September 1, 2014 

From the President...



On Monday, September 15th at 7pm, MIC will partner with the Cobb County Police Department to host a Neighborhood Watch meeting at First Baptist Church of Mableton, located at 5385 Church Street in Historic Mableton. Capt. Bowman of the Cobb County Police Department has generously offered his time to lead the discussion. For those who have attended our past public meetings, this one will be unlike those in that it will be focused solely on the Neighborhood Watch program.


Although the ostensible purpose of this Neighborhood Watch meeting was, and is, to assist the historic downtown Mableton community to take the necessary steps to rejuvenate their Neighborhood Watch Program, the tips and information are applicable to any and all neighborhoods in Mableton or South Cobb, wherever crime prevention is a need. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about Neighborhood Watch, wherever in Mableton or South Cobb you might live. Please plan to attend if you live in this area and learn how you can be a part of protecting your neighborhood from crime.


In addition, we want to thank two local businesses for their recent sponsorship of MIC - Barnes Law Group and SOS Holdings. Their support of MIC is valuable not only for the monetary contributions, but also for the connection that it provides between our membership and the local business community. As always, we will put these resources to work for Mableton and extend out thanks to these new partners.


There is a lot happening here in Mableton, now and in the next few weeks. Give me a call @ (404) 550-0475 or send me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!




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Food Trucks Return to the Mable House
Thursday, September 11th, 5 to 8pm 

The food trucks are coming back to the Mable House Complex on Thursday, September 11th from 5pm to 8pm, thanks to the work of the South Cobb Arts Alliance and Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.  It's so much fun - picnics under the trees, live music and kids everywhere!

Lead food truck Happy Belly will once again be organizing other fellow food truck operators who will bring us an array of fun and interesting cuisines.  Ready for a hot tip?  Bring chairs or a blanket to spread on the lawn.  Visit with friends old and new while you spend a fun summer evening in Mableton.  

Keep up with the food truck news at the South Cobb Arts Alliance Facebook page

Mableton Farmers Market 2014 Season Finishing Up
Last Day Thursday, Sept. 4th 8:30am to 12:30pm 


The Market, in its fifth year, is finishing its best season yet, providing a wide variety of fresh produce and hand-crafted items. This was the first time the Market could offer service to SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) customers. Through a first-time partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia, SNAP customers were able to double their purchases, benefiting customers and food vendors alike.   


Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG), a not-for-profit organization supported by private sector contributions, paid over $600 in SNAP purchase benefits to Market farmers and eligible food vendors this season. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to WWG, click here. All donations stay local. Let WWG know you want them to allocate your donation to MIC's Mableton Farmer's Market by sending an email.


Many thanks for support by Cobb County staff, Cobb & Douglas Public Health staff, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Barnes Law Group, Bright Side newspaper, Market vendors and volunteers who worked tirelessly to enable the Market to provide a service to the community. Even Mother Nature helped with sometimes hot, but always dry Market days. Last, but not least, thanks to all the market patrons.


The Market is located at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton.  Questions?  Contact Dave McDaniel, MIC's Market Manager.


Groundbreaking for Floyd Road Improvements
Wednesday, September 10th at 10am 

At 10am on Wednesday, September 10th, the community is invited to the Historic Mable Floyd Road House to celebrate the completion of the Floyd Road improvements to the north and break ground on the next project, which will involve Floyd Road from Clay Road to the Veterans Memorial Highway intersection.  


Special guests include Commissioner Lisa Cupid, former Governor Roy Barnes and former Commissioner Woody Thompson.  Click here for more information. 


Zoning News
In August.... 
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The Board of Commissioners denied application from the owner of 5780 Powell Drive (Z-55) for Heavy Industrial zoning and a Special Land Use Permit for an auto salvage yard, and instead granted NRC zoning, which will allow for the auto repair business.  MIC opposed this application, because it was incompatible with the Future Land Use Map and not suitable for such a small parcel so close to other businesses and homes. 


The application for an Open Space overlay for 17 acres located at 76 Cooper Lake Road (OB-42) has been withdrawn.  MIC appreciates the active engagement of the Stoneybook subdivision in this application.  


