Suburban Plaza redevelopment update and timeline

From the developer via MANA: "Selig Enterprises has forwarded an update on its Suburban Plaza redevelopment project. In addition to restating Selig's commitments to the community, the letter includes this redevelopment timeline:

demolition of parts of existing structures: in the coming weeks (summer 2014)
facade renovations: fall 2014
anticipated redevelopment completion: summer 2015
new tenants open for business: fall 2015  ...." [Read more.]

Arabia Mountain Family Day

Event Date and Time: 
06/14/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From Charlie Monroe, County Natural Resource Manager: Activities include Bouncy Castle, Face-painting, bubble stations, arts and crafts and more.  [See attached flyer.]

Native Plant Garden June plant sales and plant ID classes

For our gardenes from the Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Garden: June Plant Sales with 15% Discount; June Plant ID Classes.

Fernbank summer events and activities

From Fernbank Museum: For Kids -- Superhero Day; Forest Twilight Tour; Fins & Flippers; Bird walk; Reptile Day; Storytelling.  For Adults -- Whales; South Pacific Soiree; Witching Hour; Salsa Dance; Martinis & Imax.

New apartment development on Church St.

Location is near DeKalb Medical and within the Medline LCI Plan area.  See attached site plan.  From the developer: June 10, 2014. Atlantic Realty Partners is pleased to announce that on May 27, 2014, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved its applications for the development of a 330-unit apartment complex to be located on 9.4 acres on the corner of Church Street and Milscott Drive in Decatur. The site was previously occupied by a car dealership but has been vacant for years. The multifamily complex, to be named “The Reserve”, will feature two “U-shaped” buildings enclosing a terrace courtyard with landscaping and a swimming pool. (See attached site plan). To maintain an urban feel, the buildings are situated directly adjacent to the street and will largely shield the parking lot from view. Additionally, the developer will install sidewalks and landscaping along both Church Street and Milscott Drive. 

District 2 news 6/11/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC Agenda Summary; Draft Medline LCI Plan online; Update on South DeKalb YMCA proposed purchase.


Animal shelter offering adoption deals

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: DeKalb, Fulton animal shelters urge adoptions to ease overcrowding. Summer has brought an influx of animals to DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) and Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS), and the shelters are full. Both shelters are offering a ‘Dog Days of Summer’ promotion throughout June, where all dogs and cats six months and over may be adopted for $25. Adoption counselors will be on hand to ensure the animals are being placed in good homes.

Workshop: Beautifying and Managing Retention/Detention Ponds

Event Date and Time: 
06/26/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From DeKalb Extension Service: Thursday, June 26, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm (registration begins at 6:45 pm). DeKalb Extension Training Center, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032. Gary Peiffer, DeKalb County Government and University of Georgia Extension Agent-Horticulture Manager, will discuss managing, maintaining and beautifying landscapes in and around retention/detention ponds. These ponds can become eyesores if not maintained. However, with cultivation and good landscaping you can turn them into scenic spots in your community.

Auto theft on Willivee at Desmond 6/3/14

From a neighbor: My gold Mazda millennia was stolen from my driveway ( Desmond Dr. at Willivee) during the night on June 3, 2014. Anybody see anything? Neighbors need to be aware to lock their cars and not leave any valuables inside.

Commissioner Rader update 6/4/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Operations Task Force; Medline; South DeKalb YMCA acquisition; Tax Assessment appeals.

Pedal with a Cop

Event Date and Time: 
06/07/2014 - 9:00am - 11:00am

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: “Pedal With A Cop” starts this Saturday June 7, 2014 in Greenwood Acres [off Briarlake Rd, near NorthLake Mall].  Time is 9am – 11am.  Starting point is 2920 Randolph Road and we will be pedaling through the community.  Come out and join in or just visit! Kids 11 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.

"Knowledgeable Neighbors On Watch" session

Event Date and Time: 
06/14/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: “In the Know” Knowledgeable Neighbors On Watch - The Next Session: Saturday June 14, 2014, 10am – 1pm.  Session Location: DeKalb Fire Rescue Building, 1950 W. Exchange Place, Tucker, Ga. 30084 5th Floor.

Suspicious person at N Superior and Desmond

From a neighbor via NextDoor Medlock Park: My son was at home alone June 4 at around 1230PM and looked up to see a masked individual looking through our back yard window into our living room. He ran to the neighbors to call 911. The person had to have opened a gate to get into the back yard. Please keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and call 911 immediately if you see anything out of the ordinary. Stay safe.

Copperhead sighting on S Peachtree Creek Trail

From a local resident: Last week while walking on the South Peachtree Creek Trail (boardwalk trail near Mason Mill park) we saw a copperhead snake on the bridge over the creek near the historic Decatur Water Works site.  Given the number of joggers and families with children and pets in the area who walk and play near the trail I thought I'd let you know.  [Don't disturb the snake; that's when most bites occur.  Also, there are harmless snakes that could be mistaken for a copperhead. For guidance on how to identify a copperhead, see this site.]  

Truck stolen from 600 Block of Willivee Dr. 5/29/14

From Barb Dalton on NextDoor Medlock Park: Post from Facebook: Truck stolen from curb, in front of house last night in the 600 block of Willivee Dr. 2005 black Toyota Tacoma extended cab w/ light gray camper top w/ roof rack. Between the hours of midnight and 6:15am. Anyone see anything?

Country Jam (music)

From Wade Medlock <> : Hi all you talented musicians,  Make sure you have marked your calendar for Thursday, June 5, 2014. Our monthly country jam is Thursday with setup and tuneup at 7pm, and the jam at 7:30pm. Reply your intentions right away, please.

Watch out for Copperhead snakes

The Emory Grove neighborhood (north of North Decatur Rd just west of Clairmont Rd) reports several copperhead sightings and one child bitten.  Normally, they don't bite.  They were seen in patches of ivy and warming themselves on pavement in the evening.  Neighbors were advised to keep their eyes open and wear shoes.

Emory Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
06/11/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From Betty Willis at Emory: Dear Neighbors:  Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in the North Decatur Building, Room 155.  I have attached directions to the Lowergate South parking deck, which has a walkway from the deck onto the second floor of the North Decatur Building.  Room 155 is on the first floor.  Please note that the entrance to the parking deck from Gambrell Drive has been diverted to the right side of the deck due to construction associated with the new hospital bed tower.

Suspicious person

From Dawn Forman in Laurel Ridge: I wanted to give people a heads up: yesterday afternoon and last night (with a flashlight), a woman with a light brown/silver Nissan xterra was going through the paper recycling in Medlock. Please shred anything of importance, especially preapproved credit card offers and anything with your name on it before putting it out in the recycling.

Please call 911 if you experience any suspicious behavior and give as many details as you can. Also let the neighborhood know.

Dawn Forman

Emory's Camp Carlos

From Emory's Carlos Museum (h/t Druid Hills Civic Association): Camp Carlos: Emory’s five-day summer programs for children & teens still have space in July classes, “Around the World with Indigo” and “Stone Sculpture.” Please visit:

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