Test of Oakdale-McLendon traffic solution on tonight's CPNO agenda

Oct 20 2014

Traffic bottlenecks at Oakdale and McLendon spurred CPNO to commission our neighborhood's Master Plan. Now, the city's onboard with testing a solution.

They're seeking our feedback on a plan that traffic engineers say can resolve the situation. It calls for replacing the traffic light with a four-way stop, and reducing parking on the east side of Oakdale. More details about this issue can be found by clicking to this post. Come to tonight's Members' Meeting to be heard on this issue.

Also on tonight's CPNO agenda: Nominating Committee Chair Don Bender will unveil candidates for next year's CPNO Board, and we'll vote on variance V-14-218 for 526 Candler Park Drive. Here's the full agenda.

Join us for a bit New Orleans-style cooking by Front Page News, beverages, socializing and down-home democracy at the First E Church, 470 Candler Park Drive. Doors open at at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7. As always, free childcare is available.

October Messenger online now

Oct 20 2014

The October Candler Park Messenger is online now.

This is the first issue published and distributed under our new partnership with KDA Communications, the same company that works with the Inman Park Advocator. My first take: Production went smoothly, with shorter turnaround and a lot less volunteer sweat than the old system. And the color images are a big improvement (check out the Fall Fest photos on pages 8 and 9!).

There will be some transition issues to work  — mainly having to do with the mailing list. The new Messenger is distributed via U.S. mail, rather than through our hit-and-miss voluntary door-to-door system. But we need to help KDA perfect its mailing list.

If you live in Candler Park or have a business in Candler Park, and didn't receive your Messenger, please email me here. We'll make sure you're on the list for the November issue.

Movie Filming in Candler Park

Oct 17 2014

So, if you haven't heard yet, there will be a movie filming in Candler Park next week. "The 5th Wave," starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schrieber, will be filming next week in Candler Park playground. Setup is scheduled for Oct. 20-21, filming on Oct. 22, and cleanup on the 23rd (dates are subject to change).

As thanks for our hospitality and for putting up with the playground being closed for that brief period, Sony Pictures/Garden Films Production has offered generous gift to support CPNO's efforts to improve the park.

Many of the residents surrounding the park received the letter below from Garden Films. Here it is again for your reading pleasure!

Link to the letter

More details on that Oakdale-McLendon 4-way stop test

Oct 17 2014

If you receive CPNO email blasts, you should know by now that the city's proposing to test a high-profile recommendation of the Candler Park Master Plan.

We'll take up that proposal — regarding the Oakdale-McLendon traffic bottleneck — at Monday's Members' Meeting. Meanwhile, here's more detailed background on the issue:

Our neighborhood's difficulties in resolving Oakdale-McLendon traffic actually spurred CPNO to pursue the Master Plan in 2013. And the plan itself, which members approved in August 2013, included a recommendation to test two changes:

• Replace the traffic signal at Oakdale and McLendon with a four-way stop;

• Eliminate on street parking for 75-100 feet on the east side of Oakdale.

The recommendation went on to say, basically, that if the test worked out well, the city should implement those two changes, along with considering other traffic-calming features. See page 73 in the plan for all the details.

In July, members voted to include the Oakdale-McLendon recommendations among list of priorities devised by the Master Plan Coordinating Committee.

Coordinating Committee Chair Randy Pimsler followed up with city officials, including district transportation engineer Nursef Kedir, who early this month performed a traffic analysis. His conclusions and recommendations are a pretty close as those of Master Plan consultant. He's recommending a test of the four-stop and parking restrictions, which his analysis found would overall be beneficial. One difference is that the no parking zone would extend on the east side of Oakdale from McLendon to Miller Avenue — further than the 100 feet proposed in the Master Plan.

Finally, also consistent with the Master Plan, Kedir recommends that the city "convert the intersection to multi-way stop controlled intersection after 60-day period if stop control found to function acceptable with regard to delay and safety for all users of the intersections." He asked for CPNO and NPU-N feedback before moving ahead with the test.

Randy plans to offer a motion Monday affirming our support for going ahead with the test. I anticipate that if the test does go forward, we'll have another shot at supporting or opposing making the change permanent.

