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Piedmont Heights is a “Small Town in a Big City”. As the oldest neighborhood in Atlanta, we’re all about change. These days we’re focused on lots of development – new houses, new businesses, and new neighbors. As we grow, we need your support to fuel our growth and ensure the safety and preservation of our neighborhood.



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  • 31 Oct 2019 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exciting news! Coming to Armour Yards!

    This is going to be exciting so close to us in Piedmont Heights at 225 Ottley! 

    Coming to our area of interest neighborhood Armour Yards 

    Farmer's Market Comes To Armour Yards! Exciting News!

    We are one week away from the launch of The Farmers Market @armouryards

    Stop by 225 Ottley Drive for fresh local produce, meat, eggs and more. @banhmihuy will be onsite as well as chef demos by Copiana and more.


    Truly Living Well

    Four Bellies Farm

    Jardi Chocolates

    Copiana Farms

    Atlanta Harvest

    Banh Mi Huy and Company

    Thursday November 7th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

    225 Ottley Drive

    Next to Sweetwater, near to Georgia Organics office

  • 21 Oct 2019 7:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Session announces the final worship service will be held on November 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. This will be a Service of Word and Sacrament celebrating communion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In addition, communion will also be celebrated on November 3rd and 10th.

    Following the last worship service, come join friends for lunch after the final worship service. They will celebrate 149 years of ministry, and enjoy sharing memories and plans for your ongoing spiritual journey. 

    Please R.S.V.P. beginning Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Deadline for R.S.V.P. is Monday, November 11, 2019.

    R.S.V.P.: https://RockSpringPres.brownpapertickets.com

    Or, if you do not have access to a computer you may call the office at 404-875-7483.

    In addition, at the luncheon there will be a display of historical memorabilia and a table for displaying any remembrances you would like to bring. You may email up to three photos for a slideshow to be presented during lunch. Send these to office@rspc.org as .jpg or .png attachments. Please do not mail any hard copies as we will not be able to return these items.

    In an effort to be sure everyone who might be interested is contacted, feel free to forward this information to people you know, including any former members, pastors, or staff members you keep up with.

    The Session 

  • 21 Oct 2019 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Atlanta Public Schools - "The Superintendent Search"

    We are reminding you of several important community conversations happening this week.

    On Tuesday, October 22, the Atlanta Board of Education will host a Superintendent Search community meeting at Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy, located at 1626 Westhaven Drive, SW.

    On Wednesday, October 23, APS will host a Facilities Master Plan community conversation at South Atlanta High School, located at 800 Hutchens Rd SE.

    On Thursday, October 24, the Atlanta Board of Education will host another Superintendent Search community meeting at Bolton Academy, located at 2268 Adams Drive, NW.

    Additional Superintendent Search meetings will be held on Monday, October 28, at Kindezi at Gideons located at 897 Welch Street, SW and Wednesday, October 30, at Benteen Elementary School, located at 200 Cassanova Street, SE.

    For more information on any upcoming community meetings, visit the APS website or link to superintendent search here: http://bit.ly/SuptSearchAPS and facilities planning here: http://bit.ly/APSFacilitiesPlan

  • 21 Oct 2019 6:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will host the 2019 State of the District to share a report out of the goals, accomplishments, and ongoing opportunities for Atlanta Public Schools. The community will gather for true and inspiring stories from The Epic of APS. Superintendent Carstarphen, along with the heroic students, educators and staff of APS, will narrate the 2019 State of the District, highlighting the victories, struggles and stalemates from the APS Journey of Transformation and our quest for excellence to ensure all students graduate ready for college and career.

    The adventure will be hosted at the newly renovated Harper-Archer Elementary School and kick off with a ribbon cutting of the magnificent upgraded facility. Learn more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SODRSVP


    Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

    10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – State of the District Address

  • 21 Oct 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello all,

    For dissemination, are safety tips for adults, and kids, to help keep everyone safe on Halloween.

