Does Our Community Have "The Perfect Storm" For Disaster?

Dilapidated unsecure structures, run down shopping centers and multiple commercial and residential code violations could be the perfect storm for the Redan- Stone Mountain area.

Riding early one morning after dropping my daughter off to school my wife and I took an alternate route down North Hairston Road back to our subdivision. After passing a nice view of Stone Mountain from afar at the corner of Ponce De Leon and Mountain Industrial, we enjoyed the scenery until we came upon a very dangerous and dreary stretch of road that at one time housed “The Colony Of Stone Mountain” apartments. Although we were just passing by the property, we could not help but to notice how the abandoned apartment complex was easily accessible from the street given the nature of the property. It blew my mind that a property of this magnitude was not secured and closed off from the public to avoid any potential unlikely dangers.  It was the elephant in the room!

The complex looks like a scene from “The Walking Dead." Multiple apartment doors are either open or missing. All these things could be seen from the street. I could not help but to think of all the schools nearby this property and the people that have to walk past this property every day in fear of the unthinkable.  I could not get the notion out of my mind that this property is a danger and breeding ground for some serious criminal activity.  It does not take long before the wrong element claims this place for their new home. I could not imagine how the people feel that live on either side of this empty and unsecure property. While passing by this property today I saw a young man walking into the complex as though he was taking a short cut home. Heaven only knows what lurks inside of this property.

As we traveled toward the corner of Redan Road and South Hairston, I thought about the Dairy Queen that I used to frequent for soft serve ice-cream.  What was once a thriving business is now an empty property that has been turned into a self-made truck stop. What can we do about the failed and abandoned apartment complexes and businesses in our community? Do these empty structures pose a threat that could bring unwanted criminal activity to our neighborhoods? What other eye sores or places do you see that are potential problem areas in our Redan – Stone Mountain area? Do you think that Code Enforcement and law enforcement is doing all that they can to keep our areas safe? What are your thoughts? Without an intervention, this is the perfect storm for disaster!

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Henry Louis Adams March 07, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Thanks Lucas for your awesome ideas. Also, I see that the disaster has already started on North Hairston. It is so ironic that this activity is happening near the vacant complex. Just imagine what is going on in that vacant complex that we cannot see from the street. I pray that Dekalb County finds out who is attempting to abduct these kids soon. Again I say, with that vacant and unsecured complex there, its an open invitation for crime and we would never know that anyone was back there until they were stumbled upon.
Lucas Roberts March 07, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Agree. Try to get the ear of the commissioner and ceo
Lucas Roberts March 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I keep playing mega millions so i can buy all these places and take them down.
FullDisclosure March 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Who do you propose pay for such Pocket Parks? The land owner or the county? Who will pay to maintain them, pay for taxes insurance, etc.? I am all for tearing down obsolete structures, but I don't want to pay (through taxes) for something that benefits an individual or select group of individuals.
Lucas Roberts March 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Alex - In a perfect world, a philamprothist organization (Blank Foundation) forward thinking developer (Green Street) or citizen would partner with the community it is located in. Lets think about the DQ mentioned in the blog. The Foundation would procure the property from the landlord, and then the neighborhood would have the opportunity to grow vegetables or fruits on the property and then sell the product. Over time, the community could invest 2% of their profit back to the Foundation, and after a certain amount of year – the community would own and profit from their own investment. It has worked in Philly, Chicago and other big cities around the nation. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/us/20philadelphia.html http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/inspirational-success-stories-urban-agriculture/ It is definably not a select group of individuals, it a community effort. People who live near the park would keep it up, and the people who live near the park would benefit from it. What do you think?


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