Adair Park Historic District Regulations Draft – Latest Proposal from the AUDC Staff

Please find below the proposed Historic District Regulations Draft provided by the staff of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC). This proposal was the result of an iterative process involving members of Adair Park Today and the AUDC. Members will vote on this proposal in the coming months at an Adair Park Today meeting.

Adair Park – Regulation Revisions – May 2015

More information about the Atlanta Urban Design Commission:

Commission Functions

The Commission nominates and regulates buildings and districts which are designated as Historic Buildings or Sites, Landmark Buildings or Sites, Conservation Districts, Historic Districts, or Landmark Districts.

The Commission reviews and comments on projects that involve City of Atlanta property, rights-of-way, or parks.

The Commission reviews and comments on the capital expenditures by other public agencies or authorities that are required to submit plans for review by the City of Atlanta.

The Commission reviews and comments to the Zoning Review Board and Board of Zoning Adjustment on any proposed action pending before those boards regarding any building, site or districts that has been designated under the City’s historic preservation ordinance.

The Commission provides technical assistance and public information to property owners, residents, and others interested in historic preservation, the City of Atlanta’s history, the historic resources within the City of Atlanta, or other related subjects.

Commission Operations

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission was established in 1975 by a City of Atlanta ordinance.

Since the City’s current Historic Preservation Ordinance was enacted in 1989, over 70 individual properties and 18 districts have been brought under its protection.

Any time that work on the exterior of such a designated property is proposed, a Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained from the Commission, as well asthe normal building permit. It is the intent of the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance that any changes which occur to a designated property be in keeping with the historic character of the building or district.

The Urban Design Commission consists of a Staff of five, and a Board of 11 members who are all residents of the City of Atlanta. The members of the Commission are volunteers and are appointed to serve three-year terms by the Mayor, City Council, and Council President. According to City ordinance, the Commission membership includes two architects, as well as a landscape architect, lawyer, land developer, real estate professional, historic preservationist, artist, historian, neighborhood representative, and urban planner. Seven members of the board constitute a quorum for conducting its business.

Public Meetings

The Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW. The public is welcome to attend and is given the opportunity to speak in support of or in opposition to items on the agenda.

PNC Donates 6 Lending Libraries to Adair Park!

Thanks to a generous donation by PNC Bank to Friends of Adair Park we are receiving 6 little lending libraries for the neighborhood! During the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club Event in AP 2 on 6/13/15 children will have an opportunity to decorate and add a personal touch to the libraries. The libraries will then be installed throughout Adair Park! If you can donate paint, books, or installation expertise, please contact secretary@adairpark.com.

“More little lending libraries are popping up around metro Atlanta this month as Friends of Adair Park gets set to install six of the miniature book exchanges throughout its neighborhood parks and public space.
PNC Bank recently donated the libraries to Adair Park as part of an effort to leverage community engagement to encourage children to read. More than 400 PNC employee volunteers built the libraries, which can hold gently used books for residents to lend, borrow, share and return. “For many families and residents who don’t have a traditional library nearby, these mini-libraries are a free, accessible community resource.” said Eddie Meyers, PNC regional president, Georgia.”

June 13: Mayor’s Summer Reading Club in Adair Park II

Friends of Adair Park and Adair Park Today are partnering with the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club to host a book club in AP2 for neighborhood kids ages 0-8! Join us on June 13, 2015 from 12- 2pm to receive a free book, learn a phrase in Sign Language, and have fun reading with your neighbors! Light refreshments will be provided. More information will be posted in the Adair Park Neighbors group on Facebook and online at adairpark.com. Contact secretary@adairpark.com with any questions. We hope to see you there!

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Adair Park II Meeting Recap

On April 30, Park Pride, Atlanta Parks Department and Councilmember Sheperd’s office facilitated an idea-generation activity focused on what should replace the pavilion-covered area in Adair Park II.  Some of the ideas generated included expanding the playground equipment area, adding lighting, adding vehicular bollards/boulders, and creating a leafy flower garden to address the water run-off concerns.  Councilmember Sheperd’s office remains committed to removing the pavilion ASAP, and replacing it with a community-driven solution shortly thereafter.

Park Pride put together a book outlining some of the ideas residents discussed at the meeting. Residents who are interested in this process are encouraged to reach out to Friends of the Park by contacting president@adairpark.com

Adair Park II Design Workshop

Annie E. Casey Foundation Community Investment Fund Now Taking Applications!

Overview
The Annie E. Casey Foundation-Atlanta Civic Site (ACS) is pleased to release the grant application for the 2015 Community Investment Fund. The Community Investment Fund is a grant opportunity open to resident-led projects in Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and Capitol Gateway, known collectively as NPU-V.

The primary objectives of these grants are to:

  • Support volunteers and grassroots organizations who are taking ownership in improving their communities;
  • Foster relationships by encouraging diverse community partnerships to work toward common goals;
  • Build capacity within the community through training and leadership development; and
  • Support and track at least one measureable neighborhood improvement from each grantee, with the understanding that incremental improvements lead to broader community impact.

Awards range from $500-$5,000 annually.

The deadline for receiving applications is 5 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, no exceptions.

