According to records received from the Atlanta Public Schools, the district has a $425 thousand offer on the Milton Avenue property and plans to act on the offer to sell the surplus property in the upcoming March Board of Education meeting. However, this property sale may also be blocked by Mayor Reed who is refusing to turn over to APS the deed for the Adair property which is currently being held by the City of Atlanta (see more here and here).
Without the property deeds, the proposed sales cannot be completed. Reed has stated that he will not release the property deeds until the APS/Beltline dispute is resolved. With the inclusion of the Milton property and the Adair property, Reed’s blocking maneuver could result in a loss of $837 thousand of proceeds to APS from the property sales.
Mayor Reed has escalated the war of words on the APS/Beltline issue and his latest move to block APS from selling surplus and dilapidated properties is being met with strong resistance from the community. Community leaders have urged the Mayor to live up to the contractual commitments made by the City, but Reed consistently refers to any statements made to attempt to resolve the matter as “political stunts” – along with other insults to community leaders.
APS is about to enter into next years budget process and has identified an extensive list of priorities that the Board of Education wants to fund. Reed’s unwillingness to stand by the City’s contractual commitment on the Beltline and now his actions to block the sale of APS surplus properties will further constrain the Board as it works on next years budget.