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There will be a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the appeal of the administrative variances granted in the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) for QuikTrip’s proposed development on Howell Mill between Defoor and Chattahoochee.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 7 at noon in City Council Chambers at City Hall (55 Trinity Avenue).  If you are interested in this development, it is very important to attend this meeting!  More information can be found in the links below.

Read the appeal Jim Martin’s (appellant) write-up for the BPNA Newsletter

We have a lot of fun events going on in March!

What: Spring Park Clean Up When: Saturday, March 12 9AM-12PM Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: Help us keep our neighborhood’s green center beautiful! We’ll be mulching, pruning, planting, weeding, and freshening it up for Spring! If you can’t make it but would like to make a financial contribution to our Beautification Fund, please email us.

What: UHNA General Meeting When: Monday, March 14 7-8PM Where: 1824 Defoor Clubhouse (1824 Defoor Ave) Why: We’ll have wine and appetizers and enjoy time to socialize as well as see the new 1824 Defoor Apartments. We’ll also be taking a vote on a Resolution in Support of the QT Appeal. Learn more in our March eNewsletter.

What: Play Group Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, March 19 at 4PM SHARP Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: It’s our annual egg hunt! You’ll need one dozen filled eggs per child. Please see our March eNewsletter for details.

Join us for the first UHNA meeting of 2016!  The agenda will include a vote on our 2016 operating budget and a discussion with our Traffic & Safety Chair and an APD Officer on crime trends, security, and related matters.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and will be done by 8:00 PM.  The TVs will be on so you won’t miss the pre-game festivities of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.  Thanks to Red Brick Brewing Company for hosting us and providing the beer!  Don’t forget to join or renew your membership for 2016.

Who: YOU! What: UHNA Meeting When: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Where: Red Brick Brewing Company, 2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW Why: Why not!?

Due to rain predicted for Saturday, the 2015 UHNA Spring Social has been moved to Sunday, April 26 from 4PM-7PM in Underwood Hills Park. Come get to know more of your neighbors in our beautiful park. There will be food and drinks, as well as a bounce house for the kids and a raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. Lots of local businesses and individuals have chipped in to make this a great event. Check out some of the prizes:

Chick-fil-A party pack courtesy of Chick-fil-A Howell Mill Willy’s party pack courtesy of Willy’s Howell Mill Ormsby’s Gift Cards & Swag courtesy of Ormsby’s Flip Burger Gift Card courtesy of Flip Burger Howell Mill Verde Gift Cards courtesy of Verde Taqueria $100 Florist Atlanta Gift Card courtesy of Florist Atlanta 5 Seasons Happy Hour for 10 courtesy of 5 Seasons Westside Underwood Hills Flag Strongbox West Passes courtesy of Strongbox West Two $50 gift certificates for VHS to DVD conversion courtesy of Abracadabra Video CrossFit North Atlanta passes and BodPod assessment courtesy of CrossFit North Atlanta Monogrammed Item courtesy of Keeping You In Stitches 2 Weekday nights in the Rockhouse cottage in Dahlonega courtesty of Tawn Chi Platter of Sandwiches & Sides courtesy of Lunch Box Atlanta

Other Donations Provided By:

Beer provided by Monday Night Brewing Pittypat’s Porch BBQ dinner made possible by a donation from Allen & Natalie Shpigel Beverages provided by Circle K Chattahoochee Avenue

 

LaAmistad is a 501(c)3 providing after school mentoring and tutoring for the students of local schools. They are in need of volunteers.

Since 2001, LaAmistad After School has experienced exponential growth in supporting Latino students throughout the Atlanta/Buckhead area. A program that started with a little over 30 students as a ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, is now supporting over 200 students throughout 6 different after school locations as a 501(c)3 non profit.

LaAmistad supports Latino students and their families by providing a comprehensive support system through tutoring, mentoring, and resources that promotes academic, physical and personal growth.

When our students receive the appropriate support, they have an opportunity to succeed. Get involved now! There are many ways to get involved with LaAmistad and the families it serves. There is no need to be bilingual or have a teaching background.

• Volunteer as a tutor or a mentor at any of our program locations • Plan a school supply drive • Host a Back to School Bash or similar fundraiser • Be a volunteer greeter at any of our sites

Make a donation to LaAmistad! For more information, go to www.laamistadinc.org. You may also e-mail info@laamistadinc.org or call 404-842-5873.

In order to register Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association as a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization, changes to the UHNA Bylaws have been proposed.  The changes will be voted upon at the general meeting on March 9, 2015 at 7PM at the Defoor Centre. The redlined version of the proposed by-laws can be downloaded as a PDF.

A hearty hello from your friendly new Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association’s membership coordinator (try saying that five times really fast). My name is Ivy Holliman Way. My family and I have had the privilege to call Claremont Street home for two and a half years.

I write today to ask you to renew your membership with the UHNA. Many of you have already received an email from me, asking you to renew. Thanks to you who have already responded!

What does the UHNA do, you ask? The UHNA is a Georgia non-profit corporation and is our official, public face to the community, developers, and to the city as a whole. We communicate with our Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore and participate in our local Neighborhood Planning Unit. We negotiate with developers coming into the area on achieving plans that are considerate and mindful of our neighborhood’s needs. We have many committees and volunteers (and welcome more!) that devote their time to making Underwood Hills a better place.

