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April 1st 2019 Meeting

April 2, 2019

South Atlanta Civic League

Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 1, 2019 6:30p

Kimberlee Jones opened the meeting.

Community Pride

Anmarie Alston owner of the Event space

Community Reports

Local Elected Officials

  • Ali Carter attended for Andre Dickens and provided an update that the City of Atlanta is considering forming an Atlanta DOT. He invited everyone to attend the work session on April 22nd at 1pm at City Hall. Ali can be reached at 404-227-3592 or
  • Carla Smith and Sheryl Bennett provided an update on legislation to increase fees for vehicles parked in bike lanes. The fee will increase from $25 to $100 for cars and $1,000 for trucks. People in violation of this code will have the option to participate in a diversion class provided by Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to learn about bike and vehicle safety in lue of paying the fee. They also invited everyone to attend the Eco Depot on April 13th.
  • A representative from the office of Commissioner Arrington shared information about upcoming events listed below. The representative can be reached at 404-613-0203
    • District Dialogues Bowden Senior Center April 9th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    • District Dialogues Bethlehem at Birdine April 16th, 11:00am-12:00pm
    • Family Fun Day May 4th, 10:00am-2:00pm at Oak Hill Family Center
    • Write To Rise Writers Boot Camp (all Saturdays in June)

Police Representatives

  • Mager Murphy, Sgt Price, and Captain Censor were in attendance and reported that crimes were down for the month of March. The neighborhood inquired about bike patrol and the officers said it depends on staffing levels and is more of a luxury than a necessity. The neighborhood also discussed a shooting at Jonesboro and Bowen.

Community Business

South Atlanta Master Plan (view the plan here:

  • The plan is the result of 18 months of careful planning and partnership between the South Atlanta Civic League and the City of Atlanta. It serves as a legal document representing the needs and desires of South Atlanta neighbors for current and future development in the neighborhood.
  • Part D of the Master Plan has been removed in response to a petition submitted to Carla Smith. Carla recommended that we discuss the Master Plan at every monthly Civic League meeting and at the NPU-Y level quarterly. In about a year we can approach Carla again and ask to revisit the master plan.

Zoning Requests

  • 184 McDonough – The new owner of the establishment at the corner of Lakewood and McDonough across from the old Harrold’s BBQ requested a liquor license. After some discussion, the neighborhood voted to deny the request with twelve votes to deny and 2 obstensions. The owner will also request the license at the NPU level on April 15th.
  • 60 Meldon – The builder requested a variance for a gable above the porch. NPU_Y already granted approval pending Civic League approval. Jay motioned that the variance be granted and Maggie seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports


  • Jeff Delp provided an update regarding the old J’s gas station at the Jonesboro/McDonough intersection. Focused Community Strategies (FCS) purchased the property with hopes of turning it into a restaurant. FCS would like to abandon the dirt road (Martin St) dividing properties, and asked for neighborhood approval. FCS would keep the path open to pedestrians. Chris McCord motioned to support abandoning the street so it can be included in FCS’s property rehab, Jay Springs seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. FCS will present their request at the NPU level as well.  
  • Jeff Delp provided an update on an earlier GDOT meeting. Jonesboro Rd is a high speed area and will be repaved in the next couple months. Jeff presented a plan to turn the paved shoulder on the Southbound side of the road in an effort to slow traffic and provide structure to the parking that already occurs on the street. The GDOT is seeking approval to conduct a study to determine details like site distance. Chris McCord motioned to support site distance research and parking from Gammon to Turman, Jay Springs seconded, the motion passed with fourteen in favor and two opposed.

Code Enforcement

  • Rick Sakaske reported a pile of furniture on Martin and Lansing and will call 311. He also reported the house on 16 Dorothy, citing multiple issues at the property. He also shared that there is a new house on Bisbee and Lansing.
  • The Lakewood Chevron has been a mess recently. Kimberlee asked neighbors to take pictures of any issues for documentation when and if the Chevron seeks to renew its liquor license.


  • Chris McCord invited everyone to participate in the tire round up on April 13th from 9am to 10am.

Social Committee

  • The pancake breakfast was a huge success. Tanisha Corporal invited neighbors to let her know if they would like to help with future events.

Kimberlee Jones closed the meeting.

Last modified: April 2, 2019

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