Take the Campbellton Corridor Transit Project Survey

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is launching a survey to receive input on the Campbellton Corridor Transit Project’s goals and objectives. The survey will support project activities outlined to determine a locally preferred high-capacity transit alternative for implementation in Atlanta’s Campbellton Corridor. Community participation is being sought to obtain input on project priorities, and local mobility needs and impacts. Residents and business owners are encouraged to respond to the brief survey before June 12, 2020. The survey, now live, can be found at https://marta.scoutfeedback.com/campbellton.

WHAT: Campbellton Corridor Transit Project Survey

The project will determine a locally preferred high-capacity transit alternative for implementation in Atlanta’s Campbellton corridor.

WHEN: May 19 – June 12, 2020
WHERE: Survey can be accessed online at: https://marta.scoutfeedback.com/campbellton

For more information about the Campbellton Corridor Transit Project, please contact Marcus Arnold at marnold-vhb@itsmarta.com.

NPU-S Meeting Tonight, May 21, 7pm

Tonight,  Thursday the 21st will be the NPU-S General Meeting for May 2020, held as always on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm.

As usual, our meeting is being held over Google Meet. Attendees should register beforehand! If you do not register then we cannot count your attendance or verify your identity on voting matters.

To register, either  register online at http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Register, or call (770) 744-5311 and leave a message with a way for us to reach you.

Agenda, minutes, and supporting documents can be found on http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Docs

To attend the meeting:
We have two votes on one topic this month, a rezoning and a corresponding change to the CDP:
  • Z-20-11 - 1596 Willowbrook Drive SW - Applicant seeks to rezone to property from the R4 (Single-family residential, minimum lot size .21 acres) zoning designation to the RG1 (General {multi-family} residential, maximum floor area ratio of .162) zoning designation to formally allow for a triplex.
There are will be two presentations, from Grandmama's House and the Atlanta Fulton Public Library.

As always, there will be representatives from the police, code enforcement, public works, and other City departments call in to give reports.

We will also go over NPU and community efforts to help our residents during the COVID crisis.

Speed Table Installation on Richland Road SW

From the Department of Public Works:

The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the installation of speed tables, traffic calming devices, to be installed on
Richland Road SW between Oakland Road, SW and Westland Road, SW.
This project will begin in late May and is scheduled to be completed within thirty-days (30), weather permitting.

Emergency No Parking sign may be placed along the project areas 48-72 hours prior to the installation, if necessary. Please move your vehicle to an off-street parking area or a side street prior to construction activities otherwise it may be subject to being towed.

Construction projects are typically scheduled for completion within 4-5 days following the construction date, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Construction activities will take place between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Local traffic access will be maintained for the duration.

For questions concerning impact to the right-of-way fronting specific properties or concerns during the construction of this project, please contact:
City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works

"South by Southwest" Candidate Forum - GA House 56 + 57

In response to the current pandemic, which has hampered the ability of voters to interact with candidates, Neighborhood Planning Units I, S, T, and V are holding the South by Southwest Candidate Forum! This will be a nonpartisan forum where candidates for Georgia House districts 56 and 57 (see map) will have an equal opportunity to answer questions that have been solicited from our residents.

The forum will be moderated by political consultant and commentator Tharon Johnson from Channel 5's "The Georgia Gang". It will be held over Zoom from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday, May 19. Attendance will be limited, but the forum will be also livestreamed and recorded.

To attend, register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrd-CorDkqHdCuQf-uV7gbffkutkDt1cRx and connection information will be sent to you.

If you have a question that you'd like to be asked, send an email to chair@npu-s.org for consideration by the forum committee.


NEWS RELEASE: Atlanta City Council Member Amir Farokhi’s “Downtown Decides!” Initiative Moves to Voting Stage, Polls Open Through the End of May

From Atlanta City Council Communications:
“Downtown Decides!”, the participatory budgeting program created by Council member Amir Farokhi – in concert with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) – is officially open for voting.

Atlanta residents who live, work, or visit downtown are eligible to go to www.downtowndecides.com and take part. Participants are given a digital ballot featuring 33 submissions and have a budget of $1 million to select their favorite proposals. Polls are open through the end of May. The winners will then be declared, and dollars earmarked for construction projects to help improve the city’s infrastructure.

“I am excited to see the vote get underway,” Farokhi said. “My office and our partners have been hard at work on this for well over a year. Atlantans now get to directly decide how some of your tax dollars are spent. This is direct democracy and I hope it becomes a norm for our city.”

In November, “Downtown Decides!” officially launched. During the next two months, Atlantans submitted 116 ideas. The Atlanta Department of Transportation analyzed the data and filtered ideas that were ineligible for reasons such as cost or location. The $1 million in funding comes from unspent Transportation Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (or T-SPLOST) dollars allotted to ADID in 2017. Committed to the guidelines of the financing source, all eligible projects are focused on transportation.

