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Hi neighbors-

Hope everyone had a wonderful Summer and that all the kids are ready for school! Fall is just around the corner and that means that we will need to start planning for our Fall Festival! If you are interested in being a part of the planning of this fun event, please reach out to  

Our next BPNA meeting will be Tuesday, August 16th at Mama Nikki’s Pizza beginning promptly at 7pm. Urban Tree Cidery has a private event that night this month, but future meetings will be there.

Please remember to keep an eye out in the community for suspicious behavior or activity. Reminder to take all your valuables out of your cars and make sure your vehicle is locked up. Please do not hesitate to call the police at the slightest uneasy feeling and always be aware of your surroundings and the people in it.

See you on August 16th.

Victoria Hurd

Mark you Calendars

BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.
Mama Niki's Pizzeria (next to Kroger)

NPU-D Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm 
Agape Center, 2351 Bolton Road, NW
All NPU Residents Welcome

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NPU Report

By Jim Martin

July NPU-D meeting: The NPU-D meeting on July 26th was the least well-attended one that I can remember. We needed to refer to our bylaws to see if we met our quorum requirement before conducting business. We barely met the requirement because 4 of our 7 neighborhoods were represented by the 7 voting members in attendance. Our bylaws state that either this degree of neighborhood representation “or” having ten voting members is sufficient for a quorum. The likely reason for the poor turnout was a very light agenda. We had only one business matter, a residential setback variance in Underwood Hills, which was not at all controversial. Following several presentations, we endorsed that variance unanimously and wrapped things up in less than an hour.

Liquor Licenses: The two controversial liquor license applications that were heard at the June NPU-D meeting and reported on in the July BPNA newsletter are still pending before the License Review Board (LRB). The liquor license for the strip club on Marietta Blvd has not yet been listed on a LRB agenda. The license for the Masquerade has been listed several times, but deferred at the request of the applicant. Because I have been travelling a lot recently and might miss the relevant LRB hearing, I submitted a letter to Felicia Moore describing the NPU-D action on this matter in June. Those who did not attend the June NPU-D meeting, but have been critical of the actions taken there, may wish to review this in order to understand our reasoning on this matter. The developer of the residences surrounding the proposed Masquerade location in Blandtown, Brock Built Homes, has filed an appeal challenging the administrative decision approving the special administrative permit that was granted and is needed (in addition to a liquor license and a building permit) in order for this project to move ahead. This appeal will be heard by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) on October 6th. It seems likely the Brock Built will pursue other challenges to this project as well because it will have a significant negative impact on their property’s value.

TSPLOSTs: The city is moving ahead with its plan to put two special local option sales tax (SPLOST) referenda on our ballot in November. In July, the city council approved the project list for the first of these. Clearly, it is a pretty big disappointment in comparison to the draft project list that is reported in the June BPNA newsletter. The actual project list contains very little in our area and cuts several of the bicycle and pedestrian projects that would have connected us to the rest of the city. The Trabert Ave extension and the widening of Huff Road west of the rail bridge both appear to have been dropped. What seems to have been added is a $66 million land purchase for the Beltline. Oddly, no one seems to be able to tell me what land this is intended for. Presumably the active rail corridor in our area is not for sale and would not be affected by this unless a deal has been struck that I am not aware of. It seems odd that such a big ticket item, which is coming at the expense of other worthy projects, should be so ill-defined. The MARTA project list for the second SPLOST still appears to be defined in terms of “potential projects”. It isn’t clear whether it will ever be better defined than that before we are asked to vote on it. If it is not, then it would be nice to know what the procedures for identifying the projects that will actually get built are going to be. If we end up more underused street car lines like the one that we already have, then it is hard to imagine anyone being particularly enthused about it.

Infrastructure bonds: The city is also moving ahead with the various projects that are being funded with revenue from the bond issuance that we endorsed in last year’s ballot referendum (i.e. the Renew Atlanta bonds). A list of those projects broken down by area. Of greatest interest to us is the “complete street” project on Howell Mill Road, which promises consistent sidewalks and bike lanes from Collier Road to Marietta Street based on its original description. It is not clear what the time frame for that project is, but since it is to be bought with borrowed money and paid for later, it ought to be pretty soon. There is also supposed to be a project at fire station 23, but the scope of that is not clear from the list.

Bicycles: On August 3rd, I attended ambassador training at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC). I wasn’t sure what to expect from that, but it turned out that the primary task for which I had volunteered was to recruit others to join ABC. This is important and you should do it – if you are a biker, would like to be a biker, or are just someone who would like to see an increase in property values and a reduction in traffic. ABC lobbies the city for bike infrastructure and for bike-friendly policies. That lobbying is more effective if there is a large, vocal, voting membership. Thus joining ABC is the easiest way to tell our elected officials that you care about this stuff. Calling, mailing, and showing up at meetings helps too, but that clearly involves more effort. ABC’s current efforts include pushing for bike lanes on Peachtree Street in midtown. When you join ABC you will get cool stuff like stickers, bike bells, and/or T-shirts. You will also get invited to bike-centric events and get discounts from local merchants. You can join online at . You can also sign up for the newsletter without joining, so that you can find out what is going on bike-wise in the city. Upcoming ABC-sponsored events, which are free to all, include the mobile social group ride in the evening on 8/12, the “cash mob” on Peachtree event to lobby local businesses to support bike lanes in the evening on 8/19, and the Streets Alive festival in Virginia Highlands, which promises to be big, in the afternoon on 9/25.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

By Hollie Meyer

No July Meeting

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