News Briefs: Church fire; Google Fiber; Peoplestown deadline
Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (Church to the locals) in the Old Fourth Ward is temporarily closed after a fire started in an exhaust fan above a restroom. Owner Grant Henry tweeted to us last night that he would be “reopening asap.”
Google Fiber has picked Atlanta as the site for a national training center, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. “Thousands” of contractors will fly into the Google Fiber Academy annually for a week-long training on how to install Google Fiber equipment. The 24,000-square-foot facility is near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Google is in the process of laying out fiber infrastructure in Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
Today is the deadline for homeowners in the Peoplestown neighborhood to accept the city’s offer to buy their homes or they’ll face legal action, according to a report from CBS46. However, the city says residents can negotiate past the deadline and could get more money by doing so. The city wants to demolish the homes, which sit in a floodplain, to build retention ponds and a park.