You may have noticed the work being done by GDOT at the intersection of Monroe & Armour. PHCA just received this press release from GDOT on the evening of July 7.
Previously, GDOT had reached out in January with some information about a potential future project in 2022, and we never heard a word about the project again.
Once we saw the unanticipated construction and the ensuing mess of traffic, as well as no clear benefit from the $1.6 million tax-payer expense, we have contacted the GDOT Project Manager and invited them to attend our August 3 PHCA Monthly Meeting, as well as many city officials, to inquire about what can by done, what is the final plan, how can we have a voice in making this monstrosity into something that's actually beneficial. All we've received so far is this press release.
We encourage you to reach out to any/all of these contacts who may be able to make a difference with this project. Feel free to cc PHCA at firstname.lastname@example.org! Please know that your PHCA Board is doing our best to facilitate communication and a better solution to this problem that's affecting residents and others working in Piedmont Heights, particularly Armour Yards.
Toni and her husband, Bryan, along with their sweet Golden Doodle named Abby, live on Wimbledon Road. They have a son who lives in Athens and a daughter in Colorado. We asked Toni to tell us a little about herself. Here’s what she shared. If you'd like to nominate a neighbor to be in a future Resident Spotlight, let us know so that PHCA Communications Volunteer Helen Kacur from Rockridge Place can get in touch!
What brought you to Piedmont Heights?
The main reason we moved here from East Cobb back in 2017 was the unbearable commute time for my husband. And it just seemed like a good time for a change. We are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this year.
How do you spend your time?
I’m a former school psychologist, and I now create fused glass art. I’ve been working in that medium for more than a decade. I even have my own kiln in the backyard. You can see some of my work on Facebook at GlassArtByToni.
What do you enjoy most about Piedmont Heights?
We’ve enjoyed meeting new neighbors. The diversity is so refreshing. We love being able to walk to shops and restaurants—something we never did before.
Where do you like to travel?
We love the beach. Fripp Island in South Carolina is our favorite for relaxation.
Any good shows you’ve been watching lately?
During quarantine, like many, we have spent a lot of time watching Netflix. Some favorites include Schitt’s Creek, Broadchurch, and The Queen’s Gambit. And, I must admit I still love and watch Grey’s Anatomy!
Thanks to Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Toni and write this Resident Spotlight!
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Kristina is a new resident of Piedmont Heights, having just moved into our vibrant corner of Atlanta less than six months ago. She has already jumped right in as a volunteer for the Piedmont Heights Civic Association. We asked Kristina to share a bit about herself. If you'd like to nominate a neighbor to be in a future Resident Spotlight, let us know so that PHCA Communications Volunteer Helen Kacur from Rockridge Place can get in touch!
What do you like to do for fun?
As the mom of five-year-old, highly gifted Beau the poodle, I spend a lot of time playing at the dog park, picking up toys, and buying new shoes. I love cooking, wine, and most water sports like kayaking, and I’m certified for scuba diving.
What brought you to the neighborhood?
Frankly, the pandemic. I lost my job when the lockdown started. While I was looking for a new job, I visited friends in Atlanta and fell in love with the city and this great neighborhood. We bought the new home site unseen.
What do you love most about Piedmont Heights?
People are genuinely kind. The area is very liberal and open, and even during a pandemic, there is so much to do and see.
Where do you hope most to visit?
I am dying to use my passport… at this point, anywhere. I got the travel rush when I got it out to use for my new GA license.
For what are you most grateful for today?
Our freedom, health and prosperity.
Thanks to Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Jim and write this Resident Spotlight!
PHCA Sponsor North Georgia Replacement Windows will be at the Atlanta Home Show at the Cobb Galleria from May 21-23.
They have a limited number of Home Show tickets they can give out, so give them a call and mention "Piedmont Heights" to snag yours before they're gone. First come first serve.
Stop by and visit these wonderful folks at Booth #606.
Atlanta Home Show hours:
North Georgia Replacement Windows has monthly specials all year long, so be sure to check them out.
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Update after the April 22 City of Atlanta In Rem Hearing with APD's Code Enforcement Division:
PHCA President Jim Hardy had the opportunity to speak briefly at the In Rem Hearing this morning and voiced our neighborhood concerns. He recommended the In Rem Board accept the staff recommendation to demolish the property and to charge Paces Properties the cost of that demolition. The attorney for Paces Properties argued against their paying for the demolition, claiming that would delay the sale to Fairfield Properties. Fairfield's attorney was not supportive of our position, either. The In Rem Board Chair advised they did not have the power to recommend who paid for the demolition—unfortunately.
He then requested that Paces Properties pay for 24/7 security on the site. Based on Jim's experience as a security consultant, the new fencing they put in yesterday would not keep the place secure. Paces' attorney argued they had spent so much on this week's fencing and clean-up, they couldn't afford 24/7 security. The In Rem Board advised they did not have the power to make that recommendation, either.
Bottom Line: The In Rem Board voted to agree with the demolition recommendation and give them 120 days to comply. While it's not a perfect outcome, it may be better than nothing. Fairfield Residential plans to demolish the property after the sale is completed.
On behalf of the PHCA Board, we appreciate the large number of people who signed up for the hearing. We saw many supportive comments in the Zoom chat. Thanks particularly to Ben Nemo, president of the Morningside/Lenox Park Neighborhood Association for his comments to the In Rem Board.
We will be talking more with Richard Munger from Fairfield Residential (the new buyer of this property) and will continue to raise our concerns with him, particularly having security on the site 24/7.
Jim will be filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau concerning Paces Properties' abandonment of the site and their lack of corporate responsibility. We encourage our community partners who are frustrated by this blight on our community to consider taking the same measure. You can also write to the mayor and other community officials.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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