Westview Pizza Café

Westview Pizza Café Soft Opening

Westview residents have been dreaming of, yearning for, and salivating over the idea of having a pizza joint in the neighborhood for years. Finally, their dreams have been answered! On Wednesday, November 20th the Westview Pizza Café held a special soft opening for residents. The restaurant was packed with neighbors eager to try the pizza.

Stay tuned for news of the official opening. Once officially open you will be able to find them at 1550 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd in the Westview Village near the intersection of Abernathy Blvd. and East Ontario Avenue.

To view photos of the soft opening view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.

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Ralph David Abernathy Tree Plantings

Commercial Streetscape Improvements

In 2009 the Westview Community Organization collaborated with Trees Atlanta to have Princeton Elms planted along the western side of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd near the intersections of East Ontario Ave and Inman St. The trees have made a tremendous impact on the streetscape along this commercial strip.

Since then the community has aimed to continue this streetscape beautification, such as is outlined in the Westview Master Plan, and thanks to the continued efforts of both the WCO and Trees Atlanta additional trees have been planted. More Princeton Elm’s have been added on the western side of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, between East and West Ontario Ave; Parrotia’s (Persian Ironwood) have been planted on the eastern side of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd; and Ginkgo’s have been planted along Inman St at the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

To view more photos of the tree plantings please visit our Westview Facebook page.

Deal$ Opening

Marshalls and Deal$

The past week proved well for economic development in the Westview area – on March 31st Marshalls opened up in the Kroger CitiCenter shopping complex, and Deal$ filled a vacant space at the corner of Cascade Avenue and Westwood Avenue with a grand opening of April 1st.

To view more photos please visit our Westview Facebook page.

Westview Master Planning Workshop

Master Planning Workshop

The Westview Community Organization’s Development Committee has been working on a big project for about a year – a master plan for the neighborhood. Neighborhood plans are developed to determine the physical, social, and economic growth and development needs of a neighborhood and help the city allocate money for improvements. As many parts of the city already have plans, Westview neighbors determined it was time to follow suit. The plan the Westview Community Organization puts together will ultimately be brought in front of City Council with the goal of getting adopted into Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).

One step required to have the plan officially recognized by the City of Atlanta is to have a public master planning session. Approximately 1,400 postcards were sent out to property owners in the weeks leading up to the May 15, 2010 master planning session to inform them of the upcoming event. A lot of planning was required leading up to the public event. Members of the Development Committee surveyed every street of the neighborhood, noting the conditions of streets, sidewalks, houses, and locations of street signs, telephone poles, trees, and other important aspects required to establish a thorough plan of the neighborhood. This would create the foundation required for the public input.

On the morning of May 15th residents were encouraged to participate in a walk through the neighborhood to re-familiarize themselves with the different areas of the community. At noon the official meeting started with a presentation about the neighborhood. Residents then split into three different planning groups – commercial, BeltLine and greenspaces, and walkability and connectivity.

Following the master planning session the Development Committee will compile the collected information and input to further develop the plan for Westview’s future.

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RDA Commercial Corridor Improvement

RDA Commercial Corridor Improvement

Little by little the Westview Community Organization is working on improving the neighborhood. A recent project included the commercial corridor along Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Many neighbors envision a bustling commercial district with boutique shops offering unique clothing or where a glass of wine can be enjoyed over dinner with neighbors. The Atlanta Westview Holdings LLC has already played a large role in renovating some of the old structures and attracting new businesses, as well as building the newer loft development for residents; however the landscaping along this corridor hasn’t provided the most aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for pedestrians. Thanks to the hard work of the Westview Community Organization the previously out-of-control shrubs have been replaced by beautiful Princeton Elm trees in March. The trees have now filled in with leaves and already provide a much more attractive ambience for walkers.

Photography shows the streetscape prior to trees, the newly planted trees in March, and the filled in green trees in May.

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Crazy Cajun Open in Westview

The Crazy Cajun restaurant is now open in the Westview commercial district! Neighbors have been excited about this new restaurant for a while, but the owner faced a number of challenges with the City – zoning, parking variances, etc. After a lot of hard work and waiting he was finally able to open his doors last week. His menu contains a variety of Cajun favorites, such as gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and shrimp etouffee, along with some specialty items – check out the alligator sandwich and boudin sausage links. For the less adventurous there are also burgers, wings, and chicken tenders.

Crazy Cajun
1540 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30310

Crazy Cajun Menu

Monday thru Thursday: 11:00am-7:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:30am-8:00pm
Sundays: Closed

Neighborhood Seeking Coffee Shop and Pizza Restaurant

Westview is currently seeking a coffee shop and/or a pizza restaurant to help anchor our neighborhood commercial district. There are a few commercial spaces available that would be perfect for starting a new business in the neighborhood. The commercial district is easily accessible by neighbors on foot, and the community is eager to support a local coffee shop or pizza restaurant. If you are interested in learning more please contact us.