OPERATION WEED AND SEED

CITY OF EAST POINT, GEORGIA

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION

Renovation of dilapidated businesses in target areas.

-  Status: 3113 Main Street (formerly BAMA seafood) now the home of Ardens Gardens, fruit drink company.  The relocation of this company to East Point has brought at least 7 new jobs and reactivated a once vacant building.

-  Alpha Center (Safe Haven) is now the home of Knowledge is Power Program “KIPP”, East Point’s new charter school.  KIPP renovated part of the building with assistance from Bellsouth and Weed and Seed volunteers from the Catholic Work Heart Camp.  The KIPP academy is providing education to over 80 local fifth-graders, most from the East Washington target area. Other activities and programs are located in the center for families and individuals.

Demolition or renovation of rundown and/or abandoned homes

-  Status:  This year, as a joint effort, Weed and Seed and the East Point Community Service Department have implemented a Home Demolition Project for both target areas.  The project plans to remove six dilapidated homes.  In addition, several new homes were built in the East Washington and Central District neighborhoods. These new homes have contributed to the revitalization in the target communities.    

Creation of businesses to service target areas (restaurants, retailers, movie, etc.)

-  Status: Camp Creek Marketplace is now officially open for business.  This 750,000 square foot shopping center, developed by North American includes: Target, BJ’s Wholesale, Barnes & Noble, Lowe’s, Staples, Pet Smart, Ross Department Store, Marshall’s and Linen-N-Things.  Restaurants include Longhorn Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Red Lobster, and many more.  This development has created over 1,000 jobs for local residents.

Broken Window Initiative Phase II

-  Status:  Five homes were selected from each target area for this project.  Volunteers from the Catholic Heart Work camp assisted with painting and cleaning of senior homes in the target area communities.  

MAIN STREET PROGRAM

The East Point Main Street Program is continuing to thrive and bustle with economic growth and community reinvestment activities.  The program has had a tremendous revitalization affect on the Central District Target area. 

Operation Weed and Seed is always seeking ways to become self sustainable and leveraging funding resources.  The partnership with the Main Street Program and Economic Development Department has brought forth a great deal of funding to our city from the Georgia Department of Transportation and a generous donation from Lowe’s. 

Year to date activities:

-  Implemented the “Become a Main St. Volunteer Program” giving local citizens and business owners the opportunity to support the Main Street Program.

-  Implemented a “Main Street Merchants Meeting” held bi-monthly for business owners in the Main St. district.  The meetings inform, update and serve as a forum for voicing concern over issues that affect the Central Business District. 

-  Monthly meetings are held to discuss the Streetscape project that has been awarded (250K) funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation Enhancement Act Funds.  Currently, the Main Street Project is designing a new phase that will include new sidewalks, brick paved sections, street furniture, benches, planters, and trash receptacles.

-  Two buildings on the National Historic Register are the Buggy Works and the Wagon Works.  Both buildings are privately owned and have undergone a complete renovation.  Professional offices, and even two restaurant companies have leased space in these once buggy and wagon factories.

-  Partnerships have been great this past year.  The Main Street Program partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse to beautify the planters and traffic islands downtown.  Lowe’s was more than generous to donate over $600 in plants, mulch, grasses, and fertilizer.  The program then partnered with the East Point Gardening Club to install the flowers and plants.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Steering Committee for Operation Weed and Seed provides direct oversight in developing, implementing and maintaining the program goals and objectives.  The Steering Committee meetings are scheduled every other month, on the 3rd Thursdays at 4:00p.m.  Meetings are held in the Law Enforcement Center or the East Point Municipal Court Room.  If a change in the date, time or location is necessary, you will be notified.  (Note:  Meetings are not scheduled for the months of July and December). 

*Action Without Meetings:  Any action requires approval by the Steering Committee.  An action may be approved without a meeting if a written ballot is submitted to the members, stating the actions to be taken.  The action and/or actions may then be approved either by fax or via-email with a (2/3) vote of all Steering Committee members.  (Article VI, Section 4 – Bylaws of Operation Weed and Seed). 

Nina Hunt, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Northern District

Albert Lindsey, Jr. Neriah Baptist Church

Patsy Jo Hilliard, Mayor

Charles Reeves, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

Frank L. Brown, Chief of Police

Suzanne Abbott, President, Colonial Hills Neighborhood A

Leon Brumbelow, Fire Department

Gerald Sanders, Economic Development

Jean Lee, East Point Housing Authority

Larry Lucas, East Point Community Services

C. Ann Douglas, Councilperson

Paul L. Howard, District Attorney

Greg Fann, President AFSCME, Local 3

Dr. James Jones, Varitech, Inc.

Charles Barlow, President, East Washington Neighborhood Association

Pat Langford, Councilperson

 Steering Committee Meetings (Proposed) Dates for 2004

January 22, 2004 | February 18, 2004 | March 18, 2004 | April 15, 2004 | May 20, 2004 | June 17, 2004 | August 19, 2004 | September 16, 2004 |October 21, 2004 | November 18, 2004 | December 18, 2004 |

LINKS TO FUNDING RESOURCES 

Executive Office Of Weed And Seed | Non- Profit Gateway | Connecting You To Federal Resources That Support Children & Youth During Out Of School Hours | Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs Is A Compendium Of Over 1,400 Federal Programs, Grants, Loans, Scholarships & Services | U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services | Provide Nonprofit Organizations, Colleges & Universities With Information On Financial Resources Available On The Internet | Funding For College | The Official U.S. Gateway To All Government Information | Easy & Profitable Fundraising Ideas For Your Team, League, Youth Group, Church & Non-Profit Organizations | Community Gardening |

PICTURES

Stand Up for Kids Day 2001 | Stand Up for Kids Day 2003* | Soccer in The Street Grand Opening of the “SOCCER BOX” | NUCUP Summer Program | 2nd Annual Health Fair* | Catholic Work Camp 2002* | Catholic Work Camp 2003* | Coca Cola Volunteers 2003* | P.I.T. Providers Map* |

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QUESTIONS / INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like more information about Operation Weed & Seed please contact:
     
Major Patricia Boyce Major Melvin Douglas Deputy Chief Luther Graham
Program Manager Community Policing Law Enforcement
Pboyce@eastpointcity.org Mdouglas@eastpointcity.org Lgraham@eastpointcity.org
404- 494-3661 404-765-1148 404-765-1113
     

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