CPNO Annual Meeting November 19 at 6:30 pm

Nov 14 2012

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization annual meeting is Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm. We'll start with socializing (wine, beer, and snacks) at 6:30 pm and move on to general business at 7 pm.

Reminder, we have free child care available!

Thank you to The Wrecking Bar for refreshments this month. Please say thanks to owners Bob and Kristine Sandage who live nearby in Inman Park.

On The Agenda

  • 2013 CPNO board elections. See the proposed slate here. To vote, you need to have registered as a CPNO member as of November 1.
  • Vote on grant request from the Grady High School Robotics Club
  • Introduction of Candler Park Movie Night 2013
  • Post-event report from Fall Fest chairs

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course

When: Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm

Master Planning Committee's responses to questions from firms

Nov 14 2012

From Jimmy Bligh:

Per the Request for Proposal which was sent out on behalf of the CPNO, it was noted that the Master Planning Committee's responses to any questions the firms had would be posted to Candler Park website. Below are the questions we received as of our deadline for questions (11/9) and the subsequent responses from our committee.

Questions and Responses:

Does the neighborhood have the funding to support such a broad planning study? If not, could CPNO provide more definitive goals that are desired? For example, would the ultimate goals be to define a traffic/streetscape plan and a master plan as it pertains to the City of Atlanta CDP?

The planning committee has been encouraged by inquiries for funding which have been made to date with the Atlanta City Council and the neighborhood organization, itself.  Once the proposals are received and the scope and fees are determined, the planning committee is confident that funding will be available.

The goals are stated in the rfp

How much community involvement is desired?

Community involvement is essential and critical to both the process and the success of the master planning effort.  It is anticipated that meetings will take place with the planning committee, design charettes and final presentation.  The specific number of these meetings is to be determined by the consultant in their response.

What existing surveys or planning studies for the neighborhood exist?

The Dekalb Corridor Study, the Little Five Points Study are available for reference. They were conducted by neighborhood activists, back in the 1980s.  The Moreland Corridor Study, would also need to be referenced, along with the Edgewood Neighborhood Master Plan, as directly adjacent study areas.  This list may not be all inclusive.

Are there any immediate planning needs by the neighborhood that might prioritize the overall master plan to be done in phases?

The master plan is not intended to respond to any specific needs at this time, but rather to develop a comprehensive and broad based approach to a myriad issues of concern amongst neighborhood residents.

For the various components listed for the Scope of Work such as the analysis of existing conditions, infrastructure, UDC and green space recommendations, how detailed of a report does the neighborhood desire? Are these general, cursory reviews or more detailed focused studies with recommendations?

Given the broad based nature of the master plan, it is anticipated that the reviews will be more of a cursory nature and if further study is desired and / or recommended, additional work will likely follow at a later time.

What is the study area? Is it the neighborhood boundary as listed in the RFP?

The neighborhood boundary are in effect the study area

The RFP limits the proposal to 10 pages. Is this front and back totaling 20 pages? Additionally, does this 10 page requirement include all items a through h of section 1.6?

Single sided pages - a total of ten pages. Yes

November Messenger

Nov 14 2012

It's here!

Santa Pictures in Springvale Park

From Jane Smith:

Why schlep to the Mall to see Santa this year?  Instead, come see St. Nick in Inman Park’s historic Springvale Park!  For a suggested donation of $15 per pose, you can sit in Santa’s lap for a photo (high res digital images to be emailed to each participant).  Pets and all ages welcome!  All proceeds go toward renovating and expanding the Springvale Park Playground, so it’s for a great cause.  Our new playground equipment will be installed this January, so this event will serve as the old equipment’s last hoorah.  Hoorah!
Springvale Park is located between Euclid, Waverly Way, and Elizabeth Streets in Inman Park (when you see the Duck pond, you’re there).  For more information, visit
www.springvaleparkplayground.org or email me (Jane) at jane@appraisalsmith.com.
Santa will be there rain or shine (rain location on a great porch overlooking park), so come on out and support Springvale Park Playground on Sunday December 2nd from 1-4pm.  Thanks!

