News Briefs: More scooters; affordable housing; streets renamed; concert series raises funds

You might have noticed a new bright yellow dockless scooter has popped up on the streets of Atlanta in the last week. That would be Bolt, an e-scooter company backed by Olympian Usain Bolt. The company did not formally announce their arrival in Atlanta (with Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Arlington and Nashville also on the roll out list) nor did the company announce how many scooters it was deploying to Atlanta. Bolt joins Bird, Lime, Lyft and, most recently, Spin, competing for riders in the city.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that $60 million in new spending will be made available for affordable housing projects. The new funds were approved by Atlanta Housing Board of Commissioners in April. The funds are projected to create and preserve more than 2,000 new affordable housing units in the city. Bottoms has pledged to leverage $1 billion towards housing affordability to produce and preserve 20,000 units of affordable housing within the city by 2026. The new funds will be used to build units, preserve existing affordable units and spur community revitalization through investment in new or existing multifamily developments and rehabilitation of owner-occupied single-family homes. These funds will be used to develop quality affordable housing in the City of Atlanta through co-investment funds with Invest Atlanta.

The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance May 6 renaming part of West Wieuca Road NW to Chastain Park Avenue NW in Buckhead. The ordinance aims to decrease safety concerns resulting from confusion between locating an address on West Wieuca Road NW and West Wieuca Road NE.

The nonprofit group Amplify My Community has announced that the 2019 Amplify Decatur Concert Series raised $45,000 for Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and alleviate poverty and homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. Amplify Decatur has raised and donated $235,000 to DCM since 2011. This year’s $45,000 gift is the most an Amplify Concert Series has generated to date.

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