The Druid Hills Civic Association is a membership organization serves the historic neighborhood of Druid Hills, a community nestled in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Joining (or renewing your membership) helps ensure that we can do our best to advocate for and protect the neighborhood, keep residents in the know, and help build an even stronger sense of community.
Published September 2021
The DHCA is proud to be a part of Olmsted 200, a coordinated national and local celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted's bicentennial birthday coming up in 2022.
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EMORY DEVELOPMENT ALERT
Emory University presented plans for a Graduate Student Housing Project in Haygood Triangle, across the street from Druid Hills High School. Information and updates about the project are posted by Emory here and here. This article from What Now Atlanta provides a good overview of the proposed project and shows initial site renderings.
We Are Listening
The DHCA has been actively engaged with the community to gather input as to their thoughts, concerns, support and/or opposition to the proposed project and to use that input to develop a plan for engaging Emory and the City of Atlanta.
We conducted two surveys regarding Emory’s Graduate Student Housing Project, one online and one door-to-door in the adjacent neighborhood.
There were 197 comments from 80 respondents to the online survey; 20% of the comments expressed support for the project and 80% of the comments expressed concern. In the door-to-door survey of 66 homes in close proximity to the project only 2 of 32 responses were in favor of the project. The top concerns expressed by residents in each survey are shown in the adjacent bar charts and more detailed survey results may be found here.
Where Are Things Now?
After careful discussion about how to best advocate for the expressed concerns of Druid Hills residents, the DHCA adopted a detailed position statement which can be found here.
Given Emory’s policy to protect and buffer surrounding neighborhoods with lower densities at the campus edges, we have requested the project be relocated toward the campus interior. However, should Emory move forward in the Haygood Triangle location, we have requested several actions to mitigate the detrimental impacts of the project on the surrounding neighborhood.
Our requests are based on the residential input we received. We are asking for mitigation related to:
What Happens Next?
Emory has applied to the City of Atlanta to rezone the Haygood Triangle property and will present it to the NPU-F Zoning Committee on August 23, 2021. The DHCA will state its position at the same meeting.
Once the matter passes through the Zoning Committee, NPU-F will vote on it at its general meeting in September, and then it will proceed to the City of Atlanta Zoning Review Board, currently scheduled for review on October 7, 2021.
What Can You Do?
Druid Hills residents, especially those who live in the immediate area of Haygood Triangle, should contact their friends and contacts within NPU-F to share their concerns about the project.
Jennifer Ide is the Atlanta City Councilwoman for NPU-F. Druid Hills residents may write to Councilwoman Ide regarding the project at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upping Our Game
The volunteers in the DHCA are working hard to advocate for all residents of Druid Hills and to communicate what is happening with this and all other issues which affect our community.
The DHCA needs your help to improve our efforts and get better at what we do. We want your input and involvement. If you would like to get involved with any of our committees to work on neighborhood issues and help us continue to do better, please reach out to any of the board members.
Our last Neighborhood Service Day was a huge success! From Heaton Park's maintenance and creating new switchbacks to landscaping help and street sign cleaning, thank you to all who came to spruce up the neighborhood.
OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
DHCA is excited to begin 2021 by sharing our strategic plan. Thanks to the hundreds of members for supporting our efforts and shaping this vision. We hope you see reflections of your insights and recommendations throughout our plan. This plan sharpens our focus and defines the impact we will aim to achieve over the next five years and we encourage our neighbors to take ownership by getting involved. Please find a broad overview of the plan here.
DRUID HILLS PARENT GROUP
NEIGHBORS, TAKE ACTION!
Our community is part of the heart of intown living in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta have limited funds to tackle a variety of infrastructure and amenity projects, and our neighborhood's needs are often overlooked. The DHCA actively advocates for action with city and county officials, but the loudest voices are most often heard. That's where our residents come in! Please help us write to these officials so that things like our sidewalks, twittens, the train bridge and more might be moved up their priority list. Check out our "Residents, Take Action" page to download email templates, get current contact information, and more!
This was the original plan for Druid Hills, as designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800's.
As the only neighborhood in the South designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills stands apart from the other Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, for the quality and integrity of its historic architecture and for the sweeping wide open spaces and the soaring canopy of its mature hardwoods.
In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of the neighborhood Druid Hills has been established as a historic district. Anyone who wishes to make significant changes to their properties must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) through either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on where your property is. The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.
Thanks for helping us preserve and protect the unique heritage of historic Druid Hills. Read more about how historic preservation got started in Druid Hills here.
HISTORY OF THE DHCA
One of most active neighborhood groups in the South, DHCA was founded in 1938 to help residents preserve and protect the unique heritage of Druid Hills as envisioned by its creator, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Much of our work involves exercising vigilance in land use and zoning matters, communicating with local and state officials, informing the residents about community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the neighborhood for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Druid Hills Historic District incorporates in its entirety the area formerly listed as the Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District.
Learn some of our rich history as experienced by many of our long-time residents by watching the delightful "Druid Hills History Happens Here".
Did you know the DHCA worked ardently over 25 years to prevent the expansion of the Stone Mountain Freeway and the proposed Presidential Parkway from being built straight thru Druid Hills?
“An Informal History of the Druid Hills Civic Association, Celebrating 75 years” was written in 2013 and Thea Roeser, our membership chair, would be happy to deliver one to your home. Please send your name and address to email@example.com and she will deliver one to your mailbox!