Date:                                      July 17, 2018
Time:                                      7:30pm – 8:pm
Location:                               Zoo Atlanta ARC Building, Coca-Cola World Theater
Officers/Chairs Present:     Dr. Michelle Kirby                President              
                                                Eliza Adams                           Secretary
                                                Chris Newman                      Public Safety
                                                Steve Powner                       Economic Development
                                                Laura Keen                            Fundraising
                                                Heidi Reis                              Philanthropic
                                                Stephanie Warner               Technology
                                                Michelle Botwinick              Treasurer             
                                                Paul Simo                               Homes & History
President – Dr. Michelle Kirby ([email protected])
  • Welcome, housekeeping rules, and thanks to Zoo Atlanta for use of the theater for the meeting.
  • Reminder: The purpose of the monthly general GPNA meeting is for GPNA officers/committee chairs, local organizations, elected officials, etc. to provide brief updates to the community. In-depth discussion occurs at the committee level.
  • Zone 6 APD Update: Lieutenant Crowder [email protected]
    • Promoting clean car campaign
    • Uptick in package thefts
    • Residents with video on their porches have been helpful in catching package thefts
    • Auto theft in zone six is much lower than the rest of the city
  • Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) – Michelle Blackmon, Executive Director
    • Park Pride Visioning Meeting update
  • Design workshop on July 11th. Great turnout 80+ people
  • Next step will be for architects to draw up a design        
  • 16th annual Summer Shade festival August 25th and 26th
  • Festival will kick off with an auction at the Beacon
  • Rebecca Jones will be in charge of logistics for the Summer Shade Festival
  • Liquor license for Summer Shade Festival approved  
Vice President – Ron Hatch ([email protected] Update provided by president Dr. Michelle Kirby)
  • Passed around committee sign-up sheet and encouraged neighbors to check in and sign up for any committee they may be interested in. Interested neighbors should hear from the committee chair, but if not, please know all committees are open to the public. You can contact committee chairs here for questions/concerns and see committee meeting dates on the GPNA calendar.
  • Meeting signs available for neighbors to put in their yard. Please email [email protected]
Secretary – Eliza Adams ([email protected]) – June minutes approval vote held towards the end of the meeting
Treasurer – Michelle Botwinick  - Reminder: GPNA is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
*Report-$32,005.66 currently in the treasury as of June 30th
*funds are earmarked for certain projects and committees 
Public Safety – Chris Newman ([email protected])
  • Public Safety meetings are held in conjunction with NPU Public Safety meetings every 4th Wednesday at 6:30pm
  • 300 block of Woodward Ave a 2005 Acura was stolen but recovered
  • Beware of scam artists pretending to be with alarm companies. If someone comes to your door saying they are with your alarm company, call the company to verify. 
  • Still trying to arrange a tour of the 911 call center
  • Asked for support to request a grant of $500 for a few extra officers to patrol the park and help with traffic control during the weekend of Labor day for House in the Park.
  • Waiting for the application for House in the Park which will be held Sunday, September 2nd
  • Expecting 10K to 15K at House in the Park
  • Motion to support the grant of $500 approved
  • Please send concerns to [email protected] and keep your cars cleaned out of visible items!
    • Brad Nevin– Grant Park Neighborhood Watch; if you need a block captain email [email protected]; goal is to get to know your neighbors and help each other stay safe.
Fundraising – Laura Keen ([email protected])
  • Seeking new sponsors and donations
Economic Development- Stephen Powner ([email protected])
  • Grant Park gathering to be held at the Republic Thursday, July 26th 6pm-8pm
  • Sunbursts are available for purchase at
Philanthropic – Heidi Reis ([email protected] Update provided by president Dr. Michelle Kirby)
  • Prepare meals for the families at The Nicholas House in Grant Park. Volunteers are needed. Please email Heidi at [email protected].
  • 8 volunteers showed up in June and served 40+ folks
                *Feel great about giving back to the community
                *3rd Saturday of July and August (7/21 and 8/18)
                *8-10 people is the ideal amount of volunteers
                *Commit to 5:30pm-8pm
                *Premade meal to include Entree, side salad OR vegetable, desserts and drinks for 50 people       
                  (around 35 kids)
                 *Dinner served from 6:30pm-7:20pm
                 *1st servings, then seconds and then dessert
                 *Use disposable plates, utensils and cups
Technology – Stephanie Warner ([email protected])
  • Make sure you and your neighbors are signed up to receive email correspondence from GPNA at
  • We are looking for a way to allow neighbors to electronically sign-in at meetings to speed up the process.
  • Technology Committee meetings are every 4th Tuesday, 8pm, 393 Ormond St.
  • Kroger Plus Cards neighborhood rewards & Amazon Smile (get info from website)
  • Issues have been reported with Nextdoor and urgent alerts. Nextdoor is not a part of GPNA, but it is monitored by a few people on the steering committee
Homes & History – Paul Simo ([email protected];)
  • Meetings every 4th Monday at Atlanta Preservation Center at 7pm; enjoy wine & cheese!
  • Looking to extend the North Grant Park historic district into an area between Boulevard and Chastain St called Taco Town
  • New construction at 627 Robinson will be discussed at the next committee meeting
  • CoA at 551 Cherokee Ave
                 *Owner is applying for demo. They will attempt to save the foundation
         *Preservation tip of the month
                  *Invest in gutters to prevent water seeping into your foundation
Land Use and Zoning – Rick Hudson ([email protected])
  • Department of City of Planning: Office of Housing and Community Development: Equitable Housing in Atlanta upcoming workshop: July 21st: location TBD
  • Department of City Planning: Office of Housing and Community Development Workshop: next workshop July 21st: Location TBD
  • Signatures are being collected in regards to the renaming of Confederate Ave.
  • In August legislation will be introduced for the renaming of Confederate Ave. The Land Use and Zoning committee will attempt to get legislation to come through it.
                      *At the August meeting a motion will be proposed to restrict the voting to residents of Confederate Ave only. Once the vote comes out of the residents of Confederate Ave, it will come back to Land Use and Zoning the next month with a recommendation to move forward. It will then be sent off to the city with legislation wrapping up in late September early October.
*The parking deck at the George apartments will officially reopen in August.
*Beltline Rail now.
       -MARTA is now recommending Beltline northeast and southwest to have the transit on it for the next 40 years.
       -Land Use and Zoning is recommending what has been recommended since 2005 from neighborhoods around the city, the city council and from the MARTA board, that MARTA complete the full Beltline loop with transit and the path following along with it.                     
The following items received support via voice vote:
  • Correction to June minutes. Michelle Botwinick was present at the June meeting
  • June 2018 Minutes supported unanimously
New Business/Open Floor
Adjourn – 8:30 PM
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