Atlanta City Council wants to track scooter-related injuries

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46)- Atlanta City Council is making an effort to track and monitor all scooter-related injuries to possibly add more safety requirements.

Zella Turner said she rode a scooter to and from work downtown everyday for months, until January 24 when she was thrown off her JUMP scooter while riding downhill on her way home from work. She said the scooter would not stop.

“I am absolutely sure those breaks weren’t working,” Turner told CBS46 reporter Hayley Mason. “That wasn’t my first time riding a scooter. I know how to stop a scooter,” she said.

Turner was thrown off the Jump scooter and sent to the hospital. She has fractured facial bones, more than a dozen stitches in her cheek, injured fingers and is wearing an arm brace. She is suing Uber over her accident and said she wants other riders to be thoughtful when signing the waivers associated with e-scooters.

She said the e-scooter owners will not acknowledge fault because of the waiver she signed.

“There is no liability on their part and people are assuming the machine is right and if it’s not then that’s a problem,” Turner said. “If I have an accident and the reason I have an accident is because your product is defective, that’s not my fault. I did everything I was supposed to do,” she added.

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore just filed possible legislation to track scooter-related injuries. She is asking hospitals and urgent care facilities to provide quarterly scooter injury reports.

“I think at minimum helmets are something they need to consider, and when we get this data in and determine the type of injuries, maybe that will the policy makers make that decision,” Moore said.

Atlanta emergency room physicians told us they are seeing more patients with serious injuries from scooter accidents.

“Initially when scooters started to become more popular, we were seeing about 20 or 30 a month and that number has gradually increased to now seeing about 100 a month,” said Dr. Hany Atallah, the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital. “We have seen a number of patients with some pretty significant head injuries, and we’ve seen a lot of patients with arm and wrist fractures and things from falling on the scooters.

He said they’re also treating more pedestrians who have been hit by scooters.

“If there are a lot of head injuries like I am hearing, then we perhaps need to do like other cities and say that you have to have a helmet,” Moore said. “In worse case scenario, if we find that the injuries are so significant and trying to find out more about how they fell off, we may have to look at if these are even safe to be traveling on our streets,” added Moore.

Moore met Turner during the taping of CBS46’s interview. Turner vowed to be at the upcoming public safety committee meeting next week at Atlanta’s City Hall.

Grady Hospital is about to enter a period of study in which doctors will count scooter-related injuries with specificity.

CBS46 has requested comment from Uber, they sent the following statement:

"We are upset to hear of this report and have Ms. Turner in our thoughts as she recovers. As soon as this was reported to us, we immediately removed this scooter from the JUMP fleet."

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Elevated levels of arsenic found in drinking water at USP Atlanta

Source: MGN Online

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46)- After months of testing, elevated levels of arsenic have been found in the drinking water at USP Atlanta, a medium security facility housing close to 2,000 male offenders.

USP Atlanta brought in a third party consultant to conduct limited water sampling in November 2018 after questions were raised related to possible sediment in the water.

Because results from the first testing indicated elevated levels of arsenic, more widespread sampling of the institution was conducted in December. Test results were completed January 2, 2019; however due to the government shutdown the results were not received by the Bureau until January 29.

All of the samples tested with water collected within USP Atlanta contained 17 ppb of arsenic or less. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic in drinking water as 10 parts per billion (ppb).

Staff and inmates were notified to not drink the water and bottled water was distributed to staff and inmates.

The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM), who supplies water to the facility, was also notified of the test results. They conducted preliminary testing on February 4, 2019, to determine the source of the arsenic and what further action may be required. Those test results have not yet been received.

In the interim, additional gallons of water were purchased for the Food Services Department to use in cooking meals during this time. Staff conducted town hall meetings with all the housing units to ensure inmates were notified not to drink or cook with the tap water. Showers and washing of clothes are not affected by this issue. Staff and inmates continue to be provided with clean drinking water via bottled water and notices have been posted as a reminder.

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Top Buckhead Atlanta Realtor Offers A Luxury Georgia Home with Famous Car Barn

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Debra Johnston, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties, has announced Georgia’s best custom masterpiece estate. 3509 Tanners Mill Circle offers a range of unique benefits, from a large car-collector showroom to 136 acres of breathtaking picturesque grounds, all available for $9.9 million with opportunity to purchase the entire 446 acres of property for $16.5 million.

3509 Tanners Mill Circle

More information can be found at: http://www.debraajohnston.com/homes-for-sale-details/3509-TANNERS-MILL-CIRCLE-GAINESVILLE-GA-30507/5989080/49/

Situated an hour north of Buckhead in Atlanta, this custom country estate was carefully designed and meticulously engineered. The five bedroom 12,000+ sq. ft. stone mansion boasts unparalleled detail with no expense spared, from the rare red slate roof to the reclaimed wooden beams and wide plank floors.

