Today, March 20, is the final day of the Georgia Legislative session, known as Sine Die, a Latin word for adjournment. Lawmakers will be rushing to try and push through last minute bills, including medical marijuana, gun rights and a last minute move to tack the failed “preservation of religious freedom” language onto a bill with a shot of making it are floating around the Gold Dome as the 40-day session draws to a close. Stay tuned for updates.
Invest Atlanta voted this morning to purchase two pieces of property to further the development of the Atlanta BeltLine, according to a report in Creative Loafing. An old railroad segment from Washington Park to Adair Park will be purchase for $1.64 million from CSX, while the old state farmers site – 16-acres in southwest Atlanta along the BeltLine – will be purchased from the state.
The City of Atlanta plans to house 750 city employees at the former home of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, according to a report in the AJC. Mayor Kasim Reed announced at Wednesday’s Central Atlanta Progress annual meeting that the building at 72 Marietta St. in Downtown will be renamed Two City Plaza.
The City of Atlanta has been selected as one of six finalists for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. The grant, worth $30 million, was created to support strategies to address the transformation of struggling neighborhoods and public or assisted housing communities within the neighborhood.