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Happy New Year!

& Many Thanks for an Amazing 2016!

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Morningside: 1672 Merton Road. Nestled On One of Morningside’s Very Best Streets in Move-Right-In Condition. High Ceilings, Large Light Filled Rooms, 18ft Ceilings in Great Room Overlooking Lush Backyard(Ideal Pool-Site). Gourmet Kitchen w/ Wonderful Views & High End Appliances. Master on Main, 3 Large BRs Upstairs. Terrace Level w/ Bonus Room/Play Room. 5BR/4.5BA $1,595,000

Morningside: 1024 Wildwood Road. Exceptional Home in Coveted Morningside Featuring Generous-Rooms with Abundant Natural Light & Open Floor Plan. Great Room Opens to Gourmet Kitchen Overlooking Large Deck & Level, Lush Backyard. Oversized Master Suite. Terrace Level Bonus Room, Gym, and Tons of Storage plus 2-Car Garage with Workshop and Large Motorcourt. 5BR+ Separate Office / 4 BA $1,295,000

Virginia Highland: 1035 Rosewood Drive. Handsome Virginia Highland Bungalow Loaded with Charm. 10+++ Location Convenient to All of Intown’s Best. Fully Renovated & Updated Home Features Deep Front Porch, Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen w/Granite & Stainless Steel. Kitchen Opens to Family Room/Great Room Overlooking Private Backyard. Oversized Upstairs Master Suite with Seating Area Plus Additional Bedroom. 4 BR /2 BA $738,000













Morningside: 1044 East Rock Springs Road. Handsome, Fully Renovated, Beautifully Landscaped in Move-in Ready Condition. Enjoys Great Location Walking Distance to Morningside Elem. True 5 Bedrooms, Open Floor Plan- Gourmet Chef ’s Kitchen Overlooking Family Room and Home Office. Outstanding Master Suite with Spa Like Bath & Balcony. Very Special Home 5BR/4.5BR $925,000

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Midtown 425 8th Street. Ultra Sleek Residence in Prime Midtown Location ...Just Steps to Piedmont Park, BeltLine, Shops and Restaurants. Airy and Open Concept Featuring Highest Level of Finishes, Attention to Detail, Tremendous Natural Light. Home is a Complete Package from Exquisite Living Space and Chef ’s Kitchen to Super Sexy Master Suite and Detached 2-Car Garage. 4BR/4.5 BA $TBD


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Morningside: 927 Berkshire Road. 10+++ Custom Built Residence by TS Adams Studio, Architects on Highly Sought After Berkshire Road. This Very Refined Home Offers 3 Finished Levels, Generous Rooms and a Flawless Floor Plan for Today’s Lifestyles. Fine Fixtures, Finishes and Decor Throughout. Luxurious Master, 3 Car Garage and Amazing Outdoor Oasis with Spa & Pool Complete this Total Package 5 BR/ 5BA $2,750,000

Morningside: 1637 Lenox Road. Handsome Brick Home in Morningside Elementary. Very Private Setting, Great Square Footage, Hardwoods, Plentiful Natural Light and Serene Treetop Vistas, Two 2-Car Garages & More 5BR/3BA $669,000

Morningside: 625 East Pelham Road. Exceedingly Rare Morningside Tudor in Near Original Design with Pristine Details. Full Finished Basement. Ideal for Buyer Looking for Great Bones 6BR/4 BA $799,000

Recently Sold 68 Morningside: 1124 Berkshire Road. Morningside: 1217 Beech Valley Road Morningside: 1715 Wildwood Road Morningside: 1243 Reeder Circle Morningside: 1267 Reeder Circle

$1,150,000 $859,000 $850,000 $699,990 $649,990

Virginia Highland: 630 Virginia Avenue Virginia Highland: 979 Rupley Drive Virginia Highland: 711 Elkmont Drive

$1,495,000 $749,900 $849,000


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Our mission: Published monthly since 1994, Atlanta INtown provides its readers with hyperlocal news and information that helps foster a sense of community in a dynamic urban setting. Live, work and play—we cover everything that makes our city home.



January 2017 The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102 Contributors Sally Bethea, Kathy Dean, Grace Huseth, Marcos Ordaz, Isadora Pennington, Clare S. Richie, John Ruch, Tim Sullivan, Megan Volpert


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Celebrating 32 Years

Save Money, Make Money, Shop Smart

Confessions of a peanut butter addict

Check out our line up of Get Organized Workshops


For more information call 404-377-1944 or visit our website www.fkconsign.com

Then and Now: At my heaviest with Mary Lynn Rajskub two years ago, left, and in November with friend and poet Amy Pence at the Stevie Nicks concert.





THANK YOU wishing you an extraordinary 2017 Thank you for making 2016 one my best years in real estate! I owe my success to your continued patronage and support. Please let me know if I can be of assistance with any real estate needs in the new year!

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ast spring, I wrote about my sudden hospitalization thanks to a nasty throat infection. What I didn’t mention was that while I was hospitalized, I was also diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My A1C level was 8.1, far above the normal level of 5.7. I had skipped right over “prediabetes” and went full-blown into what my southern grandma called “the sugars.” My doctor (hi, Dr. Haller!) immediately put me on metformin, a twice-daily pill that helps control blood sugar levels. I had to start pricking my fingers twice a day to monitor myself and learning to use a glucose meter and test strips. I also had to immediately go on a diet and lose weight. I weighed a shocking 300 pounds. It was going to be a spring and summer of serious life changes. My father passed away three years ago from complications due to diabetes and I was determined not to follow in his footsteps. Since my diagnosis in April, I have lost more than 60 pounds, become an avid walker and completely changed my Collin Kelley diet. It is by far one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, collin@atlantaintownbut the results are obvious. I’ve gone from a size 46 in jeans down to a 40 (and those are getting baggy), I’ve got more paper.com energy than I’ve had in years and I feel great. I’ve also started wearing a FitBit and might be more than a little obsessed with tracking my steps each day – usually 12,000, which is more than five miles. At my last doctor visit in November, my A1C level had dropped to 5.2. Dr. Haller was so stunned, he just kept looking at the lab report and grinning. I had put my diabetes in remission in a little over six months. The drastic change wasn’t easy. It was frustrating, nerve-racking and more than once left me in tears. Usually in the supermarket trying to figure out what I was going to eat for the rest of my life. I love southern food, anything fried, burgers, chocolate and peanut butter (JIF creamy -- just hand me a spoon and I could finish off a jar in a day). My doctor warned me not to go cold turkey on the food I loved or my diet would fail. So, I slowly weaned myself off peanut butter and I’ve seriously cut back on the other food I grew up with. Learning to eat three healthy meals a day, figuring out how to make fruits and vegetables more palatable, and limiting portions of the things I love was trial and error. It was also expensive. It’s true that eating healthy costs more money, and I’ve got the receipts to prove it. I am lucky enough to live on the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. You can usually find me there on a daily basis. It’s literally been a life-saver. I hate gyms (even the under-used one in my building). The idea of being in a confined space robotically going through the motions on some machine was never going to work for me; I needed fresh air and open space to roam. My daily step count before my diabetes diagnosis was usually less than a 1,000 steps a day. I set a goal to do 3,000 steps a day. Then upped it to 5,000, then 8,000 and finally 10,000. I huffed and puffed my way through the summer until one day I noticed it was no longer taxing my body. It felt good to walk, and now if I don’t get up and move on a regular basis, I get antsy. I still don’t own a scale. They don’t motivate me. I’ve kept track of my weight loss by how I look in the mirror, how my clothes fit (replacing an entire wardrobe is fun, but stressful) and by how I feel. My goal is to lose 50 more pounds by April and then get toward my goal weight of being under 200 pounds. Then, I’ll begin figuring out to maintain and not slip back into old habits. I also don’t do new year’s resolutions, but I’ve promised myself to keep this diet and exercise routine on track. I’ll keep you posted on my results. And maybe I’ll see you out on the BeltLine in the new year.


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ANSLEY PARK. $5,500,000

ANSLEY PARK. $3.295,000

DRUID HILLS. $2,998,000

SANDY SPRINGS. $2,589,000

ANSLEY PARK. $2,395,000

MORNINGSIDE. $1,750,000

ANSLEY PARK. $1,700,000

ANSLEY PARK. $1,695,000

MIDTOWN. $1,595,000

ANSLEY PARK. $1,589,000

ANSLEY PARK. $1,549,000

ANSLEY PARK. $1,473,000

ANSLEY PARK. $1,438,580


ANSLEY PARK. $2,500,000



GARDEN HILLS. $1,349,000

MIDTOWN. $1,275,000



MORNINGSIDE. $1,250,000

BUCKHEAD. $1,145,900

ANSLEY PARK. $1,099,000

MIDTOWN. $905,900

DRUID HILLS. $899,000


ANSLEY PARK. $999,500


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BUCKHEAD. $850,000

BUCKHEAD. $799,900


ANSLEY PARK . $799,500





MIDTOWN. $529,500


MIDTOWN. $699,000


BUCKHEAD. $550,000


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The Neighborhood

20 20 UNDER

News & Features

FROM COUNTLESS VOLUNTEER HOURS TO FOUNDING NONPROFITS,THESE STUDENTS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS Meet our ninth annual 20 Under 20 honorees. We asked public and private schools along with service organizations and the general public to nominate students who have been active volunteers in their communities. As in previous years, we are astounded at how much time and effort these students put into their volunteer work. Thousands of hours, traveling to other countries, creating nonprofit organizations and mentoring other students are hallmarks of their service. This year, you will find three third graders – yes, third graders! – who lead an organization that helps the homeless; two friends who created a summer camp for underprivileged kids in Brazil; and a young woman moved by her grandmother’s death to found a nonprofit to help those with severe disabilities in Jamaica. We also received the most nominations since we began the 20 Under 20 project, which meant picking the honorees was incredibly difficult. So much so, that we also selected 17 runnersup because we felt their service also deserved recognition. We hope these uplifting stories will inspire you to give back to the community. And thank you to the businesses and schools whose advertising support makes this section possible every year. – Collin Kelley, Editor

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May Your New Year be Bright & Prosperous!!

Sydney Stepney, 17 Benjamin E. Mays High School


ydney became the first recipient of the Governor’s Honors Scholarship for Mays High School in a core area of study in Agriculture Science. Because of Sydney’s science project, which proved that greenhouse aquaponics is nutritionally and environmentally superior to other forms of plant growth, Mays High School was able to grow herbs to serve in recipes at all Atlanta Public Schools cafeterias. Sydney is also District Student Wellness Ambassador for Atlanta Public Schools, the spokeswoman for the Mays High Urban Agriculture Club, and is a young entrepreneur, creating her own business called Kole’s Bowtique in which she designs and creates hair bows, cheer bows, and bow ties.

& Can Help

Djourdan Gomes-Johnson, 16 Grady High School


Jasper Reschauer, 17 Atlanta International School

asper and Djourdan began a summer camp program using Ultimate Frisbee as a way to motivate and inspire physical fitness in underprivileged children in rural Brazil. The friends have been busy raising money to expand the program this summer. Djourdan says: “This summer camp has blossomed from just a plan on paper into an achievable goal that is backed by a legitimate nonprofit foundation. Thanks to the support of the people who believe in our cause and trust our ability to make this dream of ours into something real, we have acquired a third of the $7,000 we need and are ever so close to achieving and spreading our dreams.” If you would like to contribute to the summer camp, visit mygivingpoint.org/project/ultimate-frisbee-rural-brazil or gofundme. com/2t47xwc. The young men have also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and the Atlanta Humane Society, among others. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Connecting learning to life at every level.

