June 1, 2015 

From the President...



On Tuesday, June 9th at 7pm, MIC will hold a Community Meeting focused on the new town square in the historic part of Mableton.   The meeting will be held at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. This meeting represents a golden opportunity for the members of the community to learn about the proposed town square. This is a project that has attracted attention and interest from local media and so please put this on your calendar and make plans to attend.


District Commissioner Lisa Cupid will hold a Town Hall meeting here in Mableton on Thursday, June 4th at 6:30 pm at the Girl Scouts' facility at 5601 North Allen RoadThis is a great chance to ask questions, learn about upcoming events and projects in our community and meet our Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners. Let's fill up that room and show Commissioner Cupid that we are an involved, concerned community.  


Finally many of you have been getting on our Facebook page to offer some very positive and constructive comments on events and activities in our community - and we love that. In that same vein, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for questions or comments. I am always ready to talk about Mableton!


I hope to see you at both of these above events!




Joel Cope
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MIC President

(404) 550-0475 


Mableton Farmers' Market News - Apply for SNAP Benefits
Every Thursday, 8:30am to 12:30pm

MIC volunteers opened the 2015 season last week and managed to stay dry!  Produce selection was good and will improve as the season progresses and more produce is ready to harvest. The Market also offers homemade breads, jellies, jams, gourmet seasonings, local farm fresh eggs and more.  Terri Carter, with Cobb County's Cooperative Extension Service also offers cooking demonstrations.


Please help get the word out that our partner, Wholesome Wave Georgia, will have a representative at the Market Thursday, June 11th, 8:30am - 12:30pm.  She will be there to help eligible folks who do not have a SNAP (formerly food stamp) EBT card check their eligibility and apply for SNAP benefits. Wholesome Wave Georgia doubles SNAP customer purchase amounts at our Market. Click here to find out more about eligibility and applying.


You may also see the Market on Food Truck Thursdays later this season.  MIC is working with the farmers, South Cobb Arts Alliance and County representatives to pull it all together.  We'll keep you posted on progress.


Questions?  Contact MIC's Market Manager Dave McDaniel via email.


MIC's Community Garden Is Off to a Great Season
Individual Plots Grow Veggies and More

Gardener Stefan L. Moss shared his experience at MIC's Historic Mableton Community Garden in his blog "Solomons Minds".  Click here for some beautiful photos and the story of how one person came to find fresh food, knowledge and friendship right here in Mableton.


Keep up with garden news on Facebook or contact Terri Carter with any questions.


Food Truck Thursdays at the Mable House Complex
Next Event Thursday, June 4th from 5pm to 8pm

The summer fun continues every other Thursday night when the South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA) brings Food Truck Thursdays back to the Mable House Complex. The fun continues on June 4th and every other Thursday through early October.  It's cool and shady under the big trees, there is plenty of room for the kids to play and music for everyone to enjoy.


There will be something for every taste when these rolling restaurants come to Mableton! Here are the trucks set for June 4th: The Loaded BurgerDominics NY PizzaFreckled & BlueGotta Have ItChay J's, and Ice Ice Lady.  The hours are 5 to 8pm.


Invite your friends and neighbors and spend a summer evening under the big trees with good food and good times!  

Summer Movie Series at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
Next Event Friday, June 12th at dusk

The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre continues its summer movie season with Epic on Friday, June 12th.  Doors open 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk. Admission is free for everyone. Bring dinner or dessert, or visit the concession stand.  


This movie series for the younger generation will continue every other Friday night through August 7th. Kids enjoy the movies and parents enjoy the time to visit with friends. It's a great night for everyone.


The Amphitheatre is located at the rear of the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road. More information here.


New Orleans comes to Mableton!
Saturday, June 20th at 8pm

The next free concert presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA) will be the Wasted Potential Brass Band, a bona fide New Orleans-style Second Line brass band based in Atlanta. The band is a favorite in parades, festivals, weddings in Little Five Points, Cabbagetown and Decatur. Come to the Mable House Barnes Amphithreatre on June 20th at 8pm to hear them here in Mableton.


Bring a blanket and sit under the stars, or take a seat in the covered amphitheatre and enjoy great music in our own backyard!  Tables close to the stage are available for a small fee.  Bring a picnic dinner or visit the new catering company and enjoy a taste of New Orleans for this event only.  Click here for details about the concert.  Click here for more about the entire season of free concerts.

Zoning News
Decided in May...

The Board of Commissioners approved an application for a Land Use Permit at  1811 Lafayette Drive  (LUP-11) for six months. At the end of that time, only three cars can be parked in the driveway, rather than the eight vehicles requested. The MIC Board  opposed the application in concert with a group of concerned neighbors.

Coming up in June...

On the corner of Floyd Road and White Blvd. (Z-52), an application has been filed for a zoning sign small Hardee's restaurant.  The MIC Board voted to remain neutral on this application, after working with the applicant's attorney to improve the appearance of the new building, ensuring that it will fit in with the predominantly brick buildings along Floyd Road. MIC's Facebook page hosted a lively debate about the pros and cons of this particular business. We appreciate the input! This application will be on the June 2nd agenda for the Planning Commission.


After being postponed in May, the Board of Zoning Appeals will hear a variance application for an ATM installation in the shopping center at 6200 Mableton Parkway (V-40) at the corner of Mableton Parkway and Factory Shoals Road on June 10th. The MIC Board has voted to drop its opposition to this application if the property owner will agree to make safety and appearance improvements to the property before the ATM is installed. Those agreements have not been finalized and the conversation is continuing.


At its May 13th hearing, the Board of Zoning Appeals heard and then held an application from the owner of 414 Francis Drive (V-82) who is seeking permission to drive and park vehicles on an unhardened surface.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application because of the precedent it would set. The case is expected to be heard again on June 10th.


Coming up in July...


An application has been filed by the owner of 5751 Powell Drive (Z-54) for rezoning from residential and planned shopping center zoning categories to CRC (commercial/retail center) for an existing automotive paint and body shop. The application would have been heard in June, but the applicant's attorney agreed to continue it until July.


Art Frame, LLC, located at 516 Veterans Memorial Highway (near the intersection with Pebblebrook Road) (Z-59) would like to change the zoning of adjacent property from Neighborhood Retail Commercial to Light Industrial in order to expand.  At MIC's request, the applicant agreed to continue the case until July in order to meet with Cobblestone Creek subdivision residents, who are impacted by the existing warehouse operations.  


Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair. Also plan to attend Commissioner Lisa Cupid's monthly Community Zoning Meeting in Mableton.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 24th at 6pm at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton.


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