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Southside Catalyst Fund: We Need Your Feedback!

Calling all neighbors!

We need your help to review the Southside Catalyst Fund proposal passed to MCA leadership earlier this week. The SCF is supposed to lead the strategic coordination of capital for investments in south Atlanta, particularly around the Turner Field communities (including the Mechanicsville neighborhood). It’s also supposed to focus on promoting equitable development and steering high impact neighborhood investments, so it’s important for your voice to be heard.

Please submit feedback to Jane Ridley (email:  jhridley12@yahoo.comby the end of the month, or simply respond to Our neighborhood’s acceptance of this proposal will lead to the signing of an new MOU, and the Mechanicsville Civic Association is soliciting neighbor input before reporting back to the SCF leadership. You can find the proposal here.

2017 National Night Out

Please join NPU-V neighbors for festivities at the 2017 National Night Out celebration. The NPU-V event will be hosted by the Peoplestown community at Four Corners Park (1040 Crew Street SE). There will be:

  • FREE school supplies for kids!
  • Senior Bingo with Prizes! (Ages 62+)!
  • FREE Food!
  • Performance by Jbradfordco, Live DJ, Moon Bounce & Train Rides and Free Prizes!

There will also be a shuttle bus that will pick up Mechanicsville residents from Dunbar Recreation Center (477 Windsor Street) and Mt. Calvary Church at 5:00 and will return at 7:30 pm.



21st Mechanicsville Community Reunion!


The 21st Mechanicsville Community Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 12th! There will be fun activities for the whole community, especially youth and seniors! Come out and meet your neighbors–past, present, and future!

Location: Rosa L. Burney Park
Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Reunion festivities will include a Prayer Breakfast which will be held on August 5, 2017 at 9:00 am at the Calvary Temple Baptist Church (700 Cooper Street Atlanta, GA 30315).

August Mechanicsville Civic Association Meeting!


Please join us this week for our monthly Mechanicsville Civic Association meetingMonday, August 7th at 6:30 PM. The meeting is moved from Monday to Wednesday due to the Independence Day holiday. The meeting will be held at the Dunbar Recreation Center, Room 207, located at 477 Windsor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact

Mechanicsville Project and Educational Tour

The Gpp Foundation is a Mechanicsville-based nonprofit that is seeking to positively impact people’s lives in the community. Gpp Foundation has launched a faith-based initiative called The Mechanicsville Project which aims to support residents by offering to help community members an opportunity to learn job skills from trained volunteers.  In support of this initiative, they are looking to take up to 75-80 youth and adults on a 3-4 day educational trip to Savannah, Georgia.  The tour is intended to motivate and encourage participants to maintain an ownership stake in their communities back home in Atlanta by gaining an understanding of self by visiting several historic sites.

If you are interesting in participating in this tour or supporting it through financial assistance, please email Paul Martin at

New Mechanicsville Civic Association Board Elected!


Introducing your 2017 Mechanicsville Civic Association Board!

Jane Ridley, President
Jason S. Dozier, Vice President
Ocie Fulford, Parliamentarian
Deborah Arnold, Secretary
Geoffrey Grice, Treasurer
Doristine Samuel, Chaplain
Steve Moss, Communications Chair

Congratulations everyone!

4th Annual NPU-V Community Forum

The 4th Annual NPU-V Community Forum is coming! Please join us as we discuss the critical issues that are affecting our neighborhoods. We are proud to announce that Nathaniel Smith from the Partnership for Southern Equity will be our guest speaker. Breakfast and hot lunch will also be served at this event!

Date: December 3rd, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Pittman Park Recreation Center, 950 Garibaldi Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Please call 678.789.2610 or email to get assistance arranging for transportation.


Screening of My Brooklyn

If you missed the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition’s screening of My Brooklyn earlier this month, then you have another chance to catch a screening.  The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority is hosting a screening at the end of the month. My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class.  The film will be followed by a discussion on the different ways community residents can get involved in addressing the causes and effects of gentrification.

Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016 
Time: 5:45pm – 8pm
Location: FACAA Community Empowerment & Resource Center; 341 Kelly Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

For more information, please contact Dianne Pope at at 404-320-0166.

Mechanicsville Cityside Coverage

City makes housing affordable in Mechanicsville

Low-income residents looking for affordable housing in Atlanta got a boost recently with the construction of new homes in Mechanicsville.

Builders Summech Community Development Corporation and Columbia Residential teamed up with the city and the state of Georgia to construct 66 single family homes and renovate eight existing houses for people for affordable dwellings. The 74 houses will be available for rent for the next 15 years, but tenants can purchase them when that period ends.


City of Atlanta celebrates launch of Mechanicsville Cityside Project

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Planning and Community Development announced today the launch of the Mechanicsville Cityside initiative, the first scattered site development in the City of Atlanta. The project offers newly-built or renovated homes with affordable rents for working families. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mechanicsville Cityside, Mayor Reed was joined by Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Camila Knowles, Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane, SUMMECH Development Corporation Executive Director Janis Ware and Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow.

“Partnerships between the City, the State and the private sector are essential tools for creating quality, affordable housing options and opportunities in every neighborhood in Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This new program will offer housing stability for more than 70 families, and help make the dream of homeownership a reality.”

The Mechanicsville Cityside development aims to provide homeownership opportunities for low-income families. The families will rent the units for the first fifteen years of occupancy, and will then have the opportunity to purchase the home. Scattered site developments distribute affordable housing units in income-diverse neighborhoods, promoting greater economic inclusion. The Cityside development is spread over one square mile of land in the southeast Atlanta neighborhood.


Atlanta Mayor Reed cuts ribbon on redevelopment, home-ownership initiative

A once-blighted section of the city of Atlanta is getting a new look, and in the process, its residents are getting a shot at owning a home in their community.

Mayor Kasim Reed helped cut the ribbon Thursday on a development called Mechanicsville Cityside, an initiative made possible through a public-private partnership.

The development includes 66 new homes on those sites and rehabilitate eight other properties in an 18-block area. , helping to create home ownership opportunities for low-income families.

All 74 properties will start out as rentals, but in 15 years, tenants will have the opportunity to buy the homes at a deep discount under rules of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.


Affordable housing development opens near Turner Field

Atlanta and state leaders on Thursday celebrated the opening of an affordable housing community near Turner Field that officials say will ease the crunch on quality workforce housing.

Mechanicsville Cityside isn’t an apartment complex, but rather 74 new or refurbished detached homes available under a lease-purchase program. It’s a new type of product for the city, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, and one he said will make more housing available for working-class families.

Loss of Long-Standing Community Member


Unfortunately we have some sad news to report–our neighbor, Ms. Eva Perdue succumbed to a long struggle with cancer on Friday, September 30, 2016. Ms. Perdue was a long-standing community member and was also one of the daughters of Mr. Moody, the founder and first president of the Mechanicsville Civic Association. Ms. Perdue is survived by her partner Nagejuan Hernandez, who resides at 254 Doane Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30315.

The family is seeking the community’s assistance with Ms. Perdue’s funeral arrangements. Members of the community who wish to assist with the cost of funeral and memorial services may contact Goolsby Mortuary at 1375 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, GA 30315 or by phone at (404) 588-0128.

You can find more information here.

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