Author: Evelyn Andrews

Tickets on sale for Chastain Park Amphitheatre’s summer concerts

Tickets are now on sale for Chastain Park Amphitheatre’s summer concert series. Artists performing in the series that will run from June 6 to Aug. 19 include the Indigo Girls, The B-52s, 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul. Tickets are on sale until March 30 and can be purchased online or by calling 404-233-2227. The amphitheater is undergoing a renovation that is set to wrap up shortly before the series begins. Improvements include new restroom facilities, new concessions, an expanded VIP area, a new courtyard, and a heightened stage for better views, according to the amphitheater’s website. The full schedule: June 6 John...

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Groundbreaking set for new Brookhaven school

The DeKalb County School District has set a ceremonial groundbreaking date for the future John R. Lewis Elementary in Brookhaven. DeKalb teachers, students, administrators and officials will gather at the site of the future school at 2630 Skyland Drive NE March 29 at 2 p.m. for the ceremony, according to a district press release. The 900-seat school will be similar to the district’s Barack Obama Magnet School of Technology in south Atlanta’s Gresham Park neighborhood and Fernbank Elementary School in Druid Hills. The district has previously estimated total construction costs to be about $30 million. The new school is being built...

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Buckhead’s Garden Hills raises funds to fix drainage, safety problems

To fix drainage issues and safety hazards in Garden Hills, the Buckhead neighborhood’s foundation raised funds for three years. The project aims to fix the storm sewer drainage that currently causes hazardous flooding at the entrance to the Garden Hills Recreation Center at 335 Pinetree Drive, a city facility, said Jeff Clark, who is spearheading the project with the Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation. The civic association raised $150,000 over three years to split the cost of the improvements, which total $300,000, with the city of Atlanta. “In my opinion, these types of projects are the best to utilize city...

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Officials update North Buckhead at annual meeting

Several officials joined the North Buckhead Civic Association at its annual meeting March 20 to provide updates on projects and initiates affecting the neighborhood, including property taxes, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s trails and the proposed Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard roundabout. About 50 residents attended the meeting, which is open to the public and was held at St. James United Methodist Church. District 7 Councilmember Howard Shook gave updates on several city projects, including the proposed roundabout at the Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard intersection. The proposal is controversial with some residents. Some have said they believe the...

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BeltLine tax district legislation won’t mandate affordable housing

An Atlanta legislator trying to create a tax district to speed BeltLine construction wanted to include an affordable housing mandate in the bill, but now says she was unable to do so. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and a BeltLine developer say enough affordable housing units will be built regardless and the tax district would not cause an increase in rent. The bill that would create a tax district to fund BeltLine construction was passed by the state House of Representatives in late February and is awaiting a vote by the Senate. The concept is similar to community improvement districts, where...

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