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Surprisingly Atlanta Obtains $47 Million For Peachtree Streetcar

Representative John Lewis recently announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will grant Atlanta $47 million for its proposed downtown streetcar project connecting Centennial Olympic Park to Edgewood and Auburn Avenue.

You can see the City’s complete streetcar plan here.

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Contractor Selected For Jekyll Island

Yesterday, Jekyll Island Authority awarded Kennesaw-based Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC the contract to build the 129,000-square-feet convention center along with the adjacent beach village’s public plaza, village green, parks and roads.

Brasfield & Gorrie secured the contract with a bid of $30.6 million, which was 16% less than the island’s governing authority budgeted for project completion.  Construction is scheduled to begin in October and wrap up by early 2012.

Judge To Set Final Hearing On Gwinnett Recall Effort

A Hall County Superior Court Judge will set a final hearing to determine whether a recall effort against Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister should proceed.  The recall effort began after the Gwinnett County Commission voted 4:1 to increase property taxes by nearly 21%.

In late March, resident Randolph De Vault received certification for more than 100 signatures he presented to the elections office, the first step in applying for a recall petition.  The petition lists five charges, ranging from the county’s handling of its solid waste plan to the its feud with cities over a service delivery agreement and accuses Chairman Bannister of malfeasance.

This month, Chairman Bannister filed a motion to stop the elections office from granting the recall petition of Mr. De Vault .  Chairman Bannister contends the petition does not cite sufficient grounds for a recall.

Woodstock Annexes Three Homes For Car Dealership

The Woodstock City Council voted 5-0 to annex three residential lots in the Kingsridge subdivision of Cherokee County.  The annexed property will allow Hennessy Honda to build a car-storage parking lot there after it buys the houses and demolishes them.  The dealership threatened to move taking nearly $900,000 in local tax money with it.

Residents have fought Hennessy Honda’s plan since last year when the dealer, Georgia’s second largest, announced it would purchase two acres of lots in Kingsridge, which abuts Woodstock. These neighbors feared it would set a precedent for commercial encroachment into subdivisions and that the parking lot would lower their house values. They made their arguments before the city planning commission, which recommended 7-0 that the city deny the annexation. However, the city council approved it 5-0.

The Cherokee County board of commissioners also opposed the annexation but decided not to challenge it legally because it didn’t believe the issue was reversible.

Urban Land Institute Awards Community Grant to Emory University

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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) awarded Emory University a $18,000 Community Action Grant to create a walkable community model for major universities. ULI selected Emory University from 27 applications to create a blueprint for other universities striving for more walkable campus communities.

Emory University has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. The university has the highest concentration of LEED-certified building space on a university campus. In keeping with its effort to improve air quality, traffic congestion, and the health of its community, Emory now seeks to serve as a model for creating a truly walkable campus community.

Statewide Voluntary Remediation Program Act

On June 1, the new Georgia Voluntary Remediation Program Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-8-100, et seq., became effective.  The Act establishes a Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) intended to encourage “voluntary, timely and cost-effective” investigation and remediation of properties impacted by the release of hazardous substances. 

 Unlike the Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act (HSRA), which requires cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination to established levels, VRP adopts a risk-based approach under which cleanup standards are determined on a site-specific basis taking into account factors such as potential exposure and groundwater impacts.

You can find the Act here.