City of South DeKalb


FYI,  I pass along the message below, in italics, from Kathryn Rice, a leader in the efforts to create the City of South DeKalb.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association Dear Friends,

 Dear Friends,

The creation of new cities in the northern part of DeKalb county will have a financial impact on you as a resident in South DeKalb – the burden of paying for the County’s expenses will fall on you.  Without a good commercial base in the southern part, it means the County will probably have to raise your property taxes.

 Give yourself the chance of protecting the economic assets in your area.  Give yourself the chance of maintaining your tax rate.  Give yourself the opportunity to focus on economic development in South DeKalb.  How?

 Support a feasibility study for cityhood! 

 We need to raise $5,000 within the next few days so we can pay the deposit for the study.

 Join in our campaign 10 to the 10th Power!!!  I am reaching out to 10 friends (you) to donate at least $10 (we’d appreciate more) so we can conduct a study.  Then we ask that you reach out to 10 friends who will donate at least $10 to help keep your taxes low. By taking 10 friends and continuing to ask them to ask 10 friends we can reach our goal.

To donate go to either and click on the Donate button or go to and click on “Donate to Cityhood for South DeKalb.

 We have to invest in our future.  Make as small or as large a donation as you desire but make a donation!  Let’s protect our land, our property, and our future.  Donate and then ask 10 others to donate so we can do the study that will determine our options.

 If you have any questions, please email

Kathryn Rice, Ph.D.  770-322-3842

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Hooper Alexander Working Group

August 28, 2014


Do you want a say in what happens at the Hooper Alexander Elementary School (HAES) site?

The school is now a pile of rubble, and final site restoration is scheduled to be completed by mid October.  As of mid August, the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) had made no formal decision regarding the future use of the property.  However, the plan for this, and other surplus DCSS properties, will include a formal community engagement process.

We need to organize now if we’re to influence what happens at the site.

I propose we form a working group of Midway Woods homeowners to make sure we always have current information on the developing plan and a consistent voice in expressing our concerns and suggestions.

If you want a say and are willing to invest your time and talent to be heard, please notify me by email to

Thank you


Michael Hughes, President                                                                                                   Midway Woods Neighborhood Association             

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Hooper Alexander Update

August 15, 2014


Dr. Michael Erwin, our Member on the Board of Education, provided the following information on the Hooper Alexander site.

  • Demolition Permit has been obtained
  • All hazardous materials removed and abatement of existing facility has been completed
  • Security fencing has been installed. Our demolition contractor has been informed (of fence-related issues) and all repairs will be made immediately to ensure the site is properly secure.
  • Erosion control measures are installed
  • All pest mitigation efforts are ongoing and will be completed the week of 8-18-14
  • Existing structure is scheduled to be removed between 8-25-14 through 9-15-14
  • The underground utilities are scheduled to be removed and properly capped between 9-15-14 through 9-30-14
  • Final site restoration is scheduled between 9-30-14 through 10-10-14
  • Once the building has been completely demolished our demolition contractor will properly grade and reseed the site to allow for green space.
  • At this time, no formal decision has been made regarding the future use of this property. Our Operations Division is in the process of securing a professional service firm to assist with developing a comprehensive plan for all surplus properties within the District. This plan will include a formal community engagement process which will be developed over the next several months. Staff will provide an overview of such plan in the months ahead. In the meantime, our Operations staff will work with our Regional Superintendent to schedule a community meeting to provide updates regarding the status of this demolition project.

Michael Hughes                                                                                                                   President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

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