We would like to give a big thank you to Councilmember Natalyn Archibong for her support of the Beltline.
Her office has been responding to the participants of the email campaign and she got in touch to let us know that she is on our side:
“I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send an email and make their voices heard. Since the passage of the legislation approving the Beltline, I have been a strong and consistent supporter of the Beltline. I am encouraged by the overwhelming support that the community has shown. I commend the community for being very vigilant and working to ensure that all proposed development conforms to the relevant subarea design standards. For these reasons, I stand with the community in their support of the Beltline.”
After many months of slow progress, things are heating up again. Here is a quick summary of events leading up to today:
On July 12, the Office of Planning issues a Special Administrative Permit allowing the suburban style shopping center to be built adjacent to the Beltline. Members of the community and NPU-W fought to have the permit denied and were originally successful. The developer made a series of minor and superficial changes to the plan and was eventually successful in receiving the SAP despite the community’s objections. They are now free to move forward with their plans.
Meanwhile, District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith introduced legislation to rezone property. This would change the zoning classification to the multi-family residential zoning recommended by the Beltline master plan. Since the SAP has already been approved, the developer still has the right to build the suburban style shopping center. However, if the development stalls for any reason or if their SAP is successfully appealed, they would lose the right to build a shopping center and would have to comply with the new, Beltline friendly, zoning rules.
At the August 8th Zoning Review Board meeting, the rezoning legislation was approved by a 2-1 vote. Over 600 community members attended to show their support for the legislation.
As a result, the property owner and the developer is threatening legal action. The community is organizing to appeal the SAP and the rezoning legislation is headed to the City Council Zoning Committee.
If the property owner and developer are able to stop the rezoning in court, they will be able to continue with their plan to build a suburban style shopping center.
If the city council approves the rezoning and the neighborhood is successful in their appeal of the SAP, the developer would be unable to move forward and the Beltline master plan will be preserved.
I just checked on the status of the Save the Beltline email campaign, over 111o people have used the email template to contact their elected officials. The voices of this many citizens can not be ignored!
NPU W Chair Ed Gilgor has set up a Facebook page with the most up-to-date info about the 800 Glenwood Ave development.
Here are the official recommendations by NPU W concerning the planned development at 800 Glenwood: http://bit.ly/PXROgN
The movement keeps growing.
Special thanks to Creative Loafing for letting us share some important information about this issue.
Our email campaign to oppose the development at 800 Glenwood Ave has really taken off.
As of this morning, we have smashed through our original goal of 100 emails. We have over 150 and it is increasing by the minute. Thanks again for helping to raise awareness about this important issue.
Others in the neighborhood have planned a rally for tonight at 7 pm in Glenwood Park. I hope to see you all there.
The message about stopping suburban development on Glenwood Ave is spreading.
I just checked on our web traffic numbers. We have had 210 unique visitors to the site over the past 24 hours and 60 people have gone on to send emails using the email template.
Let’s keep up the good work. I know if I received 60 emails in one day about anything, I would probably take notice.
Community members in SE Atlanta are not pleased with proposed development at 800 Glenwood Ave. The official response from NPU W is posted here along with some other information about the application and the BeltLine Subarea 4 Masterplan.
The meat of the argument can be found in the last few paragraphs:
More fundamentally, the proposal fails in nearly every way to comply with the goals and ideals adopted by Council in committing to the construction of the Atlanta Beltline and Council’s bold vision of connecting and revitalizing Atlanta. Instead, the proposal seeks to wedge a typically suburban big box store into historic neighborhoods and communities that have strived for true intersection of the live, work play ideal represented by new urbanism. NPU-W urges the Office of Planning to exercise its discretion and deny the application as it had been submitted. Should the applicant decide to submit an application that does meet with the Beltline Overlay and the Subarea 4 Master Plan, then it will find the surrounding communities, as well as this NPU, to be active partners and supporters in its endeavor.
Participate in this email campaign and ask the City to follow the BeltLine’s plan and oppose big box retail on Glenwood Ave.