Many of you might also be active members and contributors on the Nextdoor website. This is the online social media website that works a little like Facebook for neighborhoods. It’s a great way to let folks know about a missing pet, or if you have items for sale, or need a service recommendation. That said, Nextdoor does not serve in an official capacity and cannot represent us in city discussions as UHNA can. It is a powerful statement to go before various city committees and be able to say, “The UHNA is a neighborhood organization, several hundred members STRONG, who live and work in this city.”

The UHNA has recently changed its membership dues to expire at the end of each calendar year, thus all members need to renew each year, starting in January. This makes for much easier bookkeeping than trying to remember whether one signed up in May or September.

If you are reading this, then you already receive our eNewsletter. Good for you! Got a new neighbor? Please forward this eNewsletter to them. And while you’re at it, take those new neighbors an apple pie. Unless you’re a terrible baker, in which case, maybe a new houseplant would be a better idea. Or maybe you’ve got some not-so-new neighbors, but one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more friendly. Introduce yourself! (no need for pie). Tell them about the UHNA! Maybe you can “hang out” with your new neighbor friends at the next UHNA General Meeting.

How do you know if your membership is current or not? Simple. If you have not renewed since January 1st, 2015, you’re due to renew! Please go to www.underwoodhills.org/join to join or renew. From our website, you can join in a few easy ways: via PayPal, or by printing and mailing a paper membership form (and check, if you wish) to our UHNA mailbox (PO Box 19914, Atlanta, GA 30325). Please make sure to update your contact information so I can keep current membership files. Membership dues, currently $15 for individuals and $30 per family, rank as one of the best deals in town. That’s cheaper than a night out at the movie theatre. You must be a member to vote at UHNA general meetings. The dues, while not a requirement to join or renew, do help to cover organization expenses and allow us to host a fantastic Neighborhood Spring Social, perform neighborhood and park cleanups, host other social events, and be an active force within our community.

We are a neighborhood of approximately 700 homes, condos, townhouses, apartments, and businesses. (By the way, the 700 number is a total guesstimate on my part from eyeballing Google maps. I was not nominated for this position for my math savvy). As of January 24th, we have 44 current individual and family UHNA members. That means there are about 206 comrades in our neighborhood with lapsed memberships, and lots of friends and neighbors who I’ve yet to reach.

I look forward to hearing from you and to serving you in the year to come.

Sincerely, Ivy Holliman Way

This video series from the Atlanta BeltLine provides an up close and personal view of the BeltLine, how it is utilized in many people’s everyday lives, and how it positively affects the many citizens of Atlanta.

Underwood Hills and Berkeley Park will go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on November 6 at noon to appeal the SAP variances QuikTrip has received to build another gas station at the corner of Howell Mill Rd. and Defoor Ave. This development violates numerous BeltLine Overlay zoning regulations, and the variances do not provide “equal or greater protection to the public” as required by city ordinance.

We need your help! Write to the BZA, and let them know that the QuikTrip SAP should be reversed. The BZA will make their decision only on whether the variances were properly granted, so please focus your letter to say the following:

The approved SAP BL-13-001 for QuikTrip allows for administrative variances that will greatly harm the public instead of protecting the public. The elevations do not meet the required 65% minimum length of fenestration required by the Beltline Overlay. The windows on the QuikTrip elevation use opaque images that do not meeting the Beltline Overlay requirement for windows to have a 50% transmittances. There is no primary entry from Howell Mill as required by the Beltline Overlay The plan does not meeting the Beltline Overlay requirement that does not allow storage within the first 20’ of the building frontage allow the primary street- Howell Mill. There is more than one curb cut from each street, which is not allowed by the Beltline Overlay. The width of the curb cuts is over 24’, which is not allow unless permitted by the commissioner of public works. The dumpster is visible from a public right of way, which is not allow by the Beltline Overlay. The approved SAP does not comply with the City of Atlanta Sign Ordinance.

You may use the Word document linked below as a template.

Sample Letter in Support of Appeal V-14-192

Please send your letter to the BZA chairs and BZA secretary, as well as the Office of Planning:

Danita M. Brown, BZA Chair- dmbrown98@aol.com Martha Hall Porter, BZA Vice-Chair- martha@marthaporterhall.org Brandy Crawford, Secretary to the Board- bcrawford@atlantaga.gov Charletta Wilson Jacks, Director City of Atlanta Office of Planning- cjacks@atlantaga.gov

Be sure to attend the BZA hearing at noon on November 6. Wear green to show your support for Underwood Hills. The hearing will be held in Council Chambers Room. The address is:

55 Trinity Ave Second Floor Atlanta, GA 30303

And finally, if you haven’t signed the petition to appeal the SAP, it isn’t too late. We need as much public support as possible to let the city know that this development is wrong for our neighborhood and wrong for our city.

 

Please join us for our Fall Park Clean Up at Underwood Hills Park next Saturday, September 27 from 9 am until noon. We do park clean ups twice per year to help keep our park beautiful and safe, and we rely on our neighbors, as well as a service sorority and fraternity for Georgia Tech, to provide the man power. We have a lot to do this clean up! Now that the sheep ​have eaten a path through our nature preserve, it is our job to ensure that our trees stay safe from invasive plants. We will also be sealing the play structures so that children can play safely for years to come. In addition, we will be planting, pruning, moving mulch, painting, and many more fun things. Come for the whole time or come for as much time as you can. This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors and get your hands dirty beautifying one of our neighborhood’s greatest assets. We’ll have coffee, juice, water and donuts and/or bagels to provide sustenance. Kids old enough to work safely are not only welcome but encouraged… start showing them the value of giving back! On behalf of Molly and Jenna, our Park Czars and long time park advocates, I look forward to seeing you there.