Marietta Street Artery Association

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

Meeting Date:        March 31, 2004

 

Location:                Figo Pasta (Howell Mill and Huff Rds.)

 

In Attendance:       48 Attendees

 

 

 

Issues:

 

  1. 7:20 PM, Suzanne, Introductions;  neighbor introductions.
  1. Acknowledgement of Comer Hobbs for keeping BFI’s Solid Waste Transfer Station out of the neighborhood.
  1. 7:30 PM:  Zone 5 police report (Officer Lieutenant A.J. Whitmire in zone for 3 weeks).
  1. Crime all over city is down (Zone 5 by 17%).  Quality of life crimes are down significantly.
  1. Lt. Whitmire’s contact info., 404.658.7500 (3-11 PM)

                    3 concerns: 
trash (City),
loud music (911), and
panhandling (City, panhandling free zone)

                    Don’t hesitate to call 911, not just for life or death situations!

                    “Has there been progress from our 911 calls on nightclubs?”, Suzanne to investigate.

                    “I call 911 all the time” re: dance club “Barcode”.

                    License review board is our best avenue for shutting down problem nightclubs.

                    We have Officer Adams to thank for cleaning up the Bankhead Bridge.

  1. 7:45 PM: Ed Akins – we have a lot of celebrating to do – wonderful neighborhood.

                     LCI study – D.O.T. funds earmarked for neighborhoods with initiative to study environment.

                     2 ½ years ago, small group met every week.

                     Developed with neighborhoods around us – Atlantic Station, Aquarium, Home Park, English 

                                      Avenue.

                     RFQ – Request for Qualifications (R.F.P.) from qualified urban planning firms.

                     $75k granted, need $18,750 in matching funds – G.T./Winter/Aderhold/Midtown West/Puritan

                                      Mills = $15k.

                     “The answer to security is visibility, people on the street, density.   We have lost urban density.”

                     Workshops will be open to public.

                     Tie into the Beltline proposal – surface transit along Marietta Street (trolley?).

  1. 8:00 PM: Adam Baker (Atlantic Station)

                     138 acres of multi-use development

                     1901 - Atlantic Steel Barrel & Hoop Co.

                     1915 - Atlantic Steel Mill

                     17th Street bridge opens tomorrow morning (April 1st).

                     April 5thSouthtrust Bank opens offices at new building.

                     1.5 million square feet of retail / entertainment are planned.

                     1 acre park, flagship Dillards department store, 16 screen multiplex theater, Rosa Mexicana 

                                      restaurant.

                     Coming in Summer/Fall of 2005:  Publix, Ikea, California Pizza Kitchen, Moe’s, Franco Bistro,

                                       Health Club, Fox Sports Grill, Metropolitan Deluxe, Express, Bath & Body Works,

                                        Victoria’s Secret.

                      500 new jobs at Ikea alone.   $100 million at site (Ikea) – Summer ’05.

                      11 acres of green space, including a dog park.

                      Trolley (free to Arts Center MARTA station) / Parking below (7,000 – 10,000 spaces).

  1. 8:15 PM:  Claudia Balato – Sycamore Consulting

                       Public outreach for MARTA (inner core transit feasibility study)

                  a.) Beltline – Cathy Woolard

                                     b.) C-Loop concept – Cynthia McKinney

                            MARTA evaluating alternatives for future plans / federal funding.

                            Various technologies considered – light rail / trolleys / etc…

                            Another round of public meeting in July.  Stay tuned!

  1. 8:25 PM:  Curt Flaherty, Vice President of MSAA

                     2 current applications for variances, one for liquor license.

  1. 8:40 PM: Stan Woodard – The Contemporary announcements

 

  1. 8:45 PM: Tim Holdroyd (City Realty) - GaDOT is demolishing 14th Street bridge & 5 city blocks for new

                                        8-lane bridge

                           $73 million for construction, $100 million in land acquisition.

 

  1. 8:50 PM: Tom Lane – Publisher of Think Midtown

                     Writing on humanities and good communities.

                     John Lewis, Cathy Woolard, Shirley Franklin write for Think.

                     2 Things – get people back to people and spend your money locally!

                     Ryan - Midtown West rep. to Think.

  1. 8:55 PM: Suzanne – closing remarks:

                            Please Volunteer!!

                            Fun activities and events, need a coordinator

                            Membership forms available.  Thank You!!!