APPLY BY FEBRUARY 1 ABOUT THE PHOTO: In October, students explored CLIMATE through an Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) study tour to Churchill, Manitoba. Photograph by Upper School teacher CAITLIN MORRIS


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Vernard Kennedy Jr., 18 New Schools at Carver

he son of Vernard Kennedy Sr. and Tezra Holmes, the Carver senior has dedicated himself to solving the negative perception of Black males in Atlanta. As a L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) Ambassador, Vernard works with the nonprofit to empower at-risk students. He has completed over 300 hours of service to the community since the 9th grade. Vernard said working on L.E.A.D.’s annual Celebrity Baseball Tournament at Turner Field was a memorable moment. “It was great to learn more about baseball as a kid and now I have the responsibility of facilitating the event and teaching the kids. It shows me that when you have an opportunity you have to come back and share it with the youth like it was passed to you. It definitely brings back memories, because that was when baseball started for me. If it wasn’t for that clinic, I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to become a L.E.A.D. Ambassador and to receive the various opportunities that I presently have.”

this is studying the classics. This is Jewish Education meets the British Invasion. This is Calculus in the morning and coding in the afternoon. This is reading the Talmud and reflecting upon it in yoga class. This is the result of twenty years of thinking outside the box. This is not your typical high school.

this is weber.

For more information, call (404) 917-2500 x117 or visit us at WeberSchool.org.

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Hayley Bird, 17 Decatur High School


aley has volunteered for Project Open Hand, Kashi International, Hands on Atlanta and, at age 8, began spending time with the elderly through the senior ministry at her church. As a young entrepreneur, Haley created her own soup company, making the soup from scratch, marketing and delivering it. She is currently working on a project to make quilts for the homeless. After college, where she wants to study public health, she wants to be in the Peace Corps and eventually work for the United Nations. “I want to be a part of improving people’s lives around the globe. I don’t desire to make money; I need to make change. There isn’t enough of that in the world.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m




The Lovett School congratulates Atlanta Intown’s 20 Under 20! We Applaud Lovett’s

Christopher Weaver ‘17

John Arnold, 18 Holy Spirit Preparatory School


n the summer of 2015, John created a sandwich ministry to serve lunches to poor children in the South Fulton area of Atlanta who would normally rely on lunches supplied by the public school system. He brought together his friends and classmates every Thursday night to prepare the lunches, and then Friday mornings he would deliver the lunches to the children enrolled in the summer sandwich program known as Smart Lunch Smart Kid. “I created my summer sandwich ministry so that my school community could work with me to fight hunger on a grander scale,” John says. “I am so grateful I had the opportunity to found and coordinate this sandwich ministry through my school because by the end of the summer my classmates and friends enabled me to produce and distribute almost 3,000 lunches to the children in the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program.”

www.lovett.org OPEN HOUSE: Spotlight on the Upper School

Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 pm, Grades 9–12

• Full immersion preschool and dual immersion primary programs in French, German and Spanish • International Baccalaureate curriculum, 3-year-olds—grade 12 • Innovative design technology core classes • A welcoming community with local roots and global reach, composed of families from over 90 countries.

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ElectroBike has come to Atlanta...



in Brookhaven’s Brighten Park Shopping Center!

ElectroBikes are Quiet � Clean � Easy � Fun ►Powered by a rechargeable Lithium ion battery ►Great for commuting, recreation or just getting around town Through January 2017:





2484 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 404-400-7132 � www.electrobikega.com Reed Stewart, 18 Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School


he daughter of Jan and Lever Stewart, Reed has volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Horizons Atlanta, Camp Kudzu, Rustic Pathways, Jubilee Kids Inc., Childspring International and Forging Futures. Reed says: “One of my most memorable moments while volunteering for the diabetes community is seeing the impact these organizations have on kids from all over Georgia. I love watching a camper give insulin or count carbs for the first time on their own, or to see a Holy Innocents’ student smile because so many people in their community came out to support them at the JDRF Walk. Whether it is watching a child in Haiti create a piece of art for the first time or a Horizons student swim on their own after a summer of hard work, it’s the small impact you have made on even just one person that is the best part about volunteering.”


BEYOND IMPRESSIVE visit gallowayschool.org 10 January 2017 |

Congratulations to Galloway 20 Under 20 Honorees Samantha Dyer, Hanna Meyers, and Katie Pleiss!

talented writer, visual artist and dancer, Allie has taken her passions and used them to give back to her school and the community. She served as managing editor for the acclaimed school newspaper, The Southerner, and she led an effort to get the first dance class on the curriculum at Grady. When there was no money for a staff dance instructor, Allie worked with a faculty facilitator to teach the class as a dance instructor herself for the full year. “While most of my students may not continue with Alexandra ‘Allie’ Schneider, 18 dance, my year as an instructor Grady High School made me value the small gains. I think affecting even just a few students means I’ve made a difference in my school,” she says. Allie also gives back to the community through the Grady Educational Enhancement Club, where she provides peer tutoring and essay reading services, at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Dance Foundry, participating in free community dance performances and fundraisers for the arts. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Serving Intown Atlanta Since 1973 Competence • Passion • Exclusivity Thank you for your overwhelming support for our Toys for Tots campaign!

We say “Thank You!” for donating: 242 Jackets, 29 Hats, 16 Gloves, 13 Scarves, 3 pairs of new Shoes and even 2 Jeans!

Our boxes were overflowing!

Because of YOU we are able to help people in need and keep them warm!

Under Contract Virginia Highland: 1117 Hudson Drive N.E. 5BR • 4BA • 1HBA Advisor: Michael Gaddy Offered for $ 1,439,000

Virginia Highland: 830 Ponce de Leon Terrace 3BR • 3BA • 2HBA Advisors: J. Jaramillo & E. Windham Offered for $ 1,520,000

Briarcliff: 1267 Euclade Court N.E. 4BR • 2BA • 1HBA Advisor: Nancy H. Guss Offered for $514,900

Morningside: 1044 E. Rock Springs Road N.E. 5BR • 5BA • 1HBA Advisor: Ken Covers Offered for $925,000

Midtown: 259 14th Street N.E., Unit B102 1BR • 1BA Advisor: Marsha McNeer Offered for $179,000

Morningside: 1672 Merton Road N.E. 5BR • 4BA • 1HBA Advisor: Ken Covers Offered for $1,595,000

Morningside: 627 Cumberland Road 3BR • 2BA Advisor: Ken Altshuler Offered for $739,000

Poncey Highland: 563 Woodall Avenue 4BR • 4BA • 1HBA Advisor: Nancy H. Guss Offered for $899,000

Under Contract Reynoldstown: 990 Manigault Street S.E. 3BR • 2BA Advisor: Lynda Cox Offered for $409,000

New Listing Virginia Highland: 1169 Hancock Drive N.E. 3BR • 2BA Advisors: M. Gaddy & M. Robertson Offered for $599,900

Decatur: 1279 Thomas Road 4BR • 3BA Advisor: Quinn Arnau Offered for $499,000

Morningside: 1143 University Drive N.E. 4BR • 4BA Advisor: Ken Altshuler Offered for $980,000

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Christopher Weaver, 18 The Lovett School


uring his junior year, Christopher created the nonprofit, American Heroes for Hire, which serves to help veterans find jobs in the metro area. From networking to fundraising, and from partnering with local veterans’ support organizations to planning events, Christopher is working to give back to the men and women who served America. He recalled helping a homeless veteran find a job: “He had worked odd jobs throughout his life and all he was looking for was some kind of mailroom type position. We were able to pass his information along to a company hosting the event for consideration. This great desire for even the simplest job has taught me to never take anything for granted.”

Rosalie ‘Rose’ Karlin, 18 The Weber School


oth Priya and Sally have a passion for helping underprivileged families and children in the city. Priya, moved by the plight of burn victims, interviewed burn specialists, doctors, and scientists to create a new treatment method using placental stem cells. She then worked with attorneys to file a patent, with which she and friends started REGEN LLC,

remarkable faith ● service ● academics ● joy

Through service, Holy Spirit Prep seeks to make its students magnanimous servant leaders, giving back to our local, regional, and global community - serving our neighbor in need, serving God, and changing the world for good. Congratulations, John Arnold, on being named one of Atlanta’s 20 under 20!


Preschool Sunday, January 29 Grades K-6 Monday, February 6 Grades 7-12 Sunday, January 29 RSVP for Open Houses or weekly campus tours at holyspiritprep.org/visit.

An independent Catholic school for students age 6 months-12th grade. www.holyspiritprep.org/visit

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senior at The Weber School, Rose has volunteered with a dozen local nonprofits including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN), AntiDefamation League, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Genesis Homeless Shelter and with the AIDS Walk and Hunger Walk. For the past three years Rose has been the number one fundraiser for PCAN in the state, raising $25,000 just this year with her team (Team Lala – named after her late grandmother). Rose says: “My grandmother is the person who taught me what it means to be truly selfless and to give to those you may not even know. She taught me to keep a smile on my face even in the toughest situations and that life is full of beauty. She was the most giving person I have ever met and as a result I won’t stop fighting until there is a cure for this horrible disease.”

Priya Yadav, 16 Sally Cobb Weltner, 17 Atlanta Girls’ School of which she is now CEO. Priya says she intends to work over the next several years to develop and distribute her treatment to burn victims in countries around the world at an affordable price. As a member of the Buckhead Chapter of the National Charity League, Sally has completed more than 1,000 hours of service with various philanthropies. For the last four years, that service has earned her the U.S. Presidential Service Award, which requires at least 100 hours of philanthropic service per year. Most of her time is dedicated to the nonprofit Agape Youth and Family Center Atlanta, which empowers and supports underserved families in our community. Last summer Sally traveled to Thailand and Cambodia for four weeks, where she taught English and took care of elephants in an elephant sanctuary. While in Cambodia she worked with multiple NGOs that fight the corruption in the government and provide means of alternative therapy. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m




Discover everything, except your limits.

Rylee Jahn, 17 Kadi Weakland, 17 Woodward Academy

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School | hies.org


ylee and Kadi’s Shoebox Project became a school-wide event as students helped fill and decorate 1,000 shoeboxes with toiletries and other items for the needy. “I love the feeling I get knowing I helped someone, and possibly made their day,” Rylee says. “This project is super important to me, and getting to do it with my best friend means the world.” Kadi says watching a young student put so much into the filling and decorating of his shoebox gave her hope. “He had placed animal stickers in the shape of a heart, with hand-drawn butterflies surrounding it. I couldn’t help but smile at how much effort this small child had put into his box. He asked me if the person that was going to get his box would like it, and I was so awestruck by how much he cared I was rendered speechless. Seeing him care so much about the person receiving his box made my heart swell with joy; we were helping raise a new generation of volunteers.” Both students have also volunteered with United Way of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Community Food Bank, among others.

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elsey is the founder of Bumble’s Bibs (bumblesbibs.com), which she started in honor of her grandmother, Bumble, who passed away from a motor neuron disease in 2013. The idea was born during a 2014 mission trip to Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica, where Kelsey and her mom were feeding meals to severely handicapped children and adults. Kelsey thoughts bibs would help keep the residents clean, dry and therefore, more comfortable. In turn, caregivers would spend less time cleaning the residents and more interactive and therapeutic time with the residents. “We remembered the large, decorative bibs that Bumble made for her grandchildren from kitchen towels and cloth baby diapers. When we returned from the mission trip, we started sewing large bibs to send to the Mustard Seed Communities.” She also recruited volunteers to help sew and deliver the bibs. “To date, with a wonderful team of volunteers, we have sent approximately 800 bibs to the Mustard Seed residential care facilities.” Bumble’s Bibs has also inspired the creation of a new “bib ministry,” where young women living in a home for unwed mothers and mildly disabled adults will be taught how to sew bibs for their fellow disabled Mustard Seed residents.


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lla’s love of animals, especially after a community cat named Little Bit was hit and killed by a car on her street, led Ella to found The Friends of 4th Street Ferals. The organization began with a mission to end the cycle of unwanted kittens by educating her neighbors and enlisting their help to accomplish a short-term goal of spaying and neutering 20 cats and kittens. Long term, she established an organized network in the neighborhood to make sure that a dozen colonies of feral cats in the area were stabilized by spaying and neutering or adoption to families. “I’m proud to say that these cat colonies were all successfully stabilized with over 125 adults neutered and more than 75 kittens adopted!” She has also volunteered with Girls On The Run, Meals on Wheels, My Sister’s House, Foster Foundation, and Genesis Shelter. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m




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ristina has devoted a significant amount of her time to the National Charity League (NCL), a mother-daughter service organization committed to community service and leadership. “As I entered high school as a freshman, I developed an interest in healthcare alongside community service. I bridged the gap between the two passions by obtaining an internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with NCL. As I dedicated my time to the hospital, I had the privilege of playing bingo with sick children. After calling several numbers, a young boy with leukemia sprang up with a radiant smile, yelling ‘Bingo!’ The simplicity of winning a toy buoyed his spirits, enabling him to forget his illness temporarily.” She was selected for the Teen Leadership Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, through girlFriends. Cristina has also volunteered with Operation Gratitude, Ronald McDonald House, Hospice Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Piedmont Hospital and many more.


