News Briefs: BeltLine taxes; goodbye, Peachtree bike lanes; hello, Adele

Adele is coming to Philips Arena in 2016

Atlanta Public Schools and the City of Atlanta might be closer to a deal on Atlanta BeltLine tax payments, according to the Saporta Report. Leaders on both sides are encouraged by recent negotiations, and they believe they could finalize an agreement in the near future. “I think we are within reach of a deal that works for us – APS and the kids; one that works for the city; and one that works for the BeltLine,” said Courtney English, chairman of the Atlanta School Board. The city owes APS more than $13 million in deferred tax revenue.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has officially removed bike lanes from its plans during the re-striping of Peachtree Road through Buckhead, and that’s just fine with the district’s city council members. Atlanta City Councilmembers Yolanda Adrean and Howard Shook said they support GDOT’s decision to remove the bike lanes after public outcry. “We’ve always advocated that the number one goal of this and all other road projects in Buckhead must be to move the most cars in the safest and most efficient manner,” said Shook. “This is that plan.” Adrean added: “The GDOT team has proven how well public input and great engineering can come together,” said Adrean. “And we are already developing exciting bicycle routes that will be much safer than the ones originally proposed for Peachtree.” The start date for the re-striping work has yet to be determined.

Hello… it’s Adele. After selling a gazillion copies (that’s a rough estimate) of her latest album “25,” the British songstress is heading out on tour in 2016 and will play two dates at Philips Arena – Oct. 28 and 29. Tickets go on sale Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at this link.

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