Full Walk of the Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta BeltlineAngel Poventud, a new homeowner in Adair Park, is organizing a full walk of the Atlanta Beltline on Sunday, March 11th. The walk is roughly 19 1/2 miles and they are meeting in the Park Tavern parking lot in Midtown at 8am. The walk will be counter-clockwise, and around mile 13 we will be entering Adair Park. Some neighbors might jump off there, some might keep going. But, since the Beltline is close to MARTA in many points, you can always head off the trail whenever you want.

For more information, you can check out the Facebook event page, or check out the map of a previous walk here. What a great way to check out the progress the Beltline has made!

Down payment assistance in Atlanta

Are you aware of the multiple opportunities for down payment assistance in the city of Atlanta? Here are just a few:

Cleta Winslow, our City Councilperson, Invest Atlanta and developer Jerome Russell will sponsor a series of housing and down-payment workshops and bus tours to help potential home buyers find available homes in Atlanta. The first workshop and tour will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, in the City Council Chambers on the second floor at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required. Residents can call (404) 330-6047 to register.

Wells Fargo has started a program called “NeighborhoodLIFT”. The event has already happened in Atlanta, but the money is still out there to be used.

Last, there is downpayment assistance through the Beltline’s Affordable Housing program. This affects houses in the Beltline Tax Allocation District, which covers some houses along Allene Ave and other areas in Adair Park.

Some of these programs can be used in conjunction. Do some online research, there are many opportunities out there!

Free movie in Washington Park this Friday – Pursuit of Happyness

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) in partnership with the Atlanta Beltline and Central Atlanta Progress are hosting their second free film screening in the series Films That Matter. They are presenting four thought provoking contemporary hits with civil and human rights themes. They are held in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta.

This month’s movie is The Pursuit of Happyness starting Will Smith. The movie will begin at sundown on Friday, September 16th in Washington Park. For more information, please check the flyer here. Go out early, bring your lawn chairs and meet some other local West Atlantans!

Volunteer Opportunity on the Beltline

A great volunteer opportunity on the Beltline has come up this week. Tonight and tomorrow night, Park Pride is working with and hosting an Art on the Beltline artist, Ashley Kyber, to install a sculpture in Adair Park. The location will be where the Beltline crosses Allene Avenue, just behind Adair Park I. They need volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am to 12pm and from 6pm to dark. Walt Ray would love to hear from anyone who is interested at 404-432-9320.

Beltline Environmental Study Wrap-up

There are two upcoming public hearings for the community to hear the findings of the Beltline Environmental study and offer feedback. These hearings will be held:

  • Tuesday, August 16th at the All Saint’s Episcopal Church at 634 West Peachtree. There are two meetings, one from 1-3pm and the other from 6-8pm.
  • Thursday, August 18th at the Hagar CTM Building at 19 Joseph Lowery Blvd. Similar to the first meeting, there is one from 1-3pm and one from 6-8pm.

Atlanta BeltlineThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), in partnership with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), prepared a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to examine the impacts of building transit and trails facilities in the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine Corridor. The study addressed potential effects of transit and trail alignments and transit technology alternatives. The DEIS was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order for the Atlanta BeltLine to be eligible for future federal funding.

The study evaluated potential environmental effects on resources such as transportation systems, land use, socioeconomics, safety, and cultural and natural resources. It also assessed the right-of-way (ROW) that would be required to build transit and trails in the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor and the type of transit technology and operating characteristics to be used, modern streetcar (SC) or light rail transit (LRT). These findings will better position MARTA and its partner, ABI, to preserve this ROW.

Atlanta Beltline Southwest 5k on July 16th

Attention Adair Parkers, this run through the historic West End will show off some of the cool trails available for anyone for some exercise! This run/walk event will take place on Saturday, July 16th, starting at 7:30am. The race includes not only the paved sections of the Beltline, but a 3/4 mile stretch on the hiking trail!

If you have not checked out the Beltline trails, this is a great way to do it. There are some Adair Park residents that have already signed up for this event. Please check out the website for full details, an FAQ, and post race event activities at Space Atlanta on White Street.

Beltline Quarterly Briefing Tomorrow

Atlanta BeltlineThe first quarterly briefing for the Beltline is Thursday, March 31st from 6PM-8PM. The meeting will take place at AGL Resources at 10 Peachtree Place, #1000, Atlanta, GA 30319. This briefing will provide updates on transit, design and construction.

Also, Earth Day on the Atlanta Beltline is Saturday, April 16th. Come join your neighbors and others as they clean up this stretch of the Beltline known for illegal dumping. Visit this page for more information.

Beltline cleans up dumping ground outside Adair Park

Adair Park dump site cleanedFinally, someone is doing something about the illegal dumping grounds that has been on the outskirts of Adair Park! This area, on Allene Avenue just south of Catherine Street, has been a blight to Southwest Atlanta and an eyesore for way too long.

Catherine Street resident Becky O’Mara was interviewed and, like the rest of us, is glad someone is finally cleaning this area up! Read the Fox5 story and watch the video here.