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E-Newsletter – March 2017

Buckhead Community Improvement District
BUCKHEAD REdeFINED – What’s Next?

Buckhead REdeFINED

The organizations behind BUCKHEAD REdeFINED have been working hard these past few months trying to plan for Buckhead’s future. The organizing partners held a workshop on January 19 and a public meeting on February 27 to gather feedback on a variety of potential projects that could improve Buckhead’s vitality, mobility and livability.

On February 27, a more refined list of potential plans and projects were presented to a crowd of more than 100 citizens interested in reshaping Buckhead’s future, including the park over GA400, improvements to the interchange at Lenox Road and GA400 and improvements to Phipps/Monarch ramp and Peachtree/Lenox Road intersection.

What’s next on the list for BUCKHEAD REDdeFINED? The organizations are still researching and asking for the community’s continued feedback.

Visit buckheadredefined.com for more information on a meeting coming soon and read BCID’s blog to get a recap from the February 27 BUCKHEAD REdeFINED meeting.

Charlie Loudermilk Park Wins Beautification Award

CLP Beautification awardOn January 12, the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) held its annual luncheon where they gave out several awards to multiple organizations and businesses in the community. Charlie Loudermilk Park, which was renovated and re-opened by the Buckhead Community Improvement District in 2015, was awarded the 2016 Buckhead Business Association’s Beautification Award. Barry Hundley, 2017 BBA president, presented the award to Jim Durrett, BCID’s executive director.

Charlie Loudermilk Park was one of the first well-known locations in Buckhead, formerly known as the Triangle Park that sat between Roswell Road, Peachtree Road and Sardis. In 2009, the park was renamed Charlie Loudermilk Park to honor his business contributions by way of Aaron Rents Inc., and his immense civic contributions, including founding and chairing the Buckhead Coalition.

In 2013, the BCID, with help from the City of Atlanta, redeveloped the park into a more vibrant green space that residents and visitors can enjoy for years to come.

As part of the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, Charlie Loudermilk Park will host a neighborhood jazz performance on Saturday, April 22, 2 – 6 p.m. Mark your calendars – you won’t want to miss it!

Creating New Transportation Strategies

At the beginning of 2017, the city began the process of updating its Atlanta Transportation Plan (ATP), which will support the Atlanta City Design effort and provide policy and project recommendations to build a world class, sustainable, transportation system that addresses congestion in the city. The ATP also created the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a group of 50 professionals from various city departments, agencies and organizations to help provide guidance, project-decision making and more for the plan. BCID’s very own executive director, Jim Durrett, will serve on the committee and provide input to the City to create new strategies to improve transportation.

Learn more about the Atlanta Transportation Plan (ATP) and how you can get involved by clicking here.

District Project Watch List

Peachtree Transformation Continues

The City of Atlanta is scheduled to repave Peachtree Road between Pharr Road and Peachtree Dunwoody Road this summer. The section of road between Pharr Road and Shadowlawn Avenue will also undergo a lane reconfiguration, creating two northbound lanes, three southbound lanes and a center turn lane. The Georgia Department of Transportation also is scheduled to complete a similar repaving and lane reconfiguration project between Deering Road and Pharr Road this summer. Stay tuned for more details!

New and Improved Cameras to be Installed in Buckhead

In January, Buckhead CID’s board of directors unanimously voted to spend $705,000 on the addition of 30 cameras and 20 license plate readers for Operation Shield within the BCID boundaries, which are slated to be installed in June 2017.

Read the BCID’s blog for more information and history of the cameras.

Portman Sculpture – Coming soon!

CLP sculptureIf you like what we’ve done with Charlie Loudermilk Park, then you’ll love the new sculpture that will be installed in the park this month. The sculpture, “Aspiration,” created by Atlanta artist and architect, John Portman, will be a 12-foot-tall abstract design made from stainless steel that symbolizes Buckhead’s past and future success.

Portman is a nationally renowned artist, architect and developer and is known for his works in Atlanta, like the Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Hyatt Regency, and around the world. The CID is looking forward to having one of Portman’s pieces permanently installed in Buckhead.

Speaking EngagementsJim Durrett will be speaking at the American Council of Engineering Companies'(ACEC) Annual Convention, which will be held from April 23-26, on the topic, “Opportunities and Challenges in Non-Traditional Re-Development Projects.” Join us for the first ever Biophilic Leadership Summit from April 9 – 12 at The Inn at Serenbe. This will be the first gathering of nature-centered changemakers, urbanists, architects and environmental trailblazers who will discuss future directions of biophilic urbanism, design preserving and living with nature. Jim Durrett is a host and speaker for the event. Register Today! Events

March 17:
St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Block Party at Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead

April 13 at 5:30 p.m.:
A Night In Blue: The Ultimate Experience
at Loudermilk Park and Buckhead Theatre

April 16 – 24:
Buckhead Restaurant Week

April 22, 2 – 6 p.m.:
Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Jazz Series at Charlie Loudermilk Park
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NOTICE OF BUCKHEAD COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ELECTION

NOTICE IS GIVEN as provided in the ATLANTA COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT, approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 3653) as amended, that a Caucus of Electors of the Buckhead Community Improvement District shall be held on the 24th day of May, 2017, in the Regent Partners Conference Room on the 15th Floor of the Tower Place 100 Building, 3340 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 30326.  The purpose of the Caucus is to elect Board members to Posts 4, 6 and 8 to serve on the Buckhead Community Improvement District Board.  An additional purpose is to vote on the question, “Shall the Buckhead Community Improvement District be dissolved?”  Registration for the election shall be held from 7:15 o’clock A.M. to 8:00 o’clock A.M.  Voting will occur immediately thereafter.  A map of said District is on file with the Clerk of the Atlanta City Council and Fulton County Tax Commissioner.  All Electors as designated under the Act are invited to attend and cast their votes.