    Your Off Duty APD Officers will be patrolling the neighborhood during prime trick or treat hours, I will also be working, and manning the patrol cell phone. I have made contact with Zone 2, and there will be extra on duty Zone 2 patrols during Halloween as well.

    Please feel free to share the tips below, and we remind residents to always call 911 first then the patrol cell phone when reporting suspicious activity.

    Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

    Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

    Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

    Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

    Be careful when you cross a street. Make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, take their hand and help them get across the street, too. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light tells you that it is okay to cross now, but still check before you cross, look both ways.

    Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint – Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)

    Never, ever go into a strangers house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents are with you and say that it’s okay.

    Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.

    Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

    Never accept rides from strangers.

    Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

    Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

    Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you are separated.

    Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.

    Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.

    Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking,

    Have a safe and happy Halloween, see you in the neighborhood..

    Tony Singh

  • 15 Oct 2019 6:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                                        (Its beginnings and its finish)    

                                                         10/15/19                                                                                               In the early 1820s the first pioneers arrived in Piedmont Heights.  The Cheshires, Plasters, Liddells, Colliers and others settled among the friendly Creek Indians.  The area was called the Rock Spring Community because of a spring flowing from under a rock at the foot of a knoll at the intersection of today’s Piedmont Avenue and Montgomery Ferry Road.  In 1835, a one-room log schoolhouse was built beside the spring to educate the children in the growing community.  During the Civil War, the Battle of Atlanta devastated the area but afterwards the schoolhouse was rebuilt; in 1868 the Union Sunday School was established by the Presbyterian schoolteacher, Joel Mable, who held services in the little building.In 1870 the “Presbyterian Church of Rock Spring” was organized with twenty-seven founding members.  They built a small white wood frame church beside the school and   dedicated it on December 2, 1871.  The Atlanta Constitution reported “. . . on a level and beautiful spot with a noble forest growth around it, is a neat-looking attractive church, flanked by a cozy little schoolhouse.”By the 1920s the congregation needed larger facilities and hired Charles Henry Hopson, noted English architect, to design a new church.  Described as reminiscent of the Scottish and English parish churches with echoes of the Gothic style and the “Arts and Crafts” movement, the Georgian newspaper described it as “. . . one of the most artistically designed small churches in the south.” Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, membership and contributions began to decline.  In 2017 as the membership dropped below 100, the congregation decided to sell the manse and some of the property to a developer.  The remainder of the property, including both buildings and the parking area, are protected under the Atlanta City Landmark designation.  The matter was debated vigorously for over a year.  The developer proposed to build a small group of houses around the church in styles compatible with the church’s own character simulating an “English village.” With the preservation of the church assured, the sale went through, and construction of the houses began in the spring of 2019.  Nevertheless, a few months later after much prayer and discussion, the congregation determined that their call to ministry was more than a call to simply sustaining itself.  Thus, the congregation voted to dissolve. The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta will focus first on seeking another congregation for the historic church and has asked the Piedmont Heights community for its ideas for other appropriate uses. The loss will be far, far greater than just the Presbyterian congregation.  More than twenty service organizations and groups of all kinds have shared the church’s facilities over the years: a second congregation called God’s Power and Deliverance Church, preschool, choral groups, homeless outreach, Atlanta Orchid Society, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, a bridge club, Metro Atlanta Doll Club, several neighborhood condominium associations and, of course,  the Piedmont Heights Civic Association, to name but a few. So, what does the future hold for this historic icon which has served our community so well for so long and which, in fact, defines it?

    -Bill Seay       

  • 18 Sep 2019 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now Open Piedmont Heights! Our second Starbucks location at 1870 Piedmont Ave! Stop by and meet store manager Ali Balkhi and his team! The Drive Thru is open!

  • 29 Aug 2019 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Piedmont Heights Neighbors: 

    In partnership with the City of Atlanta, Trees Atlanta is offering free front yard trees for city residents. Don't miss out! 

    We'll be planting in Piedmont Heights on Saturday, October 26th.

