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December 19, 2012: Distinct Southwest Atlanta Neighborhoods

Southwest Atlanta Neighborhoods

As a community we are here to urge our city officials to assist us in being more proactive and to support us in continuing the progress our community has made in making this a place we all enjoy living in.

Without stronger support from the city, law abiding citizens will continue to be at the mercy of criminals and absentee landlords. We need your help with laws and resources to enhance Code Enforcements ability to address vacant/ blighted properties.

Fast track process for code enforcement violations to reduce the excessive number of vacant homes that breed crime.

Increase foot beat police patrol and additional resources for Zone 4 particularly beats 401 and 402 Police department assistance in reducing persons perpetually loitering around Beecher/Cascade corridor businesses (Auto Zone, etc.)

Improved communication between residents and beat officers, so all eyes can work together in identifying potential issues.

Accurate reporting from News Stations to assist in altering the misperception that South West Atlanta is a single neighborhood with a high crime problem.

Below is a list of all the neighborhoods within southwest Atlanta:

  1. Adair Park
  2. Adams Park
  3. Adamsville
  4. Arlington Estates
  5. Ashley Courts
  6. Ashview Heights
  7. Atlanta University Center
  8. Audubon Forest
  9. Audubon Forest West
  10. Baker Hills
  11. Bakers Ferry
  12. Beecher Donnelly
  13. Beecher Hills
  14. Ben Hill
  15. Ben Hill Acres
  16. Ben Hill Forest
  17. Ben Hill Pines
  18. Ben Hill Terrace
  19. Boulder Park
  20. Brentwood
  21. Briar Glen
  22. Bush Mountain
  23. Butner/Tell
  24. Campbellton Road
  25. Capitol View
  26. Carroll Heights
  27. Cascade Avenue/Road
  28. Cascade Green
  29. Cascade Heights
  30. Chalet Woods
  31. Collegetown (former Harris Chiles)
  32. Collier Heights
  33. Deerwood
  34. East Ardley Road
  35. Elmco Estates
  36. Fairburn
  37. Fairburn Heights
  38. Fairburn Road/Wisteria Lane
  39. Fairburn Tell
  40. Fairburn Mays
  41. Fairway Acres
  42. Florida Heights
  43. Fort McPherson
  44. Fort Valley
  45. Green Acres Valley
  46. Green Forest Acres
  47. Greenbriar
  48. Greenbriar Village
  49. Hammond Park
  50. Harland Terrace
  51. Heritage Valley
  52. Horseshoe Community
  53. Hunter Hills
  54. Huntington
  55. Ivan Hill
  56. Just Us
  57. Kings Forest
  58. Lake Estates
  59. Laurens Valley
  60. Magnum Manor
  61. Mays
  62. Meadowbrook Forest
  63. Mechanicsville
  64. Mellwood
  65. Midwest Cascade
  66. Mt. Gilead Woods
  67. Niskey Cove
  68. Niskey Lake
  69. Oakcliff
  70. Oakland City
  71. Old Fairburn Village
  72. Old Gordon
  73. Pamond Park
  74. Perkerson
  75. Peyton Forest
  76. Pittsburgh
  77. Princeton Lakes
  78. Regency Trace
  79. Ridgecrest Forest
  80. Rue Royal
  81. Sandlewood Estates
  82. Southwest
  83. Summerdale Commons
  84. Sylvan Hills
  85. Tampa Park
  86. Underwood Hills
  87. Venetian Hills
  88. West End
  89. West Manor
  90. Westhaven
  91. Westview
  92. Westwood Terrace
  93. Wildwood
  94. Wildwood Forest
  95. Wilson Mill Meadows
  96. Wisteria Gardens

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December 13, 2012: 2013 NPU-T Officers

Congratulations to the 2013 Neighborhood Planning Unit T officers:

Chair - Claiborne White
Vice Chair - Nia Knowles
Secretary - Terry Ross
Recording Secretary - Brent Brewer
Parliamentarian - Cathy Witt
Treasurer - Vonda Henry
Sergeant-at-Arms - Kristina Nadreau


November 8, 2012: Memorial information for fallen APD Officers

Friends of the Atlanta Police Foundation:

The tragic loss of Officers Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley is a reminder of the sacrifice APD officers make every day - risking their lives to keep our city safe. Day in, day out, these brave men and women show up to work prepared to serve, despite knowing their life can be placed in danger at any given moment.

