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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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If you haven't read the December 2020 e-newsletter, read it here.


We love to Do Better, Together! Our DHCA neighborhood service days continued this December. We lucked out with the weather and were able to tackle a lot of projects around our community - the twitten between Oxford and Cornell, in and along the creek in Emory Village, and more. Our next workday will be Saturday morning, February 27th, 2021. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.


Our next DHCA Board Meeting will be

Thursday, January 21st* at 7:30pm


ZOOM LINK FOR MEETING

Meeting ID: 833 5742 3228  Passcode: 385073

*This month's meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 20th. Our meetings are typically the 3rd Wednesday of every month unless there is a conflict, which there was in this case.

Thank you to these neighbors who helped us work around the Druid Hills during our December service day. Stay turned for the date and volunteer sign-up for our next one - we are always looking for a helping hand! 

 FACEBOOK GROUP FOR PARENTS

Calling all Druid Hills parents! As we rethink how the DHCA can best serve our community, we have decided to take a less formal approach to our traditional committee, formerly known as the Druid Hills Parent Network. We have created a special Facebook group called the Druid Hills Parent Group so parents can interact in real time. We hope people will use this group to set up playdates, arrange meet-ups, welcome new neighbors, share recommendations, plan community events, ask questions, share photos, and more - please join us!

Our goal is to foster a true sense of community within Druid Hills so that our residents - both parents and kids - can build lasting friendships with one another. 


 seen bad Sidewalks?

Your Membership Dues at Work

Have you ever been walking through the neighborhood, and tripped on an uneven sidewalk? That's a rhetorical question! Well, the DHCA has started doing something about it. While we don't have enough funding to repair fully broken sidewalks, we have been able to pilot a program with a local sidewalk repair company to address trip hazards, making them ADA compliant. Georgia Safe Sidewalks recently fixed 21 sidewalk trip hazards on three Druid Hills streets with heavy foot traffic - on Ridgewood Rd, Fairview Ave, and Emory Rd.

Your DHCA membership helps support this multi-year effort to improve our community's sidewalks. Help us Do Better by becoming a member or renewing today and let's fix some more sidewalks around Druid Hills! Send us a picture of the sidewalks that annoy YOU by emailing us at publicsafety@druidhills.org

    We're also working hard to improve our communication with you. We've recently started actively posted on our Facebook page to keep you in the know in between newsletters. Make sure you're following our page and liking or sharing our posts so other neighbors will see them! 

    https://www.facebook.com/druidhillscivicassociation

    KEEPING RESIDENTS IN THE KNOW

     HOME NEEDED FOR A NETFLIX SHOW!

    I am a location scout for a Netflix series that is currently filming its 4th season in the Atlanta area. We are looking for the house of one of our characters for an upcoming scene. This is a period show, set in the 1980’s, so we must find homes that have not had any serious renovations since about 1985. A few updates, new appliances, and the like can be worked around.

    The director has asked for a house built before 1960, 3,000+ square feet. Ideally it would be three stories tall, for an attic/ 3rd floor bedroom scene. A true three story is difficult to find in Atlanta. A two story would work especially if it had architectural features that hinted at a third story like attic windows, a second staircase at the rear of the house, or a small staircase leading to an attic that would allow us to build the third floor bedroom on stage.

    This scene is expected to take 4 weeks total, including prep, filming, and wrap time. Due to the pandemic, we will need the house vacant during this time. In addition to the rental fee, we will of course cover the cost of an airbnb or other living accommodations most comfortable for you and your family. Our schedule is not finalized yet, but we know it will be between the end of February and end of March. 

    The film industry has adjusted our industry standards to provide the safest possible environment for our crew and location owners during the pandemic. If your house were to be selected, we would go over our detailed health and safety plan with you.

    If anyone is interested in having their home considered for this scene, please email me with your contact and street address. I will reach out to you and we can discuss the next step.

    Erin Fuller
    Location Scout
    erinfuller8@icloud.com
    C: 828-989-9394

    Update about the proposed redevelopment at N. Decatur and Lullwater from The DHCA president, January 16, 2020

    Fellow Druid Hills Residents,

    As many of you already know Tribridge Residential has filed a stream buffer variance application for the Lullwater Apartments site located at the corner of N. Decatur Rd. and Lullwater Rd. just outside Emory Village.  The developer would like to redevelop the site, most of which is encumbered by FEMA floodplain and state and county stream buffers, and build upwards of 85 new units there.

    The DHCA has forwarded its concerns regarding encroachments into the streambuffer and development within the floodplain to the State Environmental Protection Division.  The DHCA has also been actively engaged on this issue with a number of stakeholders, including the Emory Village Alliance, the Druid Hills Golf and Country Club, and the South Fork Conservancy, as well as the developer, Tribridge Residential.  

