Major Ongoing PiHi Concerns

  • 02 May 2023 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    May 2, 2023

    The BeltLine Draft Subarea 6 Master Plan is available for your review and feedback. The purpose of this plan will serve as a policy tool to help guide future growth and development for a vibrant and livable mixed-use community. The draft plan will be open for public comment through the month of June. For questions about the next steps or the plan itself, please contact Lynnette Reid or Brittany Brewster at

    The link for review of the plans has been provided for you below:

  • 25 Apr 2023 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you for rallying to oppose the special permit requested by the proposed Bath Haus business. PHCA President Bill Compton made the news, advocating on behalf of our community! View the clip

    To our knowledge, neighbors and nearby business owners wrote nearly 200 emails to the City's SAP Committee to deny the SAP-23-12 application to establish Bath Haus at 1783 Cheshire Bridge Road, plus over 1,800 signatures on the online petition. The proposed uses fail to meet several requirements of the Neighborhood Commercial District zoning regulations, including but not limited to 1) adult business uses are not allowed, and 2) failure to meet the parking requirements.

    Listen to MLPA President, Don Campbell, on WABE’s All Things Considered.

    In addition to emailing the City of Atlanta via the process described below, PHCA was just made aware of a petition to support the opposition of the proposed Bath Haus plan at the former Rhodes Bakery property.

    View the Petition

    The petition states: The proposed use fails to meet several requirements of the NC-5 zoning classification including but not limited to:

    • not being complimentary to the adjacent residential neighborhood, 
    • adult business uses are not allowed, and 
    • failing to meet the parking requirement.

    There are 15 Neighborhood Commercial Districts in Atlanta. If the proposed business is permitted to open in NC-5, then a precedent will be set that this applicant or another applicant with similar intentions will attempt to open bathhouses or other adult businesses in Inman Park, Kirkwood, Virginia Highlands, East Atlanta Village, Little Five Points, or any of the other Neighborhood Commercial Districts, as they are all subject to these same regulations.

    The former Rhodes Bakery property is located in Morningside-Lenox Park but is VERY close to us in Piedmont Heights. Thank you to MLPA for sharing this information with the community so that we can now share it with our Piedmont Heights Community!

    Dear Neighbors,

    The former Rhodes Bakery property – at the intersection of Windemere and Cheshire Bridge – was purchased by the owner of Tokyo Valentino, with plans to renovate the building as a spa/massage center to be named Bath Haus.

    This application has been assigned to a Special Administrative Permit (SAP) Hearing at City Hall this Wednesday, April 26.

    The application, SAP-23-12, is for renovations to an existing nonresidential structure for property located at 1783 Cheshire Bridge Road NE. The property is zoned NC-5 (Cheshire Bridge Road South Neighborhood Commercial District). Applications in a Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning classification require that an SAP shall be submitted, as applicable, and approved by the Office of Zoning and Development prior to filing for a building permit. Please find the design plans for Bath Haus here.

    The purpose for the SAP public hearing is to provide an opportunity for the public to voice their comments on the proposed scope, in the early stages of the overall review process. The SAP public hearing's purpose is NOT to deliver the final decision on the merits of applications. There will be opportunity for meaningful discussion within the allotted time period for each application. Click here for more information about the SAP process.

    We strongly encourage the neighborhood to let your voices be heard by emailing by 10:00am this Wednesday, April 26. Be sure to include the SAP-23-12 identification number in your correspondence and please cc the following people:

    • PHCA Board –
    • Michael Parkerson –
    • Phyllis Wingo –

    Additionally, complaints about trash and prostitution in the area can be emailed to APD Code Enforcement at, and complaints about illegal parking can be emailed to

  • 17 Mar 2023 1:18 PM | Anonymous
    In August 2021, Cheshire Bridge was compromised after a fire. 

    During this time, thanks to all the neighbors who helped support the many businesses that are OPEN on both sides of the bridge (including in the Manchester district), including PHCA loyal supporters Nakato Japanese RestaurantTaqueria del Sol, Atlanta School of PhotographyThe Buttery ATLDaily ChewCostumes EtcClub Diogi Dog DaycareJohnny's Pizza, and more. 

    ATLDOT Cheshire Bridge Update – April 5, 2023

    You're invited! Ribbon-cutting reopening ceremony for the completion of Cheshire Bridge with Mayor Dickens on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m.

