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
East Atlanta's original block party is back for 2019! Come meet your neighbors, bring some food for the potluck, and enjoy the unique culture of East Atlanta. May Ave neighbors will be providing a taco bar for your gustatory amazement. This program is supported in part by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. A City of Atlanta grant to your East Atlanta Community Association provides funding for this event.
East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP) is increasing patrols in East Atlanta for the summer months and would like to extend a special offer to new members. Join before May 24 and your membership will begin in time for extra patrols during the Memorial Day holiday. That’s over 1 month of free membership! EASP employs off-duty Zone Six police officers to perform additional patrols within the East Atlanta community. All patrol officers are armed, in uniform, with full arrest powers.
It’s time to clean out your closets and get rid of your unwanted shoes while making a Global Impact! The Maynard Jackson High School PTSA is collecting gently worn shoes in all sizes for a Shoe Drive where they will earn money per pound collected and shoes will be distributed to developing nations. Find a drop off location or schedule a shoe pick up today.
Neighbor in Need is partnering with ASW Distillery for our first Whiskey Giveback event hosted on April 18th where a percentage of all alcohol and ASW product sales will be donated to Neighbor in Need East Atlanta! Get into the "spirit" of charity and sample some fine Atlanta whiskeys at ASW Distillery while supporting long-term, low-income neighbors in EAV.
You are invited to attend EACA’s March meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm. During the meeting attendees can hear updates from EACA committees, hear about the latest development projects, details on neighborhood events, and members will vote on land use, zoning, and alcohol license applications.
Buy local at EAV’s Community Farmers market happening every Thursday evening starting on April 11. Enjoy activities for the kids, live music, chef demonstrations and ATL's freshest veggies, fruits, bread, eggs and more at the farmers market. Will we see you there?
EACA is excited to host another fun meet & greet at the Burgess-Peterson Academy’s orchard birthday party taking place this Friday, April 12. The Georgia Organics event officially at 3:30pm with a free fruit tree class led by Ranger Robby. EACA will be providing free mocktails using herbs grown in the BPA Garden for a 5 pm to 7 pm ‘happy hour’ and there will be activities for all age levels; including a mural painting and seed-bomb making for the kiddos, a community potluck, and of course, birthday cake.
Hop into the Spring season with the annual East Atlanta Easter Egg Hunt & Festival hosted by East Atlanta Kids Club on Saturday, April 13 from 10am - 12:30pm at Brownwood Park. This is a fun community-wide event for kids of all ages with the egg hunt, egg decorating, crafts, games, and lots of sweet treats! Many ways to help, either as a volunteer or make a monetary donation.
East Atlanta Kids Club is offering a Sci-Tech Fun & Fitness Camp at Brownwood Park in East Atlanta which offers hands-on activities including science experiments, technology and robotics, arts and crafts, music and beat making, and cooking and healthy eating to campers aged 7 to 14. Learn more about this fun camp option.
Join EACA Parks and Greenspace Committee on Saturday, April 6, as we continue our partnership with Trees Atlanta's 2019 Greenspace Guardians to rescue Brownwood Park's forest form the grip of non-native invasive weeds and restore native shrubs and wildflowers.
The Midway Pub is hosting a fundraising event for employee Taylor Corley on April 6. They are raising money to help with Taylor’s living expenses and medical bills while she is recovering from a motorcycle accident. All are welcome.
East Atlanta Strut has donated $40,000 to more than 40 worthy causes in the East Atlanta community through its Neighborhood Good Grant program. With funds going to early childhood organizations, elementary schools, high schools, senior citizen groups and a historic cemetery, the Strut is quite literally supporting East Atlanta residents from the cradle to the grave.
The City of Atlanta's Department of Public Works will be performing an extensive clean-up of the hoarding situation outside the home located at 1533 Van Epps Ave SE. This activity will occur no earlier than April 29th and will result in a large exodus of rodents, which will be looking for new places to call home. EACA is working with a private pest control company and the City to determine what rodent mitigation efforts may be done on the property to limit the impact to neighbors during and after the clean-up.
CHaRM (1110 Hill Street SE) will accept tires from Atlanta residents without any fee on April 13th from 9 am to 12 noon. This event is sponsored by the City Council, Department of Public Works, and the America the Beautiful Commission. To report scrap tires or volunteer, please call 404.330.6240 or email email@example.com.
