Top of the morning! Happy Friday, y’all! We hope you’re gearing up to enjoy this three-day weekend to the fullest.
Here is 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’s up in Atlanta today:
- Forest Cove residents are continuing to be relocated. So far, 21 out of 202 families have been moved out of the apartment complex. Families of school children are being relocated first through a five-step process that includes visits to several housing options and an assistance package with furniture. To help with this, property owners with empty three- and four-bedroom units are being asked to contact email@example.com.
- A widely disputed recycling plant in Stonecrest may not be able to complete operations moving forward. This week, a DeKalb County judge found Metro Green Recycling’s permit invalid because it wasn’t acquired properly. The ruling comes as a win for residents who have opposed the plant since 2018, and complained that its expansion into the city was an example of environmental racism. Now, the plant’s future is uncertain.
- Fulton County’s district attorney will not prosecute Travis Moya, who was previously charged with three felony obstructions and a misdemeanor obstruction count after he was arrested and accused of resisting Alpharetta police officers last summer. During his arrest, Moya, who is Black, was attacked by one of the police K-9s and suffered multiple injuries. Attorneys for Moya plan to file a lawsuit against the city’s police department.
- Back on the housing front, some Atlanta City Council members want to see negligent landlords punished more harshly. On July 5, the council will vote on a resolution asking the Fulton County District Attorney’s office to criminally charge landlords and property owners who don’t follow the city’s housing code. If passed, the resolution would be nonbinding and not legally enforceable, but it would continue the conversation around the city’s affordable housing crisis.
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