By Don Bender, Candler Park Resident.
Did you see the article in the October issue of the Messenger where the L5P CID described the vision to re-think and re-design Findley Plaza in the heart of Little 5 Points? That vision has just received a major boost from Park Pride which has awarded a Legacy Grant of $100,000 to Little Five Alive for the Plaza. The total budget for the renovation is $575,000 for a basic renovation. $400,000 had already been designated for the Plaza from an allocation received by the L5P CID from Renew Atlanta. The Park Pride grant leaves a balance of $75,000 to be raised in the community. These funds are required to be collected and in the bank for the City to allow the project as currently designed to move forward. We are over halfway there already with pledges from Little 5 Points property owners and merchants. Now we need immediate help from the community to make the Findley Plaza redesign a reality.
To see the Concept Plan created by the community come to fruition, the L5P CID is partnering with the City of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta office. Most of the Renew Atlanta funding will cover basic infrastructure, including wider sidewalks, utility relocation, storm water management, granite curbing, new street lights, and large planting areas with large street trees. The Park Pride and community funds will cover most of the other nicer elements including electrical service for special events and creative lighting, an irrigation system, street furniture, and attractive pavers for the center of the Plaza. This central area of the plaza is designed to attract a variety of active uses throughout the year including cultural events, outdoor dining, farmers and seasonal markets, and musical performances.
Now, the physical plans will go forward with funding described above. However, for these improvements to be successful over time, they also need to be coupled with better community policing, plaza maintenance, additional artistic touches over time such as sculptural elements, creative lighting and shade structures, as well as ongoing arts and cultural activation and local management of the plaza. Accordingly, a leadership group has been established to seek additional foundation grants in time for the re-opening of the Plaza late next year. Foundation grants are more likely to be successful if we can show significant community funding support for the re-construction of the Plaza.
Donations are critical to bringing about this community envisioned change to Little Five Points. All contributions are tax deductible and those who contribute significant funds ($250 or more) will be publically acknowledged in our communications. For donations of $1,000 or more, there will be a physical acknowledgement in the plaza by markers such as plaques or granite tiles.
If you are making a larger contribution or pledge to contribute, please notify Don Bender either by email (email@example.com), or by regular mail to 432 Oakdale Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA. 30307.
Here’s how to donate:
Payments should be made out to Park Pride and in the memo line designated to: Little Five Alive acct. # 23076 for Findley Plaza.
Checks should be sent to:
Park Pride, Attn. Ellen Bruendeman
233 Peachtree St. Suite 1600,
Atlanta, GA 30303
Park Pride Phone number 404-546-6760
A full and fair description of Park Pride’s programs and its financial statement summary is available upon request at the office and phone number indicated above. You can also contribute on line by going to the following address:
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