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The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

6 } Atlanta BeltLine Update 7 } I-85 Collapse Update 8 } Bike Share Expands 10 } ContactPoint 11 } Arrest Diversion Program 12 } AIDS Memorial Quilt 14 } Pets 15 } TimmyDaddy 16 } Dogwood Festival Photos

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Top photo: Poké bowls from the soonto-open Poké Perfect in Decatur and the Westside (Page 40). Middle photo: A rendering of the interior of a condo at The Charles building in Buckhead (Page 46). Bottom photo: A jogger uses the newly constructed Eastside Trail expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine along Wylie Street (Page 6 - photo by Isadora Pennington).

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Where were you when I-85 collapsed? A little before 7 p.m. on the evening of March 30, I got the first in a series of text messages from friends and family asking if I was driving on Interstate 85 or had heard about the disaster unfolding there. I had no idea what any of the messages were about. I was out for a long, leisurely stroll on the BeltLine Eastside Trail and through Inman Park. I had left my apartment around 5:30 p.m., when the fire underneath I-85 was just starting up. When the interstate collapsed, I was admiring the giant koi fish in the pond at Inman Quarter. I checked on social media and saw that I had been seriously out of the news loop over the past 90 minutes and rushed back home to find an inbox full of alerts and news releases from the city and GDOT. The news of the I-85 collapse was on every news channel and was quickly filling up my timeline on Facebook as people started marking themselves as “safe” during the disaster. I spent the next three or four hours updating INtown’s website and posting to social media trying to keep readers abreast of the situation, including the traffic nightmare caused by the collapse. A month later, I’m still writing about it on an almost daily basis as construction crews work day and night to get the interstate open and a series of other unfortunate traffic events (chemical spills on the Downtown Connector, the buckling of I-20 westbound) have only compounded the misery. A few months ago, I wrote about how I was feeling guilty Collin Kelley collin@atlantaintown- about using the GPS navigation app WAZE because it was paper.com adding unnecessary traffic to neighborhood streets. I can tell you, faithful readers, that my guilt disappeared the first time I had to navigate around the collapse site to go and visit a friend in Duluth. I’ve discovered some interesting routes through various neighborhoods to get me out of the Old Fourth Ward and points north without tearing out too much of my remaining hair. A few weeks post-collapse, I had to put my car in the shop for a week and I did not miss it. I took MARTA, Lyft and walked even more. Now, I’m thinking about giving my up car completely in a couple of years. My colleague Dyana Bagby recently bought a Nissan Leaf, and I must admit I have a bit of electric car envy. It seems like the perfect, green-friendly solution for short trips when a car is actually necessary. Not buying gas, having to take my car in Photo by Phil Mosier for emissions I-85 reconstruction is expected to complete later this month. inspection or oil changes also sounds good. I’m hoping that the surge in ridership on MARTA after the I-85 collapse will continue and it will encourage more stations and transit options around the city. Since I opened this month’s column with a story about being on a walk, I’ll also close with one. Back in February, I wrote about my health issues and my goal to lose weight. I went for a check up with my doctor on April 3 and was thrilled to learn that I have lost 77 pounds in less than a year. I’m working on shedding the remaining 23 pounds I set out to lose as spring and summer progresses. I appreciate all the kind words and support from readers who reached out to me after I shared my story. And while I don’t wish any more bridge collapses on the city, I do encourage all of you get out and walk, try taking public transit, ride a bike, carpool and use other alternate means of transportation. It’s time to put our personal cars in park.

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The Neighborhood News & Features

Top: A family takes a walk long the BeltLine on Wylie Street. Bottom: Pavement is down behind the Alexan on Krog apartments.

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he extension of the Atlanta BeltLine on both the eastside and westside of the city is moving at a rapid pace. There was a delay in completing the extension of the popular Eastside Trail over Irwin Street, meaning the road and trail were still closed to vehicle and foot traffic at press time. Peering through the construction fence, concrete is already in for the stretch of the trail behind the Stove Works development and Alexan on Krog apartments. However, work on the Cabbagetown/ Reynoldstown side was almost complete and our contributing photographer captured photos of walkers and bike riders using the trail along Wylie Street. On the Westside Trail, the concrete is being poured at a brisk pace and a summer opening is still expected for the three-mile section, according to BeltLine officials. Right: Joggers head toward DeKalb Avenue. Below: Irwin Street was closed to connect the trail.

Photos by Isadora Pennington

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By Evelyn Andrews and Grace Huseth Atlanta is known for having some of the country’s worst traffic, but the March 30 fire and collapse of a portion of Interstate 85 between Midtown and Buckhead has forced residents and business owners to become more familiar with public transportation and start using smartphone apps to help navigate the closure. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced in April that it will award up to $3.1 million in incentives to the construction company repairing the I-85 collapse. GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said contractor C.W. Matthews will be awarded an extra $1.5 million if the company completes the project by May 25, or $2 million for completing it by May 21. If the contractor beats May 21, they’ll get $200,000 for each day before that deadline, up to a total of $3.1 million. Getting Around Meanwhile, the City of Atlanta has launched a website, CommuteATL.com, to help commuters and visitors plan their routes while I-85 is being reconstructed. The city has been urging commuters to not rely on driving alone but instead to take public transportation. The new website features real-time schedule updates for all modes of mass transit including the Atlanta Streetcar and MARTA rail and bus. MARTA parking lot conditions will also be on the site, as well as the locations for bike share stations. The city is also scheduling traffic light timing to be more effective and restricting access to neighborhood streets. Timing the traffic lights to move traffic through intersections more quickly will also help keep people off side streets, the city said. Atlanta is relying, in part, on its partnership with navigation app Waze to run the site by using data drawn from Waze to show information on road closures, accidents and current travel speeds. Business As Not-So-Usual After the collapse, a stretch of Piedmont Road at the collapse site was closed for days and businesses have been trying to adapt ever since. At Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits, manager Asya Asenova said she had never seen such terrible traffic on Piedmont Road. “It was a dead zone the week after the collapse. I was sending workers home a lot.” Tower has a great vantage point of the bridge construction process. Asenova said she has seen construction take place both in the early mornings and late nights. “I know they are working 24 hours on it. They have been working on it overnight and staying busy,” Asenova said. The Piedmont Goodwill store had a rough week after the I-85 collapse. They closed for a few days due to traffic and lane closures and now have modified hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. “When the bridge collapsed, there was an overflow of evening traffic from Tattletale Lounge, strip clubs and night time businesses,” said Joseph Farese, owner of Gino’s NY Pizza Bar at the intersection of Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge. “It did hurt my business.” Farese said business improved when the right Piedmont Road lane heading north reopened, but Cheshire Bridge Road still gets clogged. “Sometimes it’s good to have traffic because people see that we are here. I don’t like the catastrophe, but sometimes it’s a good thing,” Farese said. One bright spot: Gino’s Uber Eats and Grub Hub delivery sales doubled, from just over 200 sales a week to nearly 400. Grindhouse Killer Burgers assistant manager Sandra Gallardo said the popular burger spot just south of the collapse site saw a big drop in average sales, especially in the first week. They have been off their estimations for peak time and understand people are figuring out the traffic, as well as MARTA. “There is dependency on the highway. It doesn’t seem like a lot of people have experience riding public transportation and some are confused with the process,” said Gallardo. “Unfortunately things like this have to happen to make people realize how important public transportation is.” Visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com for the latest updates on the I-85 closure and repair process. Collin Kelley contributed to this article. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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ON THE AGENDA MEETINGS The Atlanta City Council meets May 1 and May 15 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. For agendas and more information, visit citycouncil.atlantaga.gov. NPU-E, which serves Midtown, Ansley Park, Home Park and Loring Heights, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. The Decatur City Commission meets in open session on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street, at 7:30 p.m. NEWS The City of Atlanta has reached a financial milestone: a record-high $175 million in reserve funding. The Atlanta City Council has referred legislation introduced by Councilman Kwanza Hall to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana back to the public safety committee. The Decatur City Commission approved the $40 million purchase of the 77-acre United Methodist Children’s Home at their April 17 meeting. The City of Atlanta is partnering with the Westside Future Fund to launch the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund Program, an initiative which will pay any property tax increases for qualifying homeowners in the English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center communities. HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport has retaine its title as the world’s busiest airport with more than 104 million passengers last year.

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Photos by Isadora Pennington The expansion of the Relay Bike Share program was marked at a ceremony at Piedmont Park on April 19. At left is the city’s Chief Bicycl e Officer Becky Katz, while in the bottom photo Mayor Kasim Reed led a bike ride through the park.

