Southside Sip + Cinema Series: D Cafe + Catering

Greetings Neighbors + Friends!

You’re invited to join us at D Cafe + Catering this Saturday, July 13th at 7pm for our second event of the Southside Sip + Cinema Series!  This Saturday, we’ll feature the oldie but goodie – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!  Remember this classic – “Bueller, Bueller…”? (

Ms. D will have her special D’s Punch – made with fresh juices, puree, lemonade, and lots of love!  Come through and get one Saturday night!

You can RSVP via Eventbrite: or via FaceBook Event: “Southside Sip + Cinema Series – D Cafe + Catering”.

We will share the flyer shortly…

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Randy G. Gibbs
Associate Broker

Community Wealth Building Accelerator

The Guild’s 2019 Community Wealth Building Business Accelerator is a unique business advancement program for existing minority-owned small businesses seeking to open or retain a brick and mortar retail location in the Atlanta area.

Accelerate Southside is a two-part pilot program comprised of an immersive business accelerator training offered by The Guild (2019 Community Wealth Building Business Accelerator) + Invest Atlanta (Commercial Down Payment Assistance Program).

With a focus on the 30-acre Pittsburgh yards site located on the Atlanta BeltLine, the program will support minority entrepreneurs interested in purchasing a shipping container to locate at the Pittsburgh Yards Shipping Container Garden.

The deadline to apply is JULY 15th!

Supporting documents:
Accelerate Southside One-Pager
Guild Accelerator Flyer

For more information:

NPU-V July Meeting on 7/8 @ 7pm!

Join us for our monthly meeting for residents of Neighborhood Planning Unit V! NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
The host community is Adair Park and the meeting will be held at the The Met (675 Metropolitan Parkway Suite 4000 Atlanta, GA 30310).
Agenda can be found here (note that the printed location is incorrect):
The City of Atlanta is divided into 25 Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city’s long-term vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years into the future. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government.
See you there!

West End Livable Centers Initiative Community Workshop

The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning and The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. have teamed up to coordinate two planning efforts The West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) and Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Plan update. Collectively, these plans will reflect the community’s vision and today’s market conditions, while incorporating an action-oriented implementation plan. Additional information is included in the attached fact sheet.
Community Workshop
Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:00am – 1:00 pm
Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
504 Fair Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Portions of Mechanicsville, Adair Park, and Pittsburgh are included in the planning area, so community members are strongly encouraged to attend. Though the first kick off meeting will be this week, the first workshop will be held in July.

You can learn more by clicking here:

Homeowner Empowerment Sessions on Filing Appeal of Assessments

Good afternoon,

Thank you for agreeing to be part of the effort to hold sessions that will help Atlanta BeltLine community residents learn about how to file appeals of their property tax assessments if warranted. Assessments went out on June 18th, and homeowners only have until August 2 to file an appeal of their assessment. Helping residents understand this process, and file an appeal if necessary, is an important program that could have significant impact especially for legacy low income homeowners.

Currently we are planning for one information session and two workshops on this topic over the next four weeks. The difference between the information session and the workshops are that during the workshops volunteers will be available to help homeowners actually complete and submit the appeal form online. These sessions are being made possible by a partnership that includes, The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Atlanta Legal Aid, Alston & Bird, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, NPU-V and the Grove Park Foundation. There will be volunteers from Alston & Bird, AB67 (the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Young Professionals Leadership Council) and Atlanta Legal Aid to help guide homeowners through filing the appeal.

The dates and times for these sessions are as follows:

  • Information session – Monday July 15, 2019, 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Metropolitan Library located at 1332 Metropolitan Ave
  • Work session – Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1PM to 3 PM at Paradise Baptist Church located at 1711 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy
  • Work session – Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Rick McDevitt Youth Center located at 1040 Crew Street SW



In each session we will provide light food, refreshments and a raffle for one person present to win an Amazon Fire Tablet.

In addition to the sessions noted above, we are working to possibly have one additional information session at Families First, located at 80 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, NW, but have not yet confirmed that location’s availability. To ensure volunteers are comfortable and ready to assist, we will also be providing a webinar for volunteers to learn what the assignment entails and to be prepared for the workshops. We will notify everyone once that date has been determined.

Lastly, people will need to register for these events. Alston and Bird has offered to call people who register for the workshops to remind them of the event and what they need to bring to complete the appeal.

Thank you for agreeing to be part of this event. Our ability to help homeowners understand this process and to determine the best way to move forward is a very valuable service. I deeply appreciate your partnership in this effort. Please give me a call if you have any questions.

Summerhill jobs training – Center for Workforce Innovation


We wanted to share information from the Center for Workforce Innovation (CWI). CWI is a partnership with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and numerous local companies that are committed to the training and hiring of local talent. We are proud to partner with this organization that offers training for skills and jobs that will be needed for upcoming projects in Summerhill.

Be on the lookout for an invite for our next Quarterly Meeting.


Save the Date: 2nd Annual Dunbar Elementary 5K Walk, Run, and Bike

Greeting Partner and Friends of Dunbar

Save the Date September 28, 2019

We cordially invite you to participate in our second annual 5K Walk, Run and Bike:). This event will raise money to provide quality educational programming for students at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School. The event will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. Your sponsorship will help defray the cost of organizing the event. Funds received from sponsorships are used to register students and parents and provide complimentary drinks and snacks for each race participant. The Georgia Federation of Public Service Employees (FPSE) will sponsor the first 100 participants from each school. Participation fees from our partners and friends fees are just $35.00. All checks should be made payable to the Atlanta Partners for Education (APFE).

Please come out and support :).


Michelle Byrdsong-Walker M.Ed
Parent & Community Engagement Specialist
Atlanta Public Schools
Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School
500 Whitehall Terr. SW Atlanta, GA 30312
P: 770-572-6563
O: 404-802-7950

Upcoming Atlanta BeltLine Public Meeting 7/13

Are you ready to help further design your community? Join us for a community design workshop as a part of the Subarea 1 Master Plan Update.

This is an opportunity to refine previous recommendations from the existing master plan and give your input and ideas on community fabric, land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), transportation facilities (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes,) existing streets and parks & open space. The meeting agenda follows:

  • Overview of the planning process, recap of the kick-off meeting, housing and market analysis
  • Input at stations throughout the room
  • Final questions and input

July 13, 2019 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
504 Fair Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Draft Presentation: Link
Meeting Flyer: Link