Mar 6, 2024 - News

Politic-ATL: Waites resigns from Council

A young man with curly hair in a dark suit stands at a microphone to pay tribute to another person. A gold cup sits on the lectern.

"American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini speaks during the Atlanta City Council tribute to his father Eldrin Bell (right). Screenshot: Courtesy of Atlanta City Council Communications/YouTube

City Hall is paying tribute to people left and right.

✌️ Open seat: Council member Keisha Sean Waites announced Monday she'll step down from her citywide seat. She plans to run for Fulton County Superior Court clerk.

  • Waites' term was set to end in January 2026. The municipal clerk has yet to release information about an election to fill her seat.

⏪ Speaking of Waites: Street renaming legislation she sponsored to honor Brittany Glover, the pedestrian killed while crossing Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in September 2022, must go back to committee.

  • During the measure's recent public hearing, Waites celebrated the honor with Glover's family. But Council member Alex Wan on Monday notified her that the legislation skipped an important step: a vote by the community affected by the renaming.

⏲️ Get moving: Mayor Andre Dickens wants Microsoft to either start developing its 90-acre corporate campus in Grove Park or consider allowing someone else to build on the land, the AJC reported, citing a recent Bloomberg interview.

  • The tech giant shelved its plans to build a mixed-use corporate campus during the pandemic. The land adjacent to the Bankhead MARTA station has sat vacant ever since.

🕺 Spotted: "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini at Monday's City Council tribute to his father Eldrin Bell, the charismatic and occasionally controversial former Atlanta police chief.

💰 Grant scored: Council members voted to accept a $960,000 federal grant to help redevelop the vacant former site of Bowen Homes. Atlanta Housing, the city's housing authority, wants to build 2,000 new residences on the 74-acre property.

🏆 Honor club: City officials plan to create a special commission to consider meaningful ways to honor and recognize Shirley Franklin, the city's first woman mayor who oversaw the overdue overhaul of the city's decrepit water and sewer system.

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