Officers Halford and Smiley answered their final call late Saturday night. They were flying an APD Air Unit helicopter, while responding to assist with the search of a 9-year-old boy, when they hit a power line and crashed. Both men were outstanding officers and served our community with honor and integrity. They leave a huge void in the department and will be missed.

Officer Halford joined the APD in May 1986. He had been with the Air Unit for more than 16 years, serving as a pilot, and 26 years with the APD . Throughout his career, he served in various roles at APD - the Zone 4 precinct, the Motors and DUI units. He is survived by his former wife, and a 21-year-old daughter. He was a beloved member of the APD family and is often described as a first-class officer.

Officer Smiley joined the APD in October 2010 and joined the Air Unit earlier this year, serving as a tactical flight officer. He previously served in the Department's Zone 2 precinct. He is survived by his wife and three children, ages 5, 7, and 9.

Please join us in extending our sympathies to their families and to the brave men and women at the APD who worked side-by-side with Officers Halford and Smiley.

The City is currently working to provide their loved ones with all the information regarding benefits afforded to fallen officers' families, including state and federal benefits as well as the APF Life Insurance Policy generously funded by the Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Additionally, memorial funds have also been set up in honor of the officers and to assist family members with expenses. Donations are accepted at any Wells Fargo bank location for the Officer Richard Halford Memorial Fund and/or the Officer Shawn Smiley Memorial Fund.

Funeral arrangements have been made for both officers:

Officer Halford

The route for the motorcade will be: North on Hank Aaron to Fulton Street, left on Fulton to Windsor Street, right on Windsor to the I-20 West bound ramp. I-20 west to I-285 south veering right to M. L. King on the ramp to I-285 south. West on M. L. King to Fairburn Road, right on Fairburn to the intersection of Collier and Fairburn Road. Church is on the left.

Officer Smiley

The route for the motorcade will be: North on Hank Aaron to Fulton Street, left on Fulton Street to the ramp to 85 North, I-85 North to I-285 East to North Peachtree Road. Church is at the end of the ramp.

Thank you for your continued support of the APF and the men and women of the APD.

W. David Wilkinson
President & CEO
Atlanta Police Foundation


October 26, 2012: Frederick Douglass Tutorial

The Bonner Office of Community Service at Morehouse College' Frederick Douglass Tutorial program is up and in full swing! Every Saturday that the college is open, in Brawley Hall Room 100, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., our students collaborate to provide Atlanta and the surrounding counties children FREE tutoring services. That's right! Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta University act as one unit to give our children the tutoring that they need to succeed.


October 18, 2012: NPU-T Officer Nominations

It's that time of year. We are accepting nominations for all NPU-T positions. Please submit your nominations to scottsingsbari@aol.com. We will have the floor open for nominations at the November meeting prior to the elections.

All Roles:
Chair
Vice Chair
Secretary
Recording Secretary
Parliamentarian
Treasurer
Sergeant-at-Arms

To find out more about each role and the responsibilities read NPU-T's bylaws.

Please be mindful, your service is needed within our communities. Consider making the sacrifice and getting involved from the Planning Unit level to help further the revitalization of all our SW neighborhoods. It is not enough to have a a few stable STREETS within NPU-T. We must continue to work on behalf of ALL our neighborhoods, and work along with the surrounding NPU's to ensure we ALL reap the benefit of growth and positive change.


October 9, 2012: A Special Invitation From Chief George Turner

Dear Atlanta Police Department CP-SAT participants,

This is a reminder to participate in the Community Policing Self Assessment Tool (CP-SAT). If you have already completed the assessment, thank you. If you have not yet completed the assessment, please do so by clicking on the URL below. Through your participation in this assessment, our agency will be able to gather valuable data allowing us to enhance our community policing practices and identify community policing strengths and areas for improvement. The assessment is sponsored by the COPS Office and is administered by ICF International.

Your responses to this survey will be kept confidential. There are no individual identifiers in the data that the agency will receive, and the agency will not be able to link an individual’s data to their email address. This is not a test, so there are no right or wrong answers. Please answer each question honestly. The assessment will take you approximately 15 minutes of your time.

