News Briefs: DeKalb Avenue demands; Census count; Star Metals Offices funding

Families, safe streets advocates, and elected officials took a walk on DeKalb
Avenue on March 30 to demand action after the Renew Atlanta board recommended that a Complete Street overhaul of the busy thoroughfare not be funded through TSPLOST funds. Currently, the only projects planned for funding are removal of the reversible land and resurfacing. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, which organized the walk, said between 2013 and 2015, there were 638 crashes and 169 injuries on the corridor. “We’ve heard a lot of talk about fixing this high-speed corridor since the first Renew Atlanta meeting for DeKalb Avenue back in 2016,” said Rebecca Serna, executive director for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “Now it’s time for the City of Atlanta to find the funds necessary to keep its promise to voters who supported this project year after year.”

The city has launched ATL Counts Census 2020 – a year-long effort to educate and mobilize Atlanta residents for the upcoming decennial Census. This citywide campaign has an aggressive mission to reach, teach and count every person living in the City of Atlanta. The U.S. Constitution mandates every person living in the United States be counted every 10 years. This includes all ages, races, ethnic groups and citizenship status, including non-citizens. An accurate count is critical to ensure Atlanta receives its fair share of public resources to support everything from Head Start to public transportation. This group, in coordination with the U.S. Census Bureau, will implement a strategic action plan to ensure the city’s most difficult-to-reach populations are counted – an aggressive 80% Census form return goal has been set. Congressman John Lewis will join Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to serve as Co-Chair of ATL Counts and help lead a diverse group of corporate and civic partners who have been identified to serve on the Atlanta Complete Count Committee. For more information about ATL Counts Census 2020, visit www.ATLCounts.org.

A rendering of the Star Metals Offices.

The Allen Morris Company has closed a $100 million construction loan for Star Metals Offices, the office component of the mixed-use Star Metals Atlanta in West Midtown. Barings and Bank OZK provided $100 million in financing on the 267,000 square foot building. The equity was provided by MBR, LLC, an affiliate of The Allen Morris Company and ICM Asset Management, Inc. of Calgary. The 14-story, Class ‘A’ LEED certified office tower will also include approximately 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. Located at 1055 Howell Mill Road, Star Metals Offices is part of the $330 million development that includes the 9-story, 409-unit Star Metals Residences as well as commercial, hotel, entertainment components.

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