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hese three third graders lead Scholars With A Vision (S.W.A.V.) to provide assistance to the community through donations, community service and scholarships. Their goal is to raise a minimum of $500 per year to contribute to a KIPP scholar who has successfully completed high school and is headed to college. S.W.A.V. has donated furniture to families in need, fed the hungry in partnership with Quest Communities and is scheduled to partner with Calvary Transition Homeless Shelter to provide a formal dinner for clients and donate various personal items to mothers and children. They also adopted a family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Jordyn had this to say about her work with S.W.A.V.: “It made me happy to volunteer and feed the homeless; they were so happy about eating something that we take for granted every day. I remember them smiling so big when they got the sack with food in it. My mom took me to a street in Atlanta where all the homeless people live right next to a shelter. One day I will feed them all and maybe find them somewhere to live.”

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RUNNERSUP LAYLA FELDER, 13 In 2012, she started a club at Atlanta International School called The Kids Opera & Art Posse to inspire kids to support the arts and become the next generation of opera and art patrons, and artists. ZACHARY FLASH, 18 As the cadet in charge of North Atlanta High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), Zachary is responsible for the training and mentoring of 234 cadets. He was selected as an APS Young Superintendent Ambassador and won the National Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award, which recognizes cadets who demonstrate excellence in military, scholastic, and civic affairs. KATIE KRANTZ, 17 Katie mentors middle school students through Girl Talk at The Lovett School and is currently trying to start a LGBT+ safe space affinity group as an offshoot of Lovett’s educational Spectrum Club, which she leads.

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CAROLINE GRACE MCCLATCHEY, 18 Caroline is co-president of girlFriends, a group of students from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School who volunteer and raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In the group’s first year alone, it raised $8,000 for Children’s.

KAYLA TRAWICK, 17 This Frederick Douglass High School senior is the author of “Aren’t I Fortitude,” an inspirational creative writing project about strength and courage, no matter the circumstances or obstacles one may face in life.

LIZZIE WAMSLEY, 16 The Lovett School student created a program to donate books to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and created an addition to the VolunTEEN program by adding a shift where teens read to patients to stimulate their brains and encourage more youth-to-youth relationships during hospital stays.

MICHAEL MOORE, 17 A volunteer at the Agape Youth and Family Center, as well as a mentor to younger students, he’s also Recycling Coordinator and Leader of the Living Wall Subcommittee at The Lovett School where he’s seen several projects come to life, including Lovett’s recycling/composting program, e-waste drives, and solar array and living wall installations.

SPENCER VAUGHN, 12 A 7th grader at the Friends School of Atlanta, Spencer spent most of his summer vacation helping to educate second through fourth graders in summer math camps as a math camp assistant. He enjoys helping younger kids excel in math and reaching their goals as a math whiz. MEGAN ANANDAPPA, 17 On many a weekend, you can find this St. Pius X Catholic High School student feeding the hungry at St. Francis Table soup kitchen in Downtown, while at school she is the president of the campus group that promotes human rights issues, helping to lead events in the community and even in Washington, D.C. ADAM KEYS, 18 The B.E.S.T. Academy senior is working as a research assistant at Georgia Tech, while participating in dual enrollment at Georgia State University.

EMILY BLANK, 17 The Woodward Academy student founded a chapter of Girl Up, the international movement under the United Nations Foundation, which encourages girls to take action and lead the efforts to improve the lives of girls and women locally and globally. GABBY KASTEN, 17 A senior at the Weber School, Gabby sits on the board for Creating Connected Communities, an organization that throws holiday parties for underprivileged children. She also volunteers for the Shearith Israel women’s shelter and Meals on Wheels. ADAM SPECTOR, 17 The Weber School student was honored with the Presidential Award for more than 100 hours of community service, including volunteering at the JCC Summer Camps, coaching a program

devoted to serving developmentally challenged teens and adults, and serving on the board and leading soccer clinics for Kicking for Autism. KENDALL ROBINSON, 15 A junior at Greater Atlanta Christian School, Kendall founded a nonprofit company, Love Rolls, Inc. that collects physical and monetary donations to purchase toilet paper for the homeless and for those in need in the metro area. PRECIOUS SMITH, 17 The Academe of the Oaks Decatur student’s activities range from working at food banks to gathering clothes and hygiene kits for homeless people to construction of a coat rack near a Downtown Marta station that’s full of coats, free for the taking. She’s also raising money to help a Diné family expand their home. CHARLES PORGES, 17 Charles is the youngest member of Praxis, a program for young peple who have left school or college in order to begin their professional careers. Charles quickly adapted to the program and is already managing a group of freelancers at Guild Quality. KOURTNI MACKENZIE STEWART, 15 The Westminster Schools student serves as a mentor/tennis coach to lower school students and serves as the Community Service Intern for her family’s nonprofit organization L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) which partners with Atlanta Public Schools to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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to renovate these systems for several years. “If you have the best actors and the best set in the world but you can’t hear them or see them, The Grady High School Foundation then all your hard work is lost,” said parent has launched a $50,000 capital campaign Stephanie Szalkowski. to renovate the outdated and failing light APS’ solution is a few more years down and sound systems in its Vincent Murray the road. Auditorium. According to APS Chief Operations “We have an extraordinary opportunity with an incredible group of kids and faculty to Officer Larry Hoskins, under the district’s SPLOST 2017 Program, Grady will receive teach at the top levels of theater, production, technology, entertainment – but we don’t have a new classroom addition and building renovations, estimated to cost $33 million. the tools to do it as we would like to and as The auditorium lighting and sound systems industry demands,” said John Brandhorst, will be upgraded as a part of the investment who wears many hats – Grady art teacher/ but is not likely to be completed until 2020 art department chair, Grady Go Team faculty or 2021. member, and Grady Foundation vice chair. When asked what happens if the Grady The Midtown school currently operates auditorium lighting and sound systems fail the busiest theater and performance program prior to construction completion, Hoskins in the city at 40 percent of technical capacity. said, “We will repair the systems.” But repair The auditorium is in constant use as a isn’t a viable option when parts are obsolete. performance space for theater, band and “We can’t wait,” Brandhorst said. “We are chorus, as a classroom for AP Human looking at imminent system failure.” Geography, for parent information sessions, So, the Grady High School Foundation for Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Public has decided to take matters into its own Schools (APS) community meetings, as a hands. place for CNN to film, and much more. “The Grady “It’s become a High School nexus for all kinds Foundation is ready of community to address needs not engagement,” met by APS – school Brandhorst said. wide big ticket However, 2004 items,” Elizabeth renovations at Grady Rogan, Grady HS High School did not Foundation Chair include updates to and parent, said. all the systems this Parents created workhorse relies on the foundation in for light and sound. Outdated lighting needs to be replaced. 1997 to serve Grady For example, students, faculty, and community. The the 1984 dimmer rack, which controls the nonprofit supports reading, writing, and math lighting, is obsolete and operating at half of centers, student scholarships, and Advanced the 96 dimmers’ capacity. “Little by little, Placement Faculty professional development, the dimmer pods are becoming corroded or primarily using funds donated by the Atlanta are failing – so we’re losing channels by the Boys’ High Alumni Association. week – and we cannot get new coils to replace By tapping into alumni, the community, them,” Brandhorst said. The light system still and other groups that use the auditorium, accepts floppy disks. the foundation seeks to raise enough for this North Atlanta High School’s technical infrastructure project plus additional funds apparatus, which has been compared to The to support technology, curriculum and other Alliance Theater, in addition to dimmers, unmet needs. has hundreds of lights. Grady is down to 40 Plans are also in the works for a 70th lights. And Grady’s sound system is also obsolete. Anniversary Gala in 2017 to raise funds that will benefit the entire school. The auditorium soundboard doesn’t accept “I have attended so many musical USB drives, so students and faculty can’t and theatrical events from the students interface with computers. It also lacks a functioning intercom system so the back stage at Springdale Park, Inman, Mary Lin, Morningside, Hope-Hill, and Grady in this and front stage booths can’t communicate. performing facility,” said Interim Principal Contemporary systems are run with software Dr. Betsy Brockman. “Effective sound and and iPads. lighting systems are a basic need for the “At Grady, all of our tech is student run, thousands of students, parents, and teachers which inspires many students to pursue who use this venue on a continual basis. professional theater,” Grady student Roshan Our students cannot wait for three years; we Anita explained. “We do not let our outdated appreciate the financial support of the Grady systems hold us back, however, we do not Cluster in this campaign.” properly prepare many of our technicians for For more information, visit professional theater.” Grady faculty and parents have asked APS gradyhsfoundation.org. By Clare S. Richie

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the Drew Design team will use the next several months to concept, design and build its invention – a device used to monitor the backseat of an automobile for child and/or pet presence. “Being selected as an InvenTeam, and creating an invention from soup to nuts will undoubtedly have a huge impact on these students,” said White. “They have already learned so much through the framework that Lemelson-MIT has provided, and now we are just getting started.” In June 2017, White and Drew’s InvenTeam will travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for EurekaFest where they will join other teams to present and showcase their prototypes. Lemelson-MIT student prize-winners, MIT faculty and other InvenTeams will offer feedback at the event. “This group of students has worked very hard to be selected, and I can’t wait to see them persist through the challenges of creating a final product that has the potential to save lives, something they are very passionate about,” White said.

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New Peachtree corridor zoning aims for walkable street mixed-use projects with retail space along with better sidewalks, green space and amenities such as nicer bus shelters. A new rezoning concept aims to make In short, the Peachtree Corridor a portion of Peachtree Road in Buckhead rezoning is something like the Special a more human-scale, walkable corridor Public Interest, or SPI, zoning districts with street-front retail and mini-parks. that exist on the northern half of And if it works out, it could be a pilot Peachtree through Buckhead Forest and program for similar corridor plans in Lenox. But, Silver said, the city does the city’s forthcoming new zoning code not want to make more SPIs, with their citywide. Design Review Committees. Instead, The public got a look at the city officials want to develop a relatively early “Peachtree Corridor” rezoning simple zoning code targeting various concepts at a Nov. 30 meeting at the major streets throughout the city. Shepherd Center, where city Planning As it is now, Peachtree in southern Commissioner Tim Keane said it fits Buckhead lies between SPIs with no into Atlanta’s new proactive stance on design-oriented zoning controls of its preparing for redevelopment. own. “This is a missing piece that’s very “The city we have today is awesome, important,” Silver said. but the city is changing and growing,” “More development will come Keane said. “It’s time for us to be specific because much of the corridor is not built and intentional about how the city takes out,” Aaron Fortner, principal at Canvas, shape, how it gets greener and how we said at the meeting. “More development get around.” will come, which is why it’s important At least one more for us to have zoning community meeting that’s not from 1982.” will be held as part Rethinking the of the process. The design of southern Nov. 30 meeting Peachtree began a presentation, including few years ago when maps, is available on the Brookwood the rezoning website at Alliance, a coalition peachtreezoning.com. of local neighborhood The Peachtree associations, Corridor zoning commissioned a study addresses Peachtree that came up with ideas between Deering similars to the Peachtree Road at the Amtrak Corridor concept. station and Sheridan The Peachtree Drive in Garden Corridor process began Hills. The intent of several months ago the zoning, however, with meetings of the caused some confusion steering committee, and skepticism which includes from many of the residents as well as city roughly 30 residents AARON FORTNER officials, including City and developers in PRINCIPAL AT CANVAS Councilmembers Shook, attendance. Yolanda Adrean and Much of the Alex Wan. presentation, from city-hired Canvas In June and July, Canvas conducted Planning Group, dealt with the high an online survey about the corridor, density of potential redevelopment. That drawing 185 responses, according to led many attendees to think the rezoning Fortner. would boost density, when it actually In terms of transportation, 94 percent would just change the design standards of respondents said they mostly travel to require more setbacks and green space. the corridor by single-occupancy vehicle, “It is not increasing any density at and 35 percent of those drivers said all,” Sally Silver of City Councilmember they would use another transportation Howard Shook’s office, who sits on the method, if they had the option. About 40 Peachtree Corridor steering committee, percent said they walk the corridor once said in an interview. a month or less, and 66 percent said they It also wouldn’t allow buildings to go would walk more if the streetscape was taller than the existing 100- and 250-foot better. limits on various segments of the street. In terms of look and feel, 88 percent The one way density might increase of respondents said the buildings along is as a bonus if developers agree to do Peachtree today are “unattractive” and 60 something such as create a mixed-use percent want more small-scale and local project, though that incentive is just a shops and restaurants. concept right now. The steering committee aims to Much of the street’s properties are complete the Peachtree Corridor already allowed to have very high-density rezoning and send it to City Council for redevelopment under the most recent a vote sometime in the spring. But it’s zoning, done in 1982, Silver said. The in the early stages and will take as long idea is to prepare for dense development as necessary to get it right, Silver and by requiring tall buildings to be stepped Fortner said. back so they don’t loom over single--Michael Quirk contributed family neighborhoods and to encourage By John Ruch