    Please park on Faulkner Rd. 

    PRO TIP: Go early for lunch at Taqueria del Sol!

    ATLDOT Cheshire Bridge Update – March 17, 2023

    The two lines that are currently open will be shifting as construction continues on Cheshire Bridge. The bridge will remain open from both directions, but be aware of the lane shifts along with flaggers helping to direct traffic. Go slow and be alert.

    ATLDOT Cheshire Bridge Update – October 31, 2022 (PDF)

    Cheshire Bridge IS NOW OPEN! One lane in each direction, plus one sidewalk.

    The "soft reopening" occurred on Monday, October 31, 2022 – what a treat for Halloween for all the businesses and residents who have endured this ordeal for so long!

    Special guests spoke at the short ceremony, including Mayor Dickens, Councilmember Wan, and Atlanta DOT Commissioner Marsha Anderson Bomar. The full completion is currently anticipated for February 2023.

    Please be patient with fellow drivers as everyone adjusts to the new traffic flow during the remainder of construction.

    Of course, tons of news stations were there; check out the coverage below.


    Update from October 2022

    One lane in each direction will open to traffic after a soft opening ceremony with the City of Atlanta on Monday, October 31, at noon.

    Once the entire bridge is completed (by the end of this year), a bigger ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in early 2023!

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – September 23, 2022

    Update from Councilmember Wan's email newsletter on 9/14/22: The rebuild of Cheshire Bridge will include bike lanes! The contractor is on track to have one lane open in each direction by the October 31 milestone. The remaining two lanes will follow quickly as the foundations/piers will already be in place. And additional funding is included in the infrastructure bond approved by voters earlier this year to repave the entire stretch of Cheshire Bridge Road. Timing TBD on this part.

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – September 9, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – August 11, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - June 10, 2022 (From Councilmember Wan's email newsletter:

    Cheshire Bridge construction is now underway with a projected completion date of Halloween 2022. The city has contracted with C.W. Matthews for the design-build work, and the contract includes financial incentives to the contractor for early completion. They will prioritize getting the travel lanes open first as soon as they are ready, and they will continue the other project work afterward to get traffic relief as quickly as possible.

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – July 8, 2022

    Drone Video Footage of Cheshire Bridge - July 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - May 5, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - February 16, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - January 27, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - December 2, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - November 4, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - October 6, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - September 22, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - September 8, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - August 30, 2021

  • 28 Dec 2022 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    May 2023 Noise Variance Updates

    FYI – The Fairfield Development at 1950 Piedmont Circle (former InTown Suites property) has been granted a Temporary Noise Ordinance Variance. Intermittently for about the next six months or so, they'll be pouring concrete as early as 5:00 a.m.

    December 2022/January 2023 Noise Alert!

    Blasting is being done at the Fairfield Residential construction site (former InTown Suites) at 1944 Piedmont Rd. at the intersection of Piedmont Circle and Monroe Drive, across from Midtown Bowl and Atlanta Fire Station #29. We heard that one blast on 12/27 could be felt by some of our PiHi neighbors on Wimbledon Rd. and side streets. There are approximately four more days of blasting expected – with a drilling day rotated in between each blasting day. All blasting should be complete by January 11, weather permitting.

    Fall 2022 Update

    Fairfield Residential apartments (former InTown Suites): Right now, they expect to start opening in mid/late 2024 and likely to complete sometime early/mid 2025. 

    Learn More About the Fairfield Resident Apartments Project:

  • 15 Dec 2022 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Info about the GDOT Roundabout at Monroe Dr. & Armour Dr.

    Update - December 15 from Councilmember Alex Wan

    State Representative Stacey Evans and I recently met with GDOT representatives to discuss their plans to install a roundabout at the entrance of Monroe Drive and Buford Highway Connector across from Fire Station 29. GDOT had recently solicited input from the community about this project, and many of you had voiced your concerns about the initial indications that the interchange would be completely shut down for 10 months during construction.

    We are relieved to share with you that we received assurances that such an extended closure is now off the table. Instead, the construction will be staged in such a way that sections of the interchange will be closed for much shorter durations (needed due to the extensive site grading work that will be required). Additionally, we learned that this work is not slated to begin until mid-2024 as GDOT spends the bulk of next year in the design process.

