News Briefs: City sued over sidewalks; rehabilitated high-rise reopens; restaurants closed

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the City of Atlanta under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that alleges the city is not maintaining sidewalks and other public rights of way. According to a report from CBS46, attorney James Radfords, who is representing the plaintiffs, said he had discovered evidence that at least 20 percent of the sidewalks in the City of Atlanta are not compliant with the ADA. A statement from the city said it is committed to repairing the sidewalks, but is not in violation of the ADA.

Tenth and Peachtree

Columbia Residential has reopened the Tenth & Juniper high-rise in Midtown as affordable housing. The Atlanta Housing Authority engaged developer Columbia Residential as manager and developer of the Tenth & Juniper project to preserve and renovate the building in 2015. Tenth & Juniper, which was built in 1974, was rehabilitated into 149 loft-style apartments to serve low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Thirty apartments have been reserved for residents earning 50 percent of area median household income, and 119 units will be reserved for residents earning 60 percent of area median household income.

Two beloved Atlanta restaurants unexpectedly closed last week: Radial Cafe and Cakes & Ale. Radial Cafe owner Frank Bragg announced on Facebook that the failure of the College Park location, which had been open for a year, drained his finances and forced the closure of the brunch and lunch spot on DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park. Cakes & Ale owners Billy and Kristin Allin said in a message on Facebook they were closing the restaurant after a decade in Decatur to focus on their other businesses, Proof Bakeshop and Bread & Butterfly, but a new concept for the space on Sycamore Street would be announced soon.

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