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By Collin Kelley More than a hundred residents, business owners and other stakeholders converged on Marietta Street’s Gallery 72 on Dec. 6 for the first Downtown Atlanta Master Plan open house and meeting. Hosted by Central Atlanta Progress, the interactive meeting gave attendees a chance to visit various stations to talk about and prioritize what they believe are Downtown’s most pressing transportation needs. “This is the first meeting in a much longer process over the next eight to 10 months over the future growth and revitalization of Downtown,” said Jennifer Ball, CAP’s Vice President of Planning and Economic Development. Georgia State University professor of planning and economic development, Dr. Joseph Hacker, touched on some of the areas of transportation that the city wants to focus on, including pedestrian safety and access, bicycling, and bus and rail service. The last major iteration of the master plan was 2003’s Imagine Downtown. Ball said that since then there has been more than $4 billion invested in Downtown. The continuing redevelopment of Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame are just some of the big projects completed in the last decade. Part of the ongoing master plan discussion will include The Stitch, the ambitious plan to reconnect the heart of the city by capping the Downtown Connector with a ¾-mile platform extending from the Civic Center MARTA station at West Peachtree Street to Piedmont Avenue. This new space would create urban greenspace and foster new development both atop and adjacent to the platform. Also factoring into Downtown’s future is the transformation of historic Underground Atlanta into a mixed-use development. The sale of Underground to South Carolina-based developer WRS is slated to be finalized in January. CAP is encouraging residents to give their feedback about transportation and other aspects of the master plan via the planDowntownATL.com website or at facebook.com/PlanDowntownATL. On Twitter, use the hashtag #planDowntownATL or visit the Instagram account @planDowntownATL. You can also email your thoughts to plan@ atlantadowntown.com.

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Crime is down in Midtown according to APD Zone 5 commander Major Scott Kreher. After a spike in late 2015, he said crime has been reduced 25 percent in Midtown. Kreher said putting officers on bikes, Segways and on foot have helped control the crime in the area. The City of Atlanta has invested more than $350,000 in technology enhancements to the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) platform at the Operation Shield Video Integration Center (VIC), funded through the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program. Currently, the VIC integrates approximately 7,500 publicly and privately owned cameras, which significantly increase the Atlanta Police Department’s coverage and situational awareness of the city streets, using state-of-the-art analytical software. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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By Collin Kelley Despite public outcry and concerns from some of the councilmembers themselves, the Atlanta City Council voted 10-4 last month to approve a resolution to “abandon” portions of several Downtown streets that run through Underground Atlanta. Residents and preservationists have vowed to fight the move, even threatening to take the city to court. Thread ATL, an organization that focuses on city planning and design issues, is holding fundraisers to raise money for a potential lawsuit. The council’s vote allows parts of Lower and Upper Alabama Street and two blocks of Pryor Street to become part of the sale of the Underground property to South Carolinabased development firm WRS Real Estate Investments. The company plans to turn the historic Underground site and surrounding properties into a mixed-use development with retail, restaurant, hotels, homes and student housing. Mayor Kasim Reed said including the streets was essential to finalize the deal to sell Underground, but residents were concerned that there was no public hearings or opportunity for comment on the move by the city. Specifically, residents questioned whether the streets would still be open to pedestrians, bicyclists or vehicles once they became part of the project. Councilmember Kwanza Hall said WRS has pledged to engage Downtown business owners and residents as plans for Underground’s re-development moves forward. “All the plans haven’t been revealed yet as negotiations continue, but I think the community will be happy,” Hall said, noting that WRS is committed to historic preservation. “Investment in Underground will make Downtown the attractive place we want it to be.” Councilmember Felicia Moore, who voted against the legislation, said she believed the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) should have had the opportunity give input and advice, but the process was bypassed by the city. “The streets belong to the public until we give them away permanently as part of this development,” Moore said. “What happens with the streets is definitely a planning issue and should be under the purview of the NPU.” Councilmember Cleta Winslow, who represents the area that includes Underground, said she believed the developers were committed to the process of making Underground a success. “I’m very excited that after more than two years that WRS is still interested and hasn’t backed away,” Winslow said. “They want to protect the historic buildings in the Downtown area. I think they’ll do the right thing.” “I can’t recall an incident where the city had any remorse for abandoning a street for redevelopment,” Councilmember Michael Julian Bond said, commenting that the street abandonments were nothing new with local developments, citing Georgia Tech and English Avenue projects. Bond said he remembered Underground in its heyday in the 1970s when the subterranean streets created by railroad viaducts were rediscovered after being forgotten for decades. There were bars, restaurants and even a wax museum that drew locals and tourists alike, he said. After going into decline in the 80s, Underground was revived to great fanfare in 1989, but that fanfare was short-lived. “Downtown used to be vital and vibrant,” Bond recalled. “It was the heart of the city. Now people avoid the area, are victimized by crime and residents are plagued by the conditions.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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apparently, right now is the damn future. The 3-minute sessions of standing in a chamber that is cooled to 130 degrees below zero is sure to either restore some of my youth or earn me a spot on a shelf next to Ted Williams’ head. Let’s hope it’s the former because we got Christmas to tend to people! One of Elliott’s teachers spilled the beans about the Elf on the Shelf. She told the class she got tired of moving the thing every night for her kids at home so when one of them accidentally touched the elf she said that it killed him. I guess she figured that 4th graders wouldn’t be traumatized by this revelation. Elliott had his doubts for sure but he still enjoyed

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understated look. I like white lights and wreaths to adorn the front of the house and not a whole lot more. With each season this purity takes something of a hit though. Margo is now old enough to weigh in on things like décor (and frankly, most everything else). She laments “why can’t we overdo it like the Alexanders and the Pinyons?” She wants a yard full of blow up characters accented by a laser light show, and I’m afraid her mother agrees with her. We compromised on a few demure characters made of seagrass: a small Santa, a penguin and a fox with a top hat. Because really, what exemplifies the Christmas spirit more than a fox with a top hat? My mother-in-law is thinking of selling her house and downsizing because, well, she’s getting older as well. So this year she brought her army of Santa collectibles that she has been amassing for the past 50 years. There’s Jolly Santa, Skinny Santa, Irish Santa… The front yard may be unassuming, but inside our house is Christmas as heck! The batteries in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were dead (since 1984 probably) so I popped in some fresh ones. I expected a dying, nasally whirr at best, but sure enough the first thing that came out was “I’m cute! She thinks I’m cute!” So even after all these years, Clarice still sees some potential in old Rudolph, too. I guess the holidays have a way of warming up the old engine, don’t they? Cheers all and Happy 2017.


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Business Retail � Projects � Profiles

Justin Amick and William Stallworth, co-owners of The Painted Pin.

Bowling A Strike

A hit with game-lovers, The Painted Pin prepares to expand By Grace Huseth


he Painted Pin feels like a millionaire’s game room in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle. The “modern English” décor turned an industrial warehouse space into a classic gaming and bowling destination. Length-wise, the Painted Pin is all bowling alley, but the depth of the venue features a large bar, lounging couches and coffee tables with interactive games tucked in corners and hidden in extra rooms. Owner Justin Amick and his business partner William Stallworth were looking for alternative forms of entertainment that would resonate with the 25 to 45-year-old demographic. Amick applied his expertise in the food and beverage business (he’s the son of noted restaurateur Bob Amick) while Stallworth used his experience in sales to create the successful boutique bar. “This is our dream bar. We both love competitive games, bowling and activities you can do with your friends, family and co-workers,” Amick said. “The culmination of our backgrounds was pointing us to the need and niche of The Painted Pin.” On a bustling Friday night, The Painted Pin did seem like a millennial’s playground yet the focus on games rescues the spot from the cliché bar feel. Along with the bowling, there’s bocce, giant Jenga, Skee Ball, shuffleboard, darts and a room devoted to ping pong that are incredibly popular. Later in the evening, a band started playing, but there were more victory dances than club dancing. Bowling is still the focal point of the boutique bar. Twenty lanes have theatrical red curtains and a trademark Painted Pin twist. Each lane has ten pins, one of which is painted red. This red pin is naturally shuffled with a new placement with each restack. Whenever the red pin becomes the king pin, or is moved to the front, the pressure is on. If you get a strike, you are awarded with a Painted Pin Strike and a celebratory free beer. Securing a bowling lane can be tricky. Amick said the average wait time to get a lane is two to three hours on the weekdays and can get as high as six to eight hours on the weekends. The best strategy is to have one person from your group put your name on the list, stay in the building and play games as the wait time gets shorter.

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In the meantime, appetizers and meals at The Painted Pin are a nod to Amick’s roots in the food world. Greasy bowling alley food has been replaced with upscale pub food including wood fired pizzas, tacos, sliders and small plates. Craft and local beer in addition to classic cocktails and wines by the glass make bowling more art than sport. Amick used his expertise in wine when creating The Painted Pin. He worked in Napa Valley and served as beverage director for both Parish and The Spence. With the success of The Painted Pin, Amick and Stallworth are ready to expand the brand to Atlanta’s Westside. In summer 2017, the owners will open their second location called The Painted Duck, which Amick calls “a distinguished drinkery duck pin bowling and gaming parlor.” Duck Pin Bowling is the same as bowling, but is played with smaller balls the size of a softball and smaller, fatter pins. The Painted Duck will be the first in the country to focus on the game in the boutique realm and give a somewhat retired game resurgence in popularity. Like The Painted Pin, The Painted Duck will have more classic games paired with recreational backyard bar fare. Executive Chef Thomas Collins is currently developing skewers of wood-fired meats called quills. “We are the first to bring back this old favorite, historical pastime of bowling but in a boutique realm. It’s everything you love about bowling, but in a different rendition. It’s more of a precision game and is a little bit harder.” These boutique bars take quite a bit of teamwork. “You are only as good as the team that you have,” Amick said. “I really do think what I did best and what I’m most proud of is the team that I have assembled here at The Painted Pin. They are the ones who bring it to life.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

725 Ponce

Infamous ‘Murder Kroger’ demolished for new office tower By Collin Kelley By the time you read this, demolition of the former Kroger supermarket on Ponce de Leon Avenue – infamously known at “Murder Kroger” – will be complete. The building was knocked down to make way for the mixed-use 725 Ponce project. The 445,000 square-foot development, designed by New York-based S9 Architecture, will include a 12-story building, of which 360,000 square feet will be office space. A brand new Kroger supermarket will be built at the base of the tower. There will also be a three-story underground parking deck, which will fill a need for additional public parking near the Atlanta BeltLine, Ponce City Market and Old Fourth Ward Park. The project is being developed by New City LLC, and is projected to be finished by 2018. The inspiration behind 725 Ponce comes from the neighboring Ponce City Market, a project which also includes S9 Architecture as part of its design team roster.


Top photo: Charis Books & More owner Sara Luce Look with Charis Circle’s executive director Elizabeth Anderson inside the Little Five Points store. Bottom photo: the Victorian house across from the Agnes Scott College campus that will become the bookstore’s new home.

