It's time for the 2nd Annual Piedmont Heights shirt!
Help us out by answering a few quick questions from our designer (an amazing Atlanta muralist - to be announced soon!).
Be opinionated – take our survey!
The PHCA Board is a small group – fewer than 12 neighborhood volunteers, but we often hear from neighbors who are passionate about Piedmont Heights – and frustrated by the increase in crime, concerns about safety, and the lack of enforcement by the City to fix these ongoing issues.
Here are a few ways you, our neighbor, can help!
We're all experiencing the impact of the increased business at the clubs in this area – and the violence, noise, and lewd and threatening conduct of some of their patrons. As clubs in other parts of Metro Atlanta closed, their business came here. We're all frustrated and angry about the situation. Our Civic Association has been working tirelessly with other neighborhoods, NPU-F, Atlanta Police, Councilmember Ide's office, other Council members, and some dedicated citizen groups to not just respond to the increasing criminal activity around the clubs but to change the antiquated and ill-enforced liquor licensing laws in the City and to make the License Review Board do their job to support the citizens of Atlanta.
The City Council recently formed a Task Force Group to make recommendations for changes. Councilmember Ide is on that Task Force, and two members of NPU-F are also on it. We've provided a number of recommended changes, primarily about inspections and enforcement of the laws and policies. The Mayor's Nuisance Properties Task Force is also taking action against some of the worst offending clubs.
All of those actions unfortunately take time. You'll probably remember it took PHCA more than two years to get the liquor license for the former Room Service Lounge suspended for a year, which led to their closure.
We believe that combining forces and making more voices heard is what makes a difference.
Love your community by showing up, speaking up, and supporting your neighborhood.
We urge our neighbors and other interested citizens to register for the InRem Hearing, scheduled for Thursday, April 22. LEARN MORE HERE about how to register.
WhatNowAtlanta – Fairfield Residential Plans Luxury Project At Former InTown Suites Site
Updates from the 4/19/21 NPU-F Meeting. THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend this meeting. On April 19, an attorney for Paces Properties advised they have reached an agreement with the City to start clean-up on the property on Tuesday, April 20. Paces also agreed to put new fencing up. The company who has a contract to purchase the property from Paces Properties ((Fairfield Residential) will hire security for the site. The attorney also advised he believes the InRem hearing will be postponed to a later date to allow the clean-up and sale to be completed.
From the view of the Piedmont Heights Civic Association, Paces Properties blatantly abandoned the property more than two years ago and allowed it to become a blight on our community. The City of Atlanta showed a total lack of corporate or citizen responsibility by their lack of any discernible action. Paces Properties also failed to acknowledge numerous citations issued on the property. The City staff recommendations for the property were to demolish it. We believe that demolishing the existing structure to be an appropriate action, one that Paces Properties should have to pay. Punitive action is entirely appropriate, and let it serve as a message to other property owners of the importance of living up to their responsibilities as good stewards and citizens of Piedmont Heights.
Updates from the 4/6/21 PHCA Meeting. THANK YOU to everyone who could join us. You asked fantastic questions! A few highlights from the presentation by Mr. Richard Munger, Vice President – Development, Fairfield Residential, the company that has a contract with the current owner (Paces Properties) to purchase this property and create luxury apartment units.
Feel free to contact Mr. Munger with any questions or to the PHCA Board with your thoughts, but here are a few highlights:
A few photos shared during the presentation:
Original info: Learn more at our next virtual PHCA Monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 6, at 7pm.
Several things are in the works:
Never a dull moment in Piedmont Heights!
Regina, along with her husband, Paul, has been a resident of Piedmont Heights for nearly nine years. Here are a few questions we asked Regina to get to know her better.
Where do you hope most to visit when the pandemic is over?
Any island sounds amazing right now to just relax at a pool next to the beach and go scuba diving. Or maybe Puerto Vallarta, a place we love to visit.
In the meantime, what does an ideal day in Piedmont Heights look like for you?
I’d start the day with breakfast at home, then head over to Ansley Mall for some shopping, get my nails done, and then have lunch at Bantam & Biddy. Next, I’d stroll to Piedmont Park and the Botanical Gardens. After resting at home for a bit, I’d head over for drinks at the rooftop at Grana and then have dinner there. To end the evening, I’d share a little time at a neighbor’s house.
What are your other favorite restaurants or stores?
Our favorite restaurant is Grindhouse Burgers. For shopping I enjoy Richard’s Variety Shop and, of course, Publix.
What was your first job?
I was a telemarketer for a dating service. This was before they had the websites and apps.
What's your favorite word?
Hope. It is a word I’ve learned to cherish from my brother who passed nine years ago.
For what are you most grateful for today?
My health. And the support, guidance, and love of my husband and our fur babies, family, friends, and business partners.
Thanks to Piedmont Heights Resident Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Jim and write this Resident Spotlight!
Thanks to Debra Gibson-Welch for taking these photos during production of The First Ladies, a new Showtime TV series.
The scenes at RSPC will portray First Lady Betty Ford, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, attending the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. The series will also feature Viola Davis as First Lady Michelle Obama.
