CPNO Meeting Monday, 7pm

Mar 17 2011

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization monthly meeting is this Monday (March 21st). We'll start with socializing (wine, beer, and snacks) at 6:30 and move on to general business at 7pm.

BIG NEWS: We have child care available starting this month! It will be in the playroom below our meeting room. Please, no children younger than 2. We have room for about 15 kids, first come first served (so show up early and mingle!)

On the agenda this month:

  • Review an updated safety plan for the Sweetwater 420 Fest
  • Vote on funding an Easter Egg Hunt with Friends of Candler Park
  • Vote on our proposal for Atlanta's Comprehensive Development Plan (see below for more information)

Snacks this month will be provided by Front Page News! Many thanks to Front Page News for supporting the CPNO.


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


March 21st at 6:30pm (this Monday)

Significant Votes

We will vote on several important issues at this meeting, including three zoning variances (all of which have been recommended for approval by the zoning board):

1) 506 Sterling -- reduced setbacks
2) 534 Oakdale -- reduced setback
3) 1233 McLendon -- fence & gate height exceptions

We will vote on approving the 420 5k operating budget of $7,650 + $16.25 / runner (800 signups to break even).

We will vote on recommending the inclusion of the following policies in Atlanta's Comprehensive Development Plan. Each policy will be voted on independently, so you may support some of these but not others:

1) Preserve the single-family residential character of the Candler Park neighborhood.

2) Promote the rezoning of non-residential properties fronting on DeKalb Avenue from Moreland Avenue to Clifton to Neighborhood Commercial or a quality of life zoning district in order to encourage destination oriented and pedestrian friendly activity through mixed use development.

3) Support funding for a study of the impact of a road diet on DeKalb Avenue turning the reversible lane into a left turn lane.
4) Support greater density around the Candler Park MARTA Station

5) Maintain and improve existing green space in Candler, Iverson and Freedom Parks.

6) Support the current RG-2 zoning and low density residential land use for properties located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Goldsboro Road.

7) Support the continued naturalization of the creek in Candler Park.

8) Support the continued construction of walking/bike trails with emphasis on connecting Candler Park Neighborhood with the BeltLine.

9) Support the continued development of NC-1 properties that would promote pedestrian safety.

10) Support traffic calming measures that create safe bicycle lanes.

11) Support reinstatement of funding for the L5P Police mini-precinct.

12) Support funding for the rehabilitation of Atlanta Fire Station #12 on DeKalb Avenue.

13) Support funding for public art in Freedom Park.

14) Support findings and recommendations from the DeKalb Avenue Corridor Study created in 1990 and the Little 5 Points Study created in 1992.

15) Support the recommendations of the Ponce de Leon Moreland Avenue North LCI study as approved by the City.

Publix Marathon -- Come out and Cheer March 20th

Mar 17 2011

This Sunday, the Publix Georgia Marathon passes right through Candler Park, and we're going to be out in force to greet runners as they pass through our neighborhood. Join us to cheer and wave at the 8-mile mark, starting at 7am.

We’ll meet at the corner of Candler Park Drive and McClendon to set up our cheering zone. Publix has cash prizes for the neighborhood with the best spirit.This year’s prizes range from $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second. We are judged on creativity, enthusiasm, and optimism. So bring, wear or paint yourself with something green and come out and cheer.

Igniting the Mulberry Fields Goat Headed Chicken Fire Sculpture on Friday, March 18 at 7 pm

Mar 16 2011

Submitted by Dick Bathrick:

The  Igniting of our Goat Headed Chicken Fire Sculpture for the Spring Equinox
            lets welcome spring in the garden
                             new lettuce
                                    new gardeners,                        
                                          new neighbors
                                                 new babies
        Bring a funky funny, amazing name for the sculpture ..chick a billy (thanks Frank Andre),Billy chick....or_________________(your idea goes here)
                      AND  GREEN SPACE
         Friday, March 18th  7pm meet and schmooze 8:30 ish ignite the Fire Sculpture… BYO whatever
ENTRANCE TO MULBERRY FIELDS is down the alley next to 1303 Iverson into the garden at Mulberry Fields
             Children are welcome, dogs on leashes only..

