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.

SEE THE SAMPLE BALLOT FOR CANDLER PARK VOTERS HERE.

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:

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.

Date: 
Tue, 11/05/2013 - 7:00am
Location: 
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

Date: 
Sat, 10/12/2013 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
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.
Date: 
Sat, 10/12/2013 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316

CP Movie Night This Saturday: The Lorax

Oct 3 2013

This Saturday, October 5 we'll have yet another fabulous movie in the park. The feature presentation will be The Lorax (rescheduled from earlier this season when it was rained out). You are probably familiar with this Dr. Seuss classic, which tells the tale of a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. It's also a nice fable about how the environment must be protected against those who would profit from it, an idea that surely resonates with all the green folks in CP. 

Sunset is coming earlier these days, so the movie will start around 7:30 pm. Get there early so the kids can run around, and for an easy dinner; CP resident and Uncle Maddios co-owner Chris Fitzgerald will be there selling pizza and their famous chocolate chip cookies.

Last but not least, mark your calendar for the final movie night of the season, another one that was rained out and rescheduled - Field of Dreams on Saturday, October 19.

Festival Survey Results

Oct 2 2013

Please find the Candler Park festival survey results summary here. All results data can be found here.

Several Candler Park residents are meeting next week with Ebony Barley of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The goal is to review the current City Code regulating the permitting of festivals citywide, and then segue into specific issues that are of concern to Candler Park neighbors regarding festivals in the neighborhood.

Candler Park Fall Fest - This Weekend!

Sep 26 2013
Fall Fest is produced by the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization and includes live bands, 150+ artist booths, a kids area, and a 5K run. Fall Fest is FREE to attend, thanks to our sponsors.
 
Hours:
Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 
Directions:
Corner of McLendon Ave & Candler Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307
 
Tour of Homes:
Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:00 pm-6:00 pm – Click Here for Information
 
Parking: 
There is no parking inside the park, but street parking is available on Candler Park Drive and other side streets. Please be courteous and don’t block our neighbors’ driveways! Because parking is limited, we highly recommend you take MARTA.
 
Bike Valet: 
Operated by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the bike valet will park and guard your bike while you enjoy the Fest. Go green!
 
MARTA:
We’re also easily accessible by MARTA Rail from the Edgewood/Candler Park Station on the East Line, and by bus routes serving the station. Exit on the Candler Park side. Turn right onto Oakdale Road and walk two blocks north to McLendon Avenue, turn right and walk one block east to the park.
 
For any additional information, please visit the Fall Fest Website! We look forward to having a great turnout and seeing neighbors from both near and far.

Candler Park Fall Fest - Call for Volunteers

Sep 19 2013

from Jeanine Rousso:

The Candler Park Fall Festival is just around the corner, and we need your help again this year. All volunteers will receive a free (and super stylish) Fall Fest t-shirt and have a great time at one of the most loved festivals in Candler Park.

To volunteer at the festival: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4AAAAC2AA64-candler

To volunteer at the 5K: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4AACAE22A02-fall1/2778803

Contact ffvolunteers@candlerpark.org if you have any questions!

For more information about Fall Fest, visit the Fall Fest Website.

Candler Park Play Day and 5k

via Atlanta ContactPoint:

The second annual Candler Park Play Day will be taking place in the park from 10am - 4pm. Sports played, times and locations are listed here. No word on a contingency plan for rain, but we'll keep you posted.

CandlerPark Play Day

Date: 
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Candler Park