Charis Books announces move to Decatur By Collin Kelley After 42 years as a fixture in Little Five Points, feminist bookstore Charis Books & More has announced it will move to Decatur in 2017. Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the bookstore’s nonprofit arm Charis Circle, said the new location is directly across from the Agnes Scott College campus at 184 South Candler Street in a freestanding, Victorian-style house. Charis at Agnes Scott will be affiliated with the college, stocking branded merchandise and more. Anderson said the home is larger than its current home, with space for daytime events, reading groups, and social gatherings, which will allow Charis to expand the scope of its current program offerings. The house will be updated to be fully ADA accessible, has a back yard, a large, free parking lot, additional accessible parking spots and has closer access to MARTA trains and bus service. “We will continue to be the Charis Books and Charis Circle you know and love: we will continue to be a home for independent and marginalized voices, and a popular education center for intersectional feminist justice,” Anderson said. “We are working with an architect to make the space both functional and beautiful; a feminist gathering ground where we can plan and dream, celebrate and scheme, for the long haul.” Charis Circle will be raising funds to help with the move and renovations to the new space in Decatur. How to make a donation and more information can be found at charisbooksandmore.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m





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MARTA revives Lindbergh Station plans By John Ruch Lindbergh Center Station is where MARTA first tried transit-oriented development nearly 20 years ago, with mixed and incomplete results. Now, in the midst of a TOD project boom, the transit agency is selling two parcels to kick-start the unfinished mixed-use redevelopment around the station and maybe upgrade what’s there today. It’s a personal project for MARTA, which has its headquarters at Lindbergh and has made TOD a top priority under General Manager and CEO Keith Parker. “From our general manager’s perspective, he would love for our headquarters here to be located in something considered a model TOD nationally so we could walk outside and live it every day,” said Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s director of TOD projects. Sally Silver, an aide to City Councilmember Howard Shook who has long been involved in Lindbergh-area planning, said the attempt to revive the TOD plan is especially important with MARTA’s “Clifton Corridor” project on the horizon. That proposed new light rail line between Lindbergh Center and Avondale through the Emory University

area is targeted for some funding from the recently approved MARTA sale tax increase. “The Lindbergh area is going to be the best place in the city of Atlanta to live,” Silver said she has long predicted, due to its live-work-play TOD and rail line access. In the late 1990s, MARTA rolled out a TOD master plan for roughly six blocks around the station on Lindbergh Drive. Developers were selected and work continued into the middle of the past decade, but the vision ran into “obstacles,” Rhein said. Those included development partners dropping out, changes in the economy that affect financing, and lawsuits from residents concerned about traffic. Several projects were built along Main Street, including mixed-use buildings and two apartment complexes, one of which was originally planned as condos. But it wasn’t quite what MARTA envisioned and later phases stalled. “It was supposed to be more of a retailfocused project,” said Rhein. Silver recalled that a smaller, urbanstyle grocery store was part of the plan that never happened. Instead, a traditional Kroger with a large parking lot recently opened nearby, on Morosgo Drive. Likewise, Silver and Rhein said, the project included some non-TOD uses,

house its state-of-the-art software center and Home and Building Technologies (HBT) global headquarters. According to a news release, Honeywell plans to invest $19 million in the site and staff it with more than 730 full-time product software engineers and approximately 100 HBT HQ employees over the next five years. Most of the employees will specialize in developing software products that support Honeywell’s solutions addressing the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), including mobile, Atlanta Dairies cloud computing and data analytics, as Paces Properties has announced that well as marketing and user experience. Collier’s Department Store and a cafe from The engineers will work on critical software THRIVE Famers will be some of the first and digital products as part of the company’s connected technologies for homes, buildings, tenants at the Atlanta Dairies development industrial plants, workers, automobiles and on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. Paces aircraft. has already signed Agon Entertainment, owners of the Georgia Theatre in Athens and Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. The former dairy site at 777 Memorial Drive Pullman Yard, the historic rail car and service facility in Kirkwood, has been put will have space for entertainment, retail, on the market by the Georgia Building restaurant and office tenants. Authority. The minimum bid Selig Enterprises is proposing for the 27-acre a $400 million development, site is $5.6 anchored by a 32-story tower, million, plus on a 3.5-acre site along West an additional Peachtree Street in Midtown. $14,285 for the The project at 1105 West due diligence Peachtree St. would include costs. Sealed 645,000 square feet of office bids are due by space, 80 residential units, a April 4, 2017. 150-key boutique hotel, and Developers have street-level retail. The project wanted to tackle would also feature multiple the property, buildings connected by a including nearly one-acre plaza. one proposal to transform Honeywell has leased 62,000 the site into Selig Enterprises square feet in Midtown’s a mixed715 Peachtree building to


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such as the Pike Nurseries plant and garden store at Lindbergh Drive and Camelia Lane. “Today we would not put a nursery on that site,” Rhein said. Now MARTA is in a different era, with highdensity TOD projects for five stations under construction or moving through review process, and a sixth — King Memorial station — stalled on the drawing board. With that momentum, MARTA took another look at Lindbergh and came up with a strategic approach. While the agency owns several parcels around the station, it recently issued a request for proposals for two of them — a vacant lot at 2562 Piedmont Road and a small site at 572 Morosgo A map of MARTA’s Lindbergh Center transit-oriented development master plan area included in the recent request for proposcurrently housing MARTA’s als for two parcels, shown in purple and numbered 1 and 2. fleet management offices. Proposals are due Jan. 23. Piedmont. The hope is that would raise The strategy, Rhein said, is to get a the value of other MARTA-owned parcels developer interested in buying up adjacent before they are sold for future TOD private properties, too, and create a redevelopment. development along the “front door” of use development of art studios, urban gardening, sustainability classes, retail, a nature preserve and sports facilities. UnitedLex, a global provider of technology-powered business, legal and cybersecurity services, COMPLEX has announced the opening of its Atlanta office at 180 Interstate North Parkway. The new facility will provide a full range of legal support and cyber security services to UnitedLex’s growing client base of top Fortune-listed corporations and law firms. When staffed to capacity, the new Atlanta facility will house 150 lawyers and technologists. Cherry Blow Dry Bar will soon open at 915 West Peachtree Street in Midtown. Cubanborn entrepreneurs Al and Isabel Nunez and their daughter, Jen, are opening the shop, which will offer membership plans starting at $59 for two monthly blowouts. The shop will also offer extensions, make-up services, scalp massages, protein treatments, braids and clip-in applications. Attom, a luxury men’s concept store based in Switzerland, has opened its first U.S. store at 3035 Peachtree Road A160 in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta Real estate development firm Third & Urban has announced that catering company Proof of the Pudding will be the first major tenant in COMPLEX, an adaptive re-use project in West Midtown slated to break ground this month. Proof of the Pudding will occupy 31,000 square feet in a 10-year lease with an expected move-in date of April

2017. PSG Construction and LTX Solutions will also move into COMPLEX in 2017. COMPLEX, slated for a completion by May 2017, will feature 105,000 square-feet of flexible space for individuals and businesses. The project will offer approximately 20 different spaces, with a mix of warehouse, office and retail uses, as well as varied ceiling heights and loading capabilities. For more information, visit complexwestmidtown. com. The Kohler Signature Store is now open at 3167 Peachtree Road, Suite M in Buckhead. The store offers comprehensive design services for both the kitchen and bath, including product selection, design development, and project assistance. For more information, visit kohlersignaturestoreatlanta.com. When the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market opens for business at AmericasMart Atlanta on Jan. 10, the global retail and design community will mark and celebrate its staging as the 60th consecutive winter show under continuous Portman Family ownership and management and the latest and largest in a continuing legacy of industry-leading market events. For more information, visit americasmart.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Atlanta. $152,500 100 Alden Avenue NW, Unit A4 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5779841 Zana Dillard 404.974.4478

Brookhaven. $499,000 1806 Duke Road 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5776506 Bridgett Posey 404.493.2939

Brookhaven. $849,000 4091 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5769774 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884 Burma Weller 404.735.6666

Buckhead. $1,650,000 1124 Dawn View Lane NW 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5743607 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Buckhead. $229,000 3203 Lenox Road NE, No. 38 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5766472 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $3,650,000 3400 Northside Drive NW 8BR/7BA/3HBA FMLS: 5774907 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780 Cathy Davis Hall 404.915.0922

Buckhead. $675,000 2236 Dellwood Drive NW 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5776626 Theresa Strait 404.483.1894 Cheryl Mondello 404.307.5040

Castleberry Hill. $599,900 333 Nelson Street SW, No. 300 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5775103 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141 Andy Griffith 678.878.7590

Decatur. $475,000 2826 Haven Lane 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5757795 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Decatur. $649,900 2320 Burnt Creek Road 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5757018 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141 Andy Griffith 678.878.7590

East Atlanta. $379,000 2453 Boulder Road SE 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5772252 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

Midtown. $1,190,000 835 Myrtle Street NE 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5757893 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Midtown. $465,000 500 Means Street NW, Unit B 2BR/1.5BA FMLS: 5761199 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Midtown. $509,900 850 Piedmont Avenue, No. 3102 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5770162 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Midtown. $569,000 905 Juniper Street NE, No. 516 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5766413 Adrian Schmidt 404.229.6777

Midtown. $630,000 147 15th Street NE, No. 11B 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5761216 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Morningside. $1,145,000 790 Sherwood Road NE 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5767508 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Morningside. $1,395,000 1488 N Highland Avenue NE 6BR/5BA FMLS: 5761537 Allie Burks 678.772.8915

Morningside. $1,495,000 1764 Noble Drive 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5770410 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141

Morningside. $1,850,000 872 Plymouth Road NE 7BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5765122 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141

Morningside. $499,900 1417 Lanier Place NE 2BR/1BA FMLS: 5774520 Carmen Pope 404.625.4134

Morningside. $979,500 648 Rockmont Drive NE 4BR/4BA FMLS: 5781648 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Poncey Highland. $740,000 548 Woodall Avenue NE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5778280 Jack Truett 404.625.7626 Julia Blake 404.915.8386

Suches. $895,000 0G Canaan Valley Road 10+/- Acres FMLS: 5713524 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890

Virginia-Highland. $1,199,500 989 Drewry Street NE 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5728482 Liz Giddens 404.277.1614 Jim Parker 404.934.2709

Virginia-Highland. $575,000 860 Lullwater Park Lane 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5774677 Lauren Cernuto 239.572.0539

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Go Green Sustainability � Recycling � Lifestyle

Reclamation Project

Lifecycle Building Center celebrates purchase of facility By Clare S. Richie


ast month, Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) and its many partners gathered to celebrate the milestone of purchasing their 1116 Murphy Ave. facility on the south side of Atlanta. The acquisition and renovation of the 70,000 square foot, 100-year-old warehouse is critical to the execution LBC’s mission. “Improving the functionality of the space will help LBC increase our impact -- more materials diverted from landfills, more dollars saved by our customers, more free materials to nonprofits, and more community support through education/outreach,” LBC Executive Director Shannon Goodman said. LBC is a five-year-old nonprofit that removes reusable building materials – like cabinets, hardwood flooring, doors, windows and appliances – from demolition and renovation projects. In 2016, LBC captured one million pounds of usable materials from the waste stream. These materials are sold at the Murphy Avenue warehouse at 50 to 85 percent less than retail or donated to nonprofits, a savings of $1.4 million to the community since 2011. “The facility is the nexus where everybody comes together to figure out how can we put all this stuff back into use,” Goodman stated. In the past five years, LBC has donated free building materials to 90 nonprofits, schools and houses of faith, another cornerstone of its mission. For example, LBC supplied Friends of Refugees with materials to build a new green house for its community garden. The facility acquisition, triggered by an expiring lease with a buy out option, created an urgency that many supporters, including the Kendeda Fund, stepped up to meet. With the Kendeda Fund acting as a “bridge guarantor,” 22 individuals serving as loan guarantors, and $115,000 in pro bono legal work from Alston & Bird – Atlantic Capital Bank agreed to make the loan so LBC could own its home. Up next for LBC is launching a capital campaign to repay the loan, repair/renovate the facility and raise more awareness and community support, thereby increasing the scale of its work. “We expect that the campaign will be about $3 million,” Goodman said. Goodman sees property ownership as a means to strengthen relationships with longstanding partners – such as Perkins+Will, JE Dunn, Skanska, Leapley, New South, Holder, DPR, Walter P Moore, Integral Group, City of Atlanta – and a catalyst to reach new partners. “The goal is for design, construction and real estate professionals when they become aware of demolition opportunities or when they begin designing a project to try to figure out how to salvage usable materials and how to find salvaged materials for their project,” Goodman said. Repairing and renovating its facility will enable LBC to handle this growth. For 2017, it’s on track to divert 1.5 million pounds of material from landfills with its eye toward the 4-5 million pound annual workload of mature reuse operations. Growth will also extend to the philanthropic community, with 60 more nonprofits to receive donated materials in 2017, and to LBC’s own neighborhood. “As we put down roots in 30310, we need the community involved in our programming efforts and behind us as we go out and tell the larger community why this project matters,” Goodman said. Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce Shepherd is already on board. “I’m proud to have this facility in my district; the BeltLine right up the street; Fort McPherson right down the street. A lot of redevelopment around our community and as we started working on the City of Atlanta’s Brownfield initiative several years ago, this building was one of the first we recognized.” The public can help, too. “When renovating, consider LBC as a resource for donating materials to and for purchasing reclaimed materials from. And, let the nonprofits you care about know they can receive free materials from LBC,” Goodman urged. For more information, visit lifecyclebuildingcenter.org.