 

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Buckhead REdeFINED: Connectivity, Traffic and Affordable Housing is at the Heart of Buckhead plans

Buckhead REdeFINED, a plan to make greater Buckhead more vital, mobile and livable, was unveiled at a meeting of neighborhood activists,
civic and business leaders and planners at the Atlanta International School.
Read full article here.

Buckhead REdeFINED public meeting on February 27

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Help Us REdeFINE Buckhead’s future!

Don’t forget about Buckhead REdeFINED’s Public Meeting on Monday, February 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Atlanta International School in their main auditorium.

At this meeting, Buckhead REdeFINED will introduce its proposed action plan, which will address concerns that have been identified over six-months of previous public meetings, workshops and engagements. Click here to review the presentations from previous workshops and meetings.

The action plan includes proposals for:

  • Vitality: Creating more vibrant public spaces
  • Mobility: Improving options for moving around Buckhead
  • Livability: Creating a safer, more comfortable and inclusive district

Be sure to come prepared to the meeting with ideas and feedback on ways you would like to redefine Buckhead’s future. Click here to submit your ideas before the meeting.

Stay up to speed on projects by visiting www.buckheadredefined.com. BCID is also working on several projects, including the proposed “community living room,” the park over GA400. If you missed the recent story on WSB-TV2, you can view it here.
 

Buckhead REdeFINED

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Next Meeting:

February 27
6 – 8 p.m.
Buckhead REdeFINED’s Public Meeting
Main Auditorium,
34 Peachtree Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Planners Envision $200M Park Over Ga. 400

‘Floating’ park would feature elevated plaza, shops and gardens.

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Buckhead REdeFINED Public Meeting on February 27

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Help UsREdefine Buckhead’s future!

Did you miss out on Buckhead REdeFINED’s January 19 public workshop? No worries! Join us Monday, February 27 for Buckhead REdeFINED’s Public Meeting from 6 – 8 p.m. at Atlanta International School in their main auditorium.

Let your voice be heard and help redefine Buckhead by attending the meeting! Come prepared with ideas and feedback on ways you would like to redefine Buckhead’s future. Click here to submit your ideas before the meeting.

Stay up to speed on projects and events by visiting the BCID blog. In fact, read our latest post on the January 19 Buckhead REdeFINED public workshop, “Buckhead REdeFINED Meeting Recap” to see what you missed. Click here to see the presentations from the workshop. You can also learn more by visiting buckheadredefined.com

Redefined picPhotos from the January 19 Buckhead REdeFINED meeting.
Photos by Paul Muldawer.

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Buckhead REdeFINED

For more information on the Buckhead CID, visit www.buckheadcid.com and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Next Meeting:February 27
6 – 8 p.m.
Buckhead REdeFINED’s Public Meeting
Main Auditorium,
34 Peachtree Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
 

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Police install new cameras in Buckhead

ATLANTA – Atlanta police are in the process of installing 50 new cameras to keep an eye on crime in Buckhead.

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Buckhead CID To Install 30 new Cameras and 20 License Plate Readers

On January 25, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) board of directors unanimously approved the purchase of 30 cameras and 20 license plate readers for Operation Shield within the BCID boundaries at a cost of $705,000.

Since 2011, the BCID has worked in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF), installing a wireless network-based public safety surveillance system as part of Operation Shield that enables the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Video Integration Center to proactively provide police services to the community. The camera system, which through 2015 included 19 cameras, provides real-time situational awareness of key areas within the CID and records camera images for post-incident investigation. With the approval, the number of cameras will increase to over 50.

“It’s critical that people who live, work, play and shop in Buckhead feel safe and secure at all times.  We believe these added wireless cameras and license plate readers will create a force-multiplier for crime prevention and emergency preparedness,” said Jim Durrett, executive director – BCID.

The Atlanta Police Foundation and The Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with the Atlanta Security Council, Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and Midtown Alliance launched Operation Shield in April 2007.  Its three-pronged approach includes a Video Integration Center, emergency text alerts and COMNET, an exclusive and dedicated two-way radio security communications network. This approach enables members to effectively bridge communication gaps between the Atlanta Police Department and the City’s business communities.

“We could not be more pleased with the BCID board’s decision to increase their video integration, which will allow us to provide a more comprehensive view of the community on an ongoing basis,” said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO – Atlanta Police Foundation.

The BCID cameras are expected to be installed in June 2017 and will be located throughout the district, including two cameras dedicated to Charlie Loudermilk Park in the heart of Buckhead.

Buckhead CID buying 50 new surveillance devices to fight crime

Buckhead police will have increased surveillance capability with the addition of 50 security cameras and license plate-readers.

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50 new security cameras and plate-readers coming to Buckhead

Automated police surveillance of central Buckhead will get a big increase this year, with an installation of 20 cameras and 30 license-plate readers.

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