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us at president@druidhills.org.

    Sincerely,

    Kit Eisterhold

    (DHCA President)

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    From The DHCA president on December 3rd, 2020

    Dear Neighbors,

    Yesterday, the DHCA learned of an application filed with the Georgia Environmental Protection agency for a piece of property that sits at the corner of North Decatur and Lullwater Roads (known as the Lullwater Apartments). This property is located in unincorporated DeKalb County. 

    The application only relates to the piping of the creek tributary along 200' along North Decatur. However the reason listed for that diversion is "to make way for proposed construction of 85 multi-family apartments". Here is the site plan.

    The application has been shared across key stakeholder groups including the Southfork Conservancy, the Emory Village Alliance and the Druid Hills Golf Club and we will seek to gather additional information on the plans and share information with you as we know it on our website and our Facebook page.

    If you have comments or concerns, please share those with us as we wish to advocate on behalf of all of our residents in Druid Hills. Email: president@druidhills.org

    Sincerely,

    Kit Eisterhold,

    DHCA President

     PONCE CORRIDOR SAFETY  

    GDOT held a stakeholder meeting to share conceptual plans to address safety along the Ponce de Leon corridor. Our public safety and transportation committees provided input on behalf of our neighborhood. You can read the DHCA's statement and as well as notes from the stakeholder meeting on our Ponce Corridor Page .

     NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION

    The Druid Hills railroad bridge, our eastern gateway to Decatur, has received a "Condition Assessment Report" as the first step towards restoration/rehabilitation. The DHCA underwrote the report with participation from OLPA and a trio of enthusiasts. Click here to read the assessment.


    PUBLIC WORKS NEWS

    Read  an update from DeKalb County engineers on street resurfacing projects:  Briarcliff and Ponce.

    Review GDOT responses to January 2020 public meeting about drainage improvements along Ponce de Leon Ave. 

    Georgia Power project to bury power lines will affect Druid Hills - Read more information about this project. 

    Update to the Druid Hills Grid Investment Plan


     NEW TRASH CANS

    DeKalb County is replacing our smaller residential refuse carts with a 95 gallon version. This will make it easier for residents to throw things away without having to pile additional trash outside of the container.  The 95 gallon version allows the county to use the single-operator/driver collection truck and reduces risk of injury to the collector.

    Due to their size and our neighborhood's topography, residents may find it difficult to maneuver these cans to the curb. Jeff Rader, Commissioner, District 2DeKalb County, suggests that residents make any concerns known to the Thurmond Administration by clicking hereAlso share your concerns to all members of the BOC by clicking here as well as apply for backyard pickup by clicking here since that is the only alternative available. 


    The Druid Hills Patrol regularly patrols our neighborhoods. It is funded by its membership and is run by volunteers.

     VISIT THE DRUID HILLS PATROL WEBSITE





     VISIT THE OLMSTED LINEAR PARK ALLIANCE WEBSITE


    OLPA oversees and protects the Olmsted Linear Park, a chain of small parks that run along Ponce de Leon Ave. 


    The Emory Village Alliance (EVA) is a nonprofit community organization committed to the vitality of the historic, commercial heart of Druid Hills in Emory Village. Our alliance of volunteer stakeholders includes residents, businesses, property owners, and representatives of Emory University.


     VISIT THE FREEDOM PARK CONSERVANCY SITE

    Freedom Park Conservancy, a non profit organization, raises money to promote the improvement and preservation of the park for a diverse public.

     VISIT THE FREEDOM PARK CONSERVANCY SITE


     HISTORIC PRESERVATION

    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.


     PLANNING A RENOVATION?

    In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of our neighborhood, Druid Hills was designated as a historic district.  Our neighborhood falls under two principal jurisdictions: DeKalb County Historic District and The City of Atlanta Landmark District. Each follows a different set of guidelines.

    If you are planning on making any improvements to your property please feel free to reach out to the DHCA so that we may help guide you through the process of applying for a COA. We are very familiar with the historical guidelines and can offer tips to make the process a little easier for you.

    If you reside within the city of Atlanta please reach out to: atlantahistoric@druidhills.com

    If you are in unincorporated Dekalb please reach out to: dekalbhistoric@druidhills.org.



     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?


    There's so much more that we've done since we were founded in 1938 that we even wrote a book about it! Want a free copy? 

    “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 membership@druidhills.org and she will deliver one to your mailbox!

    CONTACT US

    DRUID HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
    P.O. Box 363, Decatur, GA 30031

    mail@druidhills.org
    druidhills.org

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