Join EACA at the first neighborhood meet and greet of the year this Saturday March 23 at Midway Pub. Meet new neighbors, hang with old friends, grab some nibbles and maybe even win a free drink in our raffle. We look forward to seeing you there!
Bring your old electronics to the 3rd Annual EAV Electronics Recycling event taking place this Saturday, March 23 10am-1pm at the EAV Farmers Market spot. Presented by In Atlanta Realtors, the event will feature snacks for the kids, some puppy love with Paws Atlanta and a prize drawing. All are welcome!
Neighbor in Need is hosting its Annual Spring Poker Tournament taking place on March 23 at The Midway Pub. Your first 300 chips are free, but registration is limited to 50 people. All proceeds benefit Neighbor in Need of East Atlanta, who provides emergency home repairs for low-income elderly homeowners in East Atlanta, allowing them to stay safe and comfortable in their homes.
Show your support for the East Atlanta Community by becoming a 2019 EACA Member. The $10 yearly household membership fee goes right back to the community, funding advocacy for land use, education, and public safety policies important to East Atlanta residents. In addition, you can take advantage of membership perks offered by neighborhood businesses and vote on important issues at monthly EACA Meetings. Memberships can be processed online or in person at monthly EACA Meetings.
DeKalb County is hosting a hazardous waste Recycling event on March 16 where DeKalb County residents can dispose of hazardous materials, such as paint and paint-related products, aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals and artist supplies. Normally there is a fee to dispose of these types of materials, but during this event the fee is waived.
Do you know of any little ones who will turn the ripe old age of 5 before Sept. 1, 2019? If so, please help us to “round them up.”
Atlanta Public Schools Kindergarten Round-Up is an orientation program for rising kindergartners and their parents. It’s an opportunity for parents to register their child for kindergarten and get an early start to a brighter future.
To enroll a child in kindergarten, parents are asked to visit their zoned schools between March 11-13 and bring the registration documents…
The Atlanta Preservation Center's ‘2019 Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites’ event has two East Atlanta tours -- Historic Sylvester Cemetery and the Battle of Atlanta Trenches tour, which includes historic buildings in East Atlanta Village. This is the 16th year of this event celebrating Atlanta’s historic built environment of buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods as an integral part of the City’s culture and economy.
As EACA’s Neighbor in Need (NIN) program continues to grow, so does the need for new volunteers to assist with the program initiatives. If you are passionate about helping others and giving back to the community, you may be interested in NIN’s new volunteer roles in the areas of Corporate Responsibility, Marketing and Communications, and Safety. Want to learn more about the NIN mission and how you can help, let’s talk!
Are you a business owner in East Atlanta? A team is working to re-establish East Atlanta’s Business Association (EABA), and all community business owners (home based or brick-and-mortar) are invited to participate in an upcoming development meeting on February 28.
Want to learn more about city zoning and variance applications pending in East Atlanta? View applications on the NPU google drive and and make your voice heard at an upcoming EACA or NPU-W meeting.
Do you have an idea for a community event or an idea on how residents could connect more thoughtfully? Join EACA Community Outreach Chair, Brenda Holley for a virtual meeting on January 29th to share your ideas and connect with others on the topic.
Natalyn Archibong, district 5 Council Member recaps the accomplishments from 2018 in her newsletter.
Only one week left to complete the grant application process before January 31, 2019. The East Atlanta Strut will award 20 - $1000 grants this year. Do you know of an organization that could benefit or put these funds to good use?
If you are a business owner in East Atlanta, home-based or otherwise, please complete a quick survey or email EACA’s Economic Development Committee chair Nate Minor.
April Community EACA meeting taking place on Tuesday April 10. All are invited to attend. Hear committee updates, review land use and zoning applications and hear from special speakers.
March Community EACA meeting taking place on Tuesday March 13. All community members are invited to attend to hear committee updates and hear from special speakers.
February Community EACA meeting taking place on Tuesday February 13. All are invited to attend. Hear committee updates, review land use and zoning applications and hear from special speakers.
January Community EACA meeting to hear committee updates, review land use and zoning applications and hear from special speakers.
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!
A busy agenda for the month of May!
April EACA Community Meeting Minutes Report
March EACA Community Meeting Minutes & Treasurer's Report
February EACA Community Meeting Minutes & Treasurer's Report
January EACA Community Meeting Minutes & Treasurer's Report