Courtesy Atlant Civic Center
Courtesy Atlant Civic Center

The Atlanta City Council has voted to sell the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The council voted 10-4 to turn the 380,000-square-foot space over to its economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, which will seek bids from developers  to  in hopes of turning what has been an under-utilized drain on the city’s budget into a catalyst for revitalization. Despite recent upgrades, the 47-year-old building at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Ralph McGill Boulevard has been a drain on city resources. The city recently bought out the lease on Underground Atlanta and is hoping to sell it for redevelopment as well.

Trees Atlanta has announced plans for a Members’ Woodland to be part of the new playground and path projects in Chastain Park. The grove of up to 200 native specimen trees – including oaks, elms and dogwoods – will honor thoe who have contributed to Trees Atlanta’s efforts to preserve and expand Atlanta’s tree canopy. Trees Atlanta is working in partnership with Chastain Park Conservancy on this special initiative for children as well. Together volunteers from both organizations will plant the trees during a special project this coming winter. To learn more or to become a member, visit this link.

The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) has launched the Pay n Go Peach Pass, a prepaid Peach Pass option that can be purchased at participating CVS and Walgreens stores in Georgia where gift cards and prepaid cards are sold. Drivers can immediately use the I-85 Express Lanes after purchasing and mounting a Pay n Go Peach Pass. These customers can decide to keep their cash-based account and reload the card at the cash register, or convert to a regular Peach Pass account and to earn free toll credits and receive other customer-friendly benefits. Find out more at

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.