Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fuqua "Phase II" proposal for Decatur Crossing [Mar 2]

The announcement below relates to "Phase II" of this Fuqua Development project.
Details about "Phase I" of this project area available here.
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via the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee
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Fuqua Development, LP (“Fuqua”) will be hosting a meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015 to preview the concept for “Phase II” of its development at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road, shown on the attached rendering.   

As many of you know, Fuqua worked hand-in-hand with a Cross-Neighborhoods Committee on Phase I and has held preliminary meetings with the same Committee in an effort to ensure that Phase II is consistent with the communities’ vision for the area.  Features of Phase II will include:
· Community green space
· A continuation of the sidewalk and streetscape treatment proposed for Phase I
· A new north/south roadway between North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard, with traffic signals proposed at each intersection
· An authentic mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented environment, with retail, restaurant, office and residential uses
We encourage you to come hear about this exciting project and provide the meeting details below:

Date:  Monday, March 2, 2015
Time:  7:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm
Place:  North Decatur United Methodist Church, 1523 Church Street, Decatur, Georgia  

Dennis (Den) J. Webb, Jr. | 
Attorney at Law 
404-815-3620 phone 
404-685-6920 fax 
Promenade, Suite 3100 
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E. 
Atlanta, Georgia 30309-3592

Senator Parent: Town Hall Meeting [Feb 19]


Contact:         Jennifer Yarber, Director
Brittany Wagner, Communications Specialist

Sen. Parent to Host Town Hall Meeting in Decatur

ATLANTA (February 17, 2015)  |  Sen. Elena Parent (D - Atlanta) will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church to offer constituents updates about the General Assembly’s business at the State Capitol.

This informal meeting provides an excellent opportunity for constituents to become actively engaged in the legislative process and ensure proposed legislation truly reflects the will of the people.

WHAT:            Town Hall Meeting

WHO:              Sen. Elena Parent

Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:30-7:30 p.m.

North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Road,
Decatur, GA 30033
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Sen. Elena Parent represents the 42nd Senate District which includes portions of DeKalb County. She may be reached at her office at 404.456.5109 or by email at

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brief notes: Meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver

from the MANA Working Group:

Representatives of the MANA Working Group on Annexation met with Rep. Rahn Mayo on February 9 at his request. We again discussed our concerns about Areas A and B in the proposed Decatur annexation. Specifically, we discussed concerns that should parts of our neighborhood and nearby commercial cease to be in the same jurisdiction, residents who will be directly impacted by Decatur's development plans will have no say on how those areas are developed. Read this statement to learn about some of our concerns, which were voiced before Decatur decided to seize the whole Medline LCI study area.

As far as Rep. Mayo knows, nobody is yet sponsoring either the Atlanta or Decatur annexation.

We discussed a working draft of an Atlanta annexation map for MANA that essentially includes MANA boundaries, plus parts of what Decatur’s annexation map labels as Areas A and B. We also gave a copy of the map to Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, who didn't say much except that the Atlanta proposal had run into some conflicts. As Rep. Oliver said, everything is in flux.

We also attended the DeKalb County house delegation meeting. The DeKalb Municipal Association was there with various mayors, city managers, etc. City of Decatur representatives talked about their need to annex business property and how wrong it was to say they weren't taking residential areas; they told the group that their mayor will be sending a letter to the delegation soon.

It is fair to say that at this point the only certainty is that Decatur is continuing to push for legislative support of its unreasonable annexation plans. Let's continue to remind the DeKalb Delegation why Decatur's annexation is a bad idea; their email addresses are available on this site. If you haven’t signed the petition at

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Emory LaVista Parent Council seeking nominations for board members

WHO? Parents of students who attend one of the schools in the Druid Hills High School cluster - Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge, and McLendon Elementary Schools, Druid Hills Middle School, and  Druid Hills High School.
WHAT?  The Emory LaVista Parent Council (ELPC), which includes all schools in the Lakeside and Druid Hills High School clusters, is seeking new board members to serve a two-year term beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. According to the ELPC charter, board members must come from the footprint of the Lakeside and Druid Hills High School clusters and must have children enrolled in one of those schools. At this time, only the board members from the Druid Hills High School cluster need to be replaced.
WHY? Become an advocate for our students. Through issue-oriented meetings and an involved constituency, the ELPC has established itself as an excellent source of information and a venue for communication concerning educational issues facing our children and our communities.
WHEN? Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 9:15am, with refreshments served at 8:45am. Meeting locations rotate to each of our school facilities.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Atlanta Annexation Survey Results

MANA has now completed a second survey of residents to determine the neighborhood's interest in being included in a City of Atlanta annexation map. See our community meeting notes explaining why we decided to conduct a second survey on cityhood and annexation.

For the current survey, volunteers went door to door and also collected responses online:
- 564 neighborhood addresses were validated, which reflects 42.6% of households
- 745 valid surveys are included in this brief report
- 71% of respondents supported the idea of being added to an Atlanta annexation map

In view of these results, the MANA Board is contacting our representatives about including our neighborhood in any Atlanta annexation map that is considered during the current legislative session. Should an Atlanta annexation referendum take place, being in the map protects our residents' right to vote in favor of or against the proposal. 

The survey included two questions; results are summarized below.