Author: Evelyn Andrews

Meeting for Powers Ferry bridge replacement set for May 15

A plan is in the works to replace the Powers Ferry Road bridge over Nancy Creek alongside Chastain Park in Buckhead. Work is slated to begin in September, with plans and detour information set to be presented at a May 15 public meeting. The city and District 8 Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit will host a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road. The bridge crosses over the creek on the western border of Chastain Park. It was built in 1948 and needs replacing, said Jim Elgar, Matzigkeit’s policy advisor. The project timeline,...

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Atlanta City Council works to increase transparency amid investigations, president says

The Atlanta City Council is working to make reforms to increase transparency amid investigations into the procurement process and an “illegal” distribution of bonuses, Council President Felicia Moore said at the April 26 Buckhead Business Association breakfast. The city has lost numerous documents as a result of March’s cyber attack on city systems that, in at least one case, pertain to the bonus investigation, Moore said. “We did lose a lot of info,” she said. Moore has not yet gotten confirmation from the city on what is exactly was lost in the cyber attack. But one document reported lost...

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Groups propose trail underneath upcoming Northside Drive bridge

A pedestrian trail is planned to be added below the Northside Drive bridge during its upcoming replacement. The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and the PATH Foundation are working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to build a trail that connects to the multi-use path already along the road to provide connectivity, officials said at an April 25 Peachtree Battle Alliance meeting. The trail would allow pedestrians to more safely cross the busy road, said Catherine Spillman, the director of the conservancy, at a meeting held in the former Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse. GDOT plans to close Northside Drive...

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Planning for new PATH400 park set to begin

The site of a former public school and one of Atlanta’s oldest family cemeteries is one step closer to becoming the newest park along PATH400. Park Pride has selected the site of the Lowery-Stevens Cemetery and the former home of D.F. McClatchey Elementary School – now known as Loridans Park — for its 2018 park visioning program, according to a press release from Livable Buckhead, which applied to Park Pride for the visioning grant and spearheads PATH400. Loridans Park is located near Loridans Drive and Ga. 400. Park Pride will now engage the local community in developing a master plan...

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Blue Heron celebrates trail project at Earth Day event

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve celebrated the “Blueway Trail” project, which is already underway, in a ceremonial groundbreaking during its Earth Day event on April 21. Construction on the internal trails began in February and is expected to be completed this year. The trails, which are within the preserve itself, are phase one of a two-part plan to provide more connectivity to the preserve. The other phase would build trails that would connect the park to PATH400 and Chastain Park. Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell joined leaders from parks organizations and the preserve to celebrate the project. “Believe me, we...

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