Need to do some repairs or renovations on your home?
Check out the Lifecycle Building Center in Oakland City for great deals on materials from flooring to cabinets.
Read more about this nonprofit at http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/11/14/13626502/lifecycle-building-center-massive-atlanta-warehouse
Good News! Read the article about the BeltLine- http://www.atlantaloop.com/new-beltline-zoning-allow-mix-uses-industrial-areas/ The article mentioned that “bid requests for development partners for the Murphy Crossing project have been sent out and are due May 11.”
That means that things are finally about to happen at the Murphy Crossing in Oakland City. In last September’s community meeting, Jerald Mitchell, Atlanta BeltLine Inc’s director of economic development explained that “The first step in developing the site is to stabilize it. Unstable buildings have to be removed and at least temporary roads and parking spaces created to allow access to the site. It also needs restrooms and green spaces for activities. Once that has been completed, the space would be ready to use for pop-up markets, music festivals and food trucks. These activities would bring in much-needed revenue to the area and begin to develop a market and brand for the site.”
It is going to be exciting witnessing the changes to the site and the neighboring communities. Hopefully, all of the changes will have positive impacts.
Great things can be expected for Oakland City, West End, and the AUC. Last Thursday, StandUp’s Deborah Scott wonderfully facilitated the SPARCC Community Input Meeting today at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church. She gave us a history lesson on race and politics in Atlanta. She explained the purpose and potential of the city’s SPARCC Grant to re-new our neighborhoods. She reminded us to first, ask our city council representative, who was in the room, to address needs in the budget. She reminded us that a Fort Mac community action plan was written years ago to plan for the closing of Fort Mac. That community action plan showed the community’s forethought and planning for development in the area and helped them get the grant. More meetings to come and hopefully, we can move to implementation as soon as possible. The next meeting is Thursday April 27th, at 5:30pm at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church.
Report Housing/Business Code violations, Illegal Tire and Trash Dumping on abandoned lots, on the property of abandoned homes, or even in front of occupied homes.
A variety of ways to report housing/business code violations or dumping:
1. Call or Email Code enforcement at 404-330-6190, email@example.com:
2. Email Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org:
3. Call ATL 311;
4. Contact Keep Atlanta Beautiful at email@example.com, telephone (404) 249-5853
5. Call or email Captain Ed Fambro to schedule a community clean up of public streets and abandoned lots at 404.520.0376, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Oakland City neighbors! Here is the list of elected officials who represent our community. Contact them to report issues, problems, or give kudos.
This grant made the planning workshop for the Lee Street Corridor possible at the Green Prints conference, which was held on March 8, 2017. See more about the workshop at http://www.occoatl.org/great-things-to-come-for-oakland-city-and-lee-street-corridor/
The Strong, Prosperous And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is providing a three-year, $90 million in grants to support local groups and their leaders who are working to ensure that major new investments in transportation are equitably in their efforts to improve health and environmental outcomes for all residents. Read more at http://saportareport.com/transformation-alliance-celebrates-1-million-grant-atlanta/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare
Click here to read about Wild Heaven Beer Plans to Join Monday Night Brewing on BeltLine’s Westside Trail
The Lee + White development, named for its location at the intersection of Lee and White streets, will also house Southern Aged Cheese, Doux South Pickles, and Honeysuckle Gelato.
Great changes are on the way for the Lee Street corridor and neighborhoods connected to it. We conducted a deep-dive workshop at the Greenprints Conference on March 8, where we learned about current efforts in regional resilience and worked in small groups to inform local government, leading nonprofits and corporate partners on ways to bring economic empowerment, equitable development and healthy living environments to the Lee Street Corridor. It was a very productive workshop where we discussed many ideas, desires, wishes, and needs for our communities. As a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and the nationally-funded Strong, Prosperous And Resilient Communities Challenge, Atlanta is becoming a national leader in resilience and sustainability.
Kimberly Reese is the new OCCO President. She has been a proud resident of Oakland City since October 2015. She grew up in Southwest Atlanta, but left Atlanta to attend school and work. After spending nearly 10 years out-of-state, she jumped at the chance to take a job back in Atlanta. She searched long and hard for a home in a tight knit community like the one she grew up in, and almost immediately fell in love with Oakland City. She always admired the historic architecture of Oakland City and West End, but was also excited to hear about some of the positive changes coming like the Beltline. Before she had even purchased her home, neighbors introduced themselves and immediately embraced her, which made her decision a no-brainer. She loves being close to downtown and other up and coming neighborhoods. She is very excited to see what the future holds for Oakland City and the rest of the Westside.
Laura Glass Hess is the new OCCO Vice-President. Laura went to high school in south Fulton and graduated from UGA Law School. After eight years out of state, she moved back to Georgia in February 2016 and discovered Oakland City. Laura loves having friendly neighbors and a front porch, the space to garden, and being located close to the Beltline and MARTA. She works as an immigration and criminal defense attorney in Atlanta. Laura is excited about the potential of this city and this neighborhood.
Laura Glass Hess
Dana Hughes is the new OCCO Secretary. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Jackson State University and working in corporate America for a number of years, Dana decided to follow her calling to become a Birth & Postpartum Doula. She is also a certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She has lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for 14 years and moved to Oakland City with her partner Tamara last August. She is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves doing yoga, meditation and traveling. When she’s not circling the globe, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, granddaughter and friends.
Katavia Sloan is the new OCCO Parliamentarian. Originally from Florida she has been in Atlanta for 7 years. She and her husband are new homeowners in Oakland City. Katavia works in Training and Development and is a certified rehabilitation counselor. A passionate advocate for social justice issues she is excited about serving this community and being a part of its growth.