News Briefs: Midtown fire; council president pro tempore; Colony Square donation

A three-story, brick apartment building at 939 Piedmont Ave. in Midtown has been described as “unlivable” following a fire that engulfed the top floor. According to the AJC, 30 people have been displaced after the fire broke out before 10 a.m. this morning. One firefighter was injured after slipping on ice.

Andre Dickens

Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore announced the new council president pro tempore and 2018 council committee members at Monday’s full council meeting. Post 3 At-Large Councilmember Andre Dickens is the 2018 president pro tempore. The president pro tempore presides in the absence of the council president. To see the list of committees and members, visit this link.

Colony Square in Midtown has made an initial donation of 180 chairs and 70 tables to City of Refuge, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the lives of people in crisis in the 30314 zip code. Eventually, a total of 500 chairs and 150 tables will be donated. According to the non-profit’s COO Jeff Deel, the tables and chairs will be used for City of Refuge’s newly remodeled education center for kids, the Bright Futures Academy, commons area and the permanent supportive housing units that will be completed this year. Some may also be shared with City of Refuge’s affiliates that need furniture for their operations. Deel said other needed items for 2018 include: women’s business clothing (new or gently used), vehicles, hygiene products, new sheets/pillows/blankets/comforters, baby supplies and of course, monetary donations are always helpful. Colony Square’s donation comes as interior demolition begins in The Atrium, which is undergoing its own transformation into a food hall, business hub and shopping.dining destination.

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