The circa-1911 Adair School is slated to become residential and retail space.

The Atlanta City Council has voted unanimously to turn over deeds it has held on nine vacant school properties to Atlanta Public Schools. Monday’s vote came after last month’s agreement to hand over the deed to George W. Adair Elementary School in southwest Atlanta.

The city and APS have been wrangling over the school properties for years, with the issue eventually winding up in court. Last year, Mayor Kasim Reed said he would not turn over the properties until APS adopted the affordable housing policy similar to the city’s own.

The issue of ownership dates back to 1973, when the city created the Atlanta Board of Education to maintain and operate its public schools.

Adair Elementary, located in the Adair Park neighborhood near the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail, has been closed since the early 1970s and is set to be transformed into a mixed-use development. APS wants to sell the vacant properties after funding their upkeep and maintenance for decades.

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.