Progress on Ponce!

Ponce-City-Market-Logo-221x300The Virginia-Highland Civic Association Board of Directors wishes to sincerely thank Jodi Mansbach, Vice President of Development, Construction and Sustainability for Jamestown Properties, for hosting members of our board and that of the Poncey Highland Neighborhood Association at Ponce City Market this past weekend. We were thrilled to see the tremendous progress being made on this important redevelopment along the Atlanta BeltLine and look forward to the day when a stroll down the Eastside Trail can include a stopover at your wonderful property.

Jodi Mansback with Jamestown Properties is our host.

Jodi Mansbach with Jamestown Properties is our host.

Before the tour starts she gives use the 50,000 foot view via the model.

Before the tour starts Jodi gives us the 50,000 foot view via the model.

Hard hats donned, we begin our tour.

Hard hats donned, the tour begins.

We walk from the building where the leasing center will be, past the newly laid surface parking lot and into the west side of the building.

We walk from the building where the leasing center will be, past the newly laid surface parking lot and into the west side of the building.

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This shot shows how endless the space appears when you're inside. The restored original columns are awe-inspiring.

This shot shows how endless the space appears when you’re inside. The restored original columns are awe-inspiring.

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Jodi was very knowledgable and provided great insight into the status of the project and its importance to Jamestown Properties.

Jodi was very knowledgable and provided great insight into the status of the project and its importance to Jamestown Properties.

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VHCA Board President Jack White makes a point.

VHCA Board President Jack White makes a point.

That's a view down 8 floors...made my stomach a little queasy.

That’s a view down eight floors of stairwell…made my stomach a little queasy.

It was very hazy and the light was less than ideal, but here's a shot of the Midtown skyline.

It was hazy and the light was less than ideal, but here’s a shot of the Midtown skyline from one of the best views in the city.

This south-looking view from the roof shows just a glimpse of the development that's taking place along the BeltLine Eastside Trail.

This south-looking view from the roof shows just a glimpse of the development that’s taking place in the Old Fourth Ward along the BeltLine Eastside Trail.

The iconic water tower and flag that can be seen from just about anywhere. The water tower will actually serve a purpose by containing gray water that will provide gravity-fed cooling for the HVAC system.

The iconic water tower and flag that can be seen from just about anywhere. The water tower will actually serve a purpose by storing water that will provide gravity-fed cooling for the HVAC system.

The luck tour-goers.

The lucky tour-goers.

Click here to view the full album of photos from the group’s tour.

 

 

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Suzuki School To Open Third Campus at Ponce City Market

logo-suzukiGood stories never fade away.  And thirty-eight years after its establishment, The Suzuki School’s story will continue when it opens a third campus at Ponce City Market in August 2014.

LangaugePThe Suzuki story began in 1976, with a person and a vision. Atlanta businessman David Smith was seeking an educator to develop a school. When he found Marlene Lerer, a passionate early childhood educator, The Suzuki School was born. In collaboration with renowned music teacher Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the school was founded on Suzuki’s belief that every child is born with talent, and that it is the teacher’s job to draw that talent out. A child’s natural growth should be respected, Dr. Suzuki maintained, by guiding his or her natural curiosity and ability.

The School opened with six children in 1976, grew to two small locations by 1980, and today serves over 500 families at its two thoughtfully designed, SACS accredited Buckhead campuses.

RamaOver time the Suzuki staff recognized that Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy (the purpose of education should be to develop a positive attitude of self worth and independence, which he refers to as a “noble heart”) struck a particularly harmonious chord with Dr. Maria Montessori’s ideas and methodologies for educating very young children. The School decided to adopt the Montessori approach, providing a thorough, high-quality methodology to accomplish its mission.

This collaboration between Suzuki and Montessori educational philosophies has produced a richer experience for children, and the collaborative approach has become the standard in Suzuki classrooms. Employing this innovative teaching design, teams of teachers serve to meet each child’s development through careful observation and by supporting each child’s natural learning style. The collaborative environment also provides children with multiple opportunities for interaction and cooperation, and allows them to develop a firm foundation of personal responsibility and social skills.

IanThe Suzuki School is excited to bring its unique approach to early childhood education to families in the communities surrounding Ponce City Market!

For more information, email Kimberly Curtis at kcurtis@suzukischool.com.

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City Hall East Graffiti

In case you have not yet been on PDL Avenue lately and seen the disgusting graffiti defacement on 3 sides of the tower – the building was entered one night late last week by an unknown number of vandals, who managed to get to the top of the building and must have spent several hours up there doing their dirty work. The City though has responded quickly and is in the process of enacting the following steps – they are soliciting bids for the paint removal, the underbrush is to be removed on the PDL Avenue side of the parking garage, an additional private security person is being added on all three shifts for patrol inside and outside, the fence along the BeltLine side of the building is being repaired and enhanced (razor wire I hope), the a/c, as well as interior lighting, is to be turned off to make the interior less desirable for camping, and Zone 5 will now make hourly visual checks and will issue criminal trespass warnings or make arrests as needed. I have always worried about fire in this building and hopefully these security measures will minimize the chances of this happening now, and minimize the risk to we the taxpayers until the final sale of this building is completed. It is a shame though, that this graffiti attack had to happen to enact these security changes.

Speaking of graffiti – don’t forget the organizational meeting of our local Graffiti Team at the Warren City Club on North Highland Avenue at 7 on the 23rd. Your help is needed to battle this growing scourge on our city-scape. Direct any questions to graffiti@vahi.org

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