Category: Buckhead Reporter

Officials discuss airport takeover bid, FAA probe at Buckhead meeting

A legislative attempt for the state to take over Atlanta’s airport drew criticism from some elected officials at a Buckhead meeting March 19, but also some sympathy for how ongoing City Hall scandals are helping the debate to take flight. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it selected Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as one of only two to four facilities nationwide to undergo a “financial compliance review” this year. In a written statement, the FAA did not specifically address the latest controversy: a former top City Hall employee who was temporarily given an airport job title and paycheck...

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Two charged with murder in Buckhead killing

Two men are in custody and charged with murder in the Feb. 9 killing of a man at a Buckhead bar, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Sean Mobley was shot to death in an early-morning incident outside the Hole in the Wall bar at 3177 Peachtree Road in Buckhead Village. Barrett Green, 24, and Rodney Hammond, 25, were recently arrested and accused of murder, according to APD. Green was also charged with hit-and-run, tampering with evidence, and aiding or permitting another to escape, police...

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Buckhead crime reports, Feb. 21-March 9

The following information, involving events reported in Buckhead Feb. 21 through March 9, was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Aggravated Assault 2400 block of Morosgo Way — Feb. 25 2300 block of Bolton Road — Feb. 25 2400 block of Piedmont Road — Feb. 25 2400 block of Piedmont Road — Feb. 25 300 block of Pharr Road — March 4 1700 block of Brookwood Valley Circle — March 4 1100 block of Woodland Avenue — March 8 Burglary-Residence 500 block of Spring Valley Road — Feb. 21...

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Electric scooters spotted in Sandy Springs as neighboring cities consider regulations

Electric scooters flooding Atlanta streets have made their way to Sandy Springs’ Roswell Road. The controversial rentable scooters have been touted as increasing transportation options, but criticized for creating public safety concerns. Atlanta has banned the scooters from sidewalks and set fees for companies. The cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody are weighing their options. Sandy Springs does not have an ordinance up for consideration. Mayor Rusty Paul did comment on the scooters, saying he sees the pros and cons involved, while giving a brief update on state legislation during the Feb. 5 City Council meeting. They are “good for...

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Buckhead crime reports, Feb. 7-21

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead Feb. 7 through Feb. 21, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Aggravated Assault 400 block of Armour Drive — Feb. 8 3300 block of Lenox Road — Feb. 8 300 block of Peachtree Hills Avenue — Feb. 15 3100 block of Piedmont Road — Feb. 17 2600 block of Piedmont Road — Feb. 18 Burglary-Residence 900 block of Huff Road — Feb. 11 400 block of Bishop Street — Feb. 11 2300 block of...

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Water planning district seeks Fulton residents for council seats

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is seeking residents from Fulton County to fill seats. The seat would be on the Chattahoochee River Basin Advisory Council, one of six councils in the 15-county region that help develop and implement water resources plans for the region. The councils provide input by representing the wide variety of stakeholders that rely on the region’s water resources, according to a press release. The Metro Water District will soon begin work on the 2022 update to the Water Resource Management Plan and is looking for voices from diverse interest groups to participate in...

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Renew Atlanta general manager is named

Josh Rowan has been named the general manager of Renew Atlanta, a position responsible for leading the Renew Bond and TSPLOST infrastructure improvement program. Rowan’s appointment by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was effective March 7. He replaces interim general manager Michelle Wynn. The Renew Atlanta bond and the TSPLOST programs are voter-approved funding of transportation-related projects. The city is in the midst of prioritizing such projects after funding shortfalls. Most Buckhead-area projects are proposed to remain on the programs’ list. Rowan most recently served as “leader of innovation strategies” at the construction management firm MBP. He oversaw construction on...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through March 24

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 ramp closures March 15-17, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. March 17-18 and 20-23, southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. March 18-20, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. March 22-24, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m....

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Buckhead Council introduces resolution calling for crime reduction, court reform

The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods continued its call for crime reduction and court reform by introducing a resolution at its March 14 meeting where several Atlanta and county officials spoke briefly about their efforts. The organization has helped put Buckhead’s crime in spotlight by sharing stories of recent violent crime and criticizing the Fulton County court system. Mary Norwood, a former mayor candidate who serves as the chair, pushed Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to hold a community meeting about crime. Bottoms began a town hall series that started Feb. 28 in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center. Norwood introduced...

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Atlanta Mayor Bottoms plans to create new city transportation department

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to create a new city Department of Transportation, she announced during the “State of the City” address March 14. The department would coordinate projects to fix roads and sidewalks and construct bike lanes, among others, Bottoms said. Currently, transportation work is performed by the Department of Public Works, which fixes roads; the Department of City Planning, which designs and proposes changes; and Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST, two programs funding transportation infrastructure fixes and improvements, the city said in a press release about the announcement. “All of these departments do a good job, but to do...

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Atlanta City Council seeks scooter injury data

Hospitals and other medical institutions are being asked to submit data about injuries related to electric scooters to the city of Atlanta. The City Council on March 4 passed a resolution requesting quarterly reports on the injury data. It follows the city’s legalization and regulation of dockless scooters in January and ongoing reports of injuries in Atlanta and other cities. Lime, one of the companies that flooded city streets with its scooters, in February reported a software issue that was causing brake problems that resulted in crashes and injuries, but would not answer Reporter questions about whether those crashes...

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City launches survey on proposed Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST project list

The city has launched a survey to get feedback on its latest trimmed down project list for the Renew Atlanta bond and TSPLOST programs. The city unveiled a proposal that would keep most Buckhead area projects – including some previously threatened with cutting – on the latest version of its Renew Atlanta and TSPLOST program list at a March 4 public meeting. The survey on that proposed list will close March 15 and is available here. The Renew Atlanta and TSPLOST programs were both approved by voters based on project lists that would have cost an estimated $940 million...

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