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Atlanta Housing Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing Development Along the BeltLine

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Atlanta’s set to get a new park that will provide access to the Chattahoochee River

A view of the Midtown along the Atlanta BeltLine
A view of the Midtown along the Atlanta BeltLine on May 10, 2020. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

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Here’s Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • Atlanta Housing broke ground on the Madison Reynoldstown Development that is slated to add 116 affordable housing units along the Atlanta BeltLine. The $43 million development will be located at Memorial Drive SE and Chester Avenue SE. and is funded by private and public financing. 
  • The city of Atlanta and its Department of Parks and Recreation have acquired about 9 acres of land with the hopes of developing a park that will be named Lower Paul Park. It would be the first park to provide direct access to the Chattahoochee River. 
  • The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that people living in extended-stay hotels are protected by landlord-tenant law. The ruling could prevent other extended-stay residents from “informal, on-the-spot evictions” in the future, according to reporting from the Atlanta Civic Circle. Atlanta Legal Aid Society attorney Lindsey Siegel, who is representing the tenants in the case, told the publication that there are more than 25,000 extended-stay units in metro Atlanta. 
  • Georgia Republican senators introduced the “Common Humanity in Private Education Act,” or SB 613, in an effort to prevent teachers from having discussions about gender identity or sexual orientation in classroom settings. The bill is modeled after similar legislation, referred to by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, that was recently passed by the Florida Senate. Since the Education and Youth Committee did not meet on March 9, the last day for the bill to get out of committee, it will not pass.

ICYMI: Body camera footage from the detainment of “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler was released by the Atlanta Police Department after a Bank of America teller called police, expressing concern that he might have been attempting to rob the Buckhead branch. Coogler has said he was attempting to discreetly withdraw $12,000 from his own account.  

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