By John Schaffner
editor@reporternewspapers.net

As if the residents along East Wesley Road have not been through enough with the months and months of their street being torn up for a major traffic calming project, now the road soon will likely be torn up again for sewer projects and then repaved, again.

According to a report at the Neighborhood Planning Unit B (NPU-B) meeting Nov. 6, the road will be torn up for some necessary sewer work being done through a special division of the city’s Department of Watershed Management. It is a continuation of work that has been affecting travel on streets throughout the Garden Hills area of Buckhead for some time now.

Actually, no one said for sure how many times people in this area of Buckhead may be inconvenienced in between now and the end of the year—including through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. Apparently there are nine contactors working in the area on various aspects of water and sewer projects for the city.

In response to a question from a NPU board member, as to whether the streets would be repaved or just patched where the work was performed, it was announced that E. Wesley and other roads in the area would be repaved, not just patched.

Another person attending the meeting asked if there is a reason two departments of the city of Atlanta could not coordinate their scheduled work so that the same roadway would not have to be completely repaved within a matter of three months or so? The reference obviously pertained to E. Wesley, on which repaving was just completed within the past three months as part of the controversial traffic calming project the city did on the road.

There was no answer to the question.

Ray Mock, executive director of the Chastain Park Conservancy, presented an update on the Chastain Park Master Plan, which has been ongoing for more than six months and through a survey and community outreach programs has produced a laundry list of projects on a wish list of the Conservancy.

Mock’s update presentation this month is in preparation for his return next month to seek the NPU’s general approval of the Master Plan.

In response to questions, Mock told the NPU board that the golf course at Chastain Park, which has more plays than any other golf course in the state, supports all of the other courses in the city.

He explained the difficulty in doing a master plan for the park, due to all of the individual vendors and contracts that are involved. He said the revenue generated in the park annually is $10-$15 million.

He agreed with NPU-B board member and representative to the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB) that the park really needs a business plan, in addition to a Master Plan, in order to determine what items are reasonable and when they can be accomplished—perhaps a 25-year business plan.

Mock pointed out that volunteers have successfully reclaimed the north part of the park for recreation use and will do the same in the middle part of the park next.