Articles by Maria Saporta

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Bobby Jones Foundation agree on plan to protect 25-foot stream buffer

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation have negotiated an agreement that would have less environmental impact on the 25-foot buffers along Tanyard and Peachtree creeks.

Earlier this year, the Foundation had applied to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to encroach within the state-mandated 25-foot stream buffer. But the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper strongly objected to those plans.

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Gwinnett’s Charlotte Nash on MARTA: ‘We are ready to roll’

By any measure, Charlotte Nash is a poster child of Gwinnett County.

She has lived her entire 65 years in Gwinnett, one of the few among the county’s 920,260 residents as of a year ago. When she was born, Gwinnett had fewer than 40,000 residents.

Nash now serves as board chair of the Gwinnett County Commission. Over the years, she has had a front-row seat to view changes in the county, one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation over the last 30 years.

Developer gets green light for TOD at Peachtree Center MARTA Station

A developer seeking to do a transit-oriented development at the Peachtree Center MARTA Station got a green light Thursday at an agency committee meeting.

MARTA recommended the venture of RD Management and Kelco/FB Winecoff LLC as the preferred developer to build on the southwest corner of the MARTA Peachtree Center Station – a small piece of property that’s only 8,000 square feet.

Georgia Trust seeks buyer for 1883’s ‘Most elegant country home in Middle Georgia’

Wanted: a preservation-minded buyer to acquire and rehabilitate a treasure in Madison, Ga. that was on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 “Places in Peril” list.

The Georgia Trust and the Madison-Morgan Conservancy are looking for a buyer to purchase and rehabilitate the Foster-Thomason-Miller House in Madison, located at 498 South Main Street.

Atlanta BeltLine’s Brian McGowan taking new job in Seattle

It’s official. Brian McGowan, president and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine Inc., will become CEO of the Greater Seattle Partners, a new regional economic development organization in Seattle, Washington.

“I really struggled with this decision,” McGowan said in a telephone interview shortly after formally accepting the position. “I do love Atlanta. I’m always going to try to stay connected to Atlanta.”

Atlanta seeking to push back its clean energy goals

Back in May 2017, the Atlanta City Council voted unanimously for the city to transition to 100 percent clean energy for municipal operations by 2025 and 100 percent clean energy for the entire city by 2035.

Now the city is saying – “Not so fast.”

The Atlanta City Council will consider a resolution by its Utilities Committee to push back those deadlines to 2035 for municipal operations and for the entire city by 2050.

Andrew Young on the road to recovery

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young views the past 45 days as a needed break from the ultra-busy life he has led as a global leader for more than six decades.

Young fell ill in May during a trip to Nashville where he was to give a speech at the baccalaureate at Fisk University – immediately getting admitted to the Vanderbilt Medical Center and then transferred to Emory University Hospital.

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Jeff Parker: ‘It’s really the time and place for MARTA’ 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 23, 2018

When he was only 18 years old while at Northeastern University, Jeffrey A. Parker picked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for his internship so he could get a free transit pass. That launched Parker’s public transit career and led to him becoming MARTA’s new CEO and general manager. The MARTA board is scheduled to vote on Parker, the sole finalist, at a March 23 board meeting.

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Column: Home Depot Foundation commits $6.3 million to help Westside

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 16, 2018

The Home Depot Foundation will be springing into spring with a $6.3 million commitment in Atlanta’s Westside communities.

The company foundation will hold its “Springing into Service” day on March 20 – the first day of Spring, when about 100 associates will be volunteering on community projects, including working at Vine City Park and making external home repairs at a couple of nearby houses with Westside residents.