Marietta Street Artery Association

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES january 29 2003

 

 Thank you to Urban Realty Partners and Puritan Mill who hosted our meeting.

 

ACE Hardware –Bill Gould - Bates ACE Hardware, located at 1709 Howell Mill Road NW has a sales rebate program for businesses and residence within the neighborhoods of the Northwest Community Alliance (NCA). Just mention the ARTery when making a purchase and Bates will donate 5% to the NCA, 50% of which goes directly to MSAA. Then check out the tally board in the front of the store and watch the dollars grow. 

 

MSAA encourages you to support Bates ACE Hardware as they have elected to support our community initiatives.

 

Our many thanks go to Bates ACE Hardware for their on-going commitment to our neighborhood.

Volunteers – Curt Flaherty - MSAA is looking for individuals who would like to join us in turning our goals for 2003 into reality. Both the MSAA and the Master Planning Committee are in need of the following talents:

 

Accounting                                           Civil Engineering                                  Fund Raising

Legal Council                                        Landscape Architecture                     Web Design

Publishing                                             City Planning                                        Computer Graphics

Marketing                                              Research/Analysis                              Graphic Design

 

If you would like to volunteer or need more information, please contact Suzanne Bair at CSO@artery.org.

 

Aquarium – Curt Flaherty- In March or April, Coke will update us on the proposed site development of The Georgia Aquarium and new World of Coke Museum. This may include a traffic impact study and proposed supplemental transportation system connecting the downtown area and Atlantic Station.  (UPDATE: Since the neighborhood meeting, Curt has been contacted by the City of Atlanta Planning Department to alert the MSAA to a presentation by Coca-Cola and the Marcus Foundation at a date and time as yet to be determined.)

 

Master Plan Committee Update – Ed Akins – The goal of the ARTery Master Plan Committee (AMPC) is to create a more livable environment within the ARTery. By filling-in the missing “teeth” along Marietta Street, with either public or private development, it would increase security and foster a more walkable neighborhood. A light commuter rail system could be funded by a Livable Communities Initiatives (LCI) grant. The committee is working with PATH on a viable cycling path through the neighborhood. Although the committee is making good progress and has received positive feedback from the city, 2003 will have its challenges. Much talent will be needed to complete the planning process and grant applications. Volunteerism is encouraged. (Please see the volunteer list above.) Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

Send suggestions to Ed at eea2@mindspring.com

 

BFI – Curt Flaherty – BFI has proposed a household waste transfer facility at Jefferson Street and Marietta Blvd. MSAA is not in support of this facility and a letter to that affect has been sent to Ivory Young.

 

Taylor Letter Service Inc. – Steve Rothman, an attorney with Wilson Brock &Irby LLC – Taylor Letter Service, currently located at 316 Centennial Olympic Blvd, asked MSAA to support their application for a  special exception for parking reduction and a variance to allow building access through the Northyards facility to their future location at 380 North Avenue.  The neighborhood voted unanimously in favor of supporting Taylor’s applications. Curt Flaherty will send a letter to Wilson Brock&Irby as evidence of MSAA’s support. 

    

Salvation Army – Major Larry Broome – A proposal to expand the facility at Lucky and Mills Street was presented. The expansion, a 2-story addition on the Parker Street side of the existing building, would add 22 family units and 11 parking spaces. The Salvation Army requested that MSAA support their application to the City of Atlanta for a Special Exception for the number of allotted parking spaces. Concerns were voiced regarding the current operations of the SA facility, noise, loitering, people sleeping in cars on adjacent properties, public urination, discarded grease on Parker Street, illegally parked cars, inadequate ground maintenance and poor response from SA management staff when local residence phone with complaints. In addition, issues with the site plan and development controls were raised. It was decided that SA would make a more detailed presentation to the ARTery Master Planning Committee (AMPC) on Thursday February 6, 2003. The decision to support the Special Exception application was deferred. 

 

The next MSAA meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday February 27, 2003 at Brock Green, Suite 201, 434 Marietta St NW.