Community Meeting, August 8th 2017
Welcome – Lewis Cartee, President
Atlanta Police Department
Land Use & Zoning – Andy Schneggenburger, Chair
A. Variance Application (v. 17.199), 446 Blake Ave SE
Applicant seeks a variance to reduce the front yard setback from 35 feet to 25 feet to construct a 2nd story addition to an existing single family residence. The second story will be within the original footprint of the existing house.
B. Variance Application (v.17.205), 760 Brownwood Ave SE
Regarding the side and rear setbacks for a accessory building. It looks like the building has already been built, and is too close to side and rear property lines.
East Atlanta Security Patrol – Myron Polster, Director
East Atlanta Kids Club – Jill Sieder, Director
Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Meeting start at 7:04 pm
Welcomes & Announcements
Update from Atlanta Police Department
East Atlanta Update - Sgt. Nelms 24-year veteran
Down 4% from 2016
Lowering, approx. 10%
Stokeswood robbery - Suspect last seen on Stokewood towards Moreland. Robbery detective attempting to see if similar crimes can be connected
Shooting in front of PD in Kirkwood Sunday evening at ~8:52pm turned over to homicide; no leads
New Resident Welcome
Maria Banjo (Campaign Manager for Monique ???) running for District 89
Discussion regarding last month’s meeting
Discussion at last month’s meeting become very heated
The mission of EACA is to provide an inclusive environment. One of opportunity for people to be heard; we need to recognize the value of allowing for a place for open dialogue and people to be heard.
Encouraging self-policing in meetings
We strive to uphold the value written in our mission and provide a place for people to speak
Lewis shared story - agreeing to disagree with these three principles
Support your argument
(v. 17.199), 446 Blake Ave SE
reduction of front yard setback to allow for porch
NPU voted unanimously
31ft/not extending footprint; adding a porch 5ft
Home currently 1.5 stories; trying to make a full 2 stories
Spoke with neighbor on left (all for it - 100% behind it)
Motion to approve - 25-0-1
Variance Application (v.17.205), 760 Brownwood Ave SE
Side yard setback 7 ft to 3.5ft to build accessory structure (shed)
One street over from the park
All neighbors gave approval - with one caveat - no drainage issues
NPU voted unanimously
Motion to approve 25-0-1
Variance from last month
Appearing before zoning review board next Thursday at 6pm
NPU denied application
Anyone welcome to attend as visible voice of community (wear green shirt - on sale); welcome to speak but must sign up early. ZRB will make recommendation to City Council. Ownership doesn’t allow for rezoning.
Important that we speak to the merits; refrain from Forest
Q: Has the property been purchased
A: States under contract - closing date getting pushed out
Arts & Culture
Movies - last Saturday of the month in the EAVFM lot
Labrynth: August 26th
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
For the trick or treating position, we are going to try and get the streets closed down
East Atlanta Strut
Sunday, September 23rd
Need volunteers - approx 250
Volunteer t-shirts, wrist band for (2) beverages
2 pairs of tickets for Atlanta United game on 10/21
Go to east atlanta strut and select volunteers
EACA will be at the Strut selling T-shirts
Pre-sale wristband sales
NiN (Neighbor in Need)
Hire contractors to help with repairs for seniors in our neighborhood
$28K in the bank at start of the year; $16K in repairs thus far
Night under the Big Top (vintage circus theme) - Saturday, October 21st
$50 general admission /$100 VIP (300 tickets - cap)
Available on EACA website
749 Flat Shoals (Gould Home)
Street Raffle Baskets
Marbut (Book Basket)
East Atlanta Security Patrol – Myron Polster, Director
Volunteer org in our community; officers who live in the community
$50 per quarter - goes back into the community for patrols
Do not patrol 24 hours - call 911 first
Armed, in uniform, full arrest powers (not a rent-a-cop)
Special officer - September free if you join by the end of August
Lost 13 members this quarter - higher turnover than previously
Adding patrol hours this week - the evening
10 burglaries in the last 3 days
Additional feature - extra patrol service while out of town
Q: Do you have to be a member to call EASP? A: No, would like it but no. If you like the service, hopefully you will join. 404-954-1568 (manned by volunteers)
Some of the volunteer officers work the EA beat
EASP will typically spend more time in a neighborhood with multiple members as compared to one member
East Atlanta Kids Club – Jill Sieder, Director
What is Kids Club (http://www.eastatlantakids.org/) - Non-profit org founded in 1998 by members of the neighborhood. Benefits growth of local kids.
