Check out the November edition of the Candler Park Messenger here [pdf link].
- 422 Sterling Street. Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce north side yard setback from required 7' feet to 4' feet and reduce front yard setback from required 35' feet to 25' feet for a 2nd story addition.
- 374 Clifton Road. Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce transitional south side yard setback from required 20' feet to 2.5' feet, exceed maximum transitional heigh(t) plane, to reduce minimum yard requirements from 5000sf minimum net lot to 2907 for SFR and reduce minimum lot frontage from required 50 feet frontage to 30 feet street frontage for SFR.
- Continuing conversation with the neighborhood and Fox Brothers concerning the proposed rezoning of 1210, 1216 and 1220 DeKalb Ave.
This is a note to make you aware that we will be inviting the organizers of The Great American Pot Festival to our December membership meeting. They are not required to come, but if they do, we will ask them to present information about the festival and take questions.
Whether they choose to come or not, we will vote on whether or not to support their permit application for the event at the December meeting.
Some details on the event are below and I have attached the permit application:
- Event Date: 4/20/2014
- Setup requested for 4/19/2014
- Event Size: 1,999 Attendees
- There will be a parade on the day of the event.
President, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
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
3rd Sarah Cook, Annie D'Agostino, Bryan Buck, Susan Ledbetter, Teresa Tinney or Anne Steib 2nd Julie Noble or Christen McClain
1st 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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
VERIFY VOTING STATUS:
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.
POLL LOCATION & HOURS ON ELECTION DAY - TUE, NOV 5:
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.