News in Brief: Civic Center Redevelopment; school savings accounts; $150,000 Nonprofit Food Grant

Atlanta Civic Center (file)

The Atlanta Housing Authority Board of Directors selected New York-based Tishman Speyer and HJ Russell & Co. of Atlanta to transform the 14 acres Atlanta Civic Center subdivision property. According to Atlanta Civic Circle, details are sparse about the project other than 1,300 units are planned, including 430 marked as affordable, for the property on Piedmont Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. Tishman Speyer also plans to redevelop the Compound and Republic Social nightclub properties in West Midtown into a massive mixed-use development.

Hundreds of Atlanta Public Schools kindergarten students will begin saving for college and learning the importance of financial literacy, thanks to a collaborative initiative between the District, Operation HOPE and the City of Atlanta. The HOPE Children’s Savings Account Program will provide all kindergarten students at APS Title I schools with a free savings account starting with a one-time deposit of $50. Operation HOPE has partnered with Citi, which provides banking, data management and consulting services for the program. Savings will be held in custodial bank accounts until students graduate from an APS high school. Family deposits and program incentives will help the money grow, according to APS. You can find more information about the HOPE Children’s Savings Account Program here.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia provided non-profit Everybody eats with a $150,000 grant to help the organization secure a Westside facility. This space will include a food pantry, a community garden and a restaurant/soup kitchen. Over the past five years, Everyone Eats has helped more than 32,000 families in need through a combination of events, mobile deliveries and pop-up markets to bring food and other services to Atlanta residents. They also organized collections of toys and bags of books. To learn more, visit

Collin Kelley has been editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and a freelance journalist and writer for 35 years. He is also an award-winning poet and novelist. More Collin Kelley

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