Elementary through High School
At Rec Center in Brownwood Park - Kids Club 2 - 5 tutoring TEEN Club - M/HS enrichment activities. STEAM based
60 - 80% of the children are making improvements
Painting a mural in a couple of weeks
Many children from under-resources families - encourage involvement even one day a week
Amechi Elko (Program Director)
EAKC is doing great things
If you have talent - EAKC can use you
Nurturing environment and driven by our community - Thank you!!!
If interested in hearing more or volunteering - please reach out
Teen Club - Music & Beat Club
Brownwood Bike Rally - Saturday, September 16th
Bike races for kids & adults
Sanovis Bank (?) partner for bike rally
Lives in Brighton Village
Lawyer with private practice, previously a public defender
Taught public school
Went to law school
Most proud of pro bono work
More Georgians have opportunities to work hard and get ahead
Born in Atlanta
Worked in this district
Focused efforts on living justice - affordable housing, more parks, developing relationships, BoE & APS
Ensure we aren’t developing out the people that are the backbone of Atlanta
Lewis Cartee - ABOE District 3
Motion to approve last month’s minutes & spend
Meeting ended at 8:20 pm
Your guide to what is happening this holiday season in East Atlanta.
On Friday, November 17th, ANCS 6th graders cleaned litter from Ripplewater Creek in Brownwood Park and learned about watersheds and environmental stewardship.
Our goal of taking back the urban forest from the grip of non-native, invasive weeds came one-day closer to reality on Saturday, November 11th, when 12 volunteers form Trees Atlanta and EACA neighbors gathered in the forested south-side of Brownwood Park.
Neighbor in Need East Atlanta is organizing a Holiday Food Drive to help put a smile on the faces of seniors in our community. Contribute a few sides or a few dollars today!
"The Greatest Show in EAV" was a spectacular evening filled with an abundance of delicious food and cocktails, lively music, and sparkling talent that lit up the Big Tent. Occasions such as this demonstrate the genuine sense of community in East Atlanta, and we thank you for your dedication and support to a worthy charity such as Neighbor in Need.
Community Farmers Markets (CFM) will be hosting its inaugural Red Clay Soirée fundraising gala on Friday, November 10. This worthwhile fundraiser will not only go back into our farmers market, but also feature the Octopus Bar and honor the late East Atlanta chef Angus Brown of SoBa and Octopus Bar.
Mission for Movement, Inc in association with J Green Productions and Dance 411 proudly present 'BEHIND THE MOVEMENT: "AMERICAN TEEN"' on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6pm - 9pm.
Thank you to all 23 groups who support the library every day. A special congratulations goes to the system’s Friends groups winning the President’s Volunteer Service Award
Glenwood, between Blake and Clifton, boasts dozens of new crape myrtles; and Clifton, between May and Van Epps, has a new line of sweetbay magnolias!
EACA has initiated contact with the appropriate city of Atlanta departments as well as partner organizations with respect to meeting several maintenance needs in Brownwood Park, to include operational security lights, paved pathway repair, and tree health and hazard inspections.
Tropical Storm Irma wreaked havoc on thousands of residents throughout Georgia and Florida. District 5 also suffered damages in the wake of the storm.
EACA presents... Movies under the stars! A free community event for you, your friends and family. All ages welcome. Concessions for sale or bring your own.
