We had the Officer Elections on 1/24/17- Meet the New Officers of OCCO

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.

 Kimberly Reese


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.

Dana Hughes


Katavia Sloan is the new OCCO ParliamentarianOriginally 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.

Katavia Sloan
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Get your Taxes Done at H&R Block and OCCO Will Receive a Donation

OCCO is working with H&R Block and Block Advisors this tax season. Use the referral code –  40010001086643 (also shown in the flyer below) and take it to the office when you have your tax return prepared. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution.

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The Hartnett Elementary School and Negro Playing Field Sign is Up

Hooray! The Hartnett Elementary School and Negro Playing field sign is finally installed. Go check it out at 1401 Bridges St in Oakland City/Bush Mountain. It took a year of collaboration and patience, but we were able to mark this hidden corner of the neighborhood with a historical sign. Look out for a mini celebration in the future.

Present in the picture, l to r, Darryl Haddock {West Atlanta Watershed Alliance /Outdoor Activity Center}, Amy Johnson, Sowaya Brice, Jesse Grabowski {Atlanta History Center}, Daniel Calvert {Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation}.

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OCCO Monthly Meeting – Tuesday January 24th at 6:30pm

It’s Election time! Our next meeting is January 24th at the Reverend James Orange Park Recreation Center- 1305 Oakland Drive. Please come kick off the new year with your neighbors-old and new, and run for office!

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Look at the recent home sales in Oakland City

Look at recent home sales in Oakland City- The market is heating up. The homes on Westboro, Lanvale, Westmont, Larosa Terrace, Lanvale and Lawton sold for prices ranging from $25,000 to $159,900. See more at http://www.realtor.com/soldhomeprices/Oakland-City_Atlanta_GA

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Home on Peeples Street Sells for $115,000

This is encouraging, as that street has been a trouble spot for too long.

“With shoutouts to both Santa and Festivus, the listing for this unfinished but dirt-cheap property ($115,000) stresses the potential of not just the house, but the Oakland City neighborhood at large.” Josh Green. Read more at http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/12/9/13901116/westside-beltline-home-santa-oakland-city


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OCCO Holiday Home Party Tour December 2016

Hey Oakland City neighbors, we tried something new for the holidays year and had the OCCO Holiday Party at three homes instead of in one location. We apologized if we missed you this yer. We tried to invite all the neighbors who had provided emails on our meeting sign-in sheets this year. We called it the OCCO Holiday Home Party Tour. We visited three homes-1 for Appetizers, 1 for Entrees, and 1 for Desserts. Some of my nephews and a niece helped host and serve.
I hope we can do it again next year on a larger scale or at least at different homes.


























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Look who’s moving into the area!

Southern Aged will join Monday Night Brewing, Doux South Pickles, and Honeysuckle Gelato at the Beltline-adjacent project.


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Happy Thanksgiving from OCCO


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Atlanta City Design Public Meetings

Atlanta residents are being invited to hear about a project designed to shape Atlanta’s growth as its population is expected to double in the next 20 to 25 years.

Voice your opinions and learn more at the Atlanta City Design Studio at Ponce City Market, through social media, or at future meetings.

Read more at http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/2016/11/public-meetings-planned-citys-future-growth/


See a Youtube video about City Design at https://youtu.be/aw96hPdU4Sc


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