Brookhaven Buzz -January 2019

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 1 • JANUARY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! Brookhaven to Begin Massive Park Upgrades in 2019 All about quality of life, for example when folks walk dogs in park at Murphey Candler Lake. It’s slated to be dredged, among many coming improvements in local city parks. As 2018 was winding down last year, the way was cleared in November for unprecedented improvement in the urban common greenspace in the Brookhaven park system. Voters approved borrowing $40 million for both makeover and maintenance to provide higher levels of recreation in DeKalb’s largest city. Average homeowners will pay $98 each year for 30 years to pay off the bond, which citizens bought into and approved in an Election Day referendum. But there will surely be a lot of bang for the buck. New or renovated amenities will be exten- sive, including pools, community centers and mixed-use trails. Other improvements include additional security, WiFi and invasive plant removal at all 11 parks in the Brookhaven system. “Residents of Brookhaven have declared a clear man- date for us to follow through with our City founders’ vision of a top-notch park system than can be enjoyed in the near term” said Mayor John Ernst. “With the funding in place we can now make it happen.” Opponents believed the $40 million figure was too large and that revenue sources other than property tax increases should be explored. Continued on page 4 What happens when you combine students with a shared vision where families can purchase decent and affordable housing? Thousands of high school and col- lege students are helping Habitat for Humanity DeKalb (HFHD) in their vision of “building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” Each year, students from Tucker High School, Dunwoody High School, Emory University, and/or Mercer University Atlanta campus, as well as students from other schools, work side-by-side to build hope to help fulfill the dreams of many DeKalb County residents. These local students are not the only ones who lend a helping hand to improve the quality of life for deserving families. Each year, the Collegiate Challenge program sees college students outside of Georgia spend a week Students Lend Their Hands and Hearts To Build Affordable Housing HAPPY NEW YEAR! Continued on page 4