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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, August 20

  • Decatur Presbyterian Church Race Relation Series, Waking Up Presbyterian: A History on Race and Reconciliation Across 3 Centuries in 3 Sundays series, 9:15 a.m.
  • Downtown Decatur Food Tour, 11- 2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23

Thursday, August 24

  • Free Garden Tour at Woodlands Garden, 11 a.m.- noon

Friday, August 25

Saturday, August 26

 

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The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) will hold a grand opening ceremony for Phases I and II of Trinity Walk, the redevelopment of the former Gateway Manor and Oakview apartments in downtown Decatur, on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. The new, affordable apartment community at 421 W.Trinity Place is fully occupied and now boasts 121 one-, two- and three-bedroom energy- efficient apartment flats and townhomes in six contemporary, three-story buildings.

Thirty-two of the apartments were developed for the elderly and/or disabled, and the remaining 89 units were designed for families. Guests invited to the grand opening include Decatur’s mayor and city council members, HUD officials, DHA staff, project investors and partners and Trinity Walk residents, who worked with DHA, HUD and Decatur to create a revitalization strategy for the redevelopment. For more information, visit decaturhousing.org.

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Something We Had to Go Through

This Is Something We Had To Go Through, the painted-steel-and-cast-iron sculpture created by James Davis, is now part of the city’s public art collection. The sculpture, which sits at the corner of Sycamore and Church streets, was part of Phase 1 of the Decatur Artway outdoor sculpture gallery. It will stay permanently in its current location.

The sculpture is a draw for residents, visitors and tourists. Photos of people passing through it appear regularly on Facebook and Instagram. Its purchase was a collaboration of the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, the Decatur Tourism Bureau, and the City of Decatur Public Art Fund.

“This sculpture deals with personal thoughts and experiences derived from thinking about all the things a person has to go through in a lifetime,” James Davis, the artist, explained. “These things can be small or large, happy or sad, good or bad. Whatever the feeling may be, these are the things that direct you. Experiences make you who you are.

“The sculpture holds different meanings for each viewer. I created an actual passage that viewers could go through so they could experience the feeling of going through something difficult. Everyone has to go through things they don’t want to and those are all different for each person. The sculpture is a visual version of some of the things that I was afraid to go through.”

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Decatur Public Facilities Authority Now Officially Owns The Approximately 77 Acre Property

 On August 16, 2017 the sale of approximately 77 acres of property owned by the United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference to the Decatur Public Facilities Authority was completed. The process of acquiring the property took almost nine months and was made possible through the cooperation and support of many people and agencies.

City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said, “We appreciate all of the assistance we have received in making this project a success. We have had a wonderful working relationship with the Board, staff and others affiliated with the UMCH.” She added, “All of this would not have been possible without the help of Georgia General Assembly, particularly Senator Elena Parent and Representatives Drenner, Mosby, Oliver and Shannon who were instrumental in establishing the Decatur Public Facilities Authority.”

“This property acquisition is an exciting legacy opportunity for the City of Decatur and the Decatur Public Facilities Authority has been glad to assist in making this happen,” said Authority Chair Meredith Struby. Ms. Struby noted that “the community support for this project has been exciting and through late fall, 2017 the United Methodist Children’s Home will be transitioning to a new location in Tucker.

City Manager Peggy Merriss stated, “There are facilities on the property which will be used by the City to meet the current demand for Active Living programming, including significant upgrades to the playing fields.”   Ms. Merriss thanked the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority for their assistance is securing a very low interest loan that allowed for more than 22 acres of the property to be dedicated for use as permanently protected conservation area.

In January, 2018 the City will begin a community-based master planning effort to determine the future use of the property.

Chair of the City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority Board Meredith Strunk signs the closing documents purchasing the UMCH property. Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold who serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the PFA and Hutch Moore, closing attorney join her.

Chair of the City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority Board Meredith Struby signs the closing documents purchasing the UMCH property. Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold who serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the PFA and Hutch Moore, closing attorney join her.

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Trinity-Paving

The impact

Weather permitting, East Trinity Place between Fire Station No. 1 and the CSX rail line (as well as a short segment of East Howard Avenue) will be resurfaced on Thursday, August 17. This will conclude the street repaving associated with the Railroad Crossing Improvement at Candler and McDonough.

How to manage

There will be temporary East Trinity lane closures and traffic delays during the work. East Howard Avenue at East Trinity Place will be closed starting Wednesday afternoon, August 16, while it’s being prepared for paving. It will remain closed through Thursday. The work should take one day.

Interim pavement striping will follow shortly thereafter.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, August 6

 

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Saturday, August 12

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Ponce_Striping

The impact

Weather permitting, traffic striping will resume on Ponce de Avenue between Nelson Ferry Road and North Candler Street on Saturday morning. The work should be completed Saturday.

How to manage

Two-way vehicle traffic will generally be maintained during the work, though flagman/directional efforts may cause minor delays. In many cases, Commerce Drive can provide an alternate route from one side of the city to the other.

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National Neighborhood Day

Sunday, September 17, Decatur neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in National Neighborhood Day. This annual event, celebrated in neighborhoods across to country on the third Sunday in September, is an effort to bring neighbors together and reinforce the importance of relationships. No matter how big or small your neighborhood is, it is time to celebrate our neighborhoods and all or our neighbors. A neighborhood is more than houses – your neighborhood can be an apartment complex, condominiums, or townhomes.

Activities can be as simple as a neighborhood walking tour to a book or recipe exchange to flying kites. Need a creative boost? Visit the Neighborhood Day website for ideas.

National Neighborhood Day is a great time to get together with long time neighbors and get to know new neighbors. Be sure to include your older neighbors in your plans too! Get with your neighbors to come up with your own unique idea and finalize your plans.

Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board would love to hear from you about your neighborhood’s plans. Make sure to take lots of pictures! Contact Lee Ann Harvey at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548 to share your ideas.

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The crosswalk at South Candler St and East Davis St is an active construction zone until installation of the HAWK signal is complete. Beginning Thursday, August 3rd, the crosswalk will be staffed with a crossing guard during the morning and afternoon school zone hours. Please proceed with caution when crossing at this location.

From time to time during construction of the HAWK, the crosswalk may be closed without notice. Please make sure you have an alternate route. The city is striving to make your travel to school safe and pleasant. Thank you again for your patience.

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Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of August so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 3 August 2017.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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