The spectacular property and residence are fastidiously maintained to flawless perfection, with luxurious A-Lister features while radiating a friendly cozy feel. Among the 136 acres of rolling hills, there is a variety of lovely scenery to appreciate: from a lake, to natural waterfalls, to winding rivers. All of the previously mentioned can be enjoyed from the home’s extensive wrap-around patios.

Among the fascinating features of this estate and grounds is the one-of-a-kind showroom that is ranked one of the top 5 world’s best muscle car garages in company with those owned by Jay Leno, Seinfeld, and Ralph Lauren. It boasts 40,000 sq. ft. and is designed to showcase 70 plus parked cars. This unbelievable climate-controlled steel exterior showroom was exceptionally planned for the ultimate car connoisseur to display collection cars in a museum-like setting.

Within this distinct massive dealership facade car barn, many other incomparable spaces exist including a 1900’s style saloon, a ticket booth, a massive high-end movie theater, a gas station replica, and classy old-fashioned themed soda and barber shops. Interested parties can view Debra Johnston’s YouTube Station and property video via this link: https://youtu.be/oMzw_APwJzY

3509 Tanners Mill Circle will certainly impress those lovers of the outdoors, car enthusiasts, and fans of thoughtfully designed architecture that is perfect for family gatherings.

About Debra Johnston:

Debra Johnston is not only named Atlanta Board of Realtors Top 5 Individual Agent in the City, she is also the exclusive Atlanta agent for SportStar Relocation. She continues to surpass client expectations as demonstrated in her sales volume performance year over year serving her extensive clientele network which includes music and film industry, athletes, Fortune 500 executives, and entrepreneurs. Her exceptional marketing consists of superb photography and video production as well as a prominent internet exposure that translates into maximum exposure for her clients.

She is known for her genuine enthusiasm for luxury real estate and for her excellent professionalism providing top customer service. With over fifteen years of experience in the luxury market, Debra is a leader in the real estate field and consistently delivers uncompromising professionalism and ultimately a positive experience for her clients.

Representing clients from Los Angeles to New York to Miami, Debra continues to surpass the luxury real estate competition in Atlanta while delivering exceptional service each and every time.

To find out more about the opportunity to own Atlanta’s finest homes, please view Debra Johnston’s video page at: http://debraajohnston.com/videos

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Atlanta Boat Show & Lululemon Sunday Sweat: Atlanta This Weekend

ATLANTA, GA – This weekend, the Michael C. Carlos Museum will feed curious, young minds with a telling of the story of Persephone. Additionally, Atlanta will also offer plenty to do for the adult crowd, including a cocktail class at The White Bull and the kick-off party for Fernbank After Dark. And for those with plans of future grandeur, the Atlanta Boat Show is also in town.

Here’s what else is happening around the city:

Neighborhood: Druid Hills

The Fernbank Museum is set to kick off a new year of science and sips at the kick-off party for their Fernbank After Dark series. The 21 and older affair will feature hands-on science activities, live music by dangfly! and plenty of cocktails.

Where: Fernbank Museum Of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE

When: Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Neighborhood: Downtown

Boasting a lineup of Atlanta’s “finest stand-up comedians,” Laughs & Drafts will feature performances from seven local acts. Among the comedians set to bring-the-funny are David Perdue, Hillary R. Heath and Vas Sanchez.

Where: Tabernacle Atlanta, 152 Luckie Street NW

When: Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m.

Neighborhood: Emory

Specifically geared towards preschoolers and kindergarteners, this week’s Artful Stories installment will introduce the story of Persephone and her pomegranate seeds. As a special treat at the end of Persephone’s story, pint-size attendees will have the opportunity to nosh on their own pomegranate seeds.

Where: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle NE

When: Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m.

Neighborhood: Downtown Decatur

If you prefer your classic cocktail with a side of history, then head over to The White Bull for their Cocktails: An American Story series. As part of this series, which costs $55 per guest, The White Bull’s Beverage Director Matthew Scott will share the history of the cocktail. Attendees can also expect plenty of sips.

Where: The White Bull, 123 East Court Square

When: Saturday, Jan. 12, at 12:30 p.m.

Neighborhood: Old Fourth Ward

Get ready to break a sweat at lululemon’s new training camp series, which is held at their Ponce City Market location. The class is free and open to the public, and is led by lululemon ambassador and former CrossFit competitor, Eric Pyne.

Where: lululemon, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE

When: Sunday, Jan. 13, at 9:30 a.m.

