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NPU-B hears warning about BeltLine input

NPU-B board member Cathy Muzzy warned fellow board members to pay close attention to any news they get about the BeltLine Muzzy, who represents the NPU on the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, told the NPU board about snafus on both the West End trail and the Tanyard Creek Park trail. Muzzy said, “All kinds of people went through all sorts of work to get a reasonable compromise between PATH (Foundation) and the BeltLine and the neighborhood about where the Tanyard Creek trail would was going to go when ABI (Atlanta BeltLine Inc.) called a meeting and told the neighborhoods and the study groups not to bring their consultants with them and announced that they didn’t care what the compromise was, they were going to put it where they wanted to anyway.” Muzzy added, “Therefore, there is extremely bad blood floating around about the BeltLine.” She said that for anyone who lives in areas where the BeltLine will impact, “It is really, really important to get people to those study groups and pay attention to what they are planning. Right now, they are not consulting anybody at all. They are driving everybody crazy,” she stated. The only areas of NPU-B that are touched by the BeltLine are around Armour Circle and one area that juts up to Morasco, which board member Sally Silver explained was there because “otherwise they could...

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NPU-C keeps discussion rolling on truck ordinance enforcement

By Amy Wenk Illegal truck traffic has not ceased on Moores Mill Road, but neither have the voices of discontented residents. While only about 20 citizens gathered for the Feb. 5 meeting of Neighborhood Planning Unit-C (NPU-C), discussion fired up again over truck ordinance enforcement in the Ridgewood Heights neighborhood of Buckhead. Residents are upset that commercial trucks — specifically those which exceed 30 feet, weigh more than 18 tons and have more than six wheels — traverse the stretch of Moores Mill Road between I-75 and Bolton Road despite clear signage that prohibits their use of the residential road. Lt. Byron Martin of the Atlanta Police Department (APD) returned to discuss the problem and, for the third meeting in a row, NPU-C members called on the APD to issue citations to those who violate the ordinance. “For some reason, it is not slowing,” said Lt. Martin, adding that patrol of Moores Mill has increased. “Every time someone’s gone out, there have been tickets to write.” Nonetheless, NPU-C member Robert Warlick reported that the situation on Moores Mill Road seems to be improving. “[Truck drivers] have finally started going down Collier Road and either going to Chattahoochee Industrial or Marietta Boulevard,” Warlick said. “So we are seeing some reduction. At the same time, I’m not 100 percent sure it’s because of enforcement.” However, one NPU-C member said West Wesley...

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Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams renovations renew memories for family and NYO community

By C. Julia Nelson cjnelson@reporternewspapers.net In just 11 years, Austin Armstrong created a legacy that will live on through the Northside Youth Organization (NYO) at Chastain Memorial Park for decades to come. “In the third grade he pitched all six innings of a playoff game to lead the team to a victory,” Julia Armstrong, Austin’s mother, recalled. “For a 9-year-old to pitch a six inning game was unheard of, but he did it.” That game set a precedent for the league and based on Austin’s performance there is now a standing rule that youth can only pitch a maximum of three innings at a time. Austin however, was the exception to the rule. His father, Jeff Armstong recalled how hard Austin trained to improve his pitching skills in their backyard. “I remember when we started to realize he had what it took to pitch,” Mr. Armstrong said. “It was fun working with him on it. I’d just pitch with him at home; try to get him to visualize.” After a year of backyard training with his father and continued experience on the field, Austin’s pitching continued to get the job done. As an All-Star pitcher for the NYO Red Sox in 2003, the young man lead his team in an undefeated season all the way to the championship title. His little sister, Annie, now 12, remembers watching Austin play...

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Streets lands Baccarat Hotel & Residences

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Ben Carter Properties has announced that The Streets of Buckhead will become the first U.S. mainland location for a Baccarat Hotel and Residences, the new luxury brand created by Starwood Capital Group. The Baccarat Hotel and Residences will be located along Peachtree Road between East Paces Ferry and Buckhead Avenue. The hotel will include 100 guest rooms and 42 luxurious residences, with a Baccarat boutique purveying fine crystal adjacent to both the hotel lobby and the project’s streetscape retail. Baccarat has a 200-year tradition as one of the world’s premier manufacturers of fine crystal. Meanwhile, Carter has also announced that John Lobb, a luxury men’s leather-goods boutique known for its high-end shoes, will open at The Streets of Buckhead and introduce a made-to-measure program allowing Atlanta patrons to custom order a variety of shoes. Owned by parent company Hermes, the John Lobb boutique will occupy 902 square feet, next to the new Hermes store, located near the intersection of Buckhead Avenue and Bolling Way. Other John Lobb boutiques are in New York, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “We believe The Streets of Buckhead is the ideal location to open the first mainland U.S. Baccarat Hotel and Residences,” said Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. “Baccarat’s status as an iconic brand is a perfect fit for a development seeking to reward the...

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NPU-B board refuses a 2nd festival permit for E. Andrews

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net In a move to avert making the same mistake two months in a row, the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit B (NPU-B) voted Feb. 5 to deny a festival permit application by the East Andrews Cafe for a St. Patrick’s Day event that wasn’t on the agenda. Last month, the NPU-B board reviewed an application by the East Andrews Cafe for The 25th Steamhouse Oysterfest, Feb. 16-17, an event that previously had been held by Fadõ’s Irish pub in Buckhead Village prior to the demolition of Fadõ’s for the Streets of Buckhead redevelopment. The Steamhouse Oysterfest had not been on the January NPU agenda, but the representatives of the East Andrews Club showed up at the meeting of the NPU’s Public Safety Committee. The committee went ahead and reviewed the application and approved it. There was no opposition to the application voiced at the January meeting from neighbors in the West Village commercial district. However, that opposition showed up at the February meeting, when the Steamhouse Oysterfest actually was on the NPU’s agenda for consideration. NPU-B chairperson Jeff Shell, who said he felt the East Andrews Club representatives had been less than honest with the Public Safety Committee in January, said there was nothing the NPU board could do about the January approval for the Steamhouse Oysterfest, which takes place in about one and a...

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