Download the Application

Download the Full Announcement

Adair Park II Meeting Thursday, April 30th!

APT & Friends of Adair Park would like to invite all neighbors to attend a meeting at 6pm on April 30, 2015, at the Kroc Center (967 Dewey Street). The meeting will be led by Park Pride and Councilmember Sheperd’s office. The focus will be a brainstorming session on moving the pavilion in AP2 and redesigning the park to increase safety in the community. Please plan on attending and bring your ideas! It is very important for everyone to come out! Questions? Contact Randy Gibbs at president@adairpark.com

Adair Park II Playground and Courts

Adair Park Today Seeks New Board Members!

Adair Park Today needs (3-4) members for the Board of Directors each year to provide guidance and support to our neighborhood organization. The Directors shall govern the Community Development component of Adair Park Today. The duties of the Directors are to work in conjunction with the Officers of Adair Park Today to ensure an orderly process and promote the best interests of the organization. To nominate yourself or a neighbor, please contact APT Parliamentarian Justin Wood at jtstreet@gmail.com by May 30th. We will vote on candidates at the May APT meeting. These positions would end on December 31, 2015.

Find Adair Park Today’s Bylaws here.

Join the Community Investment Fund Board of the Annie E Casey Foundation!

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING NOTICE FROM ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION:
INVITATION
APPLICATION

Dear NPU-V neighbor,

It is our desire to invite you, your neighbors, and others you may know across the NPU-V neighborhoods to apply to become a Board Member for the Community Investment Fund of The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. The Atlanta Civic Site (ACS) is pleased to kick-off the 2015 Community Investment Fund (CIF) program, The Atlanta Civic Site partners with community members to fund resident-led projects in NPU-V neighborhoods that focus on ACS’s priority areas: Education Achievement, Neighborhood Transformation, and Family Economic Success. The Role of Community Investment Board Members

The Community Investment Board will review, select and manage funding for community projects, with support from ACS staff. Please note that Board members are not eligible to apply for Community Investment Fund grants; individuals interested in applying for funding should not apply for board positions. We will distribute more information about the grant application process once the Board has been assembled.

Below are some additional guidelines to consider before applying to the Board:
-The board will be comprised of a maximum of 13 people including one ACS staff member and up to 12 neighborhood representatives. We are seeking representation from all NPU-V neighborhoods;
-We ask that you disclose affiliations with groups that are currently active in NPU-V. For grant selection, Board members must recuse themselves from the decision making process if an organization that they are affiliated with applies to the fund;
-We are committed to assembling a Board that represents the diversity of the community.
-Emerging leaders or those who are new to community work are encouraged to apply;
-Board members will receive all training necessary to carry out their responsibilities, no prior experience is necessary;
-Board membership will require a time commitment of 5-10 hours per month on average. This includes a required orientation, monthly meetings/workshops, and additional time for working
with grantees;
-We are requesting a commitment of approximately 8 months with the term ending December 31, 2015.

The ideal applicant is detail and deadline-oriented, has a strong commitment to NPU-V, and an interest in developing his/her leadership capacity. Semi-finalists will be interviewed the week of March 30th by a selection committee and finalized in April.

Board Member for the Community Investment Fund (CIF)
Board applications are due by close of business Tuesday, April 7. If you are interested in nominating an individual for Board membership, please provide his or her name and contact information to Tramunda Hodges (thodges@aecf.org), or pass along the application and encourage them to apply.

We want to recognize and express appreciation to the 2014 Board members for their commitment and service: Adam Stanley, Kysha Hehn, Quiana Ennis, Frederick Zak, Stanley Trammell, John Armour, Bobby Williams, Geoffrey Heard and Akia Lewis. Thank You!

We look forward to partnering with you and greatly appreciate your interest in developing a strong resident team to lead the Community Investment Fund.

Respectfully,

Natallie Keiser
Tramunda Hodges
Stephanie Flowers

April Workdays in the Community Garden!

Please join our neighbors and community garden organizer Stacey Robertson as we get ready for a bountiful summer!

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April 4th: Clean-up and adding tiered beds (which can be easily moved)
Time: 9am – 12pm

April 18th: Clean up and late spring/early summer planting, running irrigation, installing solar pump
Time: 9am-5pm
We will supply gloves, tools, continental breakfast and lunch

If you can’t join us, please consider making a donation of one of the following:
Organic pest control for vegetables
Organic compost
Organic soil
Melon seeds
Squash seeds
Tomato plants/seeds
Okra seeds
Cedar planks – we’ll need approximately 108 linear feet of 8×1 cedar

All donations to the garden are tax deductible. Any monetary donations can be made to Spoonful of Honey Food and Job Initiative, Inc., a federally recognized 501(c)3. Questions? Contact Stacey Robertson at Adairparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Interested in Working in the Film Industry?

Get the inside story on breaking into the film industry from a panel of film
professionals as they discuss:
 The variety of jobs available
 The necessary skill sets
 Where to get trained
 The working environment
 The role of unions
 The benefits of working in the film industry
WHEN:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:00-6:00 PM
WHERE:
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library
West End Branch
525 Peeples Street, SW
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RSVP: 404-330-6047 or email cwinslow@atlantaga.gov