Meeting Reminder for October 29, 2014 MARTA Edgewood/Candler Park Transit Oriented Development Project

Oct 14 2014

The last in the scheduled series of four community meetings with MARTA, Invest Atlanta, and Columbia Ventures will take place on October 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The location for the meeting is the library at Whitefoord Elementary School at 35 Whitefoord Ave., Atlanta, GA 30317.  This is 100% open to everyone and is an opportunity to ask questions about the MARTA development project. There will be an important presentation by Heather Alhadeff, traffic consultant for the TOD project, who is analyzing data collected from the neighborhood survey and hopes to have her findings and conclusions ready for the October 29 meeting.

Lake Claire Halloween Parade

Oct 14 2014

Our neighbors in Lake Claire are hosting their annual Halloween Parade on October 25th, and we're invited! see below

Help CPNO push for sidewalks and crosswalks

Oct 12 2014

This post was written by Candler Park Master Plan Transportation Coordinator Eric Dusenbury

Thanks to the join efforts of Candler Park residents, we've gotten some infrastructure projects included in the upcoming bond referendum.

There appears to be good momentum on implementing the Dekalb Avenue improvements identified in our master plan. There also is $40 million for sidewalk improvement/repair and $26 million for ADA compliant ramps at intersections.

Now, we need to work even harder to ensure Candler Park receives its fair share of money from the upcoming infrastructure bond referendum. The city has set up a website soliciting comments on the improvements. We encourage you to visit the site and to have your voice be heard. We're especially interested in securing funds for sidewalk and ramp improvements (the ramps are needed for the city to install any new crosswalks).

Please visit the site at http://www.infrastructuremap.org. Then, search on "sidewalk" to find the sidewalk improvements (there is one for $25 million and another for $15 million), and "ADA" to find the ramp improvements (one for $11 million and another for $25 million). You can click on the Comment link for each of those to let your voice be heard. You can also vote up and vote down comments by others.

Feel free to advocate for any projects you wish. As a neighborhood, however, we're focusing on sidewalk improvements along Oakdale Road (from the Candler Park MARTA station to North Avenue), McLendon Avenue (from L5P to Clifton Road), Candler Park Drive f(rom Iverson Street to North Avenue), and Euclid Avenue (from L5P to North Avenue), and on 14 ramps identified by the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization.

To endorse the DeKalb improvements, please search on the website for "DeKalb Ave," and comment there or vote up comments that you like.


Please take a few minutes and help improve your neighborhood. The more people that participate the better.

Conservancy brainstorm switched to morning of Oct. 25

Oct 9 2014
A brainstorm session on the Candler Park Conservancy will be held Oct. 25 — instead of tomorrow as originally planned.
The focus of the professionally facilitated session is on the conservancy's mission, name and board structure, as well as fundraising ideas. All lovers of the park are welcome to attend. 
The conservancy was among the most popular ideas from CP's 2013 Master Plan. A dozen volunteers led by Environment Officer John Skach have been working to establish it. They're planning an inclusive visioning process on design and specific projects for early next year.
But this month's meeting is about organization. Be there: Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Rush Center, just behind the Radial Cafe on DeKalb Avenue. Contact John with any questions.

ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile coming to Candler Park, Oct 26, Sun, 1-4 pm

Oct 7 2014

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation joins forces with The Coca-Cola Company to launch its first ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile.

The Play Mobile, also known as a recreation center on wheels, will travel throughout Atlanta to access neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth.
The Play Mobile creates a safe, interactive and fresh air atmosphere that encourages children to go outside and play. For three hours, ATL Parks and Recreation leaders guide free activities and games for children, including non-traditional sports, games, fitness demos, arts & crafts, oversized board games and much more.
Make sure that you come check out the first ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile on tour at the closest park to you. Bring the kids and let them enjoy some cool, outdoor fun!

October Zoning Committee Meeting Rescheduled to October 8, 2014

Sep 26 2014

The October Zoning Committee will be rescheduled from the first Wednesday of October to October 8, 2014.  This change of scheduling will allow neighbors to attend the October 1, 2014 Transit Oriented Development meeting with MARTA and Columbia Ventures representatives.

The Zoning Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. at 1561 Mclendon Ave, Atlanta Georgia 30307 on October 8, 2014.

An agenda for the October meeting will be posted on October 1, 2014.