By Clare S. Richie More shared bikes on the road is a good thing, especially given the gaping hole in Interstate 85 and Atlanta’s growing enthusiasm for bike riding. The City of Atlanta’s Relay Bike Share program, operated by private partner CycleHop, just expanded from 100 bikes at 22 stations to 500 bikes at 65 locations across the Eastside, Westside, Downtown and Midtown neighborhoods. With 100 bikes, the program boasted more than 2,300 users who logged more than 16,000 miles. You’ll find new hubs near attractions and Airbnbs geared to tourists in Downtown/Midtown neighborhoods and in Little Five Points, Virginia-Highland and West End neighborhoods to attract residents. “Try it out – see what it feels like – connect with your community,” Becky Katz, City of Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer (CBO) urged. Katz, our city’s first CBO, oversees the Relay Bike Share program and participates in the planning, design and installation of bike infrastructure. Sharing a bike is easy. Simply download the Social Bicycles app, choose the Atlanta Relay Bike Share network and establish your account. There are a variety of plans and rental options to appeal to both the one-time and repeat user. An interactive map shows you where bike hubs are and how many bikes (and racks for returning bikes) are available. You can also use the app to track your routes and mileage. Determining these new locations was a process that involved public

input, professional best practices and site visits that were guided by a framework committed to connectivity to transit, health and safety, equity and transparency. “I’m happy that we’re going to be operating on the West End because we’ve been doing a lot community outreach on that side of town,” Relay Bike Share Marketing and Community Outreach Manager Timberley Jones said. Jones is referring to the 10 Bike Champions that City of Atlanta hired in partnership with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Red Bike & Green, WeCycle and Urban Perform. These West End residents promote the program and biking in general by attending community meetings and hosting group rides. “They show that people do bike from all different ages and backgrounds – college students to baby boomers and single parents. We need to keep spreading the word because it’s technology and renting bikes – two different mindsets to work on,” Jones explained. This expansion also seeks to meet existing demand by adding a station at Krog Street Market, “the most popular place that people locked outside of hub,” Katz said. With future local funding on the horizon through the Renew Atlanta bond and

TSPLOST, you can expect to see even more bike infrastructure and more Relay Bike Share stations going forward. In fact, TSPLOST will designate $3 million that Katz says will add another 500 shared bikes within the next two years. As East Paces Ferry adds a new multi-use trail, Katz is at the table to integrate new bike share stations into the design. And updated bike routes and bike infrastructure may be coming to your neighborhood as the city updates Connect Atlanta, its 2008 comprehensive transportation plan. You can learn more at atlantastransportationplan.com. “We do have this budding bike infrastructure and it really does work,” Katz shared. The 10th Street protected bike lane has 700 to 900 riders daily and some weekend days there are 2,000 riders. No surprise that 10th Street & Myrtle is the most used Relay Bike Share hub. Visit relaybikeshare.com for more information.

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ContactPoint Horizons – Intown’s first indoor multi-sport facility – is gearing up for summer camps and fine-tuning their regular schedule, which will start in August. This joint effort between Atlanta ContactPoint and Dragon Goal is housed at the Horizons School at 1900 DeKalb Ave., nestled in the Lake Claire/Candler Park neighborhoods. “We have created a unique indoor space for sports, fitness and education. We hope to provide programming for a wide range of ages, skill and demographics,” David Epstein, Atlanta ContactPoint co-founder, said. Atlanta ContactPoint is a nonprofit that promotes sports, education, arts, wellness, nutrition and social/environmental responsibility for Atlantans of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. You may know the organization from the Play Days it has hosted at local parks throughout the city. “When we lost our space in Druid Hills, we met with the leaders at Horizons School and worked out an agreement to renovate and utilize their gym,” Epstein explained. Their new home includes a Dragon Goal turfed field that can accommodate small-sided soccer, short stick lacrosse, tennis and more. In a smaller enclosed field, players take more touches and learn to react more quickly and with greater accuracy. “There’s no stoppage – so you can play a really great 3v3 or 4v4 game or you can just do training exercises,” said Todd Burr with Dragon Goal. It’s for younger players who may otherwise be lost on a big field all the way up to pro soccer teams that still train in them. Since it opened this winter, ContactPoint Horizons has already hosted a winter youth soccer league, adults soccer games and lots of multi-sports birthday parties. “Our winter league had 40 youth teams from Inter Atlanta and DDY,” Nicola Vidali, Dragon Goal USA Founder and Managing Director, shared. And if you’re curious about how quick you dribble or how hard you kick the ball, you have another reason to check out ContactPoint Horizons. Soccer Genius, which uses sensor and radar technology, is available there to give players benchmark data on specific drills and realistic game action movements. ContactPoint Horizons has also teamed up with Evolution Sports Lab’s David Migliore to offer on-site private or group strength and conditioning to help athletes increase performance, prevent injury or assist in their rehab process. All of these components are intended to compliment what players are doing with their respective club and school soccer teams. Not a soccer player? There are other multi-sport programs and Play Day experiences available to engage kids of all ages and skill levels through the power of play. Sword fighting, anyone? The facility also has two basketball hoops for shooting practice, a game-room with foosball and table tennis, a dedicated room to celebrate with food and drinks, and a large learning center room. It’s a no-brainer for a birthday party, team bonding event, community event or corporate retreat because of all the audiovisual technologies available on-site. And this could just be the beginning. Vidali and Epstein, the visionaries behind ContactPoint Horizons, still have their eyes on the Pullman Yard property. Recently put back on the market, this nearby 25-acre abandoned industrial site, also on DeKalb Avenue in Kirkwood, has peaked their interest for the past four years. “We are still involved with pursuing Pullman Yard and helping to transform the abandoned property into a vital community space,” Epstein said. For more information and the summer camp schedule, visit thecontactpoint.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


$50,000 grant will aid creation of pre-arrest diversion program

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Dennis G. Collard, Attorney Midtown resident The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District has made a grant of $50,000 to support the start of the Atlanta-Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative. The initiative is an innovative pilot program partnering law enforcement and social service providers to divert people out of local jails and into case management and services. “Our goal is to improve public safety and quality of life in Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward and South Downtown while providing a pathway to recovery and support for individuals struggling with mental health, substance addiction or extreme poverty,” said A.J. Robinson, President of Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. This grant supports startup funding for the initiative, in anticipation of further financial support from local and national partners like the City of Atlanta and Fulton County government. Pre-arrest diversion will allow an officer with probable cause to make an arrest to instead divert the case away from booking, jail and prosecution and toward highquality treatment and support. Instead of arrest, a Care Navigator will come directly to the scene to determine the services the person needs. A wide-ranging panel of local experts from law enforcement, social services agencies, courts and the business community designed the program

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AIDS Memorial Quilt to move Downtown

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The NAMES Project has announced it will move its headquarters and the AIDS Memorial Quilt from Midtown to a 2,500-square-foot storefront in Downtown this June. The new location will serve as a visitor and education center, while the bulk of the 54ton quilt will be stored in a warehouse space in Tucker. The new Downtown space, located at 117 Luckie Street, will double The NAMES Project’s space for on-site programming, including panel-making workshops, HIV prevention education, artistic programs and for visitors to learn more about the 30-year history of The Quilt. The new location will be home to The AIDS Quilt Touch, a digital browser that enables exploration of The Quilt in its entirety on a tabletop digital browser and online via two interactive kiosks also located on-site. The Quilt began in 1987 when a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to create a memorial for those who had died of the growing AIDS epidemic. They sewed panels in remembrance, in hopes that one day there would be a cure. The Quilt is composed of 54 tons of 12-foot by 12-foot quilt blocks. The organization ships more than 3,000 sections – or 25 tons – around the world for displays each year. Over the past 30 years, The Quilt has been seen by more than 22 million people around the world, and has raised more than $5 million for direct services for people with HIV/AIDS. The Quilt was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and remains the largest ongoing community art project in the world.

HEALTH BRIEFS The BeltLine Partnership has resumed its Free Fitness Class Series for 2017. Free fitness classes, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, are conducted throughout the week at parks and other locations along the Atlanta BeltLine. Free class offerings include yoga, aerobics, running/ walking/hiking, road and mountain cycling, boot camp-style workouts and skateboarding. Unique fitness classes like Hiking with Dogs, Caribbean-style workouts, and Sunset and Sunrise Hikes are also available. For more information, visit beltline.org/fitsignup or beltline.org/events.

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The Atlanta Center for Precision Contact Lenses is now open in Buckhead and is the only facility in the city to fit, design and supply specialized contact lenses for local and regional patients. Dr. Gavin Cohen, owner and optometrist at Optique at West Paces, developed the facility for patients with extreme astigmatism, eyes that require nontraditional contact shapes and patients who are unable to wear traditional contact lenses. For more information, visit optiqueatwestpaces.com/precision-contact-lenses/. Atlanta-based athlete hydration drink Biolyte has been picked up for distribution by Atlanta Kroger stores, as well as on Amazon Prime. Atlanta native Dr. Luther C. Rollins created the drink, which has its foundation in the same kind of IV solution given to those suffering from dehydration. For more information, visit drinkbiolyte.com. The 2017 Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure will be held May 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at Lenox Square in Buckhead. Adult registration is $40 and youth registration is $25. The 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk down Peachtree Street fundraises to provide life-saving breast health services to women in Metro Atlanta. For more information, visit info-komen.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Daydream is our shelter life coach. She’s always happy, lives in the moment and loves everyone she meets. Simple things, like when we open her kennel and let her out, make her feel wonderful. All Daydream wants is a second chance with a person who will love her and take care of her. In return, she will watch over you and love you to pieces. Daydream needs a home without other pets or children. She is very shy and would do best with a confident owner who is willing to work on training with her. For more information about adopting Daydream, contact PAWS Atlanta at pawsatlanta.org or visit the shelter at 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur.

Pet Briefs Doggies on the Catwalk returns this year for its biggest show to date, with a crowdpleasing runway lineup that will include Atlanta’s most adorable pups, local personalities and coveted luxury brands – all coming together for an unforgettable evening of fashion, fun and philanthropy. The event, which will be emceed by Monica Pearson, will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Center Plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Tickets start at $50 for general admission and can be purchased at fashionado.net/doggiesonthecatwalk.

