Group Threatens Lawsuit Over Atlanta Street Privatization

first_img1:01 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Share Listen to the audio story.1:01An Atlanta neighborhood group is telling the city to take back an ordinance that abandons certain downtown streets or face a lawsuit.The city council voted last month to relinquish control of parts of Pryor Street, Alabama Street and Plaza Way to help complete the sale of Underground Atlanta.But the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association said the move violated the city’s own codes.That’s because the city didn’t give proper notice to nearby property owners or hold a public hearing, the group said.The association’s attorney, Chris Collier with the firm Williams Teusink, said the city needs that public input before finalizing the Underground Atlanta deal.“We’re not asking for the redevelopment to be killed, we’re not asking for it to stop,” Collier said. “All that we’re asking is for the city to pump the brakes a little bit.”Collier said the city also needs to update its development plan for the site to be in accordance with Georgia’s Urban Redevelopment Act.  In a letter to the city, the group said it plans to sue if the city doesn’t work to meet their demands by Tuesday, Jan. 10.The city said it’s followed the law and it still expects to finish the sale of Underground Atlanta to a developer in a “timely fashion.”Like us on Facebook ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img