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Text Amendment Update

We have received the final documents for the Druid Hills Landmark District Text Amendment, which will affect the part of Druid Hills that lies within the City of Atlanta. Two important meetings related to the amendment have been scheduled. First is the Atlanta City Council Zoning Committee, which has the amendment on its meeting agenda under the Zoning Review Board list of “approved” legislation. That meeting will take place on November 10 at 9:30am.

Then the amendment will be voted on at the November 16, 1:00pm meeting of the Atlanta City Council. After the Council passes the legislation, the Mayor will have eight days to sign it. City Council meetings are held in Council Chambers of City Hall, 2nd floor of the Trinity Avenue side. The text amendment will appear under the Zoning Committee portion of the full agenda.

Please follow the links to the amended text of the Druid Hills Landmark District ordinance, the list of contributing vs. non-contributing properties, and the cover sheet for the Text Amendment legislation (Z-15-40).

Druid Hills’ Brenda Bynum Takes Another Bow

Brenda Bynum flanked by Governor Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra

Brenda Bynum flanked by Governor Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra

The 2015 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities has been bestowed upon Druid Hills resident Brenda Bynum. The “First Lady of Atlanta Theatre,” whose career as an actor and director started in 1974, may be best known for her starring role in the Alliance Theatre’s 2011 production of August: Osage County.

Brenda, who taught theatre at Emory University for 18 years, has been involved in more than 60 productions at The Alliance, the Academy Theatre, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Theater Emory, Imaginary Theatre, Seven Stages, Actor’s Express, Southeastern Playwright’s Project, and other venues. Each year, Emory University presents “The Brenda Bynum Award” to an outstanding drama student.

Winner of the AJC’s “Outstanding Performance of the Year” in 2004-2005, Brenda also brought Samuel Beckett’s entire dramatic canon to Atlanta – starring and directing – after she retired from teaching. She and her husband, playwright and director R. Cary Bynum, have been longtime collaborators in the theatre, including two oral history projects about women’s lives. Brenda and Cary’s papers comprise part of the theater collection at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscript Library.

But you just might recognize Brenda as the assistant poll manager in your voting precinct!

Druid Hills Premiere

The eminent landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., whose plan for Druid Hills’ linear park and streetscapes continues to gloriously define our neighborhood, is the subject of a documentary film that will be screened for the first time in Atlanta on October 27, 6 – 10pm at the Fernbank Museum. The Druid Hills Civic Association is pleased to be a sponsor of the event presented by Friends of Olmsted-Atlanta, including a pre-screening reception and panel discussion. Tickets are free but reservations are required: or call (404) 474-7309. Seating is limited. The museum is located at 767 Clifton Rd., NE.

Druid Hills Crime Update

At its September board meeting, the DHCA voted to fund an anti-crime initiative recommended by its Public Safety & Security Committee. The funds will enable the committee to expedite a plan to substantially increase neighborhood surveillance. 

To date we have met with DeKalb police officials, local precinct commander Major Voss and Lieutenant Merrifield.  

Please continue to be vigilant. We must each do our part to keep our neighborhood safe. Here are recommendations from the Druid Hills Patrol:

  • Remind guests to remove everything from their cars. Laptop bags, briefcases, backpacks, even shopping bags are attractive to thieves, and no one wants to replace window glass, especially after a thief has stolen an EMPTY bag. Everything should be removed from the vehicle or, if not possible, at least locked in the trunk.
  • See something, say something. You noticed a strange car parked in front of a friend’s house down the street or someone checking your neighbor’s front door? Notify the homeowner and the police.
  • Someone ran out of your yard as you drove in? You discovered that items had been moved around in your yard? It doesn’t matter if the perpetrator is no longer on site. Call 911. We will not receive increased police protection unless police departments know that there is a need for their services.

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823 Briarcliff Road

823 Briarcliff Road

The new Virginia Park townhomes development replaces an historic Druid Hills house and a 1950s apartment complex at 823 and 817 Briarcliff Road. The development, located on the east side of the road within the City of Atlanta portion of Druid Hills, is zoned for multi-family (RG-3).

During the 1950s and ‘60s, following the “redevelopment” of this section of Briarcliff Road, just three original houses remained. Now, with the demolition of the white-columned house at 823 Briarcliff, only two remain. Like the 823 house, both have deep setbacks typical of Druid Hills homes built within the City of Atlanta during the historic building period. Read more


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