Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Family-friendly Halloween event later this month will help support the Loring Heights Park Improvement initiative
Halloween-themed family fun is promised for later this month as Friends of Loring Heights Park will host its first “Costumes and Que” fundraiser in support of Phase II of the Loring Heights Park Improvement initiative. The project has already seen more than $200,000 of improvements specifically for a great new playground that everyone can enjoy around a tranquil duck pond. The event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2-6 p.m. at the Loring Heights Pond & Tanyard CSO Greenspace. It will feature a costume parade and lots of kids activity including a bouncy house, train ride, bobbing for apples, sand castle making, hula hoops, mini pumpkin hunt and more. There will also be live music courtesy of Carter Rude and Friends and plenty of food…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Developers seeking to build a 514,000-plus square-foot sports complex in the Loring Heights neighborhood just north of Atlantic Station that would target training rising elite athletes.
The October Neighborhood Planning Unit-E meeting is set for Tuesday at Peachtree Christian Church located at 1580 Peachtree Street. NPU-E serves several Midtown Patch neighborhoods including Midtown, Ansley Park, Atlantic Station, Home Park, Georgia Tech, Loring Heights and the westside of the city. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The volunteer board of elected community leaders make recommendations to the city on voting issues including zoning and permit applications. On Tuesday’s agenda, NPU members are scheduled to hear from developers seeking to build a 514,000-plus square-foot sports complex in the Loring Heights neighborhood just north of Atlantic Station. Odyssey Sports Atlanta wants to construct…
Monday, July 30, 2012
The playground marks the end of Phase I for West Midtown neighborhood
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Flocks of children and their parents visited Loring Heights Park on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the completion of a brand new playground. The playground is the centerpiece of the first phase of development for the park. The play structure took seven days to build once the ground adjacent the park’s pond was raised and leveled, according to Ron Grunwald of the Loring Heights Neighborhood Association. The playground was assembled with volunteer labor in order to reduce costs. “Before, a lot of people may have liked the park, but there wasn’t much to do,” said Grunwald. In order to build the playground, a portion of the park had to be raised above the level of the pond, which contributed to the project’s $180,000 price tag. Atlanta City …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dilapidated buildings on Bishop Street will be demolished, but neighborhood association disagrees with variances requests.
The July Neighborhood Planning Unit-E meeting is set for Tuesday at Peachtree Christian Church located at 1580 Peachtree Street. NPU-E serves Midtown, Ansley Park, Atlantic Station, Home Park, Georgia Tech and West Midtown. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The volunteer board of elected community leaders make recommendations to the city on voting issues including zoning and permit applications. Here are some of the items on tonight’s agenda: Special events and outdoor festivals to be discussed and voted on for approval Event Name Proposed Location Proposed Event Date Pure Heat Community Festival Midtown (Piedmont Park) September 2, 2012 Park Tavern Fall Festival Midtown (Piedmont Park) August 18, 2012 …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A meeting with the state and city about conflicting GDOT transportation projects left one neighborhood association official feeling a need for change.
Loring Heights Neighborhood Association President Ron Grunwald came away from Wednesday's meeting with officials from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Atlanta feeling like the whole process of scheduling construction projects needs a change. Grunwald said he was happy with the meeting turnout, and did like learning that the water main installation on Northside Drive may not coincide as much with the planned Amtrak station improvements in North Midtown because of how contractor bidding on the water main project works, but he still feels that this whole situation was badly handled. He said that he thinks neighborhoods should be informed sooner about proposed construction projects, scheduling projects should be …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Loring Heights community has broken ground on the first playground and has initial approval for the second.
Loring Heights kids may get to enjoy not one new playground this summer, but two. The community has already broken ground on the site for the first playground, which will be in Loring Heights Park. According to Loring Heights Neighborhood President Ron Grunwald, the playground in the park is near completion. The manufacturer of the playground, Big Toys, Inc., will send 2-3 installers to supervise a community build on July 9. "We'll be doing all of the heavy lifting," said Grunwald. The playground equipment will cost the neighborhood $85,000. Some funds were raised through "very key" grants and donations, according to Grunwald. Contributors to the project include the City of Atlanta, City Council and Google, which matched a contribution …
Friday, June 15, 2012
GDOT and Public Works officials told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on Thursday night that the Northside Drive and Deering Road projects can't be rescheduled.
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Buckhead Council of Neighbors is attempting to save Buckhead and North Midtown drivers a big headache this summer, when two major construction projects will be underway at the same time and potentially cause a traffic “nightmare.” The council met with members of GDOT, as well as Atlanta Commissioner of Public Works Richard Mendoza at their monthly meeting on Thursday night in an attempt to get clarity on why it seems the scheduling on the projects can’t be changed. The two projects in conflict are the parking lot replacement at the Amtrak station in North Midtown, which will require the closure of Deering Road where it connects to Peachtree adjacent to the train station (expected to begin after July 4), and the extensive Northside …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Thursday night, the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods will discuss GDOT's Deering Road and Northside Drive/Collier Road projects, which are expected to overlap and cause traffic problems.
At Thursday night's Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting, a discussion is expected to take place about conflicting GDOT projects - one in North Midtown and one in Buckhead - as well as attempts to coordinate and mitigate negative impacts from the construction process on the council's neighborhoods. The specific projects expected to conflict are the Deering Road and Northside Drive improvement projects. GDOT intends to replace the Amtrak station parking lot in North Midtown and will close Deering at Peachtree Road to do such. Last fall, the Midtown-based Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation placed the station on its 2012 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state. In a memo sent by Loring Heights Neighborhood Association President Ron …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Plan seeks to protect West Midtown's neighborhood's interests as the city targets the community's industrial space and path for the Atlanta BeltLine.
Monday, March 5, 2012
What do you want to see in this vacant space?
It’s time for another "Visions for Vacancies" feature as we ask you what you'd like to see go in a local vacant commercial space. This week, we visit the Loring Heights neighborhood. At Tuesday’s Neighborhood Planning Unit-E meeting, the Loring Heights Neighborhood Association Master Plan is on the agenda for a vote. Also up for vote is the Beltline Subarea 8 Plan: Upper Westside-Northside Plan, as well as the Beltline Subarea 8 Land Use amendments. The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Peachtree Christian Church located at 1580 Peachtree Street. See here for more information. The master plan, which was prepared by Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, indicates that the intersection of Northside Drive and Deering Road is a “poor gateway …