Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilmember C.T. Martin, Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza, and more than one hundred community members celebrated the groundbreaking of the first Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond project on Wednesday. Following the groundbreaking, crews began preparation to resurface Lynhurst Drive at Cascade Road SW. “More than eight out of ten voters approved the infrastructure bond to renew Atlanta in March of this year,” Reed said. “We’re starting in Southwest Atlanta, but soon residents and visitors will see projects underway across Atlanta. We will build and repair bridges, fix roads and sidewalks, build more than 30 miles of new bicycle lanes, and synchronize traffic signals.”

Amtrak’s current Peachtree Station (Courtesy Google)

Amtrak is in discussions with state officials to build a new station on the former site of the Doraville General Motors Co. plant, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Amtrak has been eyeing a move from its current station on Peachtree for two years.  Atlanta-based developer The Integral Group LLC started demolishing the 165-acre plant last year to transform it into a massive mixed-used development of  office buildings, stores and residential units along MARTA’s Gold line.

Atlanta police and firefighters embroiled in a lawsuit over their pension and benefits won’t be getting a pay increase unless they drop their legal action, according to Mayor Kasim Reed. The Atlanta City Council Finance Committee postponed a vote on giving police and firefighters a raise after hours of tense conversations between firefighters and police, according to a report from WSB.  “If they want to withdraw their lawsuit I’ll meet them at the negotiating table tomorrow,” Reed said. The mayor approved a 3.5 percent pay raise for nearly 3,000 other city employees on July 21.

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.