Tuesday, April 9, 2013
DeKalb County will continue to manage the horse farm alone, the conservancy was told last week.
DeKalb County backed out of an agreement to co-manage Little Creek Farm with the horse farm's conservancy last week, saying it plans to continue operating the farm on its own. The county's Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs did not give a reason for its decision in a letter to conservancy members April 4. The department approached the conservancy three years ago about eventually co-managing the horse farm. "Unfortunately, the Department has found it necessary to rescind the offer to the Conservancy and has decided to retain the operational and managerial responsibilities of the horse farm for the foreseeable future," wrote Roy Wilson, the department's director. "It is our intent to work with the leadership of the …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Little Creek Farm and Mary Scott Nature Park were among the 16 parks to get grants.
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- Emma Harger
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Park Pride recently announced that it is giving monetary grants to 16 parks throughout the metro Atlanta area, including two in North Druid Hills-Briarcliff. The Little Creek Farm was given $5,000 to help renovate their horse arena. The Mary Scott Nature Park got $10,000 for help in controlling invasive species of plants and landscaping. Other grants for area parks are earmarked for things like playground improvements, dog parks, fixing graffiti, water fountains and water play structures. Park Pride is a nonprofit that is dedicated to improving parks in Atlanta. They help governments, foundations, corporations, other nonprofits and Friends of the Park groups to create more and better parks throughout the city.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The property owner, which hoped to sell the rezoned land to the gas station company once it was rezoned, notified the county last week of its withdrawal.
It looks like local residents have won their quest to stop RaceTrac from building a new 18-pump gas station on Lawrenceville Highway. The property owner, which had negotiated a conditional sale with the Atlanta-based gas station and market compnay, withdrew its request from DeKalb County late last week to rezone almost four acres along the highway between Orion and Hollywood drives. RaceTrac and the landowner were seeking to have the acreage rezoned from residential to commercial. They also wanted the county to approve special land use permits for the gas pumps and the sale of alcohol. But in a letter dated last Friday, the land owner, SHP III Lawrenceville, through a Prudential real estate representative, notified the county's planning …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The District 4 council voted unanimously to deny the company's request to rezone almost 4 acres of residential land to commercial.
DeKalb County's District 4 Community Council unanimously shot down a proposal to rezone several acres along Lawrenceville Highway for an 18-pump RaceTrac gas station Tuesday, citing overwhelming community opposition. The Atlanta-area gas station and market company wants the county to rezone from residential to commercial almost 4 acres – which it doesn't yet own – between Orion and Hollywood drives along the highway. It's also asking the county to approve special land use permits for the gas pumps and the sale of alcohol. The community council, which meets at Stone Mountain Library, acts in only an advisory capacity, and their votes serve as recommendations to the county planning commission and the board of commissioners, which will have …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Oct. 20 event raises money for the farm conservancy off Lawrenceville Highway.
If you like horses and conservancy, head out to Little Creek Farm next weekend for the 7th Annual Little Creek Farm Festival. The Saturday, Oct. 20 event will include riding demonstrations, carnival games, pony rides, crafts for children, food and a silent auction. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and kids 5 and under get in free. In the event of rain, the festival will be held inside the farm's barn.
Friday, August 31, 2012
A meeting will be held at McLendon Elementary School on Wednesday night with residents near where the company wants to build a 24-hour station and market.
RaceTrac will return to McLendon Elementary School next week to meet with residents unhappy with the company's plans to build a 24-hour gas station and market near their homes on Lawrenceville Highway. The meeting will be held in the school's cafeteria, 3169 Hollywood Dr., from 7pm - 8pm on Sept. 5, according to a notice sent out Thursday by Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP, which is representing RaceTrac. The Atlanta company and its attorneys agreed in early May to meet again with a group of frustrated residents before it made any decisions to build the station on several acres between Hollywood and Orion drives.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Atlanta-based gas station and market chain wants to set up across the street from its primary competitor, QuikTrip. But members of the McLendon community aren't thrilled.
Last week, we told you about residents around McLendon Elementary School who aren't thrilled with RaceTrac's plans to set up shop on Lawrenceville Highway between Orion and Hollywood drives. Nothing's official yet. RaceTrac people say they haven't applied to for permits but need the county to rezone the land on which they plan to build from residential to commercial. The main reason they want to build there? The popular QuikTrip at 1910 Lawrenceville Highway is right across the street. RaceTrac wants some of their business. Among the communities that will be affected: Sargent Hills, Evergreen Forest and Storybook Estates. Among the concerns residents have? A negative effect on nearby residential property values. An increase in crime. …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Roughly 100 residents showed up to McLendon Elementary School on Wednesday to confront the gas station and market company, which wants to rezone land between Orion and Hollywood drives.
A new RaceTrac gas station and market along Lawrenceville Highway near McLendon Elementary School would only create traffic and pollution and harm the property values of nearby homes, community residents said Wednesday night. Rougly 100 people who live around in the community filled its cafeteria to confront two representatives with the Atlanta corporation about its plans to build a 24-hour, 18-pump gas station and market on the highway between Orion and Hollywood drives. "No offense," said Elizabeth Roberts, 49, a community member. "[You're] not welcome. I was hoping RaceTrac as an Atlanta company would understand community cohesion." Over the course of the one-hour meeting, residents said they were concerned the station would create …