Courtesy APT
Courtesy APT

Members of the activists group called Atlanta Protect Trees (APT) were back in Kirkwood today to protest the clearing of trees on a piece of property slated for 10 new homes. The trees – some more than 100 years old and including a Champion White Oak – were on a long-vacant piece of property on Norwood Avenue. APT has been fighting the development since at least March, but the project received all necessary approvals from the city of Atlanta to begin. APT spokesperson Melanie Pollard said in an email that there were code violations on the site and the city arborist has been called to survey the site. An update on the group’s Facebook page said the arborist had cited the developer for not protecting trees remaining on the site and removing smaller ones tagged to remain.

The number of apartments in Buckhead has increased by more than 100 percent over the past 3 ½ years, according to the Buckhead Coalition. The coalition says more than 13,190 new apartments have been built or announced since January 2012, when the organization started keeping a roster of new apartment buildings planned for Buckhead after the end of the Great Recession. When the coalition started its list, there were 12,704 apartments in the community, the nonprofit said in a press release. The coalition says the growth in the number of apartments shows “the changed profile of Buckhead residents to the Millennials who want this flexibility to go with the flow, with the prediction many will walk to work and ride bikes for surrounding amenities.”

Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB), a unit of the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, will host a Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. – noon. The event will be held at the DeKalb County Sanitation Division’s Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur. Residents will have an opportunity to properly dispose of dangerous household chemicals that are no longer in use. Hazardous materials such as aerosols, mercury, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals, artist supplies, swimming pool chemicals, and paint and paint-related products will be accepted. Items such as agricultural waste, ammunition, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials, and biohazardous and biomedical waste will not be accepted. Participants will be limited to 10 gallons of paint per vehicle.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.