By Maria Saporta
Paul Morris, president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine Inc., is on his way out.
The board of Atlanta BeltLine Inc. met in executive session Wednesday morning for less than an hour, when it decided that there would be a change in leadership.
Morris has been under fire for the past month, largely because the BeltLine has not fulfilled its goals for affordable housing along the 22-mile corridor.
At a Commerce Club luncheon speech, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed alluded to a possible leadership change when he said: “You’ve got to have a leader of the BeltLine that is committed to affordability as a first thought and not an after-thought.”
It is expected that the mayor’s office will be releasing a statement later today on Morris’ departure.
The BeltLine is a multi-faceted urban redevelopment initiative that includes multi-purpose trails, parks, development and eventually transit.
Morris was named president and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine in June, 2013.