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Residents raise money, work to fix up Duck Pond

Peggy McCormick, back, and Susan Euart clean up some areas in the 7-acre Duck Pond Park, nestled in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood.

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Buckhead Atlanta: Valets for parking, bags, even car repairs BY COLLIN KELLEY With lines of people waiting to get inside the new Shake Shack for a burger or to check out the hip eyewear at the new Warby Parker shop, even Buckhead Atlanta’s owners are marveling at how popular the new development has become with local residents. But the property’s general manager, Michael Diamantides, told members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on Oct. 9 that Buckhead Atlanta is poised to attract visitors from around the region – and the country – who want a shopping experience similar to Manhattan or Chicago’s Miracle Mile. A dozen shops and restaurants have opened at Buckhead Atlanta, and Diamantides said more would continue opening through 2015. Hermes, Brunello Cucinelli, Theory, Scoop NYC and Moncler are just some of the luxury brands that have opened for business in the last month. Developer OliverMcMillan may be wooing Apple to open a store in the development. “We have a potential tenant that will SEE DESTINATION, PAGE 6

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A couple of geese honked across the Duck Pond. “They’re from the Bobby Jones Golf Course,” Peggy McCormick said, looking over at the ducks and geese swimming on the century-old pond in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood. “They come over here for lunch, then they fly over there to hang out with their buddies.” The Duck Pond in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood offers commuting geese and plenty of other animals and people a green retreat just about a block off Peachtree Road in the heart of Buckhead. More than 40 species of birds, a dozen types of mammals, and 35 species of plants and shrubs make homes in Duck Pond Park, according to the neighborhood association. Residents of the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood

are going public with their fundraising campaign to continue their extensive renovation of the Duck Pond. “It’s been willed to us. We’ve maintained it for 100 years,” said Bob Guinn, a retired architect who has lived in the neighborhood since 1975, and is managing the design and construction for the renovation. We feel like it’s a trust. If we don’t do it, it’s just going to go to weeds.” The fundraising campaign is working to raise $550,000 for the renovation planned for the pond and the 7-acre Duck Pond Park that surrounds it, said McCormick, president of the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association and chairwoman of the campaign. About half of that has been raised already, from the organization’s board members and from foundations, she said. SEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 4

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