Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association

Mark Your Calendars

Neighborhood Meeting
Third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at the Senior Center


Fall Event
October 20, 2012

            In this July issue
                               
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President’s Report
By Terry Horgan, 404-934-5508

For those of us with children, August is a busy time with Back-to-school activities. I hope you can all find time however to make the next neighborhood meeting as we have some very important issues to discuss.
 
A&R will be in attendance at this meeting to discuss the traffic study draft and field any questions and concerns you may have. Deborah has requested in addition the Kroger driveway counts onto Bellemeade (previously documented for the traffic light study), and the lunchtime counts which will hopefully help to give a more accurate picture of our traffic struggles. It is my hope that we will have  representation from each street and all corners of our neighborhood to discuss your concerns for traffic calming. Please compare notes with your neighbors and prepare your questions in advance to keep this moving smoothly. I will need to time the questions to make sure everyone gets a chance to voice their concerns with respect for their neighbors and the professionals at A&R. The A&R proposal is available on the BPNA homepage for your review.
 
BPNA neighbors banned together with Underwood Hills for a letter writing campaign to discourage Advanced Auto Parts from moving into the space occupied by the Used Car lot and Bell Street Burritos.
William Jungman graciously volunteered to chair that committee and will update us on the progress of that effort. Ron Horgan volunteered to issue a tree appeal to help save some of the trees on the site. He worked with the adjacent neighbor and the developer to replace the three trees at the rear of the site with a massive landscaping buffer.
 
The BPNA’s Fall Pig Roast is gearing up for October 20th. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this fun casual event filled with great food, libations, and entertainment, please email Ron Horgan at ronalmhorgan@gmail.com. There are many positions to fill from check-in to clean-up and set up before and after. I encourage all neighbors new and old to get involved. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and help with your neighborhood association.
 
Our next meeting is on August 21st, so make sure you join us at the Senior Center at 7 pm. Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association will also be in attendance to learn about the Atlanta Gas project. I look forward to seeing you all.


      
NPU-D meeting
By Jim Martin

On July 24th, the NPU-D meeting was another quiet one. We only had one regular business item on the agenda, a liquor license for the Shell mini-mart on Defoors Ferry Road in Underwood Hills. We unanimously approved this after a brief discussion. We also voted, once again, to defer the rezoning application for the old Georgia Steel site. The applicants for this have requested that the case be deferred by the Zoning Review Board (ZRB) until March at the earliest, so we will probably be deferring it a few more times in the future. We unanimously endorsed a resolution opposing an Atlanta Public Schools proposal to put a bus maintenance facility at the Pitts elementary school site on Perry Blvd. This is a residential area with residential zoning. The proposed facility would have a clearly industrial character and would put a lot of heavy vehicle traffic onto residential streets. The site is located in NPU-G adjacent to NPU-D.

After the NPU meeting, which ended well ahead of schedule, I had the opportunity to discuss the zoning along Howell Mill Road and the issues that arose with the proposed Advance Auto parts store with our NPU planner, Karl. In last month’s newsletter, I had mentioned that we might be able to steer future redevelopment along this corridor with either a Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning district or with an amendment to our existing Special Public Interest (SPI) overlay zoning. Current sentiment at the Planning Bureau favors NC zoning districts over SPIs. Karl suggested that we review the general NC regulations and the  specific regulations for the city’s existing NC districts. Then we should draft a set of regulations and boundaries for our proposed district. The Planning Bureau will review and edit these. Once everything is in order, they will introduce the zoning legislation and it will move through the normal rezoning process. The relevant NC regulations. Will Jungman has tentatively agreed to chair the joint BPNA-UHNA committee that will be drafting the regulations for this district.
 
We heard back from the Planning Bureau and the Department of Public Works (DPW) regarding the proposed additions to the city’s capital improvements plan that we submitted in April. The response was fairly typical for these sorts of things: a mixture of “no”, “we’ll think about it”, and “someone else will have to do it”. The only noteworthy thing about all this was that the proposed partial closure of Verner Street just to the east of Howell Mill was rejected by DPW. This is one of the recommendations in the draft of the A&R traffic study that BPNA will be reviewing at its August meeting. I do not know whether the A&R recommendation will carry more weight with DPW than the NPU-D recommendation did, but this is clearly something that DPW is predisposed against.
 
We don’t have much on the NPU-D agenda for August. We will be reviewing our bylaws, which is an annual ritual. Since no one has pointed out a fault with these in the past year, the review is likely to be a
formality. For those who are interested the current bylaws, which were last revised in 2010.

We are moving ahead with the BPNA beautification project. Selig has paid for the hardscaping and landscaping as we requested, so we should have slabs on which to install the first three benches (the ones at the fire station) in the next month or so. We have postponed ordering the other benches and trash cans until we have the slabs for them in place, so that we will not have to store them for very long prior to their installation. The sidewalk project is still mired in the bureaucracy of DPW. We began our discussions last year will Madelyn Grant who then handed off the project to Cotena Alexander. Cotena seemed ready to act, but then delegated it to Venesia Horne. Venesia was on the brink of taking action, when she then decided to hand it off to Lawrence Jeter (although she did not bother to mention this until I asked for an update). Lawrence, ironically, took over Madelyn’s job when she retired. When I spoke to him, he knew nothing about the project. No handoff of authority ever comes with an actual exchange of information, so we begin from scratch each time. I talked to Lawrence about this on the day before he left for a two week vacation, so he will not be getting back to us until mid August. In another ironic turn, a city crew came and installed a sidewalk segment along Verner St in July that Lawrence has now been tasked with determining the feasibility of. It seems that someone somewhere must have already made this determination, unless city crews wander about randomly installing segments of sidewalk. If we could only figure out who that was…
 
Next NPU-D meeting: Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 pm 
Agape Center, 2351 Bolton Road, NW


Membership Committee

by Barry Sermons

Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2012. Details, registration and entertainment information coming soon. Festival music will be broadcasted on internet TV  1:00-5:00 p.m.  Volunteers needed to help with the event.  Contact Barry Sermons for information.
 