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Spring Break Caper Kristen and Elliott parked their rental bikes at the rack and took a stroll down to the beach. Upon return, they discovered Elliott’s helmet on the ground. But the bikes were gone, STOLEN! It seemed out of place. We were on the Florida panhandle in Seacrest Beach sharing a house with a couple families for spring break. We’ve been several times before and it never occurred to us to lock our bikes. But now we had an actual crime to solve. Inconceivable! The kids were ecstatic. Me? Not so much. Seacrest Beach Security swiftly referred me back to the bike rental place on the village square. If I couldn’t return those bikes at week’s end they would cost me $350 each. I imagined a sophisticated crime syndicate, snatching bikes from the little unsuspecting beach towns and selling them in big, bad Panama City. By Tim Sullivan The bike guy said it was more likely teenagers taking them for a joyride and dumping them in the woods. Thankfully the bike hut doubles as the draft beer hut so my buddy Joel bought us a round. We schemed to canvas the neighborhood and bandied conspiracy theories about, including whether it was all a scam and the rental place itself may have orchestrated the theft. Hmmm…. Kristen’s bike was an orange and blue Sun Cruz and Elliott’s was a black number called Lil’ Sport. Both had green baskets (key detail). Each one had a blue bracelet affixed to it – the kind they use in clubs that snag your arm hair – that said “Sullivan, T.” We figured even the dumbest of criminals would tear those off but the Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the bike guy said if we find any without the bracelets that match our Northeast and now lives bikes to presume them to be stolen. Again, suspect number one with his small family was bike rental hut. We checked parks and wooded areas, verified in Oakhurst. He can name tags on bikes and stared down would-be hooligans. be reached at tim@ The kids got in on the sleuthing action too, blanketing the sullivanfinerugs.com. streets, telling anyone who would listen there were thieves about! But actually finding the bikes seemed a lost cause. After sundown, my other buddy, Schulzie, suggested we take one more ride around the ‘hood. By this point, the most suspicious looking people were the pair of forty-somethings leering at every bike rack they passed. But there was something: near the intersection of East Blue Crab Loop and Beach Bike Way was a front porch full of high school revelers with nary a parent in sight. A gaggle of bikes at the far end of the driveway begged for closer inspection. I figured we might have easier access early in the morning, when dads tend to be up puttering around and teenagers are entering their second cycle of REM sleep. Schulzie texted me about 6 a.m. “Ready to go on a mission?” Honestly, I was still asleep but half of parenthood is performed in a sleeplike state so why not the stealing back of stolen goods? Sure enough our bikes were there, “Sullivan, TimmyDaddy steals back his bike. T” and all. My adrenaline pumped as I sped away down Barefoot Lane on the reclaimed Sun Cruz. Eminem blared in my mind “you better lose yourself in the music, the moment…” I never looked back for the mob of idiot teenagers (who may or may not have awoken before noon). Feeling $700 wealthier, I splurged on coffee for everyone at the fancy coffee shop in Rosemary Beach, chocolate milk for Schulzie. How he can have three kids and no coffee habit is beyond me but hey, he was the one who woke me up. The kids broadcast exactly where the bike thieves were staying to other vacationers. Pint-sized justice was served. The Security Patrol resumed apprehending the un-wristbanded from entering the pool area. The now exonerated bike rental guy bought Kristen and I a beer for solving the crime and I could see it in the eyes of the children – this was the coolest thing, ever.

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2142 Mountain Creek Drive 4 BR/3BA/1HBA 8 $325,000

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2026 N. Ponce de Leon Ave. 6BR/6BA • $1,800,000 Spectacular historic home in Druid Hills Carriage house + 3 car garage UNDER CONTRACT

1885 Westminster Way 4BR/3BA • $649,900

663 Clifton Road NE 5BR/4BA/1HBA • $850,000

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Dogwood Festival THE CANCER ANSWER

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Our contributing photographer Asep Mawardi was on hand for last month’s 81st Annual Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park in Midtown.

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Business Retail � Projects � Profiles

Back in Time

Comet Pub and Lanes brings retro cool bowling back to Decatur By Grace Huseth

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he long corridor and basement entrance to Comet Pub and Lanes is like taking a step back in time to a 1950s hangout. Located in Decatur’s Suburban Plaza, the atmosphere of a beloved hangout remains, but the grimy bowling shoes and greasy alley food is a thing of the past. The former Suburban Lanes reopened last summer thanks to brothers Ethan and Uri Wurtzel of Twain’s and new general manager Ben Horgan. Together, they have brought back some of the glory if the bowling alley’s original splendor, while adding a few personal touches, and a whole new menu created by Twain’s executive chef Savannah Sasser. Comet Pub and Lanes has updated the retro-glamour while keeping vintage features for a throwback bowling experience. The original Brunswick 2000 ball return system remains and the unique lane backdrops of twinkling starbursts still shine thanks to the owners’ efforts to find the exact make and model of light bulbs. Before bowling, it’s best to start a Comet Pub and Lanes visit by putting in an order for one of their signature “munchies,” served straight from the kitchen in metal mixing bowls. Replace fries with potato skins ($8.50), fingerling potatoes covered in cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions, or get a teaser taste of their homemade pizza with garlic knots for $5.50. A secret menu item is the Comet Burger ($12.50), served with a sunny egg and bacon for a classic bowling alley dinner. Once bowling is underway, thirst can be quenched from a 16 beer draught menu, a host of bottled and canned beers and cocktails, each with a special name. Cocktails are cleverly named after the movie “The Big Lebowski” and its iconic bowling alley scene. The White Russian ($9) is a must, prepared with cream, Kaluha, and Tito’s. The Beehemian

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($9) is a refreshing summer cocktail with gin, lemon and honey. The best-kept secret at Comet is midday bowling. Weekday lane rates are $15 per lane, per hour or $3 games on the weekdays before 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evening rates are $20 per lane, per hour or $3 games after 10 p.m. Weekend rates do increase to $20 per lane, per hour before 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and then are $30 per lane, per hour after 5 p.m. All bowling requires a $4 shoe rental. As for the name of the alley, it’s a nod to the Wurtzels’ flagship restaurant, Twain’s in downtown Decatur. Namesake author Mark Twain was born, and died, the same year Halley’s Comet made one of it’s rare appearances. Tributes to comet spotting, Twain and space exploration have popped up in the shape of murals on the walls of the Comet. Comet Pub and Lanes is located at 2619 N. Decatur Road. For more information, visit cometpubandlanes.com. The Comet Burger is a lane favorite.

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Retailers, eateries announced for Studioplex expansion Combining 40+ years of Intown Atlanta expertise with the largest international luxury real estate company in the world!

Ground has been broken for the expansion of Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward with a 19-unit townhouse-over-retail project. A joint venture of Columbia Ventures LLC and Studioplex LLC, the project will have direct frontage and access to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail just south of the intersection of Irwin Street and Auburn Avenue. Several tenants have already signed leases, including Shelley Lowther’s Dancing Dogs Yoga, as well as her Beetnix Juice Bar, serving a variety of organic juices, cold pressed onsite. The proprietors of 18.21 Bitters in Ponce City Market, Missy Koefod and Kristin Wingfield-Koefod, will open their first bar featuring a craft cocktail bar, aperitif bar and coffee. 18.21 Bitters crafts small-batch cocktail bitters, ginger beer, syrups, shrubs and cocktail mixers. Hawkers Asian Street Fare, the award-winning startup out of Central and North Florida, will open their first store in Atlanta, with a menu that includes baos, skewers and stir fried noodles on small-plates.

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Swimmerman To The Rescue! Midtown school teaches children to swim

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS Swimmerman’s indoor pool is perfect for teaching kids to swim.

By Grace Huseth Hidden on Amsterdam Avenue in Midtown, Swimmerman is like a secret swimming laboratory. It’s surprising to see a business go through the effort of putting a custom-made lesson pool into a strip mall, but Amsterdam Walk’s entertainment complex is the perfect spot for realizing this sparkling idea. Owner Melina Slotnick and her son Mannfred said they enroll children in lessons August through May to lay the correct foundation, and then apply their swimming skills through play during summer beach and pool days. While Swimmerman is focused on the science and foundations of swimming, they have also perfected the theatrics of presentation. After all, the entire curriculum is based off a super hero named “Swimmerman” who learns to fly in the water with the help of a little swimming instructor frog named H2O. The lesson pool is decorated like a busy street; “street signs” camouflage required water safety signs, a British telephone booth houses the emergency phone and the focal point is a mural of a large, winding road that depicts the journey of learning to swim. Melina’s own journey started as a competitive swimmer and then, as an Army wife, she taught swimming all over the world, developing her curriculum in many different pools and using her own children as guinea pigs for developing baby aquatics techniques. “By the time students leave our program, they may not be the fast kid in the water, but they are the ones a coach can mold. They may not have the endurance yet, but they have the right foundation,” Mannfred said. For example, many programs teach kicking and arms separately, while Swimmerman teaches body posture with a long leg kick so that children as young as three have proper technique from the beginning. All training takes place in a small, but efficient lessons pool kept at 94 degrees. The 19’x45’ pool fits in a building less than 3,000 square feet, which is unheard of for an aquatics facility. Swimmerman took 18 months planning the location of the pool, adding deck space, locker rooms and an auditorium in the front for parents to watch the swimming arena. Educating parents as well as kids is a big part of Swimmerman’s mission. Mannfred says parents always learn from swim lessons, whether it’s learning about water in a new way, seeing their child move in a way they haven’t seen before or teaching a child to overcome fears. “You never know what the parents are going to get from that first class with their kids. Everyone walks away with something they didn’t have before,” Mannfred said. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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before it’s unexpected decision on April 19.