Neighbor in Need East Atlanta is seeking a grant writer to help us obtain money to continue to fund our projects.
East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP) is offering the month of September free to new and returning members!
With a focus on preserving greenspace in Atlanta, 5th District Councilmember Natalyn Archbong has introduced and the City Council passed two ordinances.
EAV RunFest, benefiting our local elementary school Burgess-Peterson Academy, is coming up on September 3rd. Sign-up to Run or Walk at www.runeav.com.
Join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta for another great day of bike racing & other fun festival activities! The Brownwood Bike Rally is a festive event celebrating cycling, fitness and health, for kids and adults.
Come by the EAV farmers market space this Saturday, August 26th, to watch Labyrinth under the stars, right in your own backyard. Admission is free!
The Greatest Show in EAV! Join us under the Big Top for the Neighbor in Need Circus Gala on Saturday, October 21st.
Meet your neighbors and have some fun at the East Atlanta Strut!
BATL’s August Civil War hike on Saturday, August 26th, will begin at the end of the Battle of Atlanta and move towards the beginning of the historic battle.
We are looking for any performers who are willing to donate their time to our event and raise funds for Neighbor in Need at our biggest fundraiser of the year! Fire breathers, fire spinners, flow artists, contortionists, strong man, dancing bear, fortune teller, tarot card reader, belly dancers, and more.
Attend the city's next Zoning Review Board meeting August 10th, 6 pm to have your voice heard in the next step in Heritage Capitol Partner's plans for the property referred to as "Ormewood Forest."
Atlanta Fulton Library System will feature art works by longtime Atlanta Public Schools Principal James Doanes. Most recently in retirement from the school system, Mr. Doanes had returned to assist both Peterson Elementary and Burgess Elementary in meeting student achievement goals and continued to consult with Burgess Peterson Academy
The Hyatt Regency is hosting its 4th annual Good Taste series and EACA found them visiting the EAV farmer's market to select food for the upcoming culinary challenge!
Volunteer at the East Lake PGA TOUR Championship Wednesday, September 20th to Sunday, September 24th and help Ahimsa House care for animal victims of domestic violence while their owners transition to safety.
Will the city's Tree Trust fund purchase urban properties such as Ormewood forest or larger suburban properties? Stephanie Stokes speaks with several people, including East Atlanta residents Grant Dollar and Alex Levy.
November community meeting agenda: special guest Parish Underwood, Director of the YMCA, updates about Santafest, big news from the Transportation committee, several land use and zoning items including 770 Shadowridge (aka "Ormewood Forest"), and more!
Overview of November LUZ meeting and summary of items up for review at EACA's November community meeting.
They started out our business by delivering fruit salads. Get Fruity has been around for 19 years as a hustle in college. For five months, their business has been in East Atlanta.
September community meeting agenda: "Back to School" update with the Atlanta Board of Education, LUZ items to discuss, and more!
Participate in the conversation of the Project Pabst festival application by attending the upcoming NPU-W meeting on the 27th, 7:30 at Village Church. View the application here.
September community meeting agenda: "Back to School" update with the Atlanta Board of Education, 770 Shadowridge updates, Project Pabst, and more!
Preview of the August community meeting agenda! East Atlanta Kids Club, Get Fruity, East Atlanta Service Patrol, and more!
Updates from Trees Atlanta, B*ATL and Heritage Capitol Partners regarding 770 Shadowridge Drive (the same property as is being campaigned about by the group "Save Ormewood Forest")
It’s easy to overlook special treasures in plain site. When you're headed north on Flat Shoals Ave. viewing all the eclectic businesses of East Atlanta Village, visit Versus ATL, EACA’s Featured Business of the Month for July.
Learn more about Poke Burri, EACA's Business Partner of the Month!
New updates about Ormewood Forest, the return of Project Pabst in October, new projects in the community, and more!
February EACA Community Meeting Minutes & Treasurer's Report