The Historic Designation Committee presented an outline document at the September CPNO meeting and that document is being revised based on feedback. Please see below for some basic information, definitions, and itemized steps in the Phases of this process!
We will post the revised document on this website and present it at the October CPNO Meeting and ask for a “Vote of Confidence” at the November CPNO meeting to move forward with the process . This vote is NOT to approve a final Local Historic District Designation but is a vote to proceed with the process of community engagement to draft regulations that we, Candler Park, would like for our neighborhood. Another vote will take place AFTER these regulations are drafted. Aaron Fortner of Canvas Planning Group will lead this process and help us draft the regulations. We will also need to raise funds to pay for his services.
Thanks to those who came to the Historic Designation Committee's second community meeting on Sunday August 7! Candler Park welcomed representatives from Inman Park and Poncey-Highland to discuss their experiences establishing and residing in a Historic District.
Audio of the meeting is posted here:
HD COMMUNITY MEETING 2 - FULL AUDIO (1:40)
Thanks to those who came to the Historic Designation Committee's first large community meeting! Meeting Synopsis is available below.
The next Community Meeting will be Sunday, August 7, 3-5pm, the same content will be covered but we will also be joined by representatives from nearby historic districts Inman Park and Poncey Highland who will be able to help us understand what it is actually like to live in a historic district.
HD COMMUNITY MEETING 2
HD COMMUNITY MEETING 1 - FULL AUDIO (1:48:09)
Larry Compton of the Historic Designation committee brought the meeting to order. After introductory remarks he displayed a baseline draft map of a potential Candler Park historic district and subareas.
What would a Candler Park Historic District look like??
Join the discussion and ask questions at one of TWO Community Meetings via Zoom:
Tuesday, July 26, 7-9pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 812 9483 2776 Passcode: CPHD01
Sunday, August 7, 3-5pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 815 1788 4415 Passcode: CPHD02
On July 26, a City of Atlanta staff person will be present to answer questions. On August 7, residents from nearby historic districts including Poncey Highland will be on hand to give some perspective on their experience with historic district designation. All neighborhood residents and property owners are encouraged to attend at least one of these meetings!
Learn more about the potential Candler Park Historic District from the Historic Designation Committee!
Come out this Sunday, June 26, from 12-3, to the NeighborFest in front of the Neighborhood Church on McLendon. We will have a table along with the CPNO Infrastructure Committee (McLendon "Safe Street" initiative) to help spread the word about these community projects and accept your questions and input.
It sounds like there will be lots of other fun "community, justice, and faith"-based activities and participants. We can't wait to see you there!
164 neighbors participated in the committee survey and shared their opinions on Candler Park's architecture, support and concerns about a potential historic district. See the Summary of Results.
April 13, 2022
Update March 1, 2022
Article below originally published in the "Candler Park Messenger" - January 2022 edition.
Bungalow and Victorian-style homes, wide front porches, city parks, families riding bikes, walkable restaurants and friendly neighbors - Candler Park is a quaint neighborhood tucked into the City of Atlanta, and residents want to preserve its eclectic and historic nature.
PURSUING HISTORIC DESIGNATION FOR CANDLER PARK NEIGHBORHOOD
With the recent proposal to rezone properties within a 1/2 mile of the MARTA station to MR-MU, a number of residents realized that a significant portion of historic Candler Park could be increasingly targeted for demolition and redevelopment. A group of Candler Park residents are seeking neighborhood input and taking the first steps towards historic designation for Candler Park neighborhood. Even with current zoning, the rapid pace of development in the City of Atlanta and escalation in home values in Candler Park are leading to a rise in the demolition of historic homes. And that means a loss of trees and developer-driven building that maximizes lot coverage.
It’s the opposite of the charm neighbors all know and love. This increase in new development is a major threat to the historic character of Candler Park neighborhood.
The goal of the Candler Park Working Group is to empower Candler Park residents in shaping future development in the neighborhood, ensuring new construction fits in scale and character with our community.
Candler Park’s Historic Character
Within Candler Park, just over 60% of remaining homes were built between the late 19th century and 1940, providing the historic structures that form the distinctive character of our neighborhood. The residential architecture of Candler Park typifies middle class housing in Atlanta during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Both late-Victorian and Craftsman Bungalow styles are well represented in Candler Park. Uniquely, transitional period bungalows in central areas of Candler Park retain some elements of late-Victorian styling in addition to simple Craftsman style detailing. Candler Park is one of the best examples of historic incremental suburban development in metropolitan Atlanta.
Within a Historic District, properties are classified as either contributing (historic) or noncontributing (not historic). Historic designation is a type of zoning managed by the City of Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission., and it has become an increasingly popular tool to put power back into the hands of a neighborhood. A number of other neighborhoods – including Inman Park, Grant Park, Adair Park and Whittier Mill – have sought and achieved historic designation. Most recently, our neighbors in Poncey Highlands received this designation in 2020, and Ansley Park and a portion of Virginia-Highlands are now pursuing historic designation as well.
The city allows wide latitude in drafting of regulations to meet neighborhood intent. Historic district designation packages are developed in consultation with residents and should be customized to meet neighborhood design needs. A property is determined to be historic/contributing when it adds to the associations, qualities or characteristics of the district and was present during the period of significance for that district or possesses historic integrity reflecting its character at that time. Historic designation does not prevent renovations for existing structures. If a property falls under the historic/contributing category, street visible construction, demolition and some site work would require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (UDC) which is applied for in conjunction with the necessary Building Permit".
For more information on Historic Designation and how it works, please go to the City of Atlanta’s historic preservation site at https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/historic-preservation.
Timeline and next steps
The Candler Park Working Group is beginning the work of preparing nomination materials which involve writing a history of the neighborhood, documenting properties today, and drafting potential regulations. We will gather input from the entire neighborhood with a survey, presentations and discussions, starting in January 2022. The current plan is to complete the engagement process by the 2nd quarter of 2022 and complete a successful application by the end of 2022. To follow the progress and keep up with the latest information, check back at www.historiccandlerpark.org for regular updates. If you’re interested in helping out please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have hired a professional planner to guide us through the historic designation process. Please help us meet our goal of $30,000 by making a specified, tax deductible donation to CPNO.