The all new Berkeley Park Mobile Shoppers Club. This is a Smart Phone Friendly website and now a Mobile app - with information, videos, coupons, discounts and community updates  (a great perk for business sponsors) we have new businesses coming on board each month to offer exclusive discounts. We will launch a mobile App (iphone and android) soon share pictures of neighborhood watch, code violations, fun in action, get coupons for local merchants and get important neighborhood alerts directly pushed to your phone.   www.BerkeleyParkMobileShoppers.com

The Membership Drive Continues
Become an active part of a lively and innovative urban setting by joining the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association. The neighborhood teems with restaurants and other amenities, and includes the largest number of technical and production facilities in Atlanta. Its residents love food, and love art and technology. 


Community and Surrounding Area Information

Farmers market on wheels comes to our neighborhood - Thursdays – beginning Thursday, August 2nd
Neighborhood wholesale florist, Floral Park, has opened its doors to its friends and neighbors in Berkeley Park!  Floral Park, established in 1997, has some of the freshest and finest cut flowers and orchid plants you will find in the city of Atlanta.  Come see for yourself and enjoy wholesale prices!

Floral Park is located at 775 Trabert Avenue. Floral Park welcomes you to stop by Monday-Wednesday and Fridays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursdays 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

In addition to visiting Floral Park for your cut floral needs, be sure to stop by on Thursdays from 3pm – 6pm to enjoy Farm Mobile. Farm Mobile is a farmers market on wheels. Inside, shoppers choose from shelves stocked with organic locally grown produce, free-range eggs, breads from H&F Bread Co., grits, polenta, and cornmeal, and sustainable meats. Other regular items on board include cheese from local food artisans like Sequatchie Cove Farm, and pesto from Hope's Gardens. Farm Mobile has everything you need for an all-local dinner!  Farm Mobile's freezer includes grass-fed beef and Berkshire pork, all from Riverview Farms. Farm Mobile also stocks whole pasture-raised chickens raised by White Oak Pastures.

Urban Pet Project
Urban Pet Project, is a new 501(c)3 animal rescue located in Midtown, and has asked to help spread the word about their adoption program.
Companions for Heroes, pairs rescued dogs with active duty military members, veterans and first responders in a no-cost adoption that includes one year of pet health insurance, a gift card to purchase pet supplies, and access to training support. Also check out, Music at the Mountain, their fundraiser that will help continue the Companions for Heroes program.


Yahoo Email List
 
If you have an announcement for the whole neighborhood, please send email to bpna@yahoogroups.com.  If you have an opinion or need input from others, use bpna-discuss@yahoo.com forum to discuss issues related to Berkeley Park .

You will need to be a member of the Yahoo discussion group to send and receive the emails.  To join go to  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bpna-discuss/ and clicking on the "join" button. If that doesn't work for you, please send Hollie Meyer an email at rdmhlm@gmail.com to let her know that you want to be add to the discussion list.


BPNA Membership Dues

Have you sent in your 2012 membership dues?  Click here to complete your application online!

Become an active part of a lively and innovative urban setting by joining the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association. The neighborhood teems with restaurants and other amenities, and includes the largest number of technical and production facilities in Atlanta. Its residents love food, and love art and technology.

Join the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association
Membership has privileges Annual Membership dues:

  • Individual Member ($20)
  • Senior ($5)
  • Business ($50)

Discount shopping and dining coupons from local merchants

VIP membership in the Berkeley Park Mobile Shoppers Club www.BerkeleyParkMobileShopper.com

A free reusable Berkeley Park Branded shopping bag with membership,

Other Benefits

  • Vote in all elections and
  • Receive the monthly Newsletter
  • Receive neighborhood watch alerts
  • Lost and found pets
  • Suspicious activity
  • FYI - updates


About Us

Berkeley Park was originally a farm owned by John Whitley. It was developed in 1921 and until 1995 was a part of Underwood Hills neighborhood . That year, Berkeley Park residents formed their own organization and called it the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association.

In order to vote on issues at meetings, you must be a dues-paying member of the association. 
Effective January 1, 2009, BPNA membership is $20 per person (up to 3 adults per address are eligible to become members), and $10 for seniors. To join the association, attend a monthly meeting and pay dues to the treasurer, Nina-Daniela McCormack, or the president, Terry Horgan . If you cannot attend a meeting but wish to join, or for more information, email us at info@berkeleypark.org. Click here to fill out the form and pay online.

About the newsletter

The Berkeley Park Bulletin is published monthly in print and at www.berkeleypark.org by the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, a non-profit organization. To subscribe to the monthly edition, submit an article, or inquire about advertising, contact the editor, Hollie Meyer, at 765-532-1164 or rdmhlm@gmail.com. We accept appropriate articles from all Berkeley Park residents or other interested community members at the discretion of the editor and as space permits.


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Berkeley Park is run solely on dues as well as advertisements from our sponsors. Please take a moment to visit our sponsors and thank them for their support of Berkeley Park.

    
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