The city of Atlanta is moving forward on its plans to repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center.

In October, Atlanta City Council members toured the jail as part of a plan to repurpose it. Two months earlier, Post 2 at-large Councilman Matt Westmoreland introduced a resolution calling for the jail to be closed.

At its meeting May 20 at City Hall, the council voted to adopt a resolution introduced by Post 3 at-large Councilman Andre Dickens on behalf of the administration establishing a task force to do just that. The task force’s mission is to evaluate a use of the detention center that could benefit the entire community and serve as a Center for Equity.

Two appointments to the task force were made at the May 20 meeting. Council President Felicia Moore and District 8 Councilman Dustin Hillis, chair of the council’s public safety/legal administration committee, who each can appoint one member to the task force, selected Westmoreland and District 3 Councilman Antonio Brown, respectively.

The council also adopted a resolution introduced by District 2 Councilman Amir Farokhi expressing opposition to Georgia House Bill 481, commonly called the fetal heartbeat bill. The resolution urges the Fulton and DeKalb counties’ district attorney’s offices not to prosecute anyone under the law that was adopted this legislative session by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp May 7.

The council also approved:

♦ An ordinance to close a portion of George Street SE to facilitate the construction of the Memorial Drive Greenway Project (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1206). The vision for the project includes a park with greenspace, seating and pathways, as well as other park and infrastructure-related improvements such as prioritizing pedestrians on streets near Historic Oakland Cemetery to create space for festival tents and markets.

♦ A resolution executing an intergovernmental agreement with the Fulton County Board of Health to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis services to high-risk populations within Atlanta for one year in the♦ amount of $100,000 for the prevention of HIV transmission (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3541).

♦ An ordinance to acquire approximately 7.1 acres of real property located on Browns Mill Road from the conservation fund for development as a park and food forest in council District 1 (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1251). It is the state’s first food forest of its kind and the largest in the nation, District 1 Councilwoman Carla Smith said.

♦ An ordinance amending the fiscal 2019 tree trust fund budget by transferring an amount not to exceed $480,948 to the fiscal 2019 budget of the department of parks and recreation and renewing a contract with Tri-Scapes Inc. for the planting and maintenance of trees in the city’s right-of-way and on other city property (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1220)

♦ An ordinance amending the fiscal 2019 tree trust fund budget by transferring $765,505 to the fiscal 2019 department of parks and recreation budget and renewing a contract with Trees Atlanta Inc. for the planting and maintenance of trees, improvements to the urban forest and community education (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1221)

♦ A resolution authorizing the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority on behalf of the Stadium Neighborhoods Trust Fund Committee to award a grant in the amount of $100,000 to Houseproud, Atlanta Inc. from the fund account to cover the costs to complete repairs for up to 12 households with eligible residents who are either low income, elderly or veterans (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3540)

♦ The community development/human services and finance executive committees will hold a joint work session May 30 at 10 a.m. to discuss the intergovernmental agreements with Invest Atlanta. Both work sessions will be held in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW.

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