Scheduled for September 


The owner of Art Xpress at 168 Veterans Memorial Highway (OB-48) has filed a request for a change in stipulations for this property.  Last year, the Board of Commissioners approved the owner's request to retain the building which had been slated for demolition. As part of that approval, requirements for parking in the rear of the building, landscaping and signage were established.  Those improvements were not made, and the owner is now requesting parking in the front of the building.  This was expected to be heard by the Board of Commissioners in August, but has now been postponed until September 15th.  MIC has opposed this application. 


On Thursday, September 4th, the Planning Commission will consider an application by Habitat for Humanity which has been filed for R-20 zoning for two homes at 5730 South Gordon Road (Z-58).  Part of the property is now zoned Neighborhood Shopping. MIC has voted to support this application. 


Also on September 4th, the Planning Commission will consider Eddie Moon's Service Center's application for Light Industrial zoning for their properties at 6981 and 7005 Mableton Parkway (Z-62).  The properties are presently zoned General Commercial and R-20.  MIC has worked with the applicant and his attorney to incorporate improved landscaping and screening into the planned upgrades for the property and will remain neutral on this application. 


Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair.  

South Cobb Wellness Day and 5K Walk/Race
Saturday, September 20th from 8am to 4pm  

The Austell Wellness 5K will be held at 8am on September 20th at 2777 Jefferson Street in Austell. Half the route will be on shady streets with vintage homes and the other half will be on the paved nature trail at Louise Suggs Park. It is a fun and scenic course. Adult registration is only $15 through September 6 and kids under 13 are only $10. The run/walk event will be held in conjunction with Austell Wellness Day at Collar Park. To register, click here or email and ask for a form.   


The 5K is part of the 1st Annual "Joining Hands In Wellness" event that same day from 8am to 4pm, presented by Social Concepts and Development Services and Sweetwater Mission. The goal is to introduce the community to the purpose of Wellness with fun and educational activities for kids and adults. For more information, visit the website

Fall Fun at the Mable House Arts Center
5239 Floyd Road in Mableton 

Sign up now for classes at the Mable House Arts Center this fall. New offerings include Mable House Arts Center ballet, tap and jazz for the younger set, and "Dance Like the Stars" for teens and adults. The popular Canvas and Cocktail events will return, along with pottery, drawing, painting, theater and more! Don't miss out! Register today!


Click here for the complete class listing, which also includes a preview of holiday events being held at the Mable House Arts Center.  You can call (770) 819-3285 to register or visit the website.
7th Annual Jazz Grooves Smooth Music Festival
Saturday, September 13th; gates open at 12:30pm 

The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre will host the 7th Annual Atlanta Smooth Music jazz Festival on Saturday, September 13th. The day long music festival will include performances by international and national smooth jazz recording artists. Saxophonist Kim Waters, bass guitarist Gerald Veasley, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, trumpeter Cindy Bradley, saxophonist LeBron, and Atlanta guitarist 2unes are scheduled to appear.


The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre has been home to the festival from the beginning.  The festival mixes national stars with local talent, resulting in a variety of music styles. For more information, including ticket purchase, click here. 

Free Candlelite Concerts Continue with the Grant Green Jr Band
Saturday, September 20th at 8pm 

A Mableton tradition for 25 years, the free Candlelite Concert series continues on

September 20th with the Grant Green Jr Band.  The band, led by the son of a music legend, brings jazz with soul and funk influences to enthusiastic audiences across the region. 


The Candlelite Concerts are presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton.  Organize your friends and family and come listen to great music under the stars in your own back yard!  Bring a picnic dinner and dine in style.

Lawn and covered seating are free, but table seating close to the stage can be purchased for the series or single concerts. Gates to the plaza open at 6:30pm, seating begins at 7:00pm.  For information, call (770) 819-3285.  

Riverview Concert Series
Saturdays, 7pm through November 1st 

Every Saturday night through November 1st, area bands will take to the stage at Riverview Landing, located at 6269 Riverview Road in Mableton, just north of Veterans Memorial Highway. Listen to the best of area bands while enjoying the outdoors on the banks of the Chattahoochee.  


Admission is just $10 and proceeds benefit Chattahoochee NOW. Gates open at 6pm and the music begins around 7pm. Plenty of free parking is available.  Check out the Riverview Concert Series website for bands and complete information. 

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