In a surprise move, the Georgia Building Authority agreed to sell historic Pullman Yard in Kirkwood to Atomic Entertainment, which plans to create a movie studio open to local filmmakers along with homes, retail and office space. The sale price was $8 million for the 27-acre site. The state had been weighing a half-dozen bids and was expected to open a second round of bidding

Charis Books and More has announced it will depart from Little Five Points after more than 40 years to its new home in Decatur in early 2018. The feminist and LGBTQ bookstore will relocate to 184 South Candler Drive in a partnership with Agnes Scott College. Charis is currently working with an architect, contractor and a team from Agnes Scott to transform the circa-1900 house for a late winter/early spring move. Bob Jamerson – better known to Intowners as high-stepping performer Baton Bob – has launched his own event planning company, Out of the Box Events, for corporate events and personal celebrations. Jamerson

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is also available to officiate weddings, acts as a master of ceremonies and will perform one of his signature baton routines. For more information, contact Jamerson at BatonBob@ comcast.net or visit batonbob.weebly.com.

Safrai Art Gallery of Jerusalem May 18 - 21, 2017 Safrai Fine Art Gallery of Jerusalem and Ahavath Achim Synagogue present a 4-Day Event, A Celebration of Israeli Art. Join us in supporting Israeli artists and Israel by visiting this pop-up gallery and purchasing a unique work of art featuring: more than 1500 oil paintings, watercolors, and lithographs by over 100 different Israeli artists. May 18 | 6:45 - 11:00pm Opening Night Join the community for a festive evening of art, music, and light bites and enter to win a piece of art for your home! May 19 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Women of Valor Coffee and Conversation May 20 | 9:30 - 11:30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception May 21 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm A Family Art Project

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is welcoming new tenants, including F45 Training (which combines elements of conventional weight training and cardio), Highland Yoga and Venetian Nail Spa, a luxury nail salon providing spa manicures, pedicures and skincare treatments.

Gallery open during synagogue business hours from May 19 - 21. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2owk7cG. For questions, email delcyharber@comcast.net.

Imen Ben Saidane has launched a new fitness wear brand in Atlanta called FASHINO. The company offers stylish athletic, fitness, dance and leisurewear. For more information, visit fashino.store. Leadership Buckhead has announced the Class of 2017, which includes Robert Almeda, Roshonda Gainey, Adrienne Mogge, Katherine Provost, Nicole Brady, Lindsey Hardegree, Jennifer Moll, Christy Riggins, Jason Byrd, Cara Hergenroether, Renita Moore, E.J. Stern, Bill Dickinson, Reid Hutchinson, Shayla Nealy, Felecia Sveda, Joy Dyess, Angela Johnson, Ryan O’Neill, Ciji Tatum, Jake Evans, Kaitlin Kress, Sara Orrell, Erica Wright, Amy Lantinga and Colin Owens. The Leadership Buckhead Program, founded in 1990, focuses on helping high-potential members of the Atlanta community become stronger, more authentic leaders. For more information about the program, visit leadershipbuckhead.org. The Junior League of Atlanta (JLA) has closed the Nearly New Shop in Toco Hills after 68 years. The shop, which opened in 1949, has provided a large portion of JLA’s fundraised income by selling gently-used merchandise including clothing, accessories, furniture and other household items. In its almost seven decades, Nearly New has generated millions of dollars that supported JLA’s charitable programs and activities in Atlanta.

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any Atlantans are alarmed by the rapid loss of trees around Intown these days. Buzzwords like “good urbanism,” “high density” and “sustainability” pepper many conversations and marketing materials about new development in Atlanta, but our urban forest – and our corresponding civic identity as the “City in the Forest” – suffers from rampant tree loss. This current reality begs the old adage: are we literally missing the forest for the trees? The question is simple: how is Atlanta going to grow with its trees? We have the chance to write that narrative now, while we have remnant greenspace to work with from the side effects of urban sprawl. Solutions must be sought through more innovative design and holistic development on the site scale, as well as progressive environmental policies and land use planning at the regional scale. Trees Atlanta will continue planting trees everywhere we can, but we simply cannot keep pace to mitigate our dwindling tree canopy without working together to actively protect our existing forest, too. We simply must do both. Attending NPU (neighborhood planning unit) and civic association meetings can be a good place to start to learn about new projects coming up in your part of town. At this level of planning, developers often present conceptual plans to the neighborhood, especially when seeking a zoning change or variance; this can be an effective stage for citizens to get involved, educate each other and speak for the trees. But let’s also consider some bold ideas to get ahead of this canopy loss pattern. One possibility would be tree conservation overlay districts, especially for our residential neighborhoods where 77 percent of the city’s trees are located. This may sound familiar if you have attended any of the Atlanta City Design public presentations by Ryan Gravel. A major pattern emerging from that visioning process is the stark distinction between our leafy-green, characteristic Intown neighborhoods, versus the major thoroughfares, where density, new development and transit options make sense. As an example, Washington, D.C. has Tree and Slope Overlays that safeguard trees and soils in three heavily forested, hilly neighborhoods in Northwest D.C. They have also adopted a zoning regulation called the Green Area Ratio that lessens the environmental impact of intensive urban development. Any new construction that requires a certificate of occupancy must meet certain ecological design standards, measured by a scoring system that reflects a variety of green elements, including trees, vegetated roofs and bio-retention of stormwater. Seattle, Washington uses a similar scoring system in their code, called the Green

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Factor, which requires increased quantity and quality of urban landscaping in certain parts of the city. The score worksheet awards points for elements like native plants, vegetated walls, soil depth, food cultivation and – for the highest score factor of them all – preservation of existing mature trees. What if the cost of tree removal more accurately reflected the services it provides for our communities and savings on public infrastructure? Currently, the cost of removing a healthy tree in the City of Atlanta is $100 per tree, plus $30 per inch diameter at breast height (DBH) or replanting inch for inch (which is often not possible). For builders, this is simply the cost of doing business. What sorts of incentives might we place on tree preservation instead of imposing minor fees and penalties for their destruction? Let’s acknowledge the public health benefits provided by healthy trees and soils, and assign more appropriate values accordingly. Nashville also draws an interesting comparison to Atlanta: of its 247 square miles, they average 47 percent urban tree canopy, a close running to Atlanta’s 48 percent average canopy across 133 square miles. As both southeastern cities grow rapidly, which will remain a true City in the Forest? When does it make sense to build taller buildings (rather than low and wide) to save greenspace? When discussing design alternatives with builders and developers in your neighborhood, look out for opportunities to achieve density vertically rather than horizontally if it affords for existing trees and quality greenspace to be incorporated into the plans. What if we restricted the sale and planting of English ivy or Chinese wisteria? The evidence is all around us; these vines are slowly suffocating our trees, or in some cases present enough of an imminent threat that trees may be easily written off as ‘dead, dying or hazardous’ (DDH) according to the tree ordinance, and removed. Should we prohibit certain species’ ornamental use when they can easily become destructive? What if the City had more dedicated funding to purchase and protect large, forested parcels of land? Imagine a network or a ring of publicly accessible, protected community forests, cherished by all Atlantans in the same way we love our city parks. What changes would you like to see in the Atlanta Tree Protection Ordinance? Which developers can we look to who are actively trying to do this better – even if they don’t have to? Let us know. Contact Christina@treesatlanta.org with your ideas, and explore these questions with your community. For a focused discussion about trees in your neighborhood, contact Dave@treesatlanta.org to coordinate a Canopy Conversation at a neighborhood meeting. Christina Gibson is the Canopy Conservation Coordinator from Trees Atlanta. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Who doesn’t love honey? It’s an easily digestible, pure food considered by some to be one of nature’s best all-round remedies. If I’m not feeling well, a cup of hot tea with honey will always make me feel better. Even just a spoonful of honey improves my outlook on life. So, I was supremely disappointed when a beautiful, ambercolored jar of honey that I selected during a holiday gift exchange last year was “stolen” from me, per the rules of the Dirty Santa game. Luckily, my beekeeper friend Monica Sheppard, who provided the gift for the game, noted my disappointment; she surprised me with my own jar a few months later. Every time I taste a spoonful, I think of her carefully-tended bees, foraging for nectar in flowers growing in the fields and woodlands near her home. Monica is one of the BeeShees: four women (including her daughter Ramsey) who have kept honey bees for many years on property near Rome, Georgia. Carrying on a family tradition – her father kept more than fifty hives in locations from their backyard in Tucker to north Georgia – Monica has taught her daughter the joys and challenges of being an organic beekeeper in a world with a changing climate and growing pesticide use. Warmer winters mean that the bees are more active and must be fed by their keepers, due to the lack of natural food. Pesticides used By Sally Bethea on nearby corn fields may be the reason that the BeeShees have lost Sally Bethea is the several hives. Parasites can also cause a bee colony to collapse and retired executive changing land use patterns can lead to malnutrition. director of ChatWhile honey bees are obviously essential to the production tahoochee Riverkeeper of honey, their most important role is as pollinators for fruits (chattahoochee.org), and vegetables that we love to eat: apples, oranges, blueberries, a nonprofit environstrawberries, cherries, cranberries, cantaloupes, lemons and limes, mental organization avocados, almonds, onions, broccoli and more. They all depend whose mission is to directly or indirectly on this tiny non-native species; bees were protect and restore the brought to the United States from Europe by early settlers. drinking water supply Pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, for nearly four million fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Crosspeople. pollination helps at least thirty percent of the world’s crops and ninety percent of our wild plants to thrive. Yet, in the United States alone, where crops pollinated by bees are worth at least $15 billion per year, a quarter to a third of the managed honey bee population has disappeared in recent decades, according to experts. Beginning in 2006, beekeepers began to report that bees were abandoning their hives, never to return: a condition known as colony collapse disorder. At the peak of the crisis, forty-five percent of hives were lost in one year. While there is evidence that these collapses may be dwindling, honey bees – and our food supply – remain threatened by climate change, pesticides, parasites and habitat disruption. How can we help our honey bees? Here are a few ideas from Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association (metroatlantabeekeepers.org): • • 404-848-5000 | www.itsmarta.com/Weekend

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A guide to Intown’s upcoming festivals CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL

There will be 185 artists representing all disciplines, a children’s play area, local food trucks and live acoustic music at this year’s event, May 6-7. For more, visit chastainparkartsfestival.com.

SWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST

The 33rd annual festival will be held May 13-14 along Downtown’s historic Auburn Avenue, featuring food, entertainment and information. Details were still being worked out at press time, but expect a kids’ fun zone, international food court, zip line and plenty of live music. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Visit sweetauburn.com for more information.

SHAKY KNEES AND SHAKY BEATS FESTIVALS

These two separate music festivals will be bringing some of the biggest names in rock/alternative and dance music to Atlanta. Shaky Knees is May 12-14 at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown and the lineup includes LCD Soundsystem, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, The xx, Nick Murphy, Phoenix, The Shins, Ryan Adams and many more. See the full roster and buy tickets at shakykneesfestival.com. Shaky Beats is May 5-7 at Centennial Park featuring Griz, RL Grime, Bonobo, Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Galantis, Zeds Dead, Girl Talk and The Chainsmokers. Tickets and information at shakybeatsfestival.com.

MOVIES IN CENTRAL PARK

The 2017 season of Movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station will feature films from the ‘90s including “Tremors” on May 18 and the original animated “Beauty and the Beast” on May 25. Also on deck: “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Fugitive,” “Twister,” “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Miss Congeniality.” The films will begin promptly at dusk. To view the complete lineup of films and dates, visit atlanticstation.com.

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The 29th annual festival will be held Memorial Day weekend in and around downtown Decatur. The event kicks off May 26 with an ArtWalk around Decatur and the Oakhurst neighborhood to participating galleries and businesses. The giant artist market downtown will be open May 27-28 featuring vendors from all over the region. There will also be live music, dance, performing arts, literary events, a kid’s area, food and much more. See the full schedule at decaturartsfestival.com.

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

The lineup for the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day Weekend in Piedmont Park includes Macy Gray, Charles Lloyd Sky, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Freddy Cole and a tribute to Miles Davis featuring bandmember Mino Cinelu. The free festival takes place May 2628. For more information, visit atlantafestivals.com.

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The 15th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes is set for May 20 at Bessie Branham Park. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K road race along Hosea Williams Drive, while the artist market will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be live music, a kids’ area, food from local vendors and a Barbecue Cookoff. The Kirkwood Tour of Homes (which is also open on May 21) offers looks inside classic and funky-chic homes. Tickets for the home tour are $20 and available online. Admission to the festival is free, while proceeds from the home tour benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization. For more, visit kirkwoodfling.com.

CANDLER PARK MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL

The June 2-3 festival will feature Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Lake Street Dive, Matisyahu and more on June 2-3. This year, the event will feature more than 20 local food trucks and local restaurant vendors, a local artist market, adult field games by Atlanta Sport & Social Club, the Terrapin Draft Lounge offering an expanded selection of rare Terrapin brews, a craft cocktail bar and a Saturday morning 5K race benefiting Atlanta ContactPoint. For tickets and information, visit candlerparkmusicfestival.com.

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Left photo: Prisca, Cleveland P. Jones and Chelsea Shag perform cuts from Stevie Wonder’s classic album, “Songs in the Key of Life.” Right photo: ATL Collective’s media director, David Feldman.

Covering the Classics

ATL Collective recreates famous albums at live shows By Isadora Pennington If you never got the chance to hear Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Michael Jackson or James Brown play live, ATL Collective is recreating their classic albums around Intown to much acclaim. Founded back in 2009 by a couple of musicians, the Collective is an organization that hosts shows featuring live, local music at shows that cover

classic albums from start to finish. The concept took form when the owner of the now closed Danneman’s on Edgewood approached local musician David Berkeley and asked for help booking live music on the roof of the building. Berkeley then reached out to his friend Micah Dalton, and together the two established ATL Collective. Rather than hosting an open mic in the space, they instead sought ways to bring local musicians together for concerts that would also draw a crowd.

In comparison with performances by cover bands, this concept has the ability to apply to a wide variety of sounds. Because the organization curates the musicians that they bring together for these concerts, they are not limited to working within one genre or vocal range, for example. Throughout the years, the shows have grown in size and popularity, leading to finding new locations that can handle even bigger crowds. In 2012 the Collective

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covered Michael Jackson’s Thriller album to a sold out crowd of 200 at the Music Room, and by 2014 they were selling out 600plus seat shows at Terminal West for James Brown’s Funky Christmas. All told, they have been pulling from a pool of more than 200 singers and another 200 members of their house band, and have covered more than 75 classic albums since the company’s inception. The organization has also sought to form partnerships with some local businesses, which has provided even more opportunities to spotlight local artists. Most notably, they are sponsored and supported by Mailchimp, Old Fourth Distillery, Criminal Records and Terminus Tees, as well as the myriad of venues where they play. They recently hosted a show for Delta featuring 25 local artists, for example, and they enjoyed playing as part of the Atlanta Jewish Music Fest in March, covering Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill. “It was larger than life,” recalled David Feldman, Content and Media Director. Feldman felt an instant connection with ATL Collective when he joined, and cited a particularly moving concert based on the Beatles’ Abbey Road as his inspiration to get on board. “I thought it was just the coolest thing,” he continued, “we are really onto something.” Since then, he’s played a major role in the overall looks of ATL Collective. His ad agency, 3 Owl Media, handles the logo, website and visual branding. Today, the team consists of: the original cofounders David Berekely and Micah Dalton; David Feldman and Rhiannon Clark, who handle operations and booking; Robbie Handler, who acts as music director; technical director Joel Siebell; and graphic designer Thomas Lockwood. The diversely talented team is united around the common goals of producing top grade music and uniting the local music community. “It’s everyone’s favorite second job,” Feldman said with a laugh. ATL Collective already has some killer shows on the books for this year, including recreating Hotel California by The Eagles at City Winery on May 19. To find out more about ATL Collective and keep up with the upcoming concerts as they’re announced, go to atl-collective.com or follow them on social media at facebook. com/atlcollective. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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MARTA riders will be walking with an extra skip in their step in May. Each Monday, jazz musicians will be playing in select MARTA stations as a preview to the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park. Bassist Kevin Scott and the four-piece band The Indie Revenge have a mission for their MARTA Monday: bringing a new beat to Atlanta. Scott been a fixture on the music scene for years and is hoping to bring jazz to new listeners. “Atlanta has always leaned towards smooth jazz, but over the years the Atlanta Jazz Festival is getting better with adding diversity and trying new beats,” Scott said. More than a decade ago, Scott started jazz jam sessions for local musicians, which evolved into a weekly improvisation night at Elliott Street Pub in Castleberry Hill. “It’s all walks of life, from jazz to indie. Anything can happen, but it’s still in the spirit of jazz.” Scott desires to serve as a mentor to young musicians and help them revitalize the Atlanta jazz scene. His own mentor, Russell Gunn, taught him the importance of what Scott calls “dropping insight the old school way.” “I come from a school of thought where performance arts meets improv, but Russell just wants you to be yourself,” Scott said. “It’s about being true on the bandstand.” Music fans will get a taste of Gunn’s jazz-meets-EDM (electronic dance music) during the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 28 on the Contemporary Stage with Kebbi Williams’ Wolf Pack at 6:15 p.m. After the festival, Scott recommends Elliott Street Pub and Kebbi Williams at Gallery 992 for more authentic, new Atlanta jazz. “If you want to know what’s happening, these guys are pushing the envelope. These are the spots for catching the cutting edge stuff.” Kevin Scott and Indie Revenge will be playing at the Midtown MARTA station on May 22. For more about the festival, visit atlantafestivals.com.

