Lifecycle Building Center Hiring 5 New Positions

While 2020 was a tough year for LBC, it also revealed opportunities to improve our operations and expand our program capacity to serve the community more effectively and on a larger scale. As part of our strategic planning efforts last year, we thought through how to best structure the organization in terms of both our long-term and short-term goals. This created adjustments to current staff roles, and some new staff roles.

Over the next few months, we will be accepting applications for several positions. Applications for the following 5 positions will be accepted through mid-February:

Please share this information with any potential candidates; however, we kindly request no phone calls or drop-ins. Application instructions can be found at the link below. If you have any questions, please call (404) 850-7957 Ext. 1 or email

Atlanta Affordable Housing Guide – A Resource Guide for Residents

As Atlanta’s population grows, so does its need for affordable housing. The Department of City Planning is committed to affordable housing for all of Atlanta’s residents. We seek to promote and accommodate growth in an equitable way that benefits all residents. We utilize a variety of programs and partnerships to advance this goal. Below you will find a link to the Affordable Housing Guide which provides information to those seeking affordable housing, whether you are seeking to rent, purchase a home, or need assistance staying in your home. You will also find a link to the 2020–2021 cold weather shelters that operate when temperatures drop below 35 degrees.

Read, download, and share the Affordable Housing Guide from the link above, or click here for the printable PDF.

For additional reading, you may enjoy the One Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan from the office of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. This includes concrete actions the City is taking or is planning to take to encourage the development of and preservation of affordable housing.

THANK YOU from the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council!

The Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended our kickoff meeting this Saturday. It was a huge success, and that couldn’t have happened if not for all of you out there that believe so strongly in our mission!

In case you missed the meeting, you can find the recording here:

We also recognize that many of you had some questions about some slides that were presented at the meeting. You can find those slides here:

We’re also looking for supporters and members of our communities to sign up and join a committee. If you’re interested in working with a committee, please sign up here:

You can find a full description of committees here:

Also please note that our next meeting will be held on March 27, 2021 via Zoom. Committees will meet before then, so please be sure to sign up for a committee for additional meeting times and dates.

Finally, please be sure to like, follow, and share the information that we push out over social media. You can find us on FacebookTwitter, and our website.

Once again, thank you so very much for your support, and please don’t hesitate if you have any questions!

NPU-V & Mechanicsville Neighborhood | Updates & Announcements from State Representative Stacey Evans

Hello Mechanicsville Community Leaders,

On behalf of State Representative Stacey Evans, please review the legislative updates related to your neighborhood and announcements to share with the community.  Please continue to keep me updated if there are specific concerns that we can address to ensure all residents’ voices are heard and represented.

Below, are transportation updates from Rep. Evans regarding street safety in the community as it relates to neighborhood streets.  Also attached is a flyer for a Town Hall meeting being held this Wednesday evening at 7:30PM with Representative Evans and State Senator Sonya Halpern.  Please be sure to share this with your neighborhood.  Thanks so much!

A.  Transportation Updates:

Rep. Evans held a meeting on Friday, January 22 regarding the Department of Transportation which addressed several concerns as requested for Mechanicsville:

(1) There is a discussion underway about installing a ROUNDABOUT at Metropolitan Pkwy & RDA (PI 0016390).  Help me to understand more about the plan and the progress/expected timeline/etc. 

  • Yes, this is underway and is in scoping /concept approval stage
  • Project is not yet funded
  • Part of scoping is environmental study stage, that is happening now
  • Scoping also includes utility and right of way acquisition
  • Probably a 3–4-year schedule after scoping stage is complete

(2) SPEED BUMPS are needed Ralph David Abernathy (varied cross street info) 

  • Can’t put speed bumps on state routes because they are made for transport and the speeds are not conducive to speed bumps being effective
  • Working on other ways to reduce speed – potentially lane reductions; GDOT has this road on its upcoming long-term study list

(3) A LEFT TURN SIGNAL is needed when turning onto Ralph David Abernathy from Cascade Avenue 

  • If a left turn signal is put in this location, it creates a conflict because of other lanes and signals at that intersection
  • GDOT is working with City (required to because Cascade Avenue is a city road) to work toward creating a dedicated left turn lane, which would then allow the use of a left turn signal

(4) I-20 ON/OFF RAMP at Windsor Street – is there anything that can be done to make the area safer for pedestrians and bikers? 

