Efforts to improve opportunities for disadvantaged businesses to get contracts from the Georgia Department of Transportation haven’t leveled the playing field, according to comments made at meetings held around the state in 2016.
Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories that will examine a disparity report prepared for Georgia’s Department of Transportation. Part 2: Business owners comment on GDOT’s current practices.
Georgia’s Department of Transportation could be deemed guilty of racial and gender discrimination when it comes to the purchase of goods and services, according to a little-noted disparity report delivered to GDOT in August 2016. The Equal Access Committee of GDOT’s board is to get an update on the report at its meeting Wednesday.
The burgeoning field of e-commerce is creating opportunities for new businesses and warehouses to handle the skyrocketing amount of items that buyers return, according to a new report by CBRE, a global real estate company.
The state’s plan to sell Pullman Yard without any requirements to preserve any of the 11 buildings or land has prompted the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association to begin an effort to have historic conditions applied to the property before it is sold.
A lawyer for the state issued a tersely worded letter to Atlanta regarding the city’s efforts to protect the historic buildings and site at the state-owned Pullman Yard. Atlanta was advised to drop its preservation effort, or expect to square off with the state and its backing from Georgia’s attorney general.
MARTA plans to begin the second phase of development at its Lindbergh Center Station in 2018 with a grand opening as early as 2020. Some buildings along Piedmont Road could be as high as 225 feet, or about 20 stories, under current zoning.
By Guest Columnist MELODY HARCLERODE, who promotes significant historical, cultural, and natural sites as an architect, non-profit consultant, and writer
The city of Atlanta receives much press as the financial, cultural, and transportation hub of the metropolitan area, yet small cities in this region also offer amazing stories for the public to appreciate. Consider the city of Lithonia, a town with approximately 2,000 residents covering a radius of one square mile of land north of I-20 and outside I-285.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new photos by Kelly Jordan.
Emory University’s plans to partner with a developer to reopen the Briarcliff Mansion, once home to a Coca-Cola heir, as a hotel and event facility were approved Dec. 15 by Georgia’s State Properties Commission, according to a report by emory.edu
Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms talked Tuesday about her mother closing her West End hair salon when faced with a rent hike. Bottoms told the story while asking the Atlanta City Council to create zones where tenants and owners can’t be displaced because of rising property values.
President-elect Trump’s plan to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment may coalesce just as the finishing touches are made to the proposal for a high-speed railroad to connect Atlanta and Chattanooga.
Atlanta is taking steps to protect the historic integrity of a property best known as Pullman Yard. It’s a collection of 11 commercial buildings located on the largest single tract of land in the rapidly redeveloping Kirkwood neighborhood, east of Little Five Points.
The Atlanta City Design Project will continue to convene public meetings at the Ponce City Market in space donated by its developer until the project can be moved to a yet-to-be-disclosed location in the Cascade area.
Atlanta’s rising housing costs are now clearly on the national stage, given their prominence in a recent White House report. The report’s toolkit of policies already is being cited in talks in Atlanta about how to promote the supply of affordable housing.
As Atlanta civic leaders ponder the rising cost of housing in the city, a new report shows that millennials across the nation are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
The report is especially timely in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s city code states outright that the Atlanta BeltLine will, “increase the affordable housing inventory.” Three city councilmembers have proposed legislation that intends to put teeth into this provision in city code, which the BeltLine has not been on track to fulfill since the council adopted the provision in 2007.
When CBRE examined the demand for green certified office space in metro Atlanta, the example it highlighted in a new report was the decision by health data giant Kaiser Permanent to locate in a LEED certified building in Midtown.
A segment of Courtland Street between Georgia State University and the state Capitol is to be closed for replacement in 2017 and the public has a chance to offer comments about the project at an open house on Thursday.
Two traffic intersections in the bustling neighborhoods of Inman Park and East Atlanta are on the brink of getting enhanced traffic control. The plans are slated for discussion Wednesday at the Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee.
Renewed efforts by Atlanta’s civic leaders to increase the supply of affordable housing, especially in areas around the Atlanta BeltLine and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, could run into a brick wall established by housing lenders, according to research detailed in a new report by the Federal Reserve.