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Hambidge Creative Hive exhibition opens at Colony Square The North Georgia-based Hambidge Center art colony, North American Properties, the PNC Foundation and SKYY Vodka are presenting the Hambidge Creative Hive at Colony Square in Midtown through June 3. The innovative artist enclave project features 12 selected artists to temporarily reimagine empty spaces at Colony Square. “Artist enclaves are often pushed to the fringes of society, but this innovative project brings the art community center stage at the heart of Midtown Atlanta,” said Jamie Badoud, Executive Director at The Hambidge Center. “From live figure-drawing battles promoted by artists trash talking each other to a deconstructed Islamic Garden, this group of creatives is sure to deliver unique, interactive works of art for the public’s enjoyment and engagement. The Hambidge Creative Hive Artists include: WORLD WIDE ART FEDERATION Taking a cue from the theatrical performances of the wrestling world, this group will hold World Wide Art Federation Art Battles. The live figure-drawing battles are promoted by artists trash talking each other as their costumed alter egos. A crowd member is chosen to be the subject, and the battle commences. Afterward, the audience judges the winner. The WWAF was developed to bring attention to the multiple dimensions of the fine artists’ personae and abilities. Its mission is to inspire all art patrons, giving them an unforgettable, interactive, multimedia experience through creative competition and

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performance, setting the standard for a new and exciting art viewing experience. Artists: Fabian Williams, Kimberly Binns, Horace Williams, Grace Kisa, Maurice Evans QUEEN OF THE FIELD Through the creation a conceptual landscape, Zipporah Thompson will use giant looms to weave together objects foraged in Midtown with objects donated by the public to produce multiple, ongoing and everchanging sculptures and installations, with the underlying goal of fusing together our personal histories and collective contemporary experiences. Artist: Zipporah Thompson BREATH OF THE COMPASSIONATE With a sense of playful, yet reverent {re} cycle of creation, all artwork in this project originates in and then departs from the classic Breath of the Compassionate pattern of Islamic sacred geometry and art. The

artists will transform their space repeatedly, including turning it into a deconstructed Islamic Garden that will feature a musical performance by prominent Pakistani musician Ahsan Bari. The artists will also offer multiple workshops for both adults and children, including embroidery, miniature painting and mosaic paper lanterns. Artists: Erin Sledd, Ahsan Bari, Shannon Frye, Will Griffin, Amir S. Hamer, Michael Garvey MIDTOWN PLAYERS CLUB The Midtown Player’s Club will transform a former gym into gathering and incubation spaces for numerous young and mid-career artists, activists and entrepreneurs to explore their craft and share their experiments and results. The various installations will include rotating gallery shows, performance art exhibitions, music, immersive theatre, workshops and discussions. Each day will manifest a new experience in which the public is invited to participate. Artists: Kris Pilcher, Elizabeth Jarrett, Miranda Kyle, Priscilla Smith + other invited artists THE RIVALRY OF YOUR ELEMENTS In an ongoing performance and installation that focuses on a life philosophy supported by raw elements including air, water, fire and earth, the artists will use potters’ wheels to

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Art in the Neighborhood: Candler Park By Isadora Pennington Just a few miles east of Downtown sits Candler Park, which was established in 1922 when the land was donated to the city by Coca Cola co-founder Asa Candler. The area is incredibly popular with families and young adults, making it a relatively peaceful and quiet community. A small retail district on McLendon features a few family-friendly restaurants, a market, coffee shop and shops, while the proximity to more bustling parts of town, such as Little 5 Points and Decatur, allow for it to be an incredibly accessible neighborhood for young creatives. Here are a few of the area’s visual artists who shared their stories with INtown. For a longer version of this story, visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

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riginally from Indiana, Barron moved to South Carolina when she was a teen. “I fought it for a while, but I ended up coming around.” Growing up, she spent a lot of time painting and drawing with her older sister. Later, she moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia to get her BFA in Graphic Design. She enjoyed working on logos, but found some of the work to be tiresome and repetitive. “I didn’t like it, most of it was kinda grunt work,” she laughed. As the industry turned more to digital work, she lost interest. Barron married her college sweetheart and had a family, spending much of her time pursuing other creative projects. She was also teaching full time at a private school, but took a leap and enrolled at Georgia State University where she got an MA in Art Education, and later got her MFA in Photography at SCAD Atlanta, where she also took foundational arts and printmaking. These days, Barron spends her time both teaching and on her photography projects. “I take classical art pieces, work with symbolism, find stories and folklore allegories, and mix them together to build a set like a film still.” Her pieces are larger than life photographed portraits that she then colors by hand, mixing old techniques and new technology in a refreshingly new way. of the Madonnas,” she said, referencing one of her recent series. “I’ve been taking a darker turn and branching out into what I’m calling now the Madonnas, Monsters, and Saints.”

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draw reflections of things I see every day, just life and living,” explained Ant Sims. For him, the push to create is constant. “When you have a vision, you just feel obligated to share it with other people.” His animations are rich in color, heavily character driven and steeped in surrealism. While he has always been an artist, he’s walked a winding path to find himself where he is today. Once a student at Georgia State in the Journalism program, he quickly determined that he needed to change paths and dropped out to pursue animation as a self-taught artist. “I didn’t finish, but it’s cool. Animation should have been my major in the first place. I thought I wanted to be a journalist but art is my first calling, it’s my passion.”

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ve definitely dabbled in many, many things throughout the years,” said Christy Bardis Petterson, a textile designer and artist who works in Candler Park. Though organizing Indie Craft Experience (ICD) and being a mother are commitments that take much of her time, she has always felt a strong drive to make art. “For many years I was doing both; making things to sell them and also organizing events and I had a full time job, and at some point you have to realize you have too many irons in the fire.” After a hiatus, Petterson is back to her love for textile design. “I always come back to printmaking, no matter what I was working on.” The designs that Petterson produces harken back to classic techniques, which have always fascinated her. “I’ve gotten into Adire Eleko, which is an African resist technique, and I’ve been doing that with Indigo,” she explained. “They are definitely sort of primitive. I’ve also in the last year gotten into Shibori dyeing with Indigo, Shannon and I got into that together, and I’ve been teaching workshops in that,” she said. Shannon Mulkey Green is Petterson’s business partner at ICE, and they also work together in the education department at the High Museum. that are handcrafted. Teaching is a new thing for me, I started working at the High about three years ago, and I had dabbled in teaching previously but it is the first time I’m doing it really seriously,” she said. Currently, you can see Petterson’s work and learn alongside her at workshops at the ICE headquarters in Candler Park.

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riginally hailing from Marietta, William Massey is somewhat of a celebrity in the local art world. Many know him for his large-scale assemblages that have popped up on the BeltLine, as part of four years of Art on the BeltLine, under the overpass near the skate park. “It’s just such a cool little haven,” he said, noting that having some kind of shelter has been necessary for displaying his sculptures. Massey has admittedly been very affected by some of his travels when it comes to his artistic pursuits. “I went to Europe right after graduating from Valdosta State,” he explained, citing that he had completed two and a half years of classes in Communications and Business. “I was miserable. I hated it. I thought, I like to doodle, I’ll just do art. I’d rather be happy than rich.”

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Sylvan Esso: Before the indie pop duo perform at the Shaky Knees music festival, they’ll be at Variety Playhouse for a late-night show. May 12. $27 to $30. variety-playhouse.com Pick’n In Grant Park: The Grant Park Conservancy is please to bring back, This music and barbecue festival returns to Grant Park for a second year. May 12 and 13. Free. grantparkbbq.org At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Camino Real: Atlanta Ballet performs Tennessee Williams’ tale of survival and good versus evil. May 12 to 14. $20 to $128. atlantaballet.com

Shaky Knees: The fifth annual music festival heads to Centennial Olympic Park with headliners The xx, Pixies, Third Eye Blind and more. May 12 to 14. $99 to $185. shakykneesfestival.com Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3): A slave named Hero follows his master into the Civil War in this three part play. Opens May 13. $21 to $45. actorsexpress.com Finding Neverland: Follow Peter Pan and his Neverland friends in this Broadway adventure. May 16 to 21. $30 to $150. atlanta.broadway.com John Legend: Grammy- and Award-winning R&B singer John Legend welcomes singer Gallant on tour for this performance. May 19. $43 to $128. livenation.com An Orchestral Tribute to the Music of the King, Elvis Presley!: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates the life and music of Elvis, including “Jailhouse Rock” and “Love Me Tender.” May 19 and 20. $21 to $54. atlantasymphony.org Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem: Atlanta Master Chorale performs Johannes Brahms’ seminal piece on the campus of Emory University. May 20 and 21. $10 to $30. atlantamasterchorale.org Sigur Rós: Icelandic band Sigur Rós returns to Atlanta for one night only at The Fox Theatre. May 23. $53.70 to $117.40. foxtheatre.org

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Join Atlanta Shakespeare Company for one of Shakespeare’s earliest and funniest plays. Opens May 26. $15 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Atlanta Jazz Festival: One the country’s largest free jazz festivals returns to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. May 26 to 28. Free! atlantafestivals.comBrew At The Zoo: Sample over 70 beers and wines while listening to live music and meeting Zoo Atlanta’s animals. May 27. $50 to $100. zooatlanta.org

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tlanta’s ever-expanding dining scene means that our roundup of new restaurants that have recently opened – or are coming soon – has become a regular feature. From Cajun and Vietnamese, Brazillian and Polynesian, to burgers and cat cafés, Intown has a new crop of eclectic eateries for you to try. POKÉ PERFECT The Amsterdam-based chain will open an outpost at Westside Provisions, 1100 Howell Mill Road, this summer offering up poké bowls – raw fish and protein bowls with various toppings. Additional locations are planned for later in the year in Decatur and Inman Park.

