Category: Buckhead Reporter

Atlanta History Center marks MLK Day with art, protest re-enactments

The Atlanta History Center offered free admission and a wide variety of African American and Civil Rights history programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21. Among the programming at the museum on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead were Civil Rights-related art-making, a film of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and immersive role-playing as African American soldiers in the Civil War and as the “Freedom Riders” who challenged segregated bus service in the 1960s. Photos by Phil Mosier. John Dorsey helps to lead a group of children in a re-enactment of the Congress of Racial Equality’s...

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18-story luxury senior housing tower proposed in Buckhead

An 18-story luxury senior housing tower is proposed for a Buckhead site across Peachtree Road from the Shepherd Center. The plan, which also involves renovating an existing 10-story medical office tower on the site, joins a boom in Buckhead-area senior residential projects. Dubbed “Heartis Buckhead,” the senior housing is proposed by Caddis, a Texas-based real estate firm specializing in healthcare-related properties. The 213-unit, 278,000-square-foot building would stand at 2045 Peachtree at the intersection with Peachtree Valley Road. Caddis aims to open the building in 2021, but is still in the permitting phase, according to a spokesperson. “This will be...

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Buckhead police crime reports through Dec. 31

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead during the month of December 2018, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Homicide 1900 block of Main Street — Dec. 3 4400 block of Northside Parkway — Dec. 20 Rape 700 block of Lambert Drive — Dec. 3 3100 block of Peachtree Road — Dec. 7 2400 block of Forrest Avenue — Dec. 11 1600 block of Johnson Road — Dec. 13 2500 block of Piedmont Road — Dec. 23 300 block of Pharr...

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Brookhaven proposing traffic fixes on North Druid Hills Road

Proposals to improve traffic flow along North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven between Peachtree Road and Buford Highway include adding turn lanes at some intersections and building a roundabout at the East Roxboro Road intersection. Multiuse paths, sidewalks and crosswalks are also included in the proposals. City leaders say they envision a multimodal, community-oriented corridor that runs between large single-family residential neighborhoods and is a connector to churches, schools and parks. The public got their first look at what is being proposed as part of the North Druid Hills Corridor Study during two open house sessions on Jan. 14...

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Super Bowl brings business excitement, policing boost

The Super Bowl comes to Atlanta Feb. 3, bringing a 10-day football festival that is stoking local excitement about hospitality-industry money, and boosting policing in Buckhead and Brookhaven, while local departments are also sending officers to help secure the Mercedes-Benz Stadium area. Buckhead is expected to be a center of activity, as many attendees of the NFL championship game are staying in local hotels, and the neighborhood is hosting many public and private parties. One of the two competing teams — the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots — will stay at a Buckhead hotel, according to...

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Around Town: His life changed, retiree finds new focus in helping kids

Two moments changed Steve Wadley. Taken together, they convinced him to spend part of his retirement devoting his time, talents and experience to raising money for local organizations that support education in Atlanta’s inner-city schools. The first moment came when Wadley was a boy. He played football then on a team based in Buckhead. His team played in a citywide league and when he and his teammates played away games in poorer Atlanta neighborhoods, he saw that those players had nowhere near the level of support — the new equipment, the uniforms, the practices — that benefited him and...

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Exceptional Educator: Orchestra director Stephen Lawrence of North Atlanta High

Buckhead’s North Atlanta High School orchestra will perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall next month under the leadership of director Stephen Lawrence, the Atlanta Public Schools’ high school Teacher of the Year. “It was surreal! Having the chance to be recognized is beyond believable,” Lawrence said of the award. “There are so many inspiring educators out there. The fact that I was chosen is both humbling and exciting.” Lawrence, the director of orchestral activities and the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, has been an educator for 11 years and has taught at North Atlanta High, his...

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Local MLK Day celebrations set for Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in several different ways in Reporter Newspapers communities on Jan. 21. For full details, click on the headline of each event below. Atlanta History Center free programs The history museum in Buckhead will offer free admission and a wide variety of programs about African American and Civil Rights history. Brookhaven MLK Day dinner The city will host its annual dinner at Lynwood Community Center, once the site of the segregated Lynwood schools, whose students integrated the DeKalb School System in 1968. Dunwoody MLK Day of Service Dunwoody marks the day with...

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Rep. Silcox to chair MARTA oversight committee

State Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs) is the new chair of the General Assembly committee that supervises MARTA’s budget. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee, or MARTOC, is a joint House and Senate committee meant to give oversight on the transit agency’s operation. Silcox’s appointment by House Speaker David Ralston keeps the MARTOC chair position tied to the north metro area. For several years, MARTOC was chaired by former Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody, who did not run for reelection last year. Before Taylor, the committee was chaired by former Rep. Mike Jacobs of Brookhaven, who is now...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 25

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. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Jan. 18-19, ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 20-21, southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 18-19, northbound and southbound between Glenridge Connector and Pitts Road, alternating one right lane and one left lane, 8 p.m....

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Salesforce gets $2M incentive for Buckhead expansion

Salesforce’s 600-job expansion of its Atlanta regional hub and renaming of the Buckhead tower that houses it came with a $2 million grant as a state incentive. The technology company’s expansion was announced in October and touted in state and corporate press releases as a $12.25 million investment with no mention of the incentive request or offer. The $2 million Regional Economic Business Assistance grant was approved Jan. 8, according to Andrew Capezzuto, general counsel of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and will be delivered via Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency. According to the Georgia Department...

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Food for Thought: ‘Low and slow’ is the key for Chef Scott Serpas

Renowned chef Scott Serpas burst on the Atlanta restaurant scene more than a decade ago, working as executive chef at TWO Urban Licks before venturing out on his own in 2009 with Serpas True Food in the historic Old Fourth Ward. Just over one year ago, the award-winning chef opened Dixie Q in his own Brookhaven neighborhood where he’s lived for a decade. It’s just off bustling Dresden Drive, where other notable restaurants make their homes, such as Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, Verde Taqueria and Haven Restaurant and Bar. Dixie Q opened in the former Slice of Brookhaven site...

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