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Top Photo: The Lifecycle Building Center now owns the 100-year-old warehouse space on Murphy Avenue. Middle Photo: LBC Executive Director Shannon Goodman. Bottom Photo: Supporters gather to celebrate the purchase of the warehouse that is now LBC’s permanent home.

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Celebrating twenty years of good, local food Alice Rolls is passionate about food: good food, local food, organic food. When she says that the food movement is about joy and bringing eaters, farmers and advocates together, her energy is palpable. You want to pick up a fork, a hoe or a phone to call your local officials and talk food. For the past twelve years, Alice has served as the executive director of Georgia Organics (GO), a nonprofit organization that she has grown into a powerhouse influence throughout the state, attracting the support of Gary Black, Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture, and many other leaders. They realize that growing good, local food and ensuring that it reaches local tables is not just good business; it also helps build healthier and stronger communities. As GO says: “Food is the answer.” Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, GO believes that a sustainable local food system is critical to the future of Georgia’s health, environment, and economy. A decade ago, two books fundamentally changed my own view of food: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan and By Sally Bethea “Animal, Vegetable, Author Barbara Brown Taylor & Chef Sally Bethea is the Mineral” by Barbara Matthew Raiford will be keynote speakers. retired executive Kingsolver. director of ChatI can still remember the shock I felt when I read that the tahoochee Riverkeeper average American meal travels about 1,500 miles to get from farm (chattahoochee.org), to plate – to my plate. I began to wonder about the provenance of a nonprofit environthe lettuce in my salad, the beans in my soup, the salmon on my mental organization grill and the beer in my glass. The answers were often startling. whose mission is to This long-distance transportation of food consumes large protect and restore the quantities of fossil fuels and generates massive carbon dioxide drinking water supply emissions, increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the for nearly four million atmosphere and accelerating climate change. Our food’s long people. commute also ensures that eaters are rarely, if ever, connected


ECO BRIEFS The 20th annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo is set for Feb. 17-18 at the Georgia International Convention Center with more than 1,000 attendees expected to connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and discover more than 70 partners’ exhibit booths with innovative foodand agriculture-related information that will build stronger farms, school gardens, and communities. Visit conference.georgiaorganics.org for information and registration. Gardeners of all experience levels are invited to the annual Seed and Scion Swap, sponsored by the Wylde Center and Park Pride, on Jan. 22, at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, and the adjacent Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. The event will begin at the Library at 2:30 p.m. with a talk by Tor Janson, collections curator for the Seed Savers Exchange. Following his presentation, attendees may swap seeds and talk to gardening experts at the Rec Center from 2:30 - 4 p.m. The event is free to the public, although a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, visit wyldecenter. org/seed-and-scion-swap. Mayor Kasim Reed will join the board of the city-led Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – a soon-to-be-launched coalition of more than 7,100 cities committed to climate change – working to advance climate action both in the City of Atlanta and around the globe. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

to farmers or to the land that produces sustenance for themselves and their families. GO’s accomplishments are many, including its Farm to School program. Nearly a third of the school districts in Georgia are participants; that’s 53 districts and more than one million students eating thirty-nine million local meals. During the 2015-16 school year, the districts held more than 8,000 taste tests of fresh, local food; tended 575 edible school gardens; hosted nearly Georgia Organics Director Alice Rolls with 2,000 hands-on cooking activities and taught Christi Hansen and Matthew Bagshaw of 3,400 garden, food and nutrition lessons. Hungry Heart Farm. Last summer, Georgia passed a landmark when the 100th farm was certified organic. There are now more certified naturally grown farms in our state than any other in the country, thanks in no small part to GO’s leadership. On Feb. 17-18, you have a chance to become part of the joyous food movement at the 20th Anniversary Georgia Organics Conference & Expo which is being held in Atlanta at the Georgia International Convention Center near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. More than 1,000 conference attendees will come together with diverse supporters of the organic food movement. They will tour farms, cultivate new skills and discover more than eighty exhibit booths with innovative food and agriculture-related information that will build stronger farms, school gardens and communities. Here’s a taste of a few things you can do at the two-day Conference & Expo: • Be inspired by New York Times bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor who will talk about the sacred connection between humans and humus, food and earth, farmers and faithfulness • Hear stories from sixth generation farmer and chef Matthew Raiford, owner of The Farmer and Larder in Brunswick • Learn about wild foraging in the city, kitchen knife skills, healthy-eating choices, holistic crop rotation, canning, herbal medicine and more • Tour farms from Acworth, Cumming and Decatur to Chattahoochee Hills and Oxford. Register now to be part of what Alice calls “the beautiful spirit” of this conference and the growing food community. Everything you need to know can be found at conference. georgiaorganics.org. Early Bird discounts end on Jan. 6, 2017.


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The Studio Arts & Culture

Light the Night

Chinese Lantern Festival continues at Centennial Park


entennial Olympic Park in Downtown is decorated with 25 handcrafted lanterns, a three-story pagoda, and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon as part of the Chinese Lantern Festival. All the lantern creations have been constructed by artisans from China, and will be on display through Jan. 15. There will also nightly entertainment featuring acrobatics, dancers, theatre and more. Craftsmen will be present each night creating everything from edible sugar dragons to Chinese paintings. INtown contributing photographer Marcos Ordaz captured these images of the festival. For more information, visit gwcca.org/park.

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Former YMCA building to become music venue

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A rendering of the Sweet Auburn Ballroom.

The Sweet Auburn Ballroom will receive the first grant from Invest Atlanta’s recently established Resurgens Fund in the Eastside TAD (tax allocation district). Named after the historic Downtown neighborhood, the vacant former Butler Street YMCA building at 17 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive will soon be transformed into a 1,200-person capacity live music venue. The board was unanimous in its support for the resolution approving the $1 million grant, according to an announcement from Invest Atlanta. “This is a transformative project for the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood, and will attract visitors to the area for years to come” said Dawn Luke, Invest Atlanta’s Senior Vice President of Community Development. Butler Street Community Development Corporation (“BSCDC”) and venue operator Live Nation are partnering on the project. BSCDC has executed a 20-year lease with Live Nation, who will develop and manage the venue. Live Nation also runs The Tabernacle across from Centennial Olympic Park. The Sweet Auburn Ballroom project is part of a larger multi-phase effort by the BSCDC to revitalize the neighborhood’s Jesse Hill block along the Atlanta Streetcar line. The Eastside TAD includes Sweet Auburn, the Old Fourth Ward, as well as parts of Grant Park, Cabbagetown and Downtown.



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New locked room games require problem-solving skills and teamwork By Grace Huseth Don’t know what to do with friends and family on winter weekends? It’s perfectly fine, even trendy, to lock them in a room. In an escape room game, players are locked in a room and must use clues to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to escape within a set time limit. The thrilling game takes teamwork, and cleverness, to figure out clues in order to earn freedom. In a less than a decade, escape rooms have taken off as entertainment venues around the country and in the city, including Room Escape Atlanta, Breakout Games, Mission: Escape Atlanta, Paranoia Quest and Escape the Room Atlanta. Room Escape Atlanta on Auburn Avenue has rooms that let people participate in a simulated, but realistic reality TV show called “The Rescue” where players must save four hostages before time runs out. “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” is a Walking Dead-like scenario to outsmart a zombie before all the participants are eaten. Marina Sky, creative director at Room Escape Atlanta, previously created set designs for short films and music videos. Now she designs Jigsaw’s lair from the “Saw” movies and heartpounding paranormal sets for the various escape scenarios. “The interesting thing about Room Escape is that you have to get into the psyche of the participants. It’s an ongoing process of marrying critical thinking and creative spin,” Sky said. Solving the first clue in a room is a pivotal point in


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which participants subconsciously establish their role in the game. Team members start filling roles: the most competitive may assert themselves as leader. Another may serve as organizer, collecting clues such as a list of numbers on a bank statement, a black out light, or an assortment of keys that will be used later in the game. Some accomplices may serve as communicator, ensuring that one person’s observation is communicated to another person trying to crack a tricky code. Joy Christina, owner of Room Escape Atlanta, said the designers hone the room escape mindset by constantly brainstorming. Each room is a product of collaborative effort where there are no bad ideas. The creators add elements to make participants constantly evaluate between coincidence and calculated placement. The papers in the filing cabinet may include a clue in code, or they may be a red herring. Not surprisingly, real-life escape rooms evolved from video games, such as “Crimson Room,” where players virtually find clues to make their escape. “We have cultivated the mindset of being game designers,” Christina said. “We focus our energy on how the clue relates to the room and put a lot of thought into coming up with puzzles that support the overall theme. Everything and anything can strike up an idea.”

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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) will return for 23 days of foreign and independent movies from Jan. 24 through Feb. 15. The 2017 AJFF will include 76 featurelength and short films from around the globe. While the full lineup and official schedule will be announced on Jan. 6 at AJFF.org, the first wave of films set to premiere at the 17th annual event has been announced. Titles include the topical documentary “The Freedom to Marry,” Russian hit “Paradise,” the award-winning “Harmonia” from Israel, a documentary called “The Last Laugh” exploring humor and the Holocaust and “Bang! The Bert Berns Story” about the legendary singer and songwriter. There will be also be discussions with the filmmakers, actors, academics and more before and after the screenings. The festival will be held at multiple theater venues across Atlanta, including the Lefont Sandy Springs, Regal’s Perimeter, Woodruff Arts Center, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Georgia Theatre Company’s Merchants Walk location, Regal’s Tara Cinemas and Atlantic Station theaters and the closing night event at Atlanta Symphony Hall. For more information and tickets, visit AJFF.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Lonnie Holley Solo Exhibition: New at the Contemporary are Lonnie Holley’s totemic sculptures made from found objects, drawings and site installations. Opens Jan. 12. Free. atlantacontemporary. org Shuttered: The Art of Abandoned Spaces: Photographer Jeff Milsteen offers rare glimpses into abandoned and decaying locations at this solo exhibit. Opens Jan. 12. Free. callanwolde.org A Play on Color & An Exploration of Joy: TEW Galleries brings together two painters whose visions, while very different, share a verve for life and a love of nature. Closes Jan. 14. Free. tewgalleries. com Magic Tree House Exhibit: Get whisked away on a journey through American history with siblings Jack and Annie at this kids exhibit. Closes Jan. 16. $14.95. childrensmuseumatlanta.org Boundless: Artists Todd Monaghan, Larry Jens Anderson and Elision Roshi explore the human psyche and condition through unconventional painting. Closes Jan. 20. Free. kailinart.com Mash-Up!: Atlanta Collage Society members present what they describe as a “mash-up” of their personal histories at Gallery 72. Closes Jan. 20. Free. ocaatlanta.com The Future of Food: Explore cuttingedge developments in sustainable food and how the farm of the future might operate. Opens Jan. 21. $5 to $10. museumofdesign.org Works on Paper: 1980-2013 Women From the Permanent Collection: View contemporary drawings created by female artists in MOCA GA’s collection. Tuesdays through Saturdays. $5 to $8. mocaga.org

