Tuesday, June 7, 2016

MANA Community Meeting Notes -- June 6, 2016

Some brief notes from this MANA community meeting, attended by ~80 neighbors...

We have a request for someone(s) to organize the neighborhood pool party. Email medlockassoc at gmail if you can assist.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon and Senator Elena Parent stopped by. Senator Parent offered a summary of the last legislative session and reminded us of the run-off election coming soon.

Treasurer's report:
Judy Perras has become our membership chair after several years of serving as treasurer. Adrianne Leonard was voted in as new treasurer. Welcome aboard!

Casey Bordeaux, our Greenspace coordinator, announced a Friends of Medlock Park meeting for next Monday (Mon 6/13 at 7 pm in the DHYS clubhouse) to discuss plans for the park, fall plantings on Scott Dr. flood plain lots. There is now a bulletin board by the Medlock playground, it's available for posting neighborhood information.

Victoria Kingsley from the Central DeKalb Senior Center on Mason Mill Park stopped by to share the June schedule, special June events, and remind seniors about activities such as the catered lunch on Thursdays.

June schedule. Click to enlarge.

1) Tanya Myers, our schools liaison and MANA Secretary, shared that Laurel Ridge Elementary ranked 5th in DeKalb County (the other top-5 schools are in Dunwoody, and Fernbank Elementary). Laurel Ridge was also one of ten schools to score a 5 in DeKalb's climate survey (reflecting school culture)
Tanya also reminded parents of incoming kindergarteners to contact the school to learn about summer deadlines that impact fall enrollment.

Arbor Montessori plans. Click to enlarge
2) Jan Deason shared plans for an Arbor Montessori school expected to open in Fall 2016 at 1434 Scott Blvd. The school's main campus is in Oakgrove / La Vista Road.  The Scott Blvd campus will relocate from its current location at the Emory Presbyterian Church, and will serve children 18 months - 6th grade.

3) The 21st Century STEM Academy, a K-8 science, technology, engineering and math school, plans to open on Clairmont Road (across from the Emory Clairmont Campus entrance).  They did not present at the meeting but hopefully will when their facility is closer to completion.

Theresa Same, Zoning chair, ran through a list of nearby developments and updates and  recognized  DeKalb Cross-Neighborhood Council members Jean Logan (Tuxworth Springs) and  Mary Shellman (Good Growth DeKalb). The group also thanked Larry Diehl who represents us in District 2's Community Council.
  • Sunnybrook and Medlock Rd.: this house is being renovated, the request to rezone has been withdrawn and owner is remodeling the home to sell. A concern (from the Commissioners) about changing the zoning of this lot was that the precedent it would set for the rest of the neighborhood.
  • Residence Inn / Marriot hotel proposed for Blackmon Drive at Scott Blvd: following the June 2 meeting where neighbors showed a strong, unified stand against the project, the developer has communicated that they will not proceed with a rezoning application at this time.
  • Medline LCI: Continuing to work with the County and Commissioners  to address the issue that the Medline LCI plan (which has not yet been adopted by the County) does not appropriately address the edges where the plan meets residential neighborhoods. The recent Marriott hotel proposal is a perfect example of this.
  • Old Chevron station at the Scott/North Decatur corner: will open in August as matters retailer and another store (not announced yet)
  • MANA has brought together a group of neighbors with expertise in zoning to do a mini-study of how our community may grow. Do we control or invite growth, do we try to stay the same? Change a little? Increase density? We need a blueprint sorts to guide future changes instead of having to fight these fights over and over. The group has met once, hope to reconvene soon.
  • Fuqua Phase III: plan approved last May 19 (details coming soon), with 34 conditions that will be permanently attached to the site plan (remain in place even if properties are sold).
  • Naley dealership: being developed by SJ Collins to include a "Whole Foods 365", restaurants and retail and 300 luxury apartments. Community meeting on June 13--please attend! Neighborhood input gives the community leverage in negotiations with developers.