A court hearing to address city code violations issued to The Hub on Barfield Road was moved to Oct. 3 after representatives for the extended stay hotel asked for the Sept. 19 hearing to be reset.
In July the city of Sandy Springs issued numerous fire and city code citations to the extended-stay facility for violations including faulty smoke detectors, accumulated trash, discharge of paint into storm drains, loose handrails and a dilapidated fence.
“I am ready to try it today,” said city attorney Bill Riley. “I put people at risk every day that I don’t have this trial.” He said that not all of the violations have been resolved by the business. “We would ask for the first available date” if the hearing was postponed, Riley said.
Hub representatives had asked that the hearing be reset to Oct. 17 and said that negotiations with the city were underway and that a plea deal may be reached then, but Judge Joseph Buford set the new date for Oct. 3.
The Hub serves as housing for Art Institute of Atlanta students, which the city says violates zoning. In April, the Sandy Springs Board of Appeals upheld the city’s zoning stance. Hub representatives then filed a court appeal of that decision. In May, fire and code enforcement officials investigated the facility, giving the Hub until July 25 to make corrections. A follow-up visit was delayed due to the July 24 murder of Hub resident Takeenen Williams allegedly by another Art Institute student, Patricko Davis, who was arrested in California in August. On July 31 the city issued the citations.
Art Institute officials have said they are looking into moving the students to another facility.