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf: See the story of what really happened to those houses made of straw, sticks, and bricks, along with the three little pigs. Jan. 3 to 22. $20.50. puppet.org Naked Boys Singing: The hilarious offBroadway smash-hit musical hits the road with six guys, 16 songs and zero clothes. Jan. 4 to 22. $35 to $50. 7stages.org

Doctor Faustus: Atlanta Shakespeare Company rearranges its stage for an in-theround version of this devilish play. Jan 5 to 29. $15 to $46. shakespearetavern.com

In The Mood – A 1940s Musical Review: The brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American musical revue celebrates 24 years on tour. Jan. 22. $22 to $62. cobbenergycentre.com

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: Georgia-born choreographer Alonzo King returns to his home state with his visionary choreography and extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers. Jan. 14. $32 to $42. arts.gatech.edu

Troubadour: This feel-good romantic comedy with original music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is a world-premiere about 1950s Nashville and country music. Opens Jan. 18. $20 to $72. alliancetheatre.org The Music of David Bowie: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to David Bowie one year after his passing alongside a full rock band. Jan. 20. $19.50 to $89.50. atlantasymphony.org Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Performing without a conductor at Emory University, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra combines the passion of music with the power of democracy. Jan. 20. $10 to $60. arts.emory.edu Atlanta Community Choral Festival: Atlanta Master Chorale welcomes local high school students in a collaborative concert at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Jan. 21. Free! atlantamasterchorale.org

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Set under and above the high seas at The Fox Theatre, this is the story of an adventurous young mermaid who defies rules and follows her heart. Jan. 12 to 15. $33.50 to $128.50. atlanta.broadway.com

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The Crucible: As paranoia and superstition grip the tight-knit community of Salem, reason takes a back seat to fear. Opens Jan. 21. $20 to $40. actorsexpress.com

Run The Jewels: Duo El-P and Killer Mike bring their “Run the World” tour to Atlanta’s Tabernacle. Jan. 21. $35.50. tabernacleatl.com Free Community Concert with Indra Thomas: Atlanta Chamber Players present a free concert at Spelman College with soprano Indra Thomas and other local musicians. Jan. 22. Free! atlantachamberplayers.com

The Beach Boys: As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group reunites for a national tour. Jan. 25. $46 to $86. cobbenergycentre.com Jazz Masters: Ramsey Lewis, Jimmy Cobb, Richard Davis, and Lou Donaldson: Four of the National Endowment for the Arts official “Jazz Masters” unite on one stage. Jan. 26. $38 to $84. rialto.gsu.edu Raiders of the Lost Ark with Live Orchestra: Watch the Steven Spielberg film at Symphony Hall while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the score live. Jan. 27 and 28. $27 to $64. atlantasymphony.org

Don Henley: Don Henley performs songs spanning his entire career from the Eagles and his vast solo catalog. Jan. 22. $51 to $191.50. foxtheatre.org

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asta and cheese. Simple enough, right? A warm bowl of macaroni and cheese has been an incredibly popular comfort food in the United States since its introduction in the 1920s, but its origins date back even further. Simple casseroles constructed of cheese and pasta were recorded in Italian and English cookbooks as early as the 14th century, while the first modern recipe appeared in “The Experienced English Housekeeper” written by Elizabeth Raffald back in 1770. In the years that followed the dish has grown in popularity in Europe as well as stateside. In 1793, American president Thomas Jefferson was traveling in Paris and Italy when he encountered the dish. Fascinated, he drew sketches of the pasta and took notes on the process. Upon returning home, he commissioned a pasta maker be built for Monticello from those notes. Records indicate that in 1802 Jefferson served “a pie called macaroni” at a state dinner. These days it’s companies like Kraft, Velveeta, and Annie’s who produce much of the macaroni and cheese that Americans eat when they are cooking at home. With the ingredients being so simple and straightforward, it comes as no surprise that the dish has remained a popular one for family dinners. Meanwhile, in restaurants across the country, chefs have been challenging themselves to perfect and put their signature twist this classic dish. There are so many amazing restaurants in Atlanta that offer mac’n’cheese on their menus, so then the question becomes, how does one pick the best? Well, my answer is – you don’t. Just eat The Porter Beer Bar them all. Mac n’ Cheese: homemade pasta shells, homemade beer and cheddar pub cheese - $6.75. 1156 Euclid Ave. NE. | theporterbeerbar.com or (404) 223-0393

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In case you spent 2016 in a cave, Atlanta is in the midst of a ramen boom. From Jinya in By Megan Volpert Sandy Springs to Taiyo in Decatur, hot noodle soups are proliferating in time to warm us up all winter long. For those not so broth-inclined, there is also an increasing interest in Asian grilling Megan Volpert lives techniques that go in Decatur, teaches beyond the hibachi in Roswell and writes style of places like books about popular Nakato, perhaps culture. most visible so far at Craft Izayaka in


D Krog Street Market and Brush Izakaya in Decatur. So for starters, Nexto’s menu sits at the intersection of two major waves of attention to Japanese cuisine. Nexto will get foot traffic from the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, cross-traffic and spillover from its sister restaurant, Two Urban Licks, and delivery service coming soon will make the food available to everyone else. And the food is on-trend. But Chef Mihoku Obunai doesn’t care much about being trendy; she’s just cooking the stuff her family used to make in Japan. It’s already carried her to celebrity chef status in competition on Food Network’s Chopped and winning the first ramen battle – as the only woman to compete – at the annual StarChefs International Chefs At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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The “seven ounce patty” and fries

By Collin Kelley I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Cast Iron in the Old Fourth Ward three times now (maybe four by the time you read this) and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed each visit, despite some hiccups in service and food consistency. What I’ve appreciated most is the effort of the kitchen and staff, the comfortable and unfussy atmosphere and the inspired cocktail menu. The fact that I can walk there in less than five minutes doesn’t hurt either. Cast Iron, the brainchild of Chef Evan Cordes (formerly of Cakes & Ale, Serpas True Food and H. Harper Station), is located in a prime spot: the corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street. It’s a short stroll from the Atlanta BeltLine and is surrounded by some other favorite local joints like Highland Bakery, Across the Street, Zuma, Ladybird and my favorite dessert spot, Queen of Cream. The location alone with all the foot traffic should mean it’s an instant hit, but two other restaurants – P’cheen and Last Word – have come and gone in the space, so maybe I’m a little more invested in Cast Iron’s success than I should be. Cast Iron opened just a couple of days before Thanksgiving, and my first visit there was with a group of friends on the restaurant’s second night of operation. We were seated in a big, roomy booth with a view of Highland and were instantly charmed by the specialty cocktail menu, which is inspired by the album “Ah Um” from jazz great Charles Mingus. I had the Better Git It In Your Soul, a

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concoction of tequila, lime, pineapple and cinnamon served over a big ice cube with a nice little kick. One of my friends raved over the Goodbye Porkpie Hat, a smooth mix of bourbon, lemon, maraschino and sarsaparilla soda, while another grimaced at first sip of the Boggie Stop Shuffle, which has paprika-infused vodka and coffee as its main ingredients. He let me have a sip and I commented that I imagined it’s what an ashtray might taste like. On the other hand, the house gin and tonic was totally solid. The real head-scratcher, at least at first glance, is Cast Iron’s minimal menu. It’s not divided into starters or mains, but simply two short columns with the portions growing from appetizer-sized to more substantial entrees. There are three “sides” or starters listed separately at the bottom of the menu, but the only one you need to care about are the fries. The shoestring cut fries are crisp, lightly coated in herbs and served with aioli dipping sauce. They might be the best fries I’ve ever tasted. During my three visits, our table wound up ordering a second bowl, and a third. They really are that good. I ordered the “seven ounce patty” (that’s a hamburger; why it just can’t be called a hamburger on the menu is beyond me) and it was nicely cooked with a juicy, pink center and the Tillamook cheddar offered a nice sharpness. The bun is just weird. At first glance, it looks like toasted Wonder Bread with the crust cut off, but the menu

says it’s chili cornmeal bread. It’s a minimal bun, which I prefer, though I found it rather tasteless, but it did allow the flavor of the beef, bacon and cheese to really shine. The monkfish with boiled peanut rice pudding, citrus marmalade and garlic tomatoes was a hit. It was tender and meaty white with a lobster flavor. Another friend liked the duck confit with waffle chips, and I also sampled the rye tagliatelle with pork shoulder and plan to order my own plate on the next visit. The beet salad – beets, carrots ricotta, parsnips and lentils – also made my fellow diners happy. If there’s any serious failing on the Cast Iron menu, it’s dessert – if you want to call cookies and milk dessert. Maybe they don’t want to compete with Queen of Cream (seriously, y’all, the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted), but if they want diners to linger, this is where Cordes and company need to step up their game. Cast Iron is still young and it seems there’s some experimentation going on with ingredients and presentation of their menu staples, but they will settle in. This is a good neighborhood restaurant, and if you happen to be exploring the Eastside Trail and looking for a good dinner spot, Cast Iron is worth your time. And don’t forget the fries! Cast Iron, 701 Highland Ave., is open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays with weekend brunch coming soon. Visit castironatl.com for more information.

King of Pops moves to Old Fourth Ward By Grace Huseth Popsicle purveyors King of Pops is moving to a new home in the Old Fourth Ward. The location is the former A&R Ironworks warehouse at 552 Decatur St. SE. The popsicle-makers have been working out of an Inman Park warehouse since 2011, but is now moving on to a larger space to house even more flavors in 2017. “The location is great and is in a neighborhood we love,” said owner Steven Carse. “Plus, the Atlanta BeltLine will soon be completed in that area, which will be good for our employees

that bike to work.” King of Pops is known for its entrepreneurial strength with a touch of whimsy. It was founded by brothers Steven and Nick Carse, who dreamed up their popsicle business while traveling in Latin American and snacking on ice pops called paletas. Since then, they have expanded to over 20 full-time employees and have their eyes set on even more developments. Renovations for the 11,480 square-foot building are expected to cost $425,000. Steven Carse said the warehouse will be used as headquarters, complete with offices, freezers for storage of pops as well as production

and distribution. “It will be great to have everyone back under the same roof,” he said. Distribution has been an issue for King of Pops in the past. A large cult following amped up production, yet it was hard to distribute frozen popsicles made with no preservatives or chemicals that stabilize freezing. The solution has been to create Perfect 10, a distribution service that now includes 14 other local artisan food brands King of Pops personally love. Plans for 2017 distribution will include a new flavor called the blackberry and banana pop. The ingredients for this King of Pops original flavor will come from the company’s own farm, King of Crops, in Winston, GA. Steven Carse said the farm has been up and running for a couple of years, and yet this will be the first year it will be able to produce enough crop to create a wholesale pop for Atlanta and beyond. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

QUICK BITES Mellow Mushroom has a new outpost at 340 West Ponce de Leon in Decatur serving up pizzas, calzones, black angus beef burgers and salads. There are also vegan and gluten free options. For more, visit mellowmushroom.com. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, formerly located in Decatur, has re-opened its doors in an upscale, rustic space in West Midtown, 1133 Huff Road. The new Twisted Soul continues to serve globally inspired soul food for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Mellow Mushroom For more information, visit facebook.com/ twistedsoulcookhouse. PREP, the shared kitchen and food business accelerator that provides production space, resources, and guidance to Atlanta’s culinary entrepreneurs, has expanded to encompass 68,000 square feet in what will become PREP2. The space is next door to the current location at 3300 Marjan Drive. For more information, visit prepatl.com. ONE. midtown kitchen has named Matt Weinstein as its executive chef. Weinstein, who hails from Woodfire Grill, was recently named to Zagat’s “30 under 30” list. Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads has opened in Poncey-Highland on the ground floor of the new 675 N. Highland apartment building. For more, visit rizeartisanpizza.com. Sweet Auburn Barbecue is now bottling their signature housemade barbecue sauce. The slightly sweet and spicy tomato-based sauce is made in small batches in-house at the Poncey-Highland restaurant, 656 North Highland Ave. Bottles, which cost $10.50 each, are available at the restaurant or online at sweetauburnbbq.com. Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open a new 30,000-square-foot store at 2551 Blackmon Drive in the Decatur Crossing Shopping Center on March 1. The store is currently hiring staff, so visit sprouts.com/careers if interested in employment.