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 1:00pm
Springvale Park in Inman Park - between Euclid, Waverly Way, and Elizabeth Streets

A Halloween Note

Nov 10 2012

From Candler Park resident Jason Key:

We live on Ferguson St and routinely have 300-400 kids trick-or-treating at our house every Halloween.  Just as many residents in Candler Park, we happily enjoy seeing all the children who come to Candler Park from all neighborhoods, not just Candler Park residents.  This Halloween, one of the children brought us a note and asked that we share it with the neighborhood.  I think it would be great to publish it in the Messenger. 

Jason and Carla Key

Here is that note word for word:

"Hello Candler Park Residents,
My God-mother's favorite holiday is Halloween.  We love it too! She normally brings us trick-or-treating but could not make it today but we did (for the 3rd year in a row!) While she could not make enough copies of this letter for everyone she wanted us to drop a few off in hopes that you will share it with your neighbors.


For this, your neighborhood is truly special and you should know that you are appreciated!!!

Thank you for all the candy, decorations, scares, and smiles that you share with all! Candler Park Residents - YOU ARE THE BEST!

Happy Halloween 2012,
Nadiyah Rodgers"

Zoning Committee meeting


1. Applicant seeks a variance from the zoning regulations to reduce the west-side yard setback from 7tf required to 3ft to allow a detached accessory structure (carport).

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Epworth at Candler Park, 1561 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307

Register as a CPNO member to vote in next month's elections

Oct 30 2012

Hi all. Just a quick reminder that in order to vote in the CPNO officer elections (held on November 19 at 7 pm), you need to be a CPNO member before the first of the month. That means you need to register by tomorrow, October 31 at 11:59 pm.

Signing up to become a member will get you on our mailing list (don't worry, we won't overload your inbox) and best of all, membership is free!

Master Plan RFP

Oct 29 2012

From Jimmy Bligh:

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization is currently in the process of examining having a Master Plan performed for the neighborhood. In the next week, we will begin soliciting interested urban planning firms for proposals in regards to facilitating this planning for the neighborhood. We are requesting all proposals be submitted to the Master Planning Committee by November 16, 2012.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be evaluated by the Master Planning Committee, please contact Jimmy Bligh via email  (jimbobligh@gmail.com) for further details and a copy of the RFP.

Love Your Block Grants

Oct 27 2012

From the mayor's office:

In 2011, we launched "Love Your Block" challenging citizens citywide to develop and execute your own neighborhood beautification projects.  27 groups answered the call to action and contributed time and talent to beautifying our city.  Projects ranged from building community gardens and trails to painting benches and murals.  In total, community volunteers brought together 786 Atlantans, who gave 5,442 hours of their time.  Among many other contributions, previous LYB efforts added 160  trees and 736 plants to Atlanta and removed more than 22,000 lbs of litter and 1,175 feet of graffiti from our landscape.

We are pleased to announce another round of Love Your Block grants.  Your hard work last year enabled us to secure more private funds to grow this great initiative.  We encourage both those who have and have not received grants in the past to apply – for up to $1,000.  The application is due on January 8th, 2013.

Please visit iamatlanta.org for general information.  If you have any questions, please be in touch with me at loveyourblock@atlantaga.gov

Candler Park Golf Course Named a 'Place in Peril'

Oct 25 2012

From Michael Short:

Candler Park Golf Course and the clubhouse have had the honor of being placed on the Georgia Trust 2013 list of "Places in Peril". See the recent Creative Loafing article here.

What does this mean? Their strategy is to work with neighbors and partners to encourage the continued use of this significant historic resource. Partnering with the City of Atlanta and interested parties, we will work with the Georgia Trust to develop a long range plan for the golf course and clubhouse that considers both its preservation and economic viability.

Friends of Candler Park Golf Course is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Georgia Trust in the upcoming year to preserve the land and the building that have been landmarks for the neighborhood for over 84 years!

Visit FoCPGC.com for the announcement from the Georgia Trust's web site! Address questions or comments to me at mshort@focpgc.com.