ATLANTA - Members of the Peoplestown community protested outside of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office Thursday. Many residents, including 93-year-old Mattie Jackson, have lived in their homes for decades and refuse to move.
The City of Atlanta has worked to acquire homes just south of Turner Field to build a park and retention pond to avoid flooding the neighborhood. Mayor Reed said he wanted to meet with homeowners privately about the real estate transactions.
Mayor Reed told Ms. Jackson he wanted to meet with her behind closed doors to give her the good news that she will not have to move. City officials will pursue an alternative design option for the storm water retention pond.
The future of five other homes is still up in the air. Mayor Reed plans to meet with those homeowners individually.