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Candler Park’s popular Radial Café is opening a second location in College Park in the spring. The new outpost will be located in an historic storefront from 1910 at 3725 Main Street. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as creative cocktails. For more, visit radial.us. Latin-inspired restaurant Cheeky is now open at 4600 Roswell Road in Buckhead. Cheeky offers a menu of skewers, tacos, rice and protein bowls, salads, burgers and pour your own beer. For more, visit eatatcheeky.com. Shake Shack has opened its second Georgia location at Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The burger, fries and milkshake joint’s first was at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.


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2017 Real Estate Forecast Realtors predict strong year for Intown market By Kathy Dean The key phrase for the Intown real estate market in 2017 seems to be “more of the same.” That’s not a bad thing, since last year’s market saw growth in many areas of the city. Even a bump up in interest rates isn’t expected to dampen interest in Intown homes. “The Atlanta residential real estate market broke sales records in 2016,” said Dan Parmer, Chairman Emeritus, Harry Norman Realtors. “We think that 2017 will look similar to 2016 with a modest increase in the number units and average sales price.” Parmer added that since real estate is an extremely local business and Dan Parmer metro Atlanta is a very large market, he expects to see some pockets outperform others. “It’s exciting to see numerous condominium projects in the planning phase, something that’s been out of the mix for a few years. We also saw the return of luxury infill spec homes in 2016 and there are no signs of that market slowing down.” Scott Askew, President of Engel & Völkers Intown Atlanta and Engel & Völkers Brookhaven Atlanta, noted that the last year had been a rather irregular year with metro-wide prices YTD (year to date) through Oct. 31, rising 5.7 percent for attached homes and 4.5 percent for detached homes, when compared to 2015 sales. “Our Intown market fared better Scott Askew during 2016, with attached home prices climbing 18.4 percent and detached homes at a 7.4 percent rate,” Askew said. “But when looking at the numbers, the Westside really confounded us. Our records show that the average sales price of detached homes in that market has climbed an impressive 46.8 percent over 2015 sales prices...but attached home values have declined 2.9 percent on average.” Askew predicted that 2017 will bring a continued rise for both detached and attached home prices in metro-Atlanta at about a 4 percent rate, and that the plethora of new, high-end ‘attached’ units will cause a stagnation in pricing for many of the higher-priced, preDavid Boehmig owned units as they compete for buyers. “We’re bullish on the coming year, even though 2017 should bring us higher interest rates for mortgage loans. For far too long, we’ve enjoyed artificially low interest rates, so a normalization is warranted,” Askew said. “Will this affect the real estate market? In our opinion, it will for a few months, then sales will climb as consumers recognize ‘It is what it is.’ Don’t forget, while younger buyers and sellers haven’t

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witnessed this, the real estate business experienced some of its strongest years when we had mortgage interest rates above 10 percent.” David Boehmig, President and Founder, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, said that he expects the number of home sales to grow by 7 to 10 percent and for average pricing to increase by 5 percent in the coming year. “I believe that the general optimism about our local and national economy will drive higher home sales in each market segment. “Atlanta is still underserved in terms of new home construction,” Boehmig continued. “I estimate that with the stability in the financial sector continuing, more small to medium sized local builders will be able to garner favorable construction financing, generating more new home construction activity. This activity will focus heavily in the Intown area, as well as the northern suburbs, especially between I-75 and I-85.” According to Vic Miller, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Intown, the one thing that’s constant in residential real estate is change. “Right now, the Atlanta residential real estate market appears to be holding steady, but we’re starting to notice some small but perceptible shifting,” he said. “We’re seeing more inventory hit the market and buyers are taking longer to purchase as they have the opportunity to explore more available homes.” Miller shared statistics for singlefamily homes, townhomes and condos in all price ranges in the Atlanta metro area, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and Paulding counties. The November 2016 figures were

supplied by the First Multiple Listing Service. The number of sales and sale prices increased. YTD November 2016 sales were up 9.4 percent over YTD November 2015. However, November 2016 sales were down 7.8 percent from October 2016 sales. The average sales price in November 2016 was up 7.7 percent over November 2015, and up 1.8 percent over October 2016. Inventory and days on Vic Miller the market decreased. In November 2016, property inventory was down 10 percent from November 2015, and down 5.4 percent from October 2016. November 2016 DOM (days on the market) was down 11.3 percent over November 2015, and up 2.2 percent over October 2016. Miller explained that an upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a buyer’s market. “For the most part, we’re seeing a continuation of trends we’ve been seeing all year: low inventory, rising prices and an increased number of sales year-todate,” Miller said.

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“Overall, I expect down payment assistance the in-town markets to (DPA) programs through continue the upward city development trend, especially the authority, Invest Atlanta, Midtown condominium and The Atlanta BeltLine market,” stated Kerman Housing Initiative Haynes, Vice President, Program. He said that Berkshire Hathaway another area, East Point, HomeServices Georgia offers a great opportunity Properties—CITY for investment or starter HAUS Development homes; it’s near the new Solutions. CITY HAUS Tyler Perry studios at Development Solutions Fort McPherson and the is representing three Porsche headquarters. new construction Askew agreed that condominium towers that everybody wants to will be opening for sales claim a connection to in 2017. the Atlanta BeltLine, Kerman Haynes “We just completed and he believes the an owner equity analysis east, southeast, west and on all Midtown high-rise condominium southwest corridors will see a vast buildings and found that on average, improvement in housing stock as homeowners have approximately developers continue to enter those $283,000 of positive equity (the markets because of the attractive difference between the recorded opportunities to develop mixed, housing mortgage and market value today). and retail, communities. “The high level With a five-day supply of inventory in of demand from our growing, younger most buildings, there’s just not enough workforce is the driving force in the for-sale condo housing to meet the BeltLine market,” he said. demand.” “With the success of projects There are several Intown hotspots like Avalon, in Alpharetta, I can of real estate activity. Not surprisingly, see future similar projects that are the Atlanta BeltLine is at the center coming to fruition being popular,” of much of it. “As the development Boehmig explained. “Also, higher end of the Atlanta BeltLine grows, so do condominium projects, like The Charles the neighborhoods around it, such as in Buckhead, will be popular with Adair Park, Washington Park and the buyers interested in a high-end home West End. Certain neighborhoods located in a thriving area.” fraught with mortgage fraud were slow According to Haynes, millennials to recover but now offer excellent, are driving demand in the Midtown affordable housing opportunities for condominium market for entry-level first-time buyers, millennials and product, causing a traffic jam in the investors,” Miller said. “I like Adams middle and the top. “Most homeowners Park and Sylvan Hills.” are aspirational and want to move up Miller pointed out the area buyers to a larger home with new finishes in a can get help through new building,” he said. “The challenge we’re facing now in market starts at the top. These owners are not moving; they’re waiting for new product to be launched. Until they move, the owners in the middle have nowhere to go, so the market is stuck. This bottleneck has led to substantial price increases on entry level condominiums, which has seemed to give high-rise developers the confidence to start building again.” Inside the perimeter has been an especially popular location in 2016 and Parmer said he expects it will continue into the immediate future. He credited two factors – jobs and traffic. “The technology sector is growing exponentially in Atlanta, particularly around Georgia Tech. Thousands of new jobs are being created and home sales closely follow job growth. Therefore, we anticipate that neighborhoods near these jobs – Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Old Fourth Ward and East Atlanta to name a few – will benefit from this growth,” Parmer explained. “Our clients are likely to want to live relatively close to work to better manage the amount of time spent commuting.” Parmer also noted that the move of the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County has had an impact on residential development close to the new stadium, and the market is showing interest in the opportunities around the repurposing of Turner Field. The same goes for the potential impact around the new Atlanta Falcons stadium and the increased interest in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS Wingate Companies celebrated the grand opening of City Lights, an 80-unit affordable senior housing community in the Old Fourth Ward, in December. The project, located 420 Boulevard, has already started collecting accolades, earning the National Association of Home Builders’ “Gold Achievement Award” for Best 55-Over Apartment Home in 2016. City Lights is the first in a multi-phase redevelopment of Wingate’s Village of Bedford Pine affordable housing community. Phase II, which was announced at the grand opening ceremony, will be a five-story, 96-unit affordable apartment project known as Station 464 that will be built across the street from City Lights. Station 464 will feature a 5-story building with 96 high-quality, affordable, multi-family apartment homes. Four existing buildings will be torn down to make way for construction of Station 464. Wingate says that construction could start as early as 2017. Wingate added that no residents would be displaced during the construction process, and those residents will then have the opportunity to move into the new building. Republic Property Company Inc. plans to rehabilitate the fading Briarcliff Mansion near Emory University into an upscale 54-room boutique hotel and event venue. The Georgia State Properties Commission approved the proposal Dec. 15, clearing the way for the project to begin. The Druid Hills mansion, built 94 years ago by Coca-Cola heir Asa Griggs “Buddie” Candler Jr., was purchased by Emory in 1998. The proposal calls for restoring the mansion, a large greenhouse and carriage house, as well as building seven new structures to support the property, including separate guest cottages, an outdoor swimming pool and pool house, and event catering operations. In addition to hotel rooms, the project will feature a full-scale restaurant and lounge as well as indoor and outdoor event spaces for corporate or alumni gatherings, small-scale concerts and recitals, weddings and private celebrations. Selig Enterprises is proposing a $400 million development, anchored by a 32-story tower, on a 3.5-acre site along West Peachtree Street in Midtown, according to a report from Atlanta Business Chronicle. The project at 1105 West Peachtree St. would include


645,000 square feet of office space, 80 residential units, a 150-key boutique hotel, and street-level retail. The project would also feature multiple buildings connected by a nearly one-acre plaza. Harry Norman, Realtors agents and staff, along with many additional sponsors, volunteered their time in November to raise funds on behalf of CURE Childhood Cancer and The Bowen Story Fund by participating in the company’s 11th Annual Bowl-AThon. With more than $57,000 contributed, the fundraiser has been Harry Norman, Realtors most successful yet. The company’s goal was exceeded by 10 percent. Paces Properties has partnered with The Allen Morris Company to develop Star Metals Atlanta, a mixed-use development consisting of luxury multifamily residential, street-level retail, and Class A office space in West Midtown. Located at 1050 and 1055 Howell Mill Road, Star Metals Residences is the multi-family residential component and will feature 409 rental units. Amenities will include a rooftop club room and a state-of-the-art rooftop amenity deck, theater, Bocce ball court, Yoga studio, poolside movies at night, community garden and greenhouse where residents can gather. The building will also include 16,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, which will offer residents’ convenient restaurants and services. Ken Covers with Engel & Volkers Intown Atlanta, has been selected as a dancer in the “Dancing with the Stars Atlanta” Alzheimer’s Association Benefit in 2017. The event will take place May 6 at 6 p.m. at Cobb Galleria Center. Local Atlanta celebrities will be paired with professional dancers and raise funds by gaining votes during the one-night only event. For more information and to help Covers raise money, visit ken.dancingstarsofatlanta.com.

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Top left photo and inset: The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs - Public Art Services has unveiled the Mural Bike Rack project. Through a partnership with the Department of Public Works, Department of Planning, and Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz, 18 permanent bike-shaped bike racks were commissioned and painted by local artists. The one pictured is at the corner of Irwin and Sampson streets in the Old Fourth Ward and was painted by Sanithna Phansavanh. Top right photo: A new connector trail to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail is now under construction next to the Highland Avenue Bridge. The connector is next door to the Highland Walk apartment building and will intersect with Highland and Alaska Avenue. Bottom right photo: French almond macarons on display at Alon’s Bakery & Market in Morningside. There’s variety of addictive flavors including chocolate, lemon, almond, raspberry, caramel, pistachio and more. A must try!

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