Zone 2 Assistant Commander Captain
Piedmont Heights Security Patrol
APD PROUD: Hats off to Atlanta Police Zone 2 Assistant Commander Captain Tony Singh for arresting a car break-in suspect attempting to flee from officers near 2274 Peachtree Road NW in Buckhead.
Capt. Singh is a member of our Command Staff, responsible for leading and creating strategies to reduce crime in the Buckhead and Northeast Atlanta area that encompasses Zone 2. Springing into action to make an arrest shows the dedication of our leadership to the residents of the City of Atlanta. Even in the high-level position Capt. Singh holds, he will always be a police officer.
On June 29, 2019, officers responded to 105 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW in reference to suspects looking into to vehicles. Officer Steven Randerson noticed a stolen silver Honda Accord attempting to flee the area, but the suspects decided to exit the car and run. Sgt. Dana Primo was able to catch up to one of the running suspects and make an arrest. A second suspect was involved in a foot chase with Officer Terrell Simmons which ended in the arrest by Capt. Singh and Officer Simmons. We are incredibly proud of Capt. Singh and his officers for nabbing two suspects involved in car break-ins at 68 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW, 136 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW and 115 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW. #WeCatchBadGuys
ROCK SPRING CEMETERY BY BILL SEAY
The historic Rock Spring Presbyterian Church is a well-known historic landmark in Piedmont Heights, but the small adjacent cemetery receives scant notice. The one-acre plot was donated by church member Daniel Liddell Plaster shortly after the founding of the Church in 1870. The exact date is lost, but the oldest gravestones are dated 1874. It is said that the cemetery was “given” to the church, but there are no records to that effect. The 84 plots in the little cemetery are all privately owned.
For the first 90 years of its existence, the cemetery was voluntarily maintained by the church’s parishioners, although haphazardly and only on infrequent “clean-up” days. Over time it became so badly overgrown with weeds, shrubs, and vines that one could hardly distinguish the individual grave sites or read the markers.
In 1961 the Rock Spring Cemetery Association, Inc., was founded and a trust fund established to insure its preservation, beautification, and upkeep. The surrounding wrought iron fence was repaired where it had been damaged by cars and the City agreed to fund half the cost of installing curbs and sidewalks along the adjacent streets. Nevertheless, over time maintenance slowly declined once more until the Association was revitalized in 1999 and a self-sustaining, permanent year- round maintenance program put into place. A small plot in the back of the cemetery was also set aside and dedicated as a Memorial Garden for the interment of ashes of the deceased. The little cemetery currently contains approximately 550 graves plus an unknown number of unmarked burials.
Your Piedmont Heights Civic Association (PHCA) Board is a group of very dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly for you, the residents of Piedmont Heights.
Recently, several Allen Road, Piedmont Way and White Oak Hollow residents in our neighborhood have complained about significant flooding caused by storm water runoff from the Hedgewood Rock Spring development next to the Rock Springs Presbyterian Church. Those residents sent the PHCA a letter asking for our assistance. A number of those residents spoke to our May 7 PHCA Board Meeting voicing their concerns. Don Donnelly from Hedgewood was also there.
Based on information from that meeting, observations of the culverts and evidence of inadequate drainage, and several videos of storm water runoff on Allen Rd, the PHCA Board believes there is a significant problem caused by the Hedgewood development's drainage system and lack of adequate City of Atlanta storm water drainage in that area. We sent a letter to Don Donnelly of Hedgewood, Neighborhood Planning Unit F (NPU-F),
Council Member Jennifer Ide and City Planning Deputy Director Doug Young in addition to the residents who made the complaints. We asked for NPU-F, Council Member Ide and City of Atlanta assistance in getting this issue resolved. Since the letter was sent, we've talked with Council Member Ide’s Office and met again with residents and Hedgewood to discuss this situation. At the May 20 NPU-F Meeting we introduced Piedmont Heights residents and Don Donnelly who presented the problem to the NPU. NPU-F unanimously passed our motion to work with PHCA, Hedgewood, affected Piedmont Heights residents and the City of Atlanta to get an equitable solution to this problem. A proposed solution is to build an approximate 600 foot storm sewer connecting the Hedgewood development and the existing City storm sewer which has its first intake at a low point in Allen Rd, about 600 feet from the end of Allen Rd.
Council Member Ide’s Office has met with representatives from the affected area and is pushing City of Atlanta Watershed Management to help get this significant situation resolved.
Your Board is dedicated to helping resolve this and other significant problems facing your neighborhood. We need your help by joining and being involved in the Association; volunteering to work on the Board or PCHA Committees; identifying issues the Association should address and keeping this “Small Town in a Big City” a great place to live.
Jim Hardy, Piedmont Heights Civic Association President
DOING “BUSINESS” IN PIEDMONT HEIGHTS - NEW AND IMPROVED
DOING “BUSINESS” IN PIEDMONT HEIGHTS 03/26/19
Piedmont Heights began almost 200 years ago as a little country town around a grist mill on Clear Creek. The residential area didn’t really begin until the 1900s and today is only half the community; the remainder is a wide variety of businesses.
In 2012, to anticipate the impact of the Atlanta BeltLine, the PHCA created a master plan to guide future development. Because funding for the plan came largely from business owners, PHCA formed a Business Committee to give them a greater voice in neighborhood affairs. Membership grew rapidly and two years later the committee evolved into the Piedmont Heights Business Alliance. In 2018 the name was tweaked again and became the Greater Piedmont Heights Business Alliance so that businesses adjacent to our neighborhood could participate. The expanded group is now restructuring itself into a professional organization with a board of directors, president, and non-profit status to be eligible for City grants and other funding for neighborhood improvements.
