News Briefs: APS administrator dies in crash; former Masquerade update; Midtown street conversion

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Atlanta Public Schools Executive Director of Facilities Services, Alvah Hardy, died in a car crash in the North Georgia mountains on Friday, according to an email sent to staff by Superintendent Meria Carstaphen. Hardy, 64, was in charge of the district’s building and expansion projects, including the renovation of the former David T. Howard School and the upcoming Grady High School expansion. The Florida native and Georgia Tech graduate had worked at APS for nearly a decade.

The former Excelsior Mill and Masquerade nightclub building that collapsed during renovation last month will be rebuilt, according to city officials. According to a report at Curbed Atlanta, City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane said developers Southeastern Capital and Coro Realty had committed to restoring the 118-year old stone building, which will be part of a new office complex called The Mill. The project is located in Old Fourth Ward on North Avenue adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Midtown Improvement District (MID) is providing $1.3M to convert the remaining segments of 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 13th Street from one-way to two-way traffic. Work has started on the 13th Street conversion, which includes sidewalk demolition and reconstruction, reconstruction of several driveways on the north side of the street, ADA upgrades, milling and resurfacing of the roadway, and restriping. Detours will be in place to direct pedestrians during sidewalk demolition and reconstruction. The resurfacing and operational change to two-way is expected to take place in early 2020. The permanent roadway striping will be installed after the asphalt cures. Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways/properties. Upon completion of 13th Street, contractors will move to 4th and 3rd Streets. Expected impacts on 3rd and 4th Street include temporary lane and sidewalk closures.

 

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