Neighborhood: Downtown

Serving as a celebration of Jewish and Israeli arts, attendees can expect a day filled with performances, arts and crafts, community and more during the Atlanta Jewish Life Festival. Tickets to the festival are $18 per person, with discounts available for families.

Where: Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW

When: Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m.

Neighborhood: Downtown

Even if you’re not in the market for a small yacht to anchor off the coast of Santorini this winter, the Atlanta Boat Show is still a guaranteed good time for all. Learn a few boater’s basics during one of several seminars or browse through the vast selection of boats and tour your favorites.

Where: Georgia World Congress Center (Hall A), 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW

When: Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m.

Photo: The White Bull/Noah Fecks

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Major Atlanta Creeks, Rivers Under Flood Warnings

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — Many metro Atlanta rivers and creeks are under flood warnings, as a round of heavy rains and storms began hammering the area Thursday night, a deluge that isn’t expected to stop until sometime next year.

On Friday morning, the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for Peachtree Creek in Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton counties; Nancy Creek in Buckhead; Proctor Creek in Fulton County; the Chattahoochee River near Vinings Paces Ferry Road near Cobb and Fulton counties; Crooked Creek near Norcross; Nancy Creek West Wesley Road in Atlanta; North Fork Peachtree Creek in Atlanta and affecting DeKalb and Fulton counties; Allatoona Creek near Mars Hill affecting Cobb County; Pew Creek near Lawrenceville affecting Gwinnett County; and Big Creek near Alpharetta affecting Forsyth and Fulton counties.

Forecasters say showers and a few thunderstorms will move across metro Atlanta through Friday night, with locally heavy rain and brief strong wind gusts expected, especially in the higher terrain of north Georgia. A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning.

Several rounds of showers will continue into next week, with isolated thunderstorms possible Monday and Tuesday. Much of metro Atlanta could see 2 to 4 inches of additional rainfall, with locally higher amounts possible. This rainfall will increase the river and stream flood threat once again as grounds remain wet from recent rains. Localized flash flooding will also be a concern in flood prone areas.

Here’s your latest forecast:

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 4 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.Saturday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 1 am. Cloudy, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.Sunday: Showers likely, mainly before 1 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 59. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.Sunday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.Monday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.Monday Night: Showers. Low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.New Year’s Day: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.Wednesday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.Wednesday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

(For more news like this, find your local Patch here. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here.)

Image: National Weather Service

Patch Editor Tim Darnell contributed to this story.

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Whole Foods 365 makes Atlanta debut

Whole Foods Market today opened its first Whole Foods Market 365 stores in Atlanta.

The new locations — at 1555 Church St. in Decatur, Ga., and 3535 Northside Pkwy. in the Buckhead section of Atlanta — expand the 365 retail banner to 12 stores.

Compared with conventional Whole Foods supermarkets, which average around 38,000 square feet and can range up to 50,000 square feet, the 365 stores run about 25,000 to 30,000 square feet. The smaller format also carries about 7,000 SKUs, less than half of the 20,000-plus SKUs at full-size Whole Foods stores, and doesn’t include full-service departments such as deli or bakery.

In addition, the 365 banner features lower prices than the typical Whole Foods, which was billed as a key element of the concept when it launched in 2016. The combination of cheaper prices and smaller size, as well as a local flavor, is seen as opening up more expansion possibilities for the format in terms of space and location.

The new 365 store in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, inside and out.

“We’re excited to introduce the Decatur and Northside Buckhead communities to the Whole Foods Market 365 concept, offering the very best quality food at low prices,” Jeff Turnas, president of Whole Foods Market 365, said in a statement. “We have taken all we have learned about combining convenience and customer experience and created what we believe are two of our most exciting stores.”

The Decatur and Buckhead locations are part of the Friends of Whole Foods Market program, which brings unique, locally based beverage and dining experiences in-store via partnerships with outside chefs and culinary and lifestyle brands. Whole Foods said All Friends partners operate as independent shops inside its stores and share the retailer’s high quality standards.

For example, the Decatur 365 store marks the fourth location for Atlanta-based dtox juice. Its menu includes juices, smoothies, acai, matcha and dragon fruit bowls, nut-based yogurt, plant-based salads, and detoxifying cleanses made with organic and local ingredients. Another Atlanta business, Sublime Tree, opened its second location at the Buckhead store. The vendor focuses on organic smoothies, cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls and superfood eats.

Also in the Decatur store is Pour de Leon, a beverage, dining and gathering venue for all ages, with the name inspired by Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue. The outlet offers locally and nationally sourced beers, wines and ciders on tap, hot bar bites with dipping sauces and grab-and-go prepared foods — as well as free classic arcade games.

Slated to open