JAI HO INDIA KITCHEN & BAR The team behind Savi Provisions has opened a restaurant at 560 Dutch Valley Road in Morningside. Drawing inspiration from owner Paul Nair’s upbringing in India, Jai Ho’s menu references cuisine common to the former French colony Pondicherry in India, particularly evident in Chef Anish’s and Vijeesh’s meats and sauces, prepared according to French recipes updated with Indian ingredients. For more information, visit jaihoatlanta.com. ONE ROOSTER MONGOLIAN BAR The new eatery is open on Howell Mill Road at the 1016 Lofts building. Mike Blum, founder of The Real Chow Baby, places an emphasis on organic and local ingredients and a Polynesian twist in both menu offerings and décor. For more information, visit 1rooster.com. DOUBLE DRAGON The creators Taiyo Ramen and Suzy Siu’s Baos are expected to open Double Dragon at 350 Mead Road in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur this month. The menu, which will also be available for take-out and delivery, will feature classic staples like Mongolian beef, egg rolls, hot and sour soup and lobster Cantonese. For more information, visit facebook.com/DoubleDragonOakhurst. THE CANTEEN The founders of West Egg Cafe and The General Muir will open a “micro-food hall” at 75 5th Street

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in Midtown. Inside, foodies will find Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla and Square Bar, which will offer morning smoothies and then transform into a full bar with classic cocktails and wine in the evening. The Canteen is expected to open this month. Information: thecanteenatl.com. JAVA CATS CAFÉ The city’s very first cat café is now open at 415 Memorial Drive in Grant Park. Feline fans can interact and adopt the kitties provided by PAWS Atlanta while sipping a cappuccino and prepared food items. For more information, visit javacatscafe.com. HAPPY TABBY CAT CAFÉ On the heels of Java Cats, Happy Tabby is expected to open this month at 529 Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward. Serving coffee drinks and pre-packaged food, the city’s second cat café will have 15 to 20 adoptable kitties on the premises from Furkids. Find out more at facebook. com/pg/happytabbycatcafe. BON TON The old Top Flr space at 675 Myrtle Street in Midtown is now a seafood restaurant inspired by the flavors of New Orleans by way of Saigon. Read our full review on page 44 of this issue. For more, visit bontonatl.com. BAR MERCADO The Castellucci Hospitality Group (The Iberian Pig and Cooks & Soldiers) will take over The Cockentrice space at Krog Street Market in Inman Park this summer. Bar Mercado will offer tapas dishes, meats, cheeses and bar bites, Spanish wines and cocktails. Visit castelluccihg. com for updates.

THE ROAST Whole Foods at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave., across from Ponce City Market, is opening a restaurant inside its space offering a fast casual take on Brazillian Churrasco. And you won’t have to go far to do your weekly shopping either. CO The Charlestonbased Vietnamese restaurant (Co translates as “feast”) is opening a new location of its expanding sushi and noodle chain in Poncey-Highland at 675 N. Highland Ave., just next door to Rize Pizza. No opening date has been announced. Visit eatatco.com for updates. SIMON’S The former Time and Straits space at 793 Juniper St. in Midtown is being transformed into Simon’s, a “small plate, global cuisine” concept from celebrity chef Marvin Woods. The restaurant is set to open this month. No website information was available at press time. FARM BURGER and YOUR PIE Burgers and pizza are coming this summer to the ground floor restaurant spaces at The George, the new apartment complex at 275 Memorial Drive in Grant Park. Farm Burger, which offers grass-fed hamburgers, will occupy approximately 1,800 square feet, while Your Pie, dishing up handmade pies and craft beer, has leased 2,200 square feet. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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When Jeff Merback and his partners opened The Highlander in Midtown Atlanta, they set out to serve up “really good restaurant food, not typical tavern food” – and they’ve been at it now for two decades. The Highlander celebrated its 25th anniversary in April, with a four-day party to commemorate the milestone. The late-night establishment for adults only, located at 931 Monroe Drive, is open for lunch and dinner. It features a full bar as well as a game room – an area where you may host a private meeting or party – with pool tables, air hockey, pinball and video games. “We cater to people within a fivemile radius of the tavern,” said Merback. “We’re not a conventioneer spot or a spot where we expect people to travel to from Cobb County or when they’re on their way to the Symphony. We’re a neighborhood tavern that has always taken care of our neighborhood family and customers.” The Highlander looks after local artists, too, displaying and selling their artwork, which is changed out quarterly. Merback is proud of such unique touches and the pub’s focus on providing high-quality food. “We were one of the first people in the bar industry to do all the food from scratch,” said Merback. Around 10 years ago, the establishment received national recognition for some of its homemade fixings. During the second season of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” The Highlander’s Pasta-Rella Sticks – mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce – and Jamaican Jerk Chili were spotlighted. While bestsellers have changed since the 1992 opening, staples have included burgers and chicken sandwiches. For the April celebration, The Highlander kicked off a new art show, hosted a barbecue and band performances, along with its weekly Sunday trivia – this time with the questions focused on The Highlander and city of Atlanta developments over the past 25 years. Merback, who was 24 when he opened the pub with two original partners, said “it feels amazing” to mark 25 years. Since the original partners left, minor partners have been on hand. They include Brannon Amtower, Darby Yale and Gregg Taylor. Taylor and Amtower have been with Merback the longest. Long-time staff include a pair of bartenders who have been employed more than 20 years – Marco Gollarza and Chris Jackson – and daytime manager Ali Reed. Merback said he always hoped The Highlander could keep its doors open as long as possible, and he’s looking either to sell or close the business when he retires in the future. For now, he operates The Highlander, along with Fabiano’s Pizzeria, with locations in Douglasville and Newnan, and The Alamo, a neighborhood tavern performing space, in Newnan. His wife Laura is bookkeeper for each of the businesses. “We have our hands full,” said Merback. “We stay busy, but we’re going to be around as far as possible in the near future.” For more information, visit thehighlanderatlanta.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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I went to LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and the thing I miss most is the food. Good Cajun or Creole food is hard to find in Atlanta. I want a place with a laminated menu, because you don’t change what’s working – the kind of menu you hold on to and keep ordering from until everybody is full and yet everybody has leftovers to take home. The kind of menu that doubles as a coaster for my Abita pint and a By Megan Volpert placemat for stray shrimp tails. Enter Bon Ton, located in the Midtown space formerly occupied by Top Flr, brought to you by the folks responsible for The Lawrence and also the folks from the Crawfish Shack on Buford Highway. We can talk about real estate and brand marketing until we’re blue in the face, but look: the food has to make my mouth water and then it has to make my eyes water, both because it’s so dang spicy and because it reminds me of Baton Rouge. Can Bon Ton do that for me? Yes, indeed it can. First we have to have drinks. They put their sazerac on tap, which is a solid strategy for quickly delivering a no frills cocktail that’s Megan Volpert lives otherwise quite labor intensive. Or if you’re feeling fussy, indulge in Decatur, teaches yourself in a half hour’s pontification about whether the classic French in Roswell and writes 75 is best ordered “full Hannah” style. By the time you get to the books about popular bottom of the highball, that cognac will have you forgetting what all culture. you’re arguing. If you prefer liquor full of ice, they have two amazing slushies – a Pimm’s Cup and a Vietnamese Irish Coffee. Heck, order one for dessert and enjoy the changing colors on your go-cup as the slushy melts. The large is $13 and you won’t need a second one. Like all good Louisiana spots, Bon Ton emphasizes the holy trinity of preps: boil, fry and pickle. The House Boil comes with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, mussels, clams, potatoes and corn for $30 per person. Fry Fried crawfish baskets of crawfish, jumbo shrimp or catfish will run you $10, with a double order costing double. A single basket also works as an appetizer for several people. Before they do the fry, the kitchen dunks that crawfish in the boil liquid. Way beyond simply seasoning the batter with Tony Chachere’s, making use of the boil like that ensures that every morsel can set your lips aflame in the best way. The best sandwich is the blackened catfish banh mi, which most excellently combines Cajun blackening with Vietnamese pickling. It is a little known fact that there are so many good Vietnamese places to eat in New Orleans – because in some ways, French is French. You can find that super soft loaf of bread at either kind of place, and you can find it at Bon Ton as well, perched high atop some gumbo where the sausage is properly spicy and the roux is properly thickened. Blackened catfish bahn mi Also testifying to the Vietnamese influence is the bright and fresh spicy jicama and papaya salad, which is covered in chilis, lime, cilantro, ginger and mint. The red beans and rice lean Vietnamese, too. Most Gulf Coast kitchens put enough lard in those beans to run Red beans and rice you right into the hospital, but Bon Ton reigns in the fat with a stronger tomato base that won’t clog your arteries and will keep much better in the fridge for a couple days. With real deal Louisiana flavors at such reasonable prices in a truly sweet location, I hope Bon Ton will stick around. Once they have lift-off, I expect dessert. Give me the beignets and the bread pudding! Then I expect brunch. Give me the Bloody Mary shot through with shrimp juice and beer! Then I expect the small bar on the top floor to open up and show us something, mister. Gumbo and crab cake Atlanta has to let Bon Ton rouler. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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t’s not news that Intown condos and townhomes are desirable housing choices for Atlanta homeowners. With the popularity of the Atlanta BeltLine and the growth around it, real estate developers are working hard to meet the increased demand for condos in the area. And that’s good news, indeed. “The Intown condo market is predominately resales while much of the townhome market is new construction, and both are selling briskly,” said Jenni Bonura, President and CEO, Harry Norman, REALTORS. “There are more for sale this quarter compared to a year ago in the same timeframe, however demand still exceeds supply,” she said. Bonura said that while these two styles of residences are often grouped together, each tends to appeal to different buyers according to price point. Lower priced condos generally appeal to younger first time homebuyers or for use as a city residence for those living in the suburbs. Higher priced condos are often purchased by buyers seeking a sophisticated and luxurious lifestyle with a higher level of security and without the hassle of maintenance. “Townhome buyers are often people moving from a condo seeking more space and privacy without sacrificing the convenience of location, or buyers seeking to downsize from their single-family home,” Bonura said. Most of the upcoming proposed Intown condominium projects are within the luxury category, with prices over $1 million. Bonura said that buyers consider a variety of factors such as location, amenities, price per square foot, quality of construction and ongoing operating expenses when evaluating any purchase, especially high-rise condominiums. “There is demand for mid-range condos, and we expect that future projects will address this need,” she added. “More mid-range product will provide needed opportunities for move-up buyers.” Karen Rodriguez, Founder, President of GROUP KORA and Co-Founder of CITY HAUS | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, said that the Atlanta condo and townhome market is still in a major inventory shortage. “The resale market in 2014 and 2015 were on fire…especially in the more recently sold out buildings like Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sovereign and Brookwood.” Rodriguez added that the market did slow down a bit towards the end of last year due to the election, global issues, etc., but it was also due to the announcement of newer projects hitting the market. As far as who’s buying the condos and townhomes in the area, Rodriguez said, “In the luxury segment, there’s always a large number of empty nesters, but we’re also seeing a lot more affluent Gen Xers and wealthy, older millennials.” David Tufts, President/Principal, Ansley Developer Services, a division of Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, also noted strong sales for Atlanta condos and townhomes. “Overall, the condo market is really starved for new inventory,” he said. “There’s only about a months’ to a month and a half ’s worth of product available, and those are mainly townhomes.” He added that a healthy market would have 12 months or more of available product. Condo and townhome resales are generally selling in under two months, Tufts said. “Owners are in a very good position to sell their homes easily, and at a good price. The question is where they’ll go once they’ve sold.” Tufts is seeing a broad range of buyers for Intown condos and townhomes,

