A rendering of the proposed mixed-use village near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Courtesy Hunt Companies)

The Atlanta Police Department is moving closer to using body cameras, according to a report from CBS46. A department spokesperson said they plan to have body cameras on officers within the next year. The news comes after a pilot program was put on hold because of a lawsuit from a company over the city’s contracting procedures, which has since been dismissed. APD plans to first put the cameras on officers in Zone 4 and at the airport before expanding it to the rest of the department.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Invest Atlanta have announced the creation of a new omnibus Workforce Housing Policy to increase the availability of affordable housing in the City of Atlanta. A new city ordinance took effect on July 1, requiring a set percentage of residential real estate units from any development receiving public funds to be leased to working households whose income falls below a certain percentage of the area median income (AMI). The policy adopted by Invest Atlanta today aligns with the city ordinance. Now, real estate developers receiving a grant, incentive, subsidy or other funding from the city or through an economic development authority operating in the city have two options to provide affordable housing units based on a sliding scale: 15 percent of total residential units for income levels below 80 percent AMI or 10 percent of total residential units for income levels below 60 percent AMI.

Developers have unveiled plans for a large-scale, mixed-income village near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, according to Curbed Atlanta. The $150-million project would include 700 new housing units with commercial facilities, communal spaces, a new fitness center, and retail offerings throughout. The village would rise along Northside Drive — on the 12-acre site of the former Herndon Homes public housing project — about mile north of the new stadium.

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.