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!