David reported in last week of a stop-work order on the door of the soon-to-be Decatur Diner. The sign was still there late last week when I stopped by, so I sent a email of inquiry to part-owner Bill Langford. Here’s his reply…
We had hoped to be ready to open by now or at least with in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately when you’re dealing with various contractors, ordinances and inspectors, the best of plans seem to get derailed.
Although I haven’t been directly involved in the build out, the stop work order had something to do with some minor changes made to original interior plans and the failure of our general contractor not informing inspectors with updated blueprints. The new blueprints were delivered at the end of last week.( after a wait to have them changed) With the holiday, it’s another waiting game for inspectors to come back out. Not always a quick process even without a holiday.
This morning the AJC goes into great detail about the indictment released against former DeKalb Superintendent Crawford Lewis and his administrative peers. And instead of being a ring-leader, Lewis comes off more like a pawn in his COO’s construction money game.
In a 127-page indictment handed down Wednesday, Lewis is portrayed as a superintendent who turned a blind eye to violations of district policy and state law, compromising himself for little in return.
If Lewis was a secondary figure, his former chief operating officer, Patricia “Pat” Reid, has been painted as the star of this unfolding drama — a construction expert who duped school board members and steered work to her husband.
The article reads like something straight off the Elizabethan stage.
Lots of reports coming in from residents that Glenlake Park, which has been under renovation for over a year, has finally reopened to the public.
In fact, City Manager Peggy Merriss wrote in a comment on Friday…
We’re trying to get some parts of Glenlake Park open this weekend but the whole park will probably not be ready. If someone can just keep it from raining for just a few more days, we’ll be ready to go.
None have the comments I’ve received have mentioned any portions of the park that aren’t yet open. They’ve consisted mostly of just eyewitness reports stating that the park did infact seem open to the public.
Just an update on Blue Elephant Book Shop. We have run into a couple of snags and our reopening date of June 1 has been postponed. We are now shooting for June 4 and are still hoping on having our Grand Reopening Party on Saturday, June 5. We will be open in our current location on N. Decatur through Memorial Day. We will give an update in a couple of days when we know more.