Mar 13, 2024 - News

Politic-ATL: New housing and Beltline development underway

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Here's what Atlanta leaders are up to this week, from inside city hall to all the way in Austin, Texas.

🏠 Homeless aid: City leaders plan to use $3 million from Atlanta's affordable housing trust fund to help Partners for Home with unhoused residents.

  • Mayor Andre Dickens wants the nonprofit to build 500 homes by 2025.

🏗️ Speaking of housing: Last Tuesday, Atlanta Housing Authority CEO Terri Lee told the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum that AHA plans to close on financing the redevelopment of five projects by year's end. Those 177 acres will help create and preserve 10,000 affordable housing units over the next five years.

💃🏿 Spotted: City Hall honored RuPaul, the Emmy-winning TV show host of "Drag Race," on Sunday with a proclamation that March 10th is officially "RuPaul Day" in Atlanta.

🪧 Protest: Opponents of Atlanta's public safety training center crashed a South by Southwest panel in Austin, Texas, on Monday to protest Dickens, who was a panelist.

  • Dickens abruptly left in response.

🚲 Beltline: Atlanta Beltline CEO Clyde Higgs told city leaders on Tuesday that 85% of the mainline trail will be completed or under construction by year's end.

  • By this spring: The Ralph David Abernathy access point and streetscape on the Westside Trail and the streetscaping of Ponce de Leon Avenue from Boulevard/Monroe Drive to Freedom Parkway will both be completed.
  • Summer: Enota Park's construction in Westview could begin.
  • Fall: The Northeast Trail between 10th Street/Monroe Drive and Westminster Drive should be completed.

🚋 Streetcar: The Beltline also told city hall that it has completed 30% of the streetcar expansion to Ponce de Leon Avenue along the Beltline's Eastside corridor.

  • It could be finished by 2028.
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