Farokhi was happy with the assortment of ideas that made the final cut.

“There’s something for everyone on the ballot,” he said. “People were creative and thoughtful with their submissions. However you interact with downtown and its transportation infrastructure, there’s going to be something on there that directly impacts you. I look forward to seeing folks make the same hard decisions that government has to in deciding which projects are most popular.”

Farokhi is particularly happy that the process is moving ahead as planned against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“From the day we launched in November, we had always said we’d have the vote in May. Certainly recent events made that a heavier lift, but we met our deadline. I believe it’s important that as a city government we show that on this and many other things, it’s business as usual. I hope too that this opportunity comes as a welcome distraction to many as we all navigate this challenging time together.”

For press inquiries, please contact Tony Lucadamo at 404-713-8807.

View this release online: https://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/News/News/1050/175

HEALing Community Center Food Distribution - Tuesday, May 5, 1-4pm

The HEALing Community Center, a comprehensive medical center located in SW Atlanta, will distribute food and toiletries to 250-300 patients, individuals, and families in need at its main site on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The event will be located in the parking lot at 2600 MLK, Jr. Blvd SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311.

The food distribution is free and open to the public. Drive-through and walk-up distribution lines will be available. Online registration for recipients at www.healingcommunitycenter.org is preferred.

The HEALing Community Center will also be sharing information on another tool that provides real-time data to healthcare providers and communities. That tool is a smartphone app, TechTank COVID19, which allows people to provide COVID-19 pre-screening information for themselves and their families that, in turn, enables healthcare providers to view real-time data by zip code and client base. This can allow facilities to develop workforce, containment, and mitigation strategies; and allow communities to develop communication strategies and gain insight. The app, designed by local healthcare and academia professionals, is utilized locally and internationally. All data is privacy protected.

As a part of its COVID-19 response plan, the HEALing Community Center aims to use the tool for both its patients and in community outreach for operations planning, continued advocacy and education, and public health needs assessment. Pre-screening will be facilitated by HCC onsite and is optional is to the public.

The mission of the HEALing Community Center (HCC) is to provide comprehensive, affordable, quality primary care and services to children, adults, and underserved populations; and offer wellness programs that encourage healthy outcomes for its patients and the surrounding Atlanta communities. HCC operates three sites – one medical center, and two school clinics. HCC is a federally qualified health center and a 501(c)(3) registered agency.

HCC is supported by the Atlanta Community Food Bank for this event.

Wren's Nest Brer Rabbit Drawing Challenge

From The Wren's Nest:

Draw a Rabbit... Win a Prize!

Enter The Wren's Nest's Drawing Challenge!

Calling all current and aspiring artists!
Love the Brer Rabbit stories? Looking for an excuse or motivation to get your creative juices flowing?
Then we have the challenge for you!

How It Works

  1. Create your very own depiction of the Brer Rabbit character. Be as creative as you’d like or use the example illustrations for inspiration! And any medium goes! Pencil sketches, watercolors, crayons, Play-doh, etc. – the only parameter is that it needs to be Brer Rabbit.
  2. Share a photo of your creation on social media, tag The Wren’s Nest in your post, and use the #TWNdrawingchallenge by Friday, May 8th to be entered into the prize raffle.
  3. Wait and see if your name is selected from the drawing!

What Can You Win?

A $50 Amazon gift card!& A copy of Stories of Georgia by Joel Chandler Harris

How to Find Us on Social Media

Don't have Facebook?
No problem! Email your submissions to our Education and Communication Director, Meredith Deeley, at meredith@wrensnest.org

Entries must be shared/submitted by Friday, May 8th!

For more information, visit https://wrensnest.org/wrens-nest-drawing-challenge/

🏡 Virtual Home Empowerment Workshop: Housing Protections During COVID-19

From the Atlanta Beltline Partnership:
Are you facing eviction from your rental or extended-stay, or having trouble with mortgage payments? Please join Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and the City of Atlanta on Wednesday, May 6, 6:00-7:30 pm for a free virtual workshop designed to provide information and identify resources available to you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Welcoming remarks will be made by the City of Atlanta's Chief Housing Officer Terri Lee.

Workshop Topics

In this workshop you will learn:
  1. Existing legal protections for tenants in Georgia.
    • Your right to the eviction process
    • Protections for tenants living in extended-stay hotels/motels
    • What to do if you are served with an eviction
  2. Added protections under the federal CARES Act.
    • Eviction moratorium for tenants
    • CARES Act Forbearance: what it means, who is eligible, how to request assistance
    • Options after the forbearance ends
    • Mortgage foreclosure moratorium for homeowners
  3. Where to look for help
    • How to know whether your landlord/property or mortgage is covered by the CARES Act
    • Other loss mitigation/foreclosure prevention options for those who cannot get a CARES Act forbearance
    • Where to find sample answer forms, legal advice, and legal representation
    • Where to find rental assistance
    • Avoiding scams
Click here to register. For more information, visit BeltLine.org/empower or call 404-446-4404.