Assessment URL: https://survey.icfsurveys.com/se.ashx?s=04BD76CC552D21AD
Agency Pass Code: GAAPD00-C1

(You will be prompted to enter your agency pass code when you click the above URL. Please copy and paste the above pass code to ensure accuracy). When typing in the pass code please check for accuracy.

Please complete the assessment by October 22, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact the Atlanta Police Department Community Liaison Office at 404-546-2677 (404-546-COPS).

Thank you,
George Turner
Chief of Police
Atlanta Police Department


August 23, 2012: Longtime Vacant, Blighted Property in Southwest Atlanta Demolished

The Atlanta Police Department Code Enforcement Section joined District 11 City Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms today as they took another tough stance against vacant, blighted properties with the demolition of a privately-owned but abandoned apartment complex at 2020 Allison Court in southwest Atlanta.

Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Council Member H. Lamar Willis, City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui, Police Chief Turner and Maj. Davis were also onsite for the demolition.

Council Members Bottoms and Willis and President Mitchell all praised the demolition as a positive step for both the City and the surrounding community.

"The demolition of 2020 Alison Court is more than the tearing down of buildings," said Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms, who represents the area. "Instead, it represents the rebuilding of a community. It is a promised made to the community and a promise kept. The families and elderly in this community should feel a bit safer today knowing that these abandoned buildings, which have often served as a haven for illegal activity and dumping, are no longer a part of this community. We are working closely within the City to pursue demolition of other properties within the area."

"This is a great day of progress for the City of Atlanta, for the surrounding neighborhoods, and for the community leaders who fought tirelessly to see this day come to fruition," said Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

Council Member Willis agreed.

"As many people know my mother was injured by a stray bullet not too far from this apartment complex," Willis said. "I remember a community that was much different than it is today. But thanks to the work of Council Member Bottoms and area residents, this community on the rebound."

Nearby residents have eagerly anticipated the demolition, and city leaders agreed that the property was not only an eyesore, but a potential public health hazard, haven for crime and detriment to the community's quality of life.

The complex was abandoned in 2007, neglected and quickly became an illegal dumping ground. The Atlanta Police Department's Code Enforcement Section was able to document the property's dilapidated condition and secured a demolition order from the In Rem Review Board in July 2010.

Since then, Code Enforcement has been working diligently to prepare the property for demolition, including asbestos remediation, rodent removal and the securing of funds for, and awarding of, a demolition contract.

"When communities are allowed to deteriorate, crime is allowed to breed," said Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner. "No one knows that better than the police, and those directly affected in the community. So we want to bring everything we have to bear, and work cooperatively with other City agencies and the Mayor and City Council, to tackle these blighted properties."

The City of Atlanta has placed a new emphasis on code enforcement, with a specific emphasis on targeting vacant, blighted properties.

"In 2011, code enforcement functions were formally moved to the Atlanta Police Department under Maj. Davis' command. Under the authority of the APD, the Code Enforcement Section is able to function with deliberate control in resolving housing code violations throughout the City of Atlanta, and set in motion strategic plans to address quality of life issues, environmental concerns and improved property value by leveraging all available resources," said Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui.

The Code Enforcement Section set on a fast track to eliminate the more than 4,500 backlogged cases, address 1,200 inactive cases in the research phase, re-institute judicial in-rem processes, and roll out vacant property registration. Judicial in-rem proceedings empower the City to take legal action against nuisance and highly hazardous properties in the absence of the property owner.

"We understand the community's frustration in wanting these properties demolished immediately upon the order being granted," said Maj. Cerelyn "C.J." Davis, Commander of the APD's Code Enforcement Section. "We know it is an extensive process. But it is designed to put public safety and community health above all else. We're pleased to reach this point in the process at 2020 Allison Court and want to assure citizens that we are moving forward on many similar properties."

A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the fight against crime in Atlanta.

With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.

The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.
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July 17, 2012: Campbellton-Cascade Corridors Redevelopment Plan Proposed Zoning Changes

This past spring Councilmembers Winslow, Martin, Bottoms, and Sheperd introduced zoning legislation to rezone properties along portions of Campbellton Road and Cascade Avenue to implement the recommendations from the adopted Campbellton-Cascade Corridors Redevelopment Plan (2006). The Plan calls for the transformation of each corridor from an automobile-oriented corridor with isolated land uses into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhood.

