News Briefs: Homes for the homeless; BeltLine Connector; new phone scam

The former Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter.

Central Atlanta Progress has announced that 196 residents of the former Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter have been transitioned into permanent housing. CAP took ownership of the shelter building at 477 Peachtree Street and worked with numerous community partners to find housing for the residents under the direction of the United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessness. In addition to housing, all shelter residents were offered support services such as mental health services, substance abuse counseling, work assistance, life skills training and social support. Long-term plans for the building have not been determined.

Officials will break ground on the Northwest BeltLine Connector Trail on Dec. 12, according to Reporter Newspapers. This will mark the official beginning of the project that will bring a multiuse path to the northwestern end of Atlanta Memorial Park. The project will include construction of a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along the north side of Peachtree Creek on Woodward Way west of Northside Drive. A new bridge over the creek connecting to the existing Northwest BeltLine Corridor at Dellwood Drive and Colonial Homes Circle will also be constructed, according to the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy. The trail is planned to connect with other sidewalks and BeltLine trails in and near the park. The Northside BeltLine Trail has already been built on the south end of the park. The project is being funded by the city of Atlanta’s TSPLOST and the PATH Foundation.

Atlanta Gas Light is alerting its customers to a phone scam targeting account holders. According to reports, a customer of a natural gas marketer received a call from a person claiming they represented Atlanta Gas Light. The customer was advised by the caller that her natural gas service was scheduled for disconnection due to a past due bill. The caller mentioned a $500 reconnection fee would be required to restore service. Once the customer referenced contacting an attorney, the scammer hung up the phone. A second person has reported receiving a similar call. For more information, visit atlantagaslight.com/safety.

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