Show Off Your Artsy Side with Sidewalk Chalk

Draw a picture in front of the business running a special on a particular day or other location during Open Streets Emory Village —Covid-19 edition. A prize will be awarded each day. A grand prize will be awarded at the end of the week.

Chalk it up in these locations:

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 – Sidewalk chalk in front of Double Zero
    • Friday, Oct. 23 – Sidewalk Chalk near Shields Meat Market BBQ
    • Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sidewalk Chalk location to be determined
    • Sunday, Oct. 25–Sidewalk Chalk in front of the Emory Plaza Fountain

Lighting Up the Village

An array of color now lights up the the roundabout trees in Emory Village. The idea was several years in the making — it was in the original plans for the roundabout, but electrical and construction challenges kept it from becoming a reality for many years.

Lighting up the roundabout

This summer, Titan Electric completed boring under the roundabout on North Decatur Road and running the wiring necessary to turn on the lights. Planted under the Japanese maple trees, the lights are LED-powered and can rotate through the entire spectrum of colors.

This addition is a part of EVA’s ongoing efforts to illuminate the Village. The project, which started in 2012 as part of the village streetscape improvement initiative, included the Mary Kelly fountain lights and those lighting up the Emory Village sign wall.

Many thanks to the many donors whose generosity made possible these new colorful lights now adding a sense of magic to evening walks through Emory Village.

COVID-19 Impacts Village

Since March 13, the coronavirus pandemic has imposed an historic metamorphosis on Emory Village. Once well-worn sidewalks pave the way to temporarily closed restaurants and stores, and vacant parking lots leave only the bravest cars to bake under Georgia’s summer sun. Occasionally, village-goers simply walk up to the doors of their favorite restaurants, toting children and over-walked dogs, and remember what once was—all of the Mother’s Day brunches at Rise-n-Dine, the before-school excursions to CVS to pick up that gift card for that friend’s birthday you forgot, and the weekends spent lounging in Ali’s Cookies.

But today, within the pandemic plagued Village, the “palpable impact of COVID-19 is the economic devastation of the businesses.” says Todd Hill, chair of the Emory Village Alliance. EVA remains loyal to the struggling enterprises. “We are patronizing the businesses ourselves,” Hill says, “and are encouraging the broader community to do the same.” 

Hill reports that EVA has shifted to online monthly meetings and is working to improve the Village on behalf of all of its users “by work days, lighting the roundabout trees, keeping the plaza fountain clean and operational, maintaining the streetscape plantings, working with the county to install a pedestrian crosswalk signal, and our upcoming streetlight banner campaign.” Among EVA’s recent successes was a salute to local graduates’ with a drive-through celebration. “EVA posted a banner celebrating the spring graduates, and Emory Villagers and neighbors cheered on the parade of graduates as they drove through Emory Village.” 

Despite the ongoing health crisis, Hill reports that EVA still plans to host the annual Open Streets event. “The 8th Annual Open Streets Emory Village will be a hybrid series of activities held both virtually and in the Village,” Hill says. “EVA is considering a fundraising effort that would be associated with the Open Streets Emory Village event and may benefit businesses.”

EVA plans for a host of village-life improvements demonstrate that it’s definitely not giving up on Emory Village. “As we continue to live the new normal,” Hill says, “we will seek ways to help businesses and keep the Village a vibrant community center—including more social media outreach, focused highlights on specific businesses, and acknowledgement of the healthcare providers in our community.”

                                                     By Megan Walter, EVA high school intern

Emory Village Alliance is on Instagram: Feel free to post your photos using the hashtags  #emoryvillage or #myemoryvillage.

Support Your Village Businesses!

” It feels great to have guests in our dining room again!” says JoJo Hill-Alto, general manager, of Double Zero. “Everyone that’s dined with us so far has been very receptive and respectful.”

Please remember your neighborhood businesses the next time you want to shop, eat out, or take out. 

The 2020 pandemic has been especially hard for Emory Village business which have been struggling these past few months to  stay solvent. Two businesses–Lucky’s, Tide Cleaners and Romeo’s have left the village in the past months.

However new state pandemic guidelines have allowed many restaurants and other businesses to reopen their  doors or expand their offerings. In turn, businesses owners say they are working hard to keep their guests and employees safe and healthy. 

