Where were you when all of Atlanta came to a standstill? (And are you still there? Should we send help?)
PMRG's Chip Lister and Greg Walters were part of the firm's “inclement weather plan” and asked to stay put at a nearby hotel to handle de-icing and safety at Peachtree Lenox. PMRG's Julie Motsinger says they applied ice melt to walkways. Julie confirms quite a few tenant staff also remained in the building overnight.
Childress Klein's Connie Engel snapped this last night from Galleria 300. Connie made it home, but she told us late yesterday that “we are preparing for overnight guests at the Galleria. The Waverly is open and prepared for more guests.”
Speaking of Renaissance Waverly, Hughes Litton Godwin's Julie Gardner ended up being one of the many stranded overnight. Julie snapped a pic of her new friends Kim Palmieri, Andrew Scott and Serena Raciti. The four bunked down in the lobby hoping for better road conditions today.
Seven Oaks Co's Bob Voyles sent us this from Villa Christina at Perimeter Summit, which he called “rocking.” It “reminds me of Snow Jam 1982, when the city got shut down with a similar storm.” Bob continues to reflect on that legendary Atlanta storm. “I was working at the Haas Howell Building in Fairley-Poplar and left my car in a downtown garage and walked five miles up Peachtree… in the snow to our home in Collier Hills. Lots of kids showed up nine months later.”
Pollock Commercial's Jeff Pollock says he made it home without any major incidents, walking from Inman Park to the Five Points MARTA station. “The streets were quiet and it was actually kind of a nice walk. Everyone was pretty friendly and helpful. I pushed a couple of cars to help them keep moving,” Jeff tells us. Unfortunately Jeff's colleague Katie Sentell didn't make it home from the office to Cobb County until after 2am--a more than 13-hour commute.
Seefried Properties' Doug Smith was one of the fortunate ones. While it took him two hours to get from Buckhead to his home on Deering Road (that's just a four-mile trek), he got home in plenty of time to enjoy his kids Will and Mary Louise's first snow ever. “I've heard so many horror stories today. I was fortunate to be home with my family,” he says.