A series of public meetings are being held to receive input, and review and comment on the proposed zoning changes. In addition, a development tour throughout the City will be conducted to showcase existing development projects resulting from zoning regulations that are similar to those proposed. Zoning legislation affecting NPU-T:

Z-12-16 - Rezone Cascade Avenue/Beecher Street area to Neighborhood Commercial (NC) - 0.4MB PDF
Z-12-17 - Rezone Cascade Avenue/Ralph D. Abernathy Boulevard area to Mixed Residential Commercial (MRC) - 0.4MB PDF

Evening Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: West End Family Life Community Center, Upper Room, 1191 Donnelly Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310

Open House
Date & Time: Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: The Vicars, 838 Cascade Road, Atlanta, GA 30310


July 16, 2012: Atlanta City Council Bans Smoking in City Parks

The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance Monday prohibiting smoking in city parks.

The measure, which was sponsored by City Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd and Alex Wan, was approved on substitute by a vote of 11-1. (Reference No. 12-O-0966)

"I'm particularly concerned about the children who are most vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke," said Councilmember Sheperd. "They have little control over their outdoor environments. We must remember that city-owned parks are intended for use by the public, including persons of all ages and the environment should be healthy for all to enjoy."

Councilmember Wan agreed. "I think it's reasonable to ask our park visitors to abstain from smoking to protect the health of everyone who enjoys our public parks. It's been proven that there's no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. It causes numerous health problems including severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections and other ailments."

General penalties under the City of Atlanta's Code of Ordinances would apply for violating the new ordinance, with a maximum fine of up to $1,000. Signage will be installed in all city parks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke (in close proximity to toxic tobacco fumes indoors and outdoors) increase their risk of developing health problems.

In fact, according to a 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's report, even brief exposures to secondhand smoke may have adverse effects on the heart and respiratory systems and increase the severity of asthma attacks, especially in children.

Atlanta's ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to smoke in outdoor parks and recreational facilities located within the City of Atlanta, including but not limited to, the parks, athletic fields, aquatic areas, golf courses, tennis courts, hiking/walking/biking trails, playgrounds, off-leash areas and spectator and concession areas.

The legislation does not apply to any of the following city-owned properties so long as the properties remain the subject of a lease with a private party: The Chastain Amphitheater, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood and the Park Tavern Restaurant located at Piedmont Park and designated smoking areas at golf club amenities.

Multiple cities in metro Atlanta have enacted legislation prohibiting smoking in public parks including the cities of Alpharetta, Decatur, Doraville, Douglasville, Duluth, Gainesville, Marietta and Roswell.

Counties that have banned smoking in public parks include Clayton, Douglas, Forsyth, Henry as well as Athens-Clarke County Consolidated Government.

The legislation now goes to the Mayor for final approval.

The above legislation and a complete list of other items on the council's agenda can be viewed in their entirety on the Web at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/2012/fca0716.htm


May 9, 2012: Wireside Transportation Conversation

Wireside Chats: Learn about the upcoming transportation referendum

The 2012 Wireside Chats provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions of local elected officials in advance of the July 31st transportation referendum. During 12 conversations over 6 nights in June, learn about the referendum and the projects it will support. Join by telephone from home, office or wherever is convenient for you. Get your questions answered.

June 2012 - Register for a Wireside Chat: www.wiresidechats.com or call 404.463.3227.


March 19, 2012: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine RFP

The Atlanta BeltLine's temporary public art initiative is back and we want all of you to apply for our Fall of 2012 exhibition! Following two successful years, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for artists to solicit outdoor, temporary works of art for presentation on the Atlanta BeltLine in the fall of 2012. Connect with Art on the Atlanta BeltLine on Facebook to get the latest updates!

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals that marry their artistic visions with the landscape and sustainability themes of the Atlanta BeltLine. Proposals should reflect the historic, environmental, cultural, functional, urban design and/or aesthetic parameters of the potential sites and should be well-researched by the candidates. The submission deadline is April 16, 2012. The RFP can be found online at art.beltline.org and is available for download.

