Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an ordinance to transfer deeds for 31 properties to Atlanta Public Schools.
The ordinance included a provision requesting that APS dismiss the 31 properties from the school system’s suit against the city.
“On the campaign trail and during my inaugural address, I made a commitment to partner with APS to advance our shared priorities of providing a high-quality public education for all of Atlanta’s children and creating access to affordable housing for all families. I am pleased that we are moving forward and honoring our commitment. In return, the Atlanta City Council and I asked that APS remove the transferred properties from its ongoing suit against the city. I believe we all agree that it is time to resolve this matter and dismissing these properties from the suit demonstrates that APS is equally committed to our partnership,” said Mayor Bottoms in a media statement.
With the transfer of the 31 properties, along with the nine properties transferred in 2017, the city has conveyed nearly all of the properties at issue in the litigation APS filed in March 2015. The city and APS are in agreement that the remaining properties to be transferred require additional work to be ready for a quitclaim transfer.
The lawsuit filed by APS erupted after former Mayor Kasim Reed refused to turn over the properties unless APS pledged that sales would be contingent on a potential developer agreeing to include affordable housing.