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Buckhead Council introduces resolution calling for crime reduction, court reform

The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods continued its call for crime reduction and court reform by introducing a resolution at its March 14 meeting where several Atlanta and county officials spoke briefly about their efforts. The organization has helped put Buckhead’s crime in spotlight by sharing stories of recent violent crime and criticizing the Fulton County court system. Mary Norwood, a former mayor candidate who serves as the chair, pushed Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to hold a community meeting about crime. Bottoms began a town hall series that started Feb. 28 in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center. Norwood introduced...

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Atlanta Tech Village updates design of rooftop addition

Atlanta Tech Village has updated the design of the rooftop addition proposed for its tower at the intersection of Buckhead’s Piedmont and Lenox roads. The addition to the startup business center was first presented in July 2018 to the Development Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 12, a zoning area in central Buckhead. The concept is a one-story office of around 1,800 to 2,000 square feet. Architect Prem Kumar previously said Tech Village has a tenant specifically interested in rooftop space. While SPI-12 formal comments are not required, Tech Village has remained in contact for informal guidance. DRC...

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Brookhaven hosts annual MLK Day Dinner at historic Lynwood Park

The city of Brookhaven hosted its annual MLK Day Dinner and Celebration on Jan. 21 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event was held at the Lynwood Park Recreation Center, the former school for the Lynwood Park community. The school was open for decades but closed in 1968 when students were integrated into the DeKalb County School System. The Lynwood students are now known as the “Lynwood Trailblazers.” Former Lynwood Park resident U.S. Army Brigadier General Richard Dix gave the keynote speech, urging people to “stay true to the principles that Dr. King stood for.” “Love will...

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Dunwoody honors two men for separate heroic actions

The city of Dunwoody presented Citizen Commendation certificates to a man who helped capture a suspect who stole a wallet from an elderly shopper and to a mail carrier who noticed suspicious activity on his longtime route, alerted police who investigated and made an arrest of a identity theft suspect. The commendations were presented at the City Council’s Jan. 14 meeting. Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan presented Craig Charles Dowling a Citizen Commendation for his actions on Nov. 8 when he chased down and tackled a suspect for allegedly snatching the wallet of a 77-year-old shopper at the Publix...

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Dunwoody commission wants developers to give better notice of public meetings

Developers seeking a rezoning from Dunwoody may soon have to follow stricter guidelines when giving notice to the public about proposed projects. The Planning Commission voted Dec. 11 to recommend amending the city’s zoning code to require applicants to send a notice of their public meeting to the city planner at Dunwoody City Hall. The meetings must also be held weekdays between Monday and Friday or between noon and 4 p.m. on weekends, according to the proposed amendment. All meetings must be held at a public location. The zoning code already requires developers to hold public meetings on a...

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Photos: Brookhaven breaks ground on Peachtree Creek Greenway

Shovels of dirt were tossed to mark the official beginning of Peachtree Creek Greenway construction at a ceremonial groundbreaking event Dec. 12 in Brookhaven. The “model mile” between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road is slated to be completed within nine months. The Greenway is part of a growing regional trail network in metro Atlanta. Brookhaven’s portion of the full 12 miles is nearly three miles. The city is paving a 14-foot wide multi-use trail with concrete that will run beside the creek that mostly follows the length of Buford Highway. “This is very exciting,” said Angel Poventud,...

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GOP appears to win two state races in Dec. 4 runoff election

The Republican Party appears to have retained power of two statewide offices in the Dec. 4 runoff election, winning the secretary of state office and holding onto a seat on the Public Service Commission, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State Election Office. Republican Brad Raffensperger appears to have defeated Democrat John Barrow as secretary of state with nearly 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Former secretary of state Brian Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in last month’s governor’s race, leading to the open seat. Republican Chuck Eaton of Buckhead appears to...

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Dunwoody’s High Street gains new development partner, says construction to begin next year

The long dormant High Street mixed-use development including 3,000 residential units planned for Perimeter Center in Dunwoody has a new real estate partner with plans to break ground next year. But how a moratorium on apartment construction in place until April may affect those plans is not clear. North American Properties announced in a Nov. 29 press release it was teaming up with High Street property owner GID to develop “High Street Atlanta” on nearly 40 acres at Perimeter Center Park and Hammond Drive near the Dunwoody MARTA station. As part of the announcement, NAP said a groundbreaking is...

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World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman could perform at City Springs

World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman could be coming to perform at City Springs. A performance has not been confirmed, but discussions with Perlman’s agent are in the works, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said in an email. Perlman, a Jewish and Israeli-American violinist who has performed with most major orchestras, would perform in the city’s new Performing Arts Center. A sponsorship to secure a possible performance is on the agenda for the Sandy Springs Development Authority’s Nov. 27 meeting. The sponsorship would be for up to $25,000, said Gabe Sterling, the authority’s vice chair. The Development Authority, an independent agency that...

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Q&A with Jewel: Singer-songwriter brings family holiday tour to Sandy Springs

It’s a family thing. Taking the stage at the new Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on Dec. 19 is the second annual Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour, featuring Jewel, the Grammy-nominated and award-winning singer-songwriter, and other members of her musical family. While Jewel is known by her first name only, her family is the Kilchers, three of whom are joining her on the tour, including her father Atz and two brothers, Atz Lee and Nikos—musicians all. The Kilcher men and family are best-known for their Discovery channel show “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” now in its seventh season, filmed around the...

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At Buckhead intersection meeting, Norwood emerges with subway concept

A decade-old attempt to fix one of Buckhead’s worst intersections – Roswell, Piedmont and Habersham roads – is back on the agenda, though a Nov. 14 planning kickoff meeting had no immediate clear answers. The meeting also marked a public return for Mary Norwood, the former city councilmember and mayoral candidate, who is stumping for a much bigger transportation solution: a new subway line between Cobb County and Lindbergh Center. “It may be my raison d’être in 2019. You never can tell,” Norwood said of the subway idea. The meeting, organized by the Buckhead Community Improvement District and held...

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Housing policy debate continues as Sandy Springs’ north end task force winds down

As Sandy Springs’ north end task force winds down, some of its members are still at odds on affordability goals that should be included in its proposal. The task force plans to present a proposal to City Council that recommends several other projects, including a new multi-use path and community center. The group has been meeting since May, discussing proposals to spur redevelopment in the city’s north end and hosting public input meetings. It is now in the final stretch of its process. The group has narrowed down its initiatives to six and members presented first drafts of the...

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