    The program’s intent is to lower summer temperatures and reduce energy consumption by investing in tree canopy cover for neighborhoods in Atlanta. Urban trees decrease energy bills for residents, absorb pollutants, reduce maintenance costs for streets and storm water infrastructure, increase property values by making neighborhoods more beautiful, walkable, and desirable places to live, and combat the urban heat island effect.

    Please review the program guidelines below, and visit our website for more information:

    - Limit 3 trees per yard
    - Must be a City of Atlanta resident
    - Shade trees cannot be planted to meet city recompense requirements
    - You agree to maintain any trees planted in your yard

    Interested in a yard tree (or three)? Fill out your request form here! 


    If you have any questions, please email Cate Hughes, NeighborWoods Supervisor, at cate@treesatlanta.org. Looking forward to hearing from you! 

    Cate Hughes NeighborWoods Supervisor

    404.681.4890 || cate@treesatlanta.org

    www.treesatlanta.org || 225 Chester Ave. SE 30316

  • 22 Aug 2019 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    The Airline Belle was a train which ran through Piedmont Heights, then known as Easton, from 1879 until 1931. The rail line was originally intended to connect Atlanta to Norcross but over time it was extended north to Toccoa, passing through dozens of small towns and communities along the way. Its tracks lay in today’s BeltLine corridor behind Ansley Mall until they were taken up only a few years ago.

    The little two-car passenger train made as many as 39 stops along its daily 93 mile route, some at little towns and some merely at locations where locals knew they could catch it. It took only three hours to make the entire trip and the Airline Belle averaged fifty miles an hour between stops. In the mornings it delivered commuters to Atlanta by 7:50 a. m. and departed at 5:20 p. m to take them home again. Most of the passengers knew the engineer and crew by name and the conductor knew his regular passengers personally. Easton residents particularly loved it because they didn’t have to ford Clear Creek in bad weather to get to Atlanta.

    The train became so popular that it needed a name. The wife of railroad superintendent Colonel Fouracre suggested calling it the Airline Belle and the name was soon known all over Georgia. The “Belle” was noted for its punctuality, had a sterling safety record and during its 52 years of service had only one accident. Engineer Ike Roberts drove the train many years until May 15, 1929 when he collapsed at Terminal Station in Atlanta and died of a heat attack.

    After the Airline Belle’s demise Southern Railroad trains running between Atlanta and Washington took over its route, still delivering its passengers on the same schedule.

    -Bill Seay

  • 22 Aug 2019 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the continuing instances of active shooter situations in the U.S., it is increasingly important for all of us to be AWARE or our surroundings at all times. That does not mean we need to be afraid, just AWARE.

    Awareness of surroundings means many things, including: Being aware of drivers texting instead of watching where they are driving.

    Being aware of kids playing ball near the street.

    Being aware of the driver who does not see the light change.

    Being aware of unknown individuals apparently soliciting in your neighborhood.

    Being aware of the emergency exits in a movie theater or restaurant in case of fire.

    Even being aware of where rest rooms are, just in case.

    Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers When you visit a building such as a shopping mall or healthcare facility, school or church, take time to identify two nearby exits. Get in the habit of doing this. With that awareness ingrained by making it a habit, in an active shooter situation, the three things all agencies recommend and in the order they should be considered are:

    RUN: Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority. Leave your things behind and run away. If safe to do so, warn others nearby.

    HIDE: If you cannot get away safely, find a place to hide. Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors. Stay very quiet. Silence your cell phone and/or pager

    FIGHT: As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger. Attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the shooter.

    WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES: Remain calm and follow instructions. Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets). Raise empty hands and spread fingers. Always keep hands visible. Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety. Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling. Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating. Remember responding police officers first responsibility is to get to the shooter, not assist victims.

    There are a number of websites for more information on how to survive an Active Shooter Situation. READY.GOV has a lot of good information, including short videos. There are many resources available to help organizations plan for all hazards, including active shooter situations. If your organization wants assistance, please contact me for more information.

    Jim Hardy Public Safety Chair, NPU-F

    jedhardy@aol.com /770-713-8283



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