Our 2020 Home Empowerment workshop series is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Due to COVID-19, this workshop will be hosted virtually. Please register to receive more information on how to join us for this free workshop. To answer as many questions as possible, we will be asking for questions to be submitted ahead of the workshop during the registration process.

Oakland City Emergency Responders Fundraiser

Oakland City Community Organization is holding a fundraiser aimed at providing tasty catered meals to the Fire and Police teams who keep us all safe. NPU-S is happy to support this effort!

All monies raised will go toward delivering a lunch and/or dinner meals to both units. If you would like to participate by making a donation of any amount to this effort, it would be greatly appreciated!

Ways to give:
OCCO asks that all donations be received by next Thursday, May 7th. Please be sure to identify that your money is going towards “Police & Fire Meals”.

Thank you - and please spread the word!

Atlanta Public School News

News you can use for parents and youth, brought to us by NPU volunteer and parent extraordinaire Wykeisha Howe.

Atlanta Public Schools Move to 4-Day Teaching Schedule, End School Year Early for High School Seniors

Starting Monday the 20th, Atlanta Public Schools "will switch to a four-day teaching schedule. Teachers will provide virtual instruction on Monday through Thursday and use Friday as a professional development day and a chance to catch up with students who most need their help."

APS normally graduates seniors two weeks before the other grades. This year, seniors will graduate on May 1st, while the last day for other grades will be May 22.

For more info: https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/atlanta-high-school-seniors-end-year-early-aps-shifts-day-teaching-schedule/j2xMHBi36Pix1Jcrk9mObN/

APS Won't Hold Back Students Who Have Difficulties with Remote Learning

In recognition of the difficulties students face while being engaged in remote learning, "all students final averages will be held harmless during remote learning if the student remains engaged and submits work". What that means is, if a student was passing while in school but their grades slip during the remote learning, it won't be held against them as long as they're participating. Conversely, if a student was having difficulty during the school year, the remote learning period offers a chance to catch up.

More info: https://www.cbs46.com/news/school-year-for-metro-students-draws-to-a-close/article_8adad748-7f64-11ea-93de-ef15ef44706f.html

Atlanta and APS Food Programs for Families

There are at least three separate programs ongoing to distribute food for Atlanta families with kids:

School Bus Food Delivery

Every Monday, APS school buses will go along their routes and drop off five days worth of food for families along the route. For routes and times, go to https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/62031

Food Distribution Centers

Five days worth of meals will be distributed from  10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays at these anchor sites:
  • Bunche Middle School - 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary School - 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Douglass High School - 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) - 256 Clifton St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School - 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
  • Hope-Hill Elementary School - 112 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • King Middle School - 545 Hill St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • Young Middle School - 3116 Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
A bag of weekly groceries will also be available at the Bunche, Cleveland, Douglass, Phoenix and Sylvan Hills sites. For more information, go to https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/62032

Centers of Hope #ATLStrong

Centers of Hope Afterschool Programs will continue to provide free meals to afterschool students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools. Some centers provide dinners only, some provide breakfast, lunch, and dinners. For locations, go to https://atlstrong.org/meals-info/.

Superintendent Search and next Town Hall

The Atlanta School Board has announced their pick to lead the Atlanta Public School system: Lisa Herring, the current superintendent of Birmingham City School District.  This will undoubtedly be a topic at the next Atlanta Public Schools Virtual Town Hall, held this upcoming Thursday at 4pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/2605857209735522). 