As you write your proposals and pass this information on, if you have any questions, please contact Elan Buchen, Project Coordinator for Art & Design at ebuchen@atlbeltline.org. And don't forget about our information sessions! Our first one is at the Chastain Arts Center this weekend! Details are in the RFP.


March 14, 2012: Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Department of Labor is announcing the 2012 Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) competition. SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. It provides part-time, community service-based job training for unemployed, low-income individuals 55 and older.

The Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) is available on http://doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm.

To be eligible, applicants must: Be a nonprofit organization; a Federal public agency; or Tribal organization and consortium; and have the ability to administer a multi-state program that meets all the relevant eligibility and responsibility requirements. The deadline for applications is May 10, 2012.


February 14, 2012: Vacant Property Registration

In effort to improve enforcement of the City of Atlanta's housing code ordinances, owners of vacant properties are now required to register with the city.

Within the city limits of Atlanta, there are buildings and structures that are vacant and could pose a threat to the safety and security of citizens. Vacant buildings cause deterioration and instability in neighborhoods and may lead to hazards like fire, accidents, or other calamities. Now under City Ordinance 10-O-1457, the Office of Code Enforcement is addressing these concerns by providing guidelines for a new registry of vacant property.

In accordance with the newly adopted ordinance, 10-O-1457 (Article VI, Sec. 60-66 of the Atlanta Housing Code), all owners of a vacant residential building or dwelling, must register said building or dwelling with the Office of Code Enforcement within thirty (30) days after the building or dwelling becomes vacant. You should read and familiarize yourself with the ordinance which you may obtain from the Office of Code Enforcement by email via codesrequests@atlantaga.gov, or by visiting www.atlantaga.gov. This form is intended to assist the registrant. However, the Ordinance controls.

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February 14, 2012: Homebuyers Tour

Dear Potential Homebuyer:

The City of Atlanta has a special Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program for City of Atlanta and Fulton County municipal and public school employees. This special funding will permanently end on April 15, 2012. It gives special down payment assistance of up to 30% ($30,000) of the sales price of any home in the City of Atlanta. Although we will have other DPA programs after April 15th, the amount will drop down between $10,000 and $20,000.

In an on-going effort to make you aware of both the Down Payment Assistance Program and its benefits, I will begin sponsoring bus/van tours of houses starting Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Following this first tour, we will have subsequent tours on Saturdays in March, April and May. For the bus/van tours, we will meet at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, in City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor. Parking is available in the lot next door to Trinity United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Trinity Avenue and Washington Street, SW.

As I said earlier, the program that has the most down payment assistance help will be ending April 15, 2012. There may be those persons who are interested in this program and may want to attend the one-day Down Payment Assistance Program prior to going on the bus or van tour. I am enclosing a list of down payment assistance programs and credit repair workshops.

There is an income limit of $71,000 to qualify for the City program and you can purchase a house anywhere in the city of Atlanta for up to $250,000. We know that education plays a major part in future homeowners' decisions about where they will purchase a home. Therefore, some of our tours will include visits to high-performing Atlanta Public Schools and charter schools. If the potential homebuyer has credit history issues, we will also refer them to agencies that can work with them to clean up their credit.

Please call my office at (404) 330-6047 to register for the bus/van tour or to get further information.

Sincerely,

Cleta Winslow
Councilmember, District 4
404-330-6047 (office)
404-216-1701 (cell)
404-331-8929 (fax)
cwinslow@atlantaga.gov


February 2, 2012: West End LCI Streetscape Improvement

The West End Livable Center Improvement Project, located in Council District 4, NPU-T is coming soon to your district! The capital improvements will seek to address the pedestrian and safety issues, as well as upgrade and enhance the existing streetscape elements. The comprehensive project is comprised of (3) pedestrian and intersection improvement projects which include:

Although construction is not scheduled until Winter 2012, we wanted to inform you as well as your constituents that the project bid documents are currently being packaged for submission to GDOT for approval. Once this process is completed, the project will be awarded to a contractor and the notice to proceed with construction will be issued. We will continue to keep you abreast of the milestones related to this exciting improvement project.

- Department of Public Works, Office of Transportation


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