Upcoming Discussions Around South Side of Edgewood / Candler Park MARTA Station

Mar 16 2011

Early discussions are in the works about developing the Edgewood side of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station. The goal would be to replace an unused parking lot with potential living, office and retail options. Very few cities have a major transit station in the middle of a neighborhood with no business, living, etc. on top of it. Decatur would be an example of a station that actually developed around the transit stop.

Southface, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable and environmentally friendly development, has assembled a broad team to conduct a transit-oriented development charrette (collaborative session) on the MARTA station. The intent is to produce a best practice model transit-oriented development plan.

CPNO was contacted by John Maximuk, Program Director of the Livable Communities, to invite the Candler Park community to get involved with the charrette and provide input.

More information will be available soon, but for now, please hold the dates (April 13-16). If you have any questions, you can contact John Maximuk, Program Director of the Livable Communities Coalition, at 404.214.0081, ext. 21 or via email.

This will also be discussed at the March 21 CPNO membership meeting.

Georgia Power Refrigerator / Freezer Recycling Program

Mar 15 2011

If you are a Georgia Power customer and have a working secondary refrigerator you want to recycle, take advantage of Georgia Power’s Refrigerator Recycling Program. Georgia Power will pick up and recycle your second refrigerator or freezer for free and give you $35.

Here’s how it works: If you have a second refrigerator or freezer in your garage, basement, storage space or elsewhere in your home, we’ll come pick it up for free.* You’ll get $35 cash back and we’ll recycle it in an environmentally proper way. The refrigerator or freezer must be empty and working at the time of pickup.

Call 1-866-446-9250 or go here for more information.

Life Plus Seventy Years for Killer of Grant Park Bartender

Mar 15 2011

Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams on Monday sentenced an Atlanta gang member to life in prison plus 70 years for three robberies and a murder that ignited a firestorm of public anger over rampant crime in Atlanta. Read the full story here.

Missing Australian Shepherd Mix

Mar 14 2011

Making the email rounds, and submitted by Mary Alice Bray:

A rescued, feral (fearful, not socialized) dog escaped Saturday (3/12) from the veterinary hospital where I work in downtown Decatur. He is on the run, probably trying to find his way "home" to the house where he lived. The house is in Edgewood on Dahlgren Road off Whitefoord Road. The dog could be anywhere in Dekalb County, so we are asking everyone we know to be on the lookout for him. He is a medium-sized male Australian Shepherd mix... blue merle [gray with black spots]. He is neutered and vaccinated, but he is not wearing a collar. He is completely afraid of all humans and will not let anyone near him. He was trapped initially and will need to be trapped again, if/when he surfaces.

Anyone who sees the dog, please call Nikki, as quickly as possible, at (912) 294-6215.

Candler Park Real Estate Listings

Mar 14 2011

From Lexa King:

Click here for the latest and greatest real estate listings in Candler Park. This list shows what is currently active in the MLS system in our area. Contact Lexa with any questions.

SweetWater 420 Fest 5K - April 16th

Mar 11 2011


Registration for this year's race is going full steam!  Don't wait to pre-register as the race sells out every year!

Go to www.candlerpark.org/420 for more info...

Also 'like' our Facebook page for event info and updates...

Potentially Dangerous Door-to-Door Solicitor

Mar 10 2011

Submitted by a resident on Candler Park Drive. Be safe!


Our babysitter reported that a man came to the door around 5pm today (Wed, March 9), requesting a donation "so he could go to culinary school".   She told him she didn't have any money and he started pressuring her to give him a check and told her that "all the other neighbors" were giving him checks.  She said no and he continued to pressure her, saying he wouldn't deposit it right away.  He was aggressive and rude and she had a hard time getting him to leave.   She also said that he told a couple of different stories, first saying that he was with a woman and little girl who were in a car that was parked in front of our house, and later that he was the son of "the woman who lives down the street who walks her golden retrievers every morning."

The man was Caucasian, mid-20's and had dark blond hair and a hoodie.  I wonder whether he went to anyone else's house and whether he really lives in the neighborhood.  Sounded pretty fishy...