MARTA Implements Drastic Service Cuts



Authority will Operate 41 Routes, Double Service on 34 Busiest Routes

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced it will implement an Essential Service plan that reduces the number of bus routes and allows for a doubling of service on the busiest, most critical routes. This plan keeps MARTA running for health care personnel and other essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning Monday, April 20, MARTA will run 40 bus routes and one new circulator service that provide transportation to 17 hospitals, 22 urgent care centers, 85 grocery stores and 16 job centers/industrial hubs. Buses will be added to the 34 busiest routes. A list and map of the routes are attached.
“This Essential Service plan will serve the largest number of people and with these important destinations in mind, provide as much coverage in our service area as possible,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “This was not an easy decision. I know it will have a negative impact on many bus-dependent areas, but it is necessary to keep MARTA operating and allow space on our busiest routes for customers to practice social distancing.”
Bus ridership, while down 40 percent, remains steady on busy routes, resulting in unacceptable crowding. Rear door boarding, and suspension of bus fares have exacerbated the issue. Despite MARTA’s implementation of several crowding mitigation efforts such as instructing operators to display a ‘Bus Full’ sign when at capacity, a customer hotline to report a full bus and request another, and seat spacing signs to encourage social distancing, there are too many instances of customers ignoring the guidelines.
This Essential Service plan will address crowding by placing MARTA’s entire bus fleet on 41 routes. Decals near the boarding door of all buses will encourage customers NOT to board a bus that has no open seats and to wait for the next bus that will be coming along in most cases within 10 minutes. The MARTA Police Department will dispatch officers to the busiest routes to assist with overcrowding, limiting the number of passengers who board, and escorting off the bus those customers who are joyriding. MPD has also created a mobile team of officers who will respond in real time to bus operators who need assistance.
Rail ridership is down almost 80 percent, leaving room on trains for social distancing. Rail service will continue to operate on a Sunday schedule during weekdays with a start time of 5 a.m.
The Essential Service plan route list, map, and schedule can be found at www.itsmarta.com. For real-time service alerts, follow @MARTASERVICE on Twitter or download MARTA’s On The Go app.

Bus #NameStartsEndsPeak Frequency, minutes
2Ponce de Leon Avenue / Druid HillsEast Lake StationNorth Ave. Station30
4Moreland AvenueInman Park/Reynoldstown StationLeila Valley/Thomasville Heights/Rebel Forest30
5Piedmont Road / Sandy SpringsDunwoody StationLindbergh Station7.5-15
6Clifton Road / EmoryInman Park/Reynodstown StationLindbergh Station30
15Candler RoadDecatur StationRiver Rd. & Linecrest Rd./Bouldercrest Rd.7.5-15
19Clairmont Road / W Howard AveDecatur StationChamblee Station15-30
21Memorial DriveKensington Station5 Points Station10-20
26Marietta Street / Perry Boulevard5 Points StationBankhead Station15-30
39Buford HighwayLindbergh StationDoraville Station7.5-15
40Peachtree Street / DowntownWest End StationArts Center Station15-30
42Pryor RoadLakewood/Ft McPherson Station5 Points Station15-30
49McDonough Boulevard5 Points StationMetro Transition Ctr.7.5-15
50Donald Lee Hollowell ParkwayNorth Ave. StationBankhead Station15-30
51Joseph E Boone BoulevardHE Holmes StationNorth Ave. Station10-20
60Hightower RoadHE Holmes StationMoores Mill Center15-30
71Cascade RoadWest End Station4375 Apt. Complex5-10
73Fulton IndustrialHE Holmes StationLaGrange Blvd. or Westpark Dr.5-10
78Cleveland AvenueEast Point StationCleveland Ave. at Jonesboro Rd.5-10
82Camp Creek / South Fulton ParkwayCollege Park StationDerrick Industrial Pkwy.7.5-15
83Campbellton RoadOakland City StationBarge Road PNR Lot5-10
84Washington Rd / Camp Crk MarketplaceEast Point StationSocial Security Admin. Office10-20
86Fairington RoadKensington StationMall of Stonecrest10-20
89Old National HighwayCollege Park StationUnion City or Riverdale7.5-15
95Metropolitan ParkwayWest End StationCity of Hapeville7.5-15
102North Avenue / Little Five PointsNorth Ave. StationEdgewood Candler Park Station15-30
107GlenwoodGeorgia State StationIndian Creek Station10-20
110Peachtree Road / BuckheadArts Center StationLenox Station7.5-15
111Snapfinger WoodsIndian Creek StationMall of Stonecrest10-20
117Rockbridge Road / Panola RoadAvondale StationXPRESS Panola PNR Lot7.5-15
120East Ponce De Leon AvenueAvondale StationGoldsmith PNR Lot10-20
121Memorial Drive / N Hairston RoadKensington StationN. Royal Atlanta Dr. or Hugh Howell Rd.7.5-15
172Sylvan Road / Virginia AvenueCollege Park StationOakland City Station45
178Empire BoulevardLakewood/Ft McPherson StationHamilton Blvd.22
185AlpharettaN Springs StationOld Milton Pkwy15-30
186Rainbow Drive / South DeKalb5 Points StationSnapfinger Woods Dr.7.5-15
191Riverdale / ATL Intl TerminalLakewood StationClayton Justice Center20-40
192Old Dixie / Tara BoulevardEast Point StationClayton Justice Center22-45
193Morrow / JonesboroEast Point StationClayton Justice Center15-30
196Upper Riverdale / SouthlakeCollege Park StationSouthlake Mall7.5-15
816North Highland Avenue5 Points StationEmory University Hospital30
SpecialOakley Industrial CirculatorCollege Park StationOakley Industrial Boulevard60