 

“We are very excited to be open again for dine in operations and we can’t wait to see our neighbors enjoying delicious and authentic Japanese cuisine fresh out of our kitchen and sushi bar once more!” said Christina Lu, WaGaYa general manager. “We are following CDC and state recommendations of social distancing inside our restaurant and on our patio area as well as all other protocols.”

 

Here’s a quick look at the status of Emory Village businesses. 

Ali’s Cookies – Open, also takeout and delivery
All Fired Up – Open
Chase Bank -Closed until further notice
Chipotle
 -Open for take-out and delivery
CVS – Open
Dave’s Cosmic Subs –
Open for takeout
Dragon Bowl – Open for dining on the patio, take out and delivery, 
DoubleZero – Open with limited dine-In service, takeout and delivery
Falafel King – Open for take out. 
Jimmy John’s – Open for take out and delivery
Lucky’s – Closed, out of business. 
Panera – Open for dine-in, take out, and delivery
Majik Touch Cleaners – Open
Rise-N-Dine – Closed until further notice
Romeo’s – Closed, out of business
Saba –Closed, out of business. 
Spa Aeon –Open
Starbucks, Emory – Open
Supercuts – Open
Tide Cleaners-Closed, out of business
Tutor Salon – Open
WaGaYa (Japanese) – Open with limited dine-In service. Take-out and delivery
Zoe’s Kitchen: Open 
 

 

 

New Peavine Trail Attracts Neighbors, Students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Fork Conservancy has completed a stream bank erosion control project, slowing storm water draining. The $60,000 project, funded by a generous grant from Cox Communications, allowed South Fork to create an easy crossing over the former concrete lined ditch in Peavine Creek. Emory University contributed over 20 species of native plants and trees, worth more than $5,000, which the Conservancy used to restore the land at the confluence leading to a serene woodland garden, a hidden treasure.

“Every drop of water raining on Emory Village slides into Peavine Creek. The Alliance is doing good work protecting this waterway by keeping eyes on the health of the creek,” says Sally Sears, president of South Fork Conservancy.  

Peavine’s headwaters drain from many neighborhoods: the Decatur City Cemetery, Candler Park’s Golf Course, and most of Druid Hills. In fact, baseballs from Emory’s fields are often prized by hikers who find them in the current.

Three trail walks near Emory Plaza offer a wilder side of the water of Peavine Creek. Trails were first cut when DeKalb County installed a sewer line 20 years ago and improved by Emory students for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2018.

Burbanck Park is a block away, past Domino’s Pizza, where recently, volunteers removed the Burbanck home from the stream buffer and built the park with sweeping views of the creek, benches, and a trail close enough to dip your toes in the creek.

The Peavine Confluence Garden is a 15-minute walk down the trail (across from Candler Field), continues past Old Briarcliff Road, and returns as a loop trail onto Eagle Row, offering a view of the bank’s beaches and tall trees. However, we would like to discourage bicycle riders from veering onto the path toward channel 5, as the traffic harms the native plants.

The newest walk, for those wanting a longer stroll in the woods, begins at the intersection of Harvard and Emory roads. At Panera Bread, two new benches sit right on the bank where herons, otters, and salamanders make their homes. This is where the annual duck race is held during Open Streets Emory Village each fall. Further directions for trails are located at South Fork Conservancy.

 

Sprucing up Emory Village Plaza

Nathan Hartman and Christopher Sipes remove rust from the fountain.

A recent Emory Village Alliance workday attracted many  volunteers who weeded the beds and painted the bench in the Emory Village Plaza.  The sculpture got a thorough spring cleaning too as volunteers ground the rust off the base of the sculpture, then primed and painted it.  The fountain was cleaned and the lights aimed. 

Anna Robinson helps sand the sculpture.

Besides chairing the Emory Village Alliance, Todd Hill is handy with a paintbrush.

Mark and Lilly Herold lend their skills to repainting the sculpture.

The grounds crew

What’s Next for the Village?

December 2019

A year-end letter to Emory Village & the Druid Hills Community
from the Emory Village Alliance Board Chair
  
What’s Next for Emory Village?
Emory Village Alliance is your non-profit, volunteer-led community organization, focusing on the well-being and upkeep of the public realm areas of Emory Village. We are made up of community residents, Emory employees, businesses, and property owners, with a mission to promote Emory Village as a pedestrian-friendly, safe, and vibrant retail district.

