News Briefs: BeltLine budget; Edgewood ‘block parties’; Helpful Hot Dog pop-up

the-mercury_hot-dog_web-graphic_02The board of directors for Invest Atlanta approved the fiscal year 2017 budget for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. on Sept. 15, according to a report from AtlantaLoop. The ABI board approved a revised budget on Sept. 7 that includes plans to issue three series of bonds, including $40 million for capital projects, $20 million for debt repayment, $7.5 million for affordable housing and $2.5 million for economic development.

A recent shooting has some city leaders say impromptu weekend block parties on Edgewood Avenue are getting out of hand. Every Friday and Saturday night, Edgewood Avenue is filled with more people than cars, according to a report from 11Alive. In fact, police say on any given weekend, on any one of those days, some 2,000 people can pack into the four-block radius party.

Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia and Mike Blydenstein – the team behind The Mercury, The Pinewood and Proof Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrups – have announced a donation-based pop-up to support Atlanta area non-profits. The Helpful Hot Dog program will bring BeltLine goers a weekly series of rotating chefs offering their own unique rendition on a classic hot dog. The initiative will kick off this Saturday, Sept. 17, at Ponce City Market’s The Shed from 1 to 3:00 p.m. Chef Brian Carson of The Mercury will be featured first with donations benefiting Amplify Decatur. Goglia, best known for concocting The Mercury and The Pinewood’s premium craft beverages, will treat guests to housemade orange agua fresca. Thirsty for something stronger? Beer will be available for purchase.

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