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NPU-O discusses changes in Kirkwood and along Memorial Drive

Kirkwood and East Lake

NPU-O discusses changes in Kirkwood and along Memorial Drive

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Seated left to right: Chair Marcus Owens, Vice Chair Kila Smith, Secretary Dana Blankenhorn. Photo by Sara Amis


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By Sara Amis, contributor 

Ongoing changes in Kirkwood and along Memorial Drive were the main topic of discussion at the Neighborhood Planning Unit O meeting held at Bessie Branham Recreation Center on March 26, 2019.

The NPU makes recommendations that are forwarded to the Atlanta City Council.

A special use permit renewal for a daycare at 7 Anniston Ave., along with a second special use permit at 11 Anniston Av. for an expansion of the daycare, was approved by a vote of those present.

A request to rezone 108 Rogers St. from light industrial to mixed residential and commercial for a 55 unit condominium development was also approved by vote. Both requests were supported by the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization at their March 10 meeting.

Resurfacing of Memorial Drive is planned for the first week of April. Greg Giuffrida of Imagine Memorial said, “They are trying to do the work during spring break [for Atlanta Public Schools]. It’s much lower traffic, and there will be some closures involved.”

Mark Tai of the Office of Transportation and Public Works reported that the intersection of Hosea Williams and Oakdale is being converted to a four-way stop.

Valencia Hudson advised the NPU-O that Watershed Management will be replacing a pipe on 14th Street on April 2.  Hudson said, “They are prepared to do it quickly, but have some water in your house in case of a boil water advisory.”

The City of Atlanta is preparing to conduct a brownfields assessment in order to encourage redevelopment of sites that may contain pollutants, contaminants, or hazardous materials. Part of the target area includes the Memorial Drive and DeKalb Avenue rail corridor. Keith Ziobron of Cardno, the company doing the site assessments for the city, said “We will be announcing a public information meeting that will be held here [at Bessie Branham Recreation Center] sometime in the next month or so.”

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