SPARCC Community Input Meetings Have Started.

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.

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Report Abandoned Properties, Blighted Properties, Code Violations, & Dumping

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,
2. Email Public Works at
3. Call ATL 311;
4. Contact Keep Atlanta Beautiful at, 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,

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Elected Officials for Oakland City

Hey Oakland City neighbors! Here is the list of elected officials who represent our community. Contact them to report issues, problems, or give kudos.




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There is No Meeting Tonight!


There is No Meeting Tonight! But please join us next month on April 25th at 6:30pm. 1305 Oakland Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310

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TransFormation Alliance Celebrates $1 Million Grant for Atlanta

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

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



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Wild Heaven Beer Brewery Coming to Lee and White Street

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.

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Great Things To Come for Oakland City and the Lee Street Corridor

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.

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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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