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from first time homeowners to empty nesters. “We’ve heard so much about millennials not buying, but they’re coming into the market now,” he said. He explained that many were held back by student loan responsibilities, and they needed more time to gather their down payments. Now that the older millennials are buying, they’re coming in at a higher price point. Tacha Costner, Realtor, Ansley Developer Services, a division of Ansley Atlanta, agreed. “There’s a mix of everyone coming in, from people who are downsizing to renters who are now ready to buy. We’ve also had quite a few of Coca-Cola employees who are relocating here,” she said. Costner said that there’s been a lot of interest in the townhomes at Brownstones at Central Park in the Old Fourth Ward. Some of the big draws for intown homebuyers are the convenient location to downtown and the walkability to the nearby Ponce City Market and Inman Park restaurants. “The intown condo/townhome market is off to a strong start for the first quarter this year,” said Anne Schwall Vice President/ Developer Services Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International. “Overall market indicators are showing a strong sellers’ market, based on the lack of available homes for sale.” According to Schwall, the first quarter statistics show an average of three months of available inventory, and days on market stats are showing the same pent-up demand with homes staying on the market on average for less than 50 days. “The number of homes closed this quarter is down slightly from the same quarter last year, but this dip could be more from a lack of choices than any signs of a weakening market,” she said. Townhome projects continue to be frontrunners for bringing new inventory to the market. Projects such as Square at Glen Iris and Highland Park are showing strong sales for last six months, with averaging prices in the high $800s for 4-bedroom townhomes. “Townhome and condo projects built close to the BeltLine are drawing record sales in both new construction pricing and well as appreciation for resale,” Schwall added. “Projects such as Tribute Lofts and The Stacks, built in 2007 and located in the Old Fourth Ward steps away from the BeltLine, are reselling for over $100,000 higher then when they first sold.” There are plenty of new projects, both condos and townhomes, that appeal to homebuyers looking for an Intown residence. In the luxury condo market, the Mandarin Oriental project still leads in overall sales, according to Rodriguez. While the building itself is not new, construction on the condos Continued HIGH on Page 48 At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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began in 2014 with over $65 million in sales in just two and half years. “We built out eight in 2014, sold all of those, built out the next ten in 2015, and then began building out the final homes at the end of last year,” she said. “These were selling so well that the developer took back four floors that were earmarked for the hotel and built out eight more homes in 2016.” Rodriguez added that the name of the newly introduced product at Mandarin Oriental, Maisonettes, is a French term that means ‘a dwelling within a dwelling.’ The multi-level townhomes feature 4 to 6 car garages, large walled-in front yards and large back decks with outdoor kitchens. The $2.3 to $2.8 million residences are currently under construction with delivery at the end of the year. “We have only released the first two to the market, one of which has already gone under contract.” The Brownstones at Central Park, 410 Felton Drive in the Old Fourth Ward, are also selling fast. The homes are priced in the high $500s to high $600s, and Costner said that buyers respond positively to the affordable price. “They also comment on the quality of the construction and our upscale finishes, like the high-end mouldings and marble master bath.” The spacious floorplans feature 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, 2-car garages and oversized kitchens, as well as master suites with indoor and outdoor sitting areas. “We had 38 townhomes and they’ve already sold out. Now we’re selling Phase 2,” Costner said.

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Townhome communities are continuously popping up in the Intown markets, Schwall said. She pointed to a few condo projects that are gaining momentum. The Charles Buckhead, developed by Robin Loudermilk, is located in Buckhead Village and offers 57 homes ranging from $1.3 to $4 million. Sales have been brisk since opening in December, and over $32 million is presold, making it possible for construction to start this month. “Another condo project that continues to bring a new level of architectural appeal to the market is Emerson in Buckhead, with 41 units starting at $2.2 million,” Schwall said. “For the Midtown market, a project that’s getting a lot of buzz is Opus Place, 53 stories high with 231 condo units. It will set the bar for Midtown pricing, starting at over $1,000 a square foot.” A one-bedroom Opus Place unit starts in the $700s. “Many buyers of townhomes appreciate the ability to have all the features of a singlefamily home within walkable communities and without the burden of exterior maintenance,” Bonura said. “A couple of great examples are Highland Park, between Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park, and The Enclave On Collier within the Collier Hills neighborhood. Both communities offer spacious and well-appointed homes in the heart of vibrant neighborhoods.” Tufts mentioned several other projects that are generating excitement. MODA Reynoldstown offers three- and four-level townhomes and highstyle flats constructed from healthy building materials. Amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, dog park and urban vegetable garden. The MODA concept is being expanded to a Decatur location, MODA on Church. Broadview Place Manor in Buckhead will feature three- and four-story energy-efficient homes with open floor plans. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Museum Tower Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will be $15 per person or $20 for a couple (cash only). Tickets can be purchased only the day of the tour at the lobby entrance at 285 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW. Museum Tower will be showcasing some of its nicest, recently renovated and decorated one and two bedroom condominiums. For more information, visit museumtower.com.

Pollack Shores has already leased 80 residences at Millworks at Howell Mill. Located on Emery Street near the intersection of Collier Road and Howell Mill Road in West Midtown, Millworks features 345 one and two-bedroom luxury apartments ranging from 727 to 1,581 square feet. The development features a creative studio in the commons area allows residents to pursue painting and other art activities, a large conference room, and there’s also a saltwater resort-style pool with a sun shelf and outdoor lounge. For more information about leasing opportunities, visit millworksatlanta.com.

Debra Johnston of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties sold the highest priced residential home for the first quarter of 2017. The Buckhead estate on Blackland Road was listed at $7.5 million. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Fulton Supply Lofts, a $12 million adaptive-reuse multifamily project near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has opened for first move-ins. Located at 342 Nelson Street SW in Castleberry Hill, the 1920s-era warehouse was restored and converted into 74 lofts. The historic warehouse previously served as a distribution center for Fulton Supply Company and is featured in over a dozen films, including Oscar-winning Best Picture “Driving Miss Daisy.” Fulton Supply Lofts consists of one-, two-, and three-bedroom lofts and ample covered deck parking. Rents in the community range from approximately $850 to under $2,500 per month. Construction began on the three-story warehouse in early 2015 and was completed in January 2017. The project is currently 70 percent leased. For more information, visit fultonsupplylofts.com.

Jim Chapman Communities, the Atlanta-based homebuilder specializing in luxury homes and 55-plus communities, has announced that The Homestead at Ridgewood Heights on Moores Mill Road in Buckhead is open for presale. The development features two-story homes with four or five bedrooms, and include options like finished basements, attic living, masters-on-the-main, elevators and bonus rooms. Seven homesites border a wooded parcel that cannot be developed. For more information, visit jimchapmancommunities.com.

The new Helios Apartments complex on Cheshire Bridge Road near I-85 is almost complete. Helios features one- and two-bedroom floorplans and amenities like an entertainment café, rooftop terrace, saltwater pool and fitness center. For more information, visit heliosapts.com.

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Above: Contributing photographer Marcos Ordaz captured this image of flowers in bloom and the ATL play structure at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta. Top Right: Artist Kyle Brooks, also known as BlackCatTips, added his signature characters to a bike rack on McLendon Avenue in Candler Park as part of the city’s Mural Bike Rack Project. Bottom Left: Hundreds of yoga enthusiasts gathered at sunset for King of Pops Yoga at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail on April 2.

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