  • There are areas for improvement here and they appreciate us pointing out the problems
  • They will begin a study on this area
  • They are pulling pedestrian crash data
  • Will work on ADA compliance issues and other engineering to make better for bikes and pedestrians
  • Will also work on adding more street signs
  • Allow the department approximately 30-60 days to conduct a study and then will work on recommended improvements

B.  Town Hall details:

WEDNESDAY, Feb 3, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please register in advance for this meeting:–uqj4sGtXWCBW8FCe4V0FNxx2aLDo9

Once registered, login credentials will be sent via confirmation email.

Sasha Williams
Director of Constituent Services

NPU-V February Virtual Meeting MONDAY (2/8) @ 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 meeting will be held on Monday, February 8th, at 7pm via Zoom.  Participants will need to register in advance for this meeting via this link:

To join, click:
Meeting ID: 992 1132 0112
Dial-In: 646-558-8656, access code, 99211320112#
Call-in participants will be able to “raise their hand” by dialing *9 during the meeting. NPU-V board members hosting the meeting will be able to see any participants with raised hands and recognize them for asking questions or recording tallies for voting matters.

If you have questions about the Zoom meeting, please email and the NPU-V board Zoom hosts will be able to help.

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!

CALL TO ACTION: Demand 30-day extension of public comment period

The new draft NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) for the City of Atlanta combined sewer system was posted for public comment on December 31, 2020. The 30-day comment period expires February 1, 2021. This permit, once approved by Georgia EPD, will regulate how Atlanta’s combined sewer system will be managed for the next five years. This permit contains a number of major changes from the previous 2015 NPDES permit that highlight existing water quality issues and will have huge implications for water quality in Intrenchment Creek and the South River. 

Please send a comment to GA EPD and demand at least a 30-day extension of the public comment period. Below are a few points for your consideration.  No need for a long comment, simply highlight one issue and put it in your own words.

Send comments to, NPDES Permit No. GA0037168.

1) Constructing valid and defensible comments (which is required if there is any expectation that EPD will act upon those comments) requires access to and review of information such as sampling plans and data related to implementation of the 2015 NPDES permit. Securing these data requires time consuming open records requests in addition to lengthy analysis.  The public requires as much consideration as was given the City of Atlanta in the development of their draft permit.

2) The December 31, 2020 timing for the release of the draft comment could not have been more insensitive to the potential negative impacts of other competing and equally important demands on the time and attention of individuals who otherwise would have likely participated in this important public comment opportunity.

3) The current 2015 permit expired on September 1, 2020 and has been administratively extended since that date. Atlanta’s 2005 NPDES permit was administratively extended from 2010 to 2015, five years. There is no defensible reason why the public comment period cannot be extended for at least an additional 30-days.

NPUV Meeting on 20-O-1656

Hello All,

I am sending this email to follow up with you on the Short term rental Ordinance. I have scheduled a meeting for NPU-V residents to better understanding of this ordinance.  The virtually meeting has been set for February 16, 2021@6pm.

Councilmember Dickens will attend to discuss. The meeting link will be sent out later. Attached is the fact sheet and Frequently asked question by the community and the Public Notice explain how this 20-O-1656 ordinance Public hearing which is going to be held on March 1, 2021 @1pm.

If you which to speak at the Public hearing you have to call in the day before the public hearing. If you have any question please email Stephanie Flowers, Chair NPU-V.

Public Hearing

The public may access the public hearing by the following Conference Bridge: Toll Free Access:
(877) 579-6743, Conference ID: 8315991256. Citizens and other interested parties are invited to
provide comments at (404) 330-6068. Public comment will be accepted between the hours of 4:00
pm and 7:00 pm on the day before the scheduled meeting and messages should not exceed three