Municipal General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The polls will be open from 7 am - 8 pm. Voters who have registered by October 7 will vote to fill the Offices of Mayor, City Council President, City Council Members, School Board Members and Municipal Court Judges.


This is a very important election with contested races for many school board and city council seats. We urge all Candler Park residents to vote.


Make sure you are registered to vote in the November 5th election. The deadline to register was October 7th, 2013. CLICK HERE to confirm your voter registration is up-to-date and find out where your voting location is (though please note that residents listed as voting at Mary Lin will actually vote at Epworth Church). 


Early voting begins on October 14.  CLICK HERE to find out about early voting locations, dates and times. The closest location to Candler Park is the Coan Recreation Center at 1530 Woodbine Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30317. It is open from October 26 - November 1 (closed on Sunday) from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.


All of Candler Park will vote at Epworth Church - 1561 McLendon Ave, Atlanta 30307. This includes residents who typically vote at Mary Lin Elementary (that polling location will be closed due to the school construction project.)

The polls will be open from 7 am - 8 pm on November 5, 2013. Busy times are historically from 7:00 am - 9:30 am, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm, and during the lunch hour.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 7:00am
For CP residents: Epworth Church - 1561 McLendon Ave, Atlanta 30307

October Messenger - now available

Oct 6 2013

The October issue of the Candler Park Messenger is available now! Look for print editions in your mailbox and at local businesses soon.

Second Annual Block Yard Sale

Sat, 10/12/2013 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Oakdale Road- North to Benning

Trees Atlanta Tree Sale

from Bethany Clark at Trees Atlanta
Back for its 14th year, the annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale promises to be bigger and better than ever! Approximately 200 species of trees, plants, and tree-friendly vines will be sold, and there is something for every tree lover. Free to attend, the tree sale takes place Saturday, October 12th, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, located at 225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316.
Sat, 10/12/2013 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316