More on the show on IndieWire.com.
Need something fun for the kids? Check out the upcoming kids camps at Play Kefi in Buckhead!
Half day camps for Kefi members and guests ages 3-12. For more information about Jurassic Journey camp for kids 3-6, visit here. For more information about Wizarding World camp for kids 7-12, visit here. To inquire about membership, visit here.
Afternoon camp for ages 9-14 (open to non-members). Kids will join a small cohort of entrepreneurs for 5 sessions with business coaches. We’ll cover People, Product, Profit, Promotion, and Pitch. Learn more about Break Into Business at Kefi here.
Half day camps for Kefi members and guests ages 3-12. Kids will be divided into groups by age.
UPDATE - Congrats to our Bracket Challenge Winners!
We can't wait for next year's bracket challenges!
Original: Now's your chance to enjoy a friendly NCAA March Madness bracket challenge and maybe win a PiHi T-shirt at the same time!
Enter our men's and women's March Madness bracket challenges for your chance to win. You must live in Piedmont Heights. Limited to two brackets per tournament.
Men's Tournament - deadline to enter is Friday, March 19, at 12:15pm
Women's Tournament - deadline to enter is Sunday, March 21, at noon
It's time to turn the lights out for Georgia's migrating birds. Migration is already ramping up, and over the coming weeks we will have increasingly large groups of migratory birds passing over the state as they make their way to breeding grounds farther north. You can help prevent unnecessary bird deaths by turning the lights out between the peak hours of midnight and 6:00 AM from March 15 to May 15.
You can also sign the Georgia Audubon Lights Out Georgia Pledge to help make Georgia more bird-friendly.
The new website - https://myvaccinegeorgia.com/ - will help you make your appointment if you are eligible for your COVID-19 vaccine, and it will keep you informed as new categories are added for eligibility. Sign up to stay updated and so that you can make your appointment once you are eligible.
Learn more from this great article on GPB:
Coming up March 22 @ 5:30 pm - GRADY CLUSTER COMMUNITY CONVERSATION, hosted by APS. Register Online.
On February 11, CINS representatives presented to the Grady Cluster Advisory Team (CAT) the results of the Grady Cluster Schools Capacity Solutions Survey, which was administered by CINS in 2020. The survey looks ahead to 2022 when Samuel M. Inman School is empty* and asks respondents how they think the campus could best be utilized to address overcrowding in the Grady Cluster. Notable among the survey responses were strong preferences for 1) maintaining the current attendance zones for elementary schools, and 2) addressing overcrowding at the high school level by relocating the 9th grade from the high school campus through either of two scenarios outlined below.
While respondents’ desire to retain the current elementary school attendance zones is not surprising, their strong preference to consider variations on the current configurations for elementary (grades K-5), middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12), as well as the K-8 charter model, indicates a desire to explore creative solutions that would resolve high school crowding while keeping the cluster intact. During the CAT meeting, school representatives listened carefully to the survey presentation but immediately identified numerous hurdles to modifying the current configuration, among them scheduling and staffing, certifications, class credits, sports and clubs.
In the important work of finding a long-term solution to the capacity challenges the Grady Cluster has faced for many years, CINS has two objectives. The first is ensuring that school and district leadership carefully weigh community preferences, concerns and even big ideas when making decisions of this magnitude. The second objective is ensuring that any solution adopted to address overcrowding includes the high school level; anything less is simply not a solution.
The community survey was a good first step, but the disconnect it exposes between the community and cluster and district leadership highlights the need for further discussion between Grady Cluster families, the Grady CAT and APS, as well as greater transparency regarding the process and timeline for decision-making.
In making its decision, APS should consider both parents’ and administrators’ preferences and concerns, but it should also commission an independent, third-party study on projected population growth and optimal grade level configuration to accommodate long-term demand in the cluster. A study would provide an objective set of factors that APS and Grady Cluster stakeholders could then weigh in working collaboratively to identify the best use of the Inman campus.
The survey ran from February 20 to March 15, 2020, and asked about:
Survey respondents were presented with APS’s capacity and growth forecasts made in February 2020, which projected overcrowding in several elementary schools and the high school.
1,083 families responded to the survey; 95% live in the Grady cluster and 63% have at least one child in a Grady cluster school.
In response to the question, “What should be the primary goal(s) to address capacity growth in the Grady Cluster?”
When asked to rank proposed solutions to address over-crowding:
In response to the question, “How concerned would you be if APS elects to REDISTRICT your elementary school?” 86% indicated they were concerned or very concerned. ("Redistrict" = move to another cluster)
How concerned would you be if APS elects to REZONE your neighborhood to a different elementary school either within or outside the Grady Cluster? 84% indicated they were concerned or very concerned. ("Rezone" = move to another school)
Additionally, 53% selected “Decline in the quality of schools/education” as their primary concern regarding a redistricting or rezoning decision.
The full CAT presentation can be found here.
*Inman is the temporary home of Morningside Elementary while the Morningside campus undergoes extensive renovation.
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