    Rep. Evans and I will remain in close communication with their team and continue to share out all information on this project as we receive it.


    GDOT is collecting feedback for their NEXT proposed roundabout, planned just up the road from the one they just completed. This one would on Monroe Drive across from Fire Station 29, between Cirque Daiquiri Bar and the new apartments being built by Fairfield Residential (at the former Intown Suites property).

    Their proposed plan would close the entire exit for 10 months! UNACCEPTABLE!

    While the other roundabout was hugely disruptive, especially at the beginning of the project, at least the exit was OPEN. Having the other exit closed for 10 months would be devastating for both residents and businesses in the area. Not to mention our FIRE STATION.


    Here is some suggested wording you can copy and paste:

    Conditional Support

    General Comments:

    Not opposed to the roundabout in general.

    I am opposed to the 10-month, 5-mile detour that will cripple local businesses, adversely impact residents and the efficiency of Fire Station 29, and make the work of the mail carriers who have offices in the USPS Midtown Carrier Annex Post Office at 415 Plasters Ave NE Ste 100, Atlanta, GA 30324 impossibly difficult.

    I request GDOT return the project to the concept phase and invite all businesses, property owners, and residents within the 2-mile radius to assist in alternate detour and exit closure impact.

    I request GDOT engage more inclusive communication tools with impacted stakeholders. It appears that GDOT has not sought to involve the public until very recently with a postcard, after it approved the project concept (on 4/7/2020) and preliminary design (on 2/2/2022). Postcards are inadequate for a project as significant as this.

    I request GDOT engage the Piedmont Heights Business Alliance and the Piedmont Heights Civic Association in assisting with a Public Hearing Open House (PHOH) to engage impacted stakeholders.

    This exit will impact 1,000s of residents and 1,000s of small businesses who have been hit three times in the last year: 1) Cheshire Bridge taking 1.2 years to rebuild 2) Atlanta Gas Light Project going up and down Piedmont Road 3) Monroe/Armour Drive Roundabout Construction that happened all within a year and a half in the area, we would like to come up with an alternative to the proposed plans. Many of the businesses are trying to recover from the 30-60% loss in business caused by these transportation projects. And needless to say, this is on top of the recovery efforts of COVID-19.

    What PHCA and PiHi Alliance are doing on your behalf:

    1. PHCA and PiHi Alliance are seeking support from the Ansley Park Civic Association, Morningside-Lenox Park Association, Woodland Hills Neighborhood Association, Linbergh Lavista Corridor Coalition, Livable Buckhead, and Lindridge Martin Manor Neighborhood Association to write a collective letter to GDOT expressing their objection to this project timeline.

    2. PHCA and PiHi Alliance are contacting our state and city representatives to gain support for our objection.

    3. And more!

    • Reached out to our state Representative Evans, who will be attending the Annual Neighborhood Meeting. She supports our efforts regarding this roundabout.

    • Reaching out to all the businesses that will be affected by this current plan and trying to plan ways to get parking for construction workers that will not affect the flow of traffic during construction.

    • Asking Councilmember Wan to coordinate the city streets to be paved in these areas at the same time to alleviate additional traffic disruptions.

    • Reaching out to the Atlanta Fire Chief on what GDOT has planned for their fire station right where the traffic island will be built.

    • Compiling recommendations to provide GDOT.

    What YOU can do:

    1. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! The comment period for this project is open until November 11, 2022. All organizations agree the comment period is unacceptable and will require additional time to properly recommend alternatives to this proposed plan. Let GDOT know how you feel and how you will be impacted by their proposed plan.

    2. Learn more about the proposed project. Visit their website here. Review their presentation (PDF) of the proposed project.


    By the way, if this kind of proposal gets you fired up, consider joining the PHCA Board of Directors or our Planning Committee. We can use extra help staying on top of these types of projects with the city and state! Contact PHCA VP Cole Patton for more info.

    Cole Patton

    PHCA Vice President


  • 09 Dec 2022 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    PHCA and Councilmember Alex Wan want to hear from you!

    We have the opportunity to speak up about potential infrastructure improvements within the Piedmont Heights neighborhood.

    You may have seen some recent improvements as you drive through Morningside. They've recently completed a similar initiative.

    Please share your thoughts with us via the link below so that we can compile a list for Councilmember Wan's office.


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