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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 to know for today:
- A partnership between MARTA and Goldman Sachs just got a $100 million boost. Funding for the Atlanta Affordable Housing and Transit-Oriented Initiative is aimed at creating housing and mixed-income opportunities in areas that benefit MARTA’s 38 rail stations. A groundbreaking was held Tuesday at the future site of Skyline Apartments, a 250-unit apartment complex that will be located directly across from a proposed Bus Rapid Transit project in Summerhill.
- Non-teacher employees in Atlanta Public Schools could see a pay bump soon. The district is considering a $13.7 million compensation plan that would also benefit thousands of qualifying employees, including nurses, bus drivers, nutrition workers, and part-time staff. The plan, which includes a pay raise and step increase based on the employee’s experience level, would offer raises up to 5%.
- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge ruled that environmental groups South River Watershed Alliance and South River Forest Coalition can proceed in their civil suit against Blackhall Studios. The suit came after the film and television production studio made a deal with DeKalb County to swap 53 acres of land for a 40-acre plot in south DeKalb near Gresham Park. The groups say that the county had no authority to initiate the deal.
- The Atlanta Housing Board of Commissioners is in the final stages of selecting the developer who will turn the former site of the iconic Atlanta Civic Center — which has sat vacant for eight years — into a mixed-use development. AH hopes to transform the 13-acre site into thousands of affordable housing units while preserving the 4,600-seat auditorium.
ICYMI: We are 63 days away from the May 24 general primary and nearly 2,200 Georgians have qualified for the ballot ahead of the midterm elections. You can find more information on the candidates by browsing this list.
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