Category: Buckhead Reporter

Buckhead crime reports, March 22-April 11

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead March 22 through April 11, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Aggravated Assault 500 block of Northside Circle — March 23 700 block of Park Avenue — March 30 3000 block of Pharr Court North — March 31 3500 block of Rembrandt Road — April 2 3000 block of Habersham Road — April 3 600 block of Antone Street — April 4 2400 block of Coronet Way — April 7 Burglary-Residence 2400 block of...

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Advocacy groups to hold April 30 meeting on Atlanta’s tree ordinance rewrite

A coalition of advocacy groups – including the Atlanta Audubon Society, Trees Atlanta and The Tree Next Door – will hold a meeting in Buckhead April 30 about the city of Atlanta’s rewrite of its tree protection ordinance. The tree ordinance is consistently controversial among residents, environmentalists and developers alike. It is currently in the midst of a review with a new version expected to be completed this summer. The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods earlier this year formally expressed concerns about various aspects of the tree ordinance. The April 30 “Tree Talk” meeting will run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m....

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through April 28

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 ramp closures April 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 26-28, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 25-27, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures April 20-21, southbound between Abernathy Road and Mount Vernon Highway, three...

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300-plus properties could be affected by I-285 ‘top end’ toll lanes project

The state’s plan to build toll lanes on the top end of I-285 could impact a minimum of 300 properties all along the corridor, ranging from construction easements to full land takings, according to city of Brookhaven officials. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and City Councilmember Linley Jones said they learned the number April 16 after meeting with a Georgia Department of Transportation official. Not all the properties are located in Brookhaven, they said at an April 18 community meeting at Brookhaven City Hall with roughly 50 people attending. They also said they did not know how many Brookhaven properties...

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Fulton County aims to end throwaway plastic items in its facilities; hopes cities follow suit

Plastic straws, foam cups and other throwaway plastic items would disappear from Fulton County-operated facilities by Jan. 1, 2020 under legislation approved April 17 by the Board of Commissioners. And the county will actively encourage local cities to follow suit. The order to end the use of “single-use plastics” is a partly aspirational item, as it asks for industry definitions of such items and orders vendors to seek “viable” non-plastic alternatives, which may or may not be available. “Fulton County is joining so many other municipalities, states and counties in doing our part to drive down plastic pollution by...

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City considers renaming part of Buckhead’s West Wieuca Road in Chastain Park

Buckhead’s West Wieuca Road N.W. could see a name change to Chastain Park Avenue, a nod to the park it runs through, in a proposal under consideration by an Atlanta City Council committee. The idea is reducing confusion over similarly named streets with an eye on public safety response. The local NPU-A says it backs the renaming – and even would like it extended to part of West Wieuca Road N.E. The City Council ordinance proposing the renaming cites at least three unspecified incidents last summer where public safety responses to the park’s pool were “delayed or misdirected.” “The...

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Sandy Springs approves funding agreement to extend Buckhead’s PATH400

With a unanimous vote at the April 16 City Council meeting, Sandy Springs residents are one step closer to safely riding their bikes all the way to Krog Street Market. Sandy Springs has long-planned to build a path from Buckhead to the city, and this move nails down the funding and construction agreement. A separate, connecting piece will be built by the Georgia Department of Transportation under the I-285/Ga.400 interchange, bringing the path up Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. The council voted to enter into an agreement with the city of Atlanta to design a multiuse path that would extend Buckhead’s PATH400...

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Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common to host cleanup April 20

Friends of Mountain Way Common will host a volunteer cleanup of the North Buckhead park on Saturday, April 20 to mark Earth Day. The cleanup will run 9 a.m. to noon at the park at 4124 North Ivy Road. According to a press release, the cleanup is for all ages and people of all physical abilities, with “no hard work involved.” Volunteers are asked to bring a trash bag and gloves. The event marks the environmental day Earth Day, which is officially observed on April 22. For more information about the park and the friends group, see its website...

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Holy Spirit pitches smaller school, church expansion plan; legal agreement’s impact still disputed

Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Preparatory School are back with a new, smaller version of their controversial Buckhead campus expansion onto a Sandy Springs site. While aiming to appease neighbors in advance of an April 24 community meeting, Holy Spirit is also citing a legal technicality to say an old agreement with the community that might partly block the project is invalid. One resident leader says that move has “appalled” the neighborhood and that, while talking is preferable, going to court is not off the table. Holy Spirit’s plan for the combined church and Upper School campus in Buckhead...

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Lt. Gov. Duncan says ‘policy over politics’ succeeded during legislative session

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan praised this year’s legislative session as a successful one where “policy over politics” was the name of the game in passing laws focused on education, health care and technology. Duncan made the comments April 16 during a 15-minute speech at a Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center hotel with approximately 30 people attending. Duncan did not mention in his comments to the crowd the controversial House Bill 481 bill, known as the “heartbeat bill,” that was approved this year and essentially bans abortion in the state. In a...

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The Reporter’s Evelyn Andrews wins Atlanta Press Club ‘Rising Star’ award

Reporter Newspapers staff reporter Evelyn Andrews won the Atlanta Press Club’s 2018 “Rising Star” award, recognizing her as an “outstanding talent” in metro area journalism, at an April 16 ceremony. Andrews, who joined the Reporter two years ago, earned the recognition for her tireless work on stories in Buckhead and Sandy Springs and on the education beat. She combined shoe-leather reporting and use of the Open Meeting and Open Records laws to ensure transparency on plans for a park capping Ga. 400 in Buckhead, to help secure sidewalk repairs affecting patients at the Shepherd Center hospital, and to follow...

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Livable Buckhead debuts new 5K run, walking program

Livable Buckhead aims to get residents on their feet with a new 5K run on June 1 and a month-long walking program in May that offers prizes to participants willing to sign up with a private fitness-tracking service. The events are dubbed “buckheadRUN!” and “buckheadWALKS!” “This is the perfect time of year to get outside and become more active,” said Denise Starling, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, in a press release. “These events give people an extra incentive to take advantage of spring weather and start moving more. We also want to encourage people to explore Buckhead on foot...

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