As we wind down an eventful year, we want to share our achievements:

Visioning & Marketing Plan
EVA kicked off 2019 by imagining the future. The enthusiasm of our day-long visioning session coalesced around creating a marketing plan for the Village; and now, as the year closes, MBA students from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School have prepared a marketing strategy that will help us strengthen our messaging and use of social media, better connect to the community, and plan fun activities.

Druid Hills Living Room
After emerging from the roadway construction that created the streetscape and roundabouts, we turned our focus toward celebrating the gathering place that is now our community living room. We plan events such as the annual Open Streets Emory Village. We are excited about the momentum behind this growing event. Early in 2020, we will begin planning the 8th OSEV, and we’re considering some exciting new ideas.

More Improvements
Emory Village is a special district with its own overlay land use provisions and design guidelines. This means that new buildings with residential space over ground floor retail are allowed, at the same time preserving historically significant structures. For example, the former BP property could be redeveloped as a mixed-use area with dining, shops, and plaza space. EVA reviews and makes comments on proposed development projects, and we invite all interested parties to learn more about the Overlay District Guidelines.

Other initiatives that require funding include adding colorful banners to the Village light poles to highlight the changing seasons or upcoming events. We continue work toward lighting up the trees in the roundabout island (we are grateful for past financial support, which got us halfway to our goal). We are working with the county to complete the lighting project this spring, as well as repair the crosswalk paving and step light replacement. We’ve prepared designs for new streetscape improvements along the north portion of Oxford Road to improve safety and create a wide, pedestrian-friendly promenade.

Care and Maintenance 
Since the completion of the roadwork eight years ago, EVA has worked with DeKalb County to care for the public realm areas, including maintenance of the trees and plantings along the streets, the fountain, well pump, and creek bank. Emory University contributes thousands of dollars of labor and materials annually to maintain the roundabout and plaza landscape.

Community Collaboration

We strongly support DHCA and the Southfork Conservancy in our common goal to improve our community. Our collaborations with Emory and DeKalb County, and our persistence in championing the Village, allow us to leverage their resources to accomplish more. If we want our community living room to better serve the interests of the neighborhood, we must take the lead.

EVA members commit hundreds of hours of volunteer time annually to resolve issues, design solutions, and plan events. To continue and grow our work, we need you—your tax-deductible financial contributions, as well as your volunteer time and talents. We are particularly interested in attracting a new generation to the cause, with new ideas and inspiration for the coming decades. Needed expertise includes design and construction, fundraising, social media, event planning, accounting, and administration.

As we begin to market the many advantages of Emory Village, please join with us. Visit us at emoryvillage.org to learn more. You are also invited to our monthly board meetings, held on the second Monday at Glenn United Church.

Best regards and thank you for your support.

 

 

 

Todd Hill, Chair
Emory Village Alliance

Park Free Weekends, Evenings at Emory’s Oxford Road and Fishburne Decks

Emory University is allowing visitors to park, at no charge, after business hours and on weekends in order to patronize events and restaurants in Emory Village.

The Oxford Road Visitor’s Deck, located at 1390 Oxford Road and attached to Barnes & Noble bookstore and Starbucks, is available all-day Saturday and Sunday, and after 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Fishburne Deck, on Fishburne Lane, via Dowman Drive, is next to the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. It is available all-day Saturday and Sunday, and after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

See a map of all campus decks here.

Please note: If Emory has an on-campus event requiring use of the decks, parking may not be available. See what’s happening on campus here.

Fixing the Fountain


You undoubtedly have noticed when the fountain in Emory Village Plaza has not been operating. This was not due to faulty fountain mechanical;  it was a problem with the water source, which comes from an underground well located behind the fountain. Recently the Emory Village Alliance approved the removal and replacement of the well pump.

Thanks to DeKalb County for funding the cost of the pump replacement. We were able to decrease the electrical demand of the pump by reducing the horsepower needed to draw well water for irrigation and fountain make up water. Ken Waller of Waller Well & Pump Service, and his crew did an excellent job!

Mapping the Village Potential

It’s been 11 years since the DeKalb County commissioners unanimously approved the Emory Village Alliance’s zoning overlay and design guidelines, thus setting a new direction for Emory Village – one that would create a community commercial center that is economically viable and in the best long-term interests of Druid Hills residents, Emory Village and Emory University.

The map shows the Emory Village Regulating Plan from 2007 that identifies the boundary limits of the Emory Village Overlay District. It also shows historic structures and allowed building heights for new development or renovation projects.  One of the unique elements is the potential for a path along Peavine Creek.

Learn more about the overlay and design guidelines.