Examples of similar associations exist in Midtown, West Midtown, and the Old Fourth Ward. The important difference with ours, however, is that it will partner with the Piedmont Heights Civic Association and the Community Improvement Foundation to create a unique and powerful triumvirate for positive change.
Bill Seay, Piedmont Heights Historian and Architect
Visit our GPHBA page to learn more, join us!
Atlanta Police Department Zone Boundaries Change Affects Piedmont Heights
Effective Sunday, March 17, 2017, Atlanta Police Department’s change to its Zone boundaries changed the Zones responsible for Piedmont Heights coverage. Piedmont Heights and Morningside now have portions of their neighborhoods in both Zones 2 and 6. Former Beat 213, which includes much of Piedmont Heights and Morningside became Beat 613 in Zone 6. In Piedmont Heights, Wimbledon and areas to the north remain in Zone 2 in Beat 212. Rock Springs and areas south moved to Zone 6, Beat 613.
We coordinated with both Zone Commanders on March 18 to voice our concern over the split coverage. Both Zone Commanders assured us the change will mean faster patrol response in our area because Police Dispatch will send the closest unit on a call, no matter which Zone it is in. The change will also mean both Zones 2 and 6 will patrol Cheshire Bridge Road.
We will continue to coordinate with both Zones 2 and 6 and will keep you informed of changes as they occur. This Zone change will not affect the Piedmont Heights Security Patrol.
A new Atlanta Police Zone and Beat map is available at APD (Zone Maps)
Jim Hardy, President, Piedmont Heights Civic Association
Thanks Trees Atlanta for the wonderful trees donated to our neighborhood!
We planted over 30 trees today!
SATURDAY 3/23 SAY YES TO A FREE TREE!
Piedmont Heights and Trees Atlanta are partnering up to plant 30 trees in front yards and public spaces on 3/23 between 9am-12pm. Get your entire family involved for this event!Do you want a free tree for your front yard? Signing up is easy and your neighbors in charge of the project will be there to help. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send details.
Curious about the trees available? There are overstory trees and smaller ones for areas under power lines. A full inventory will be sent to you for your selection ( more information via the tree list button below).
You can participate in planting or have volunteers do it for you. Look for Piedmont Heights street ambassadors over the next few weeks with more information.
Thank you to Trees Atlanta for this generous offer, we appreciate their partnership.
Jorgelina Striedinger - PHCA Parks and Spaces Chair - email@example.com
Piedmont Heights had a big year in 2018! To celebrate some of our successes, we're proud to share some highlights from this year:
Tuesday, November 27th 7:00PM – 9:00PM Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Cir NE #138, Atlanta, GA 30324
Join fellow neighbors and friends for an evening you won’t want to miss You’re invited to the PHCIF 4th Annual Fandango, presented by Eclipse di Luna. Please join us for tapas, drinks and entertainment on Tuesday, November 27th at Eclipse di Luna in support of Gotham Way Park and the Piedmont Heights Community Improvement Foundation.
The goal for this year’s Fandango is to raise $16,000 for Gotham Way Park, paving the way for completion of the playground renovation by Spring 2019. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased in advance at or at the door. Tickets include a variety of tapas and one drink ticket per ticket holder. All proceeds from the event will benefit Gotham Way Park. There’s no better way to celebrate Celebrate this year’s #GivingTuesday by giving back to you’re very own community! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-fandango-for-piedmont-heights-tickets-50939958788 $16,000 fundraising goal.
For more questions regarding the event or if you’d like to become a Fandango sponsor, please contact Rebecca Godleski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the following sponsors Epi City Real Estate Services and Bryans Family Foundation - Gold Sponsors Dresser Homes, Ansley Eye Care, Grindhouse Burgers, Perennial Properties and Monroe Place - Bronze Sponsors All State Drew Niess and David Lerner, Ascent - Sponsors Official Photography by Lenna Davis Photography http://www.piedmontheights.org/Foundation
Piedmont Heights is home to one of the first Holiday Inn hotels. Located on Monroe Drive at Piedmont Circle overlooking I-85, it most recently was called Intown Suites, catering to weekly renters.
The hotel chain was conceived by Kemmons Wilson in 1951 when on a family vacation trip he became frustrated with the shabbiness of roadside hotels then available and which charged extra for children, of which he had five. Wilson built his first hotel in 1953 in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and named it for the 1942 film Bing Crosby film ”Holiday Inn.”
Wilson built a chain of the hotels along the new interstate highway system, a day’s drive apart, and by 1959 there were 100, likely including the one in Piedmont Heights. By 1970 there were 1,700. The new chain catered specifically to families and offered such amenities as baby cribs, dog kennels, swimming pools and restaurants. The daily rate was $6 -- and children stayed for free. The chain’s “Great Sign,” fifty feet high, double-sided and neon lit, was highly visible from a great distance along the nation's highways. The sign is long gone but today there are Holiday Inns in over 50 countries.
Today, Intown Suites is empty and surrounded by construction barriers. The new owner, Paces Properties, will one day begin renovating the property into a multi-use facility containing an upscale 162 room suites hotel, large restaurant, event space, retail amenities, and 26,000 square feet of office space.
This writer remembers taking guests out to eat at the old Piedmont Heights Holiday Inn one evening in 1970 because it had the only restaurant open on Sunday in the area at the time.
by Bill Seay (Rock Springs Rd)
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Piedmont Heights Civic Association
1579 Monroe Dr. NE, Ste. F307
Atlanta, GA 30324