Pratt-Pullman Yard, the historic rail car and service facility in Kirkwood, has been put on the market by the Georgia Building Authority, according to a report at Decaturish. The minimum bid for the 27 acre site is $5.6 million, plus an additional $14,285 for the due diligence costs. Sealed bids are due by April 4, 2017. Developers have been chomping at the bit for years to redevelop the property, including a controversial mixed-use development of art studios, urban gardening, sustainability classes, retail, a nature preserve and sports facilities.
John R. Seydel III has been appointed as the new Director of the Office of Sustainability. Seydel is an environmental advocate and recently served as the CEO of the Revolution Nation, an organization which aims to connect millennials to their elected representatives. Seydel will lead the City of Atlanta’s sustainability efforts as former director Stephanie Stuckey Benfield transitions into her new role as the City of Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer. Seydel has worked in the renewable energy space with the United Nations and the Southern Company. In addition, he has worked with the Captain Planet Foundation, an organization which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide for youth.
Nonprofit Focused Community Strategies (FCS), which helps build and empower communities in South Atlanta, had toys stolen from its offices during a break-in. The toys were for the annual Pride for Parents Christmas store, FCS’ annual event that helps parents to shop for holiday gifts at a greatly reduced cost. FCS is hoping the greater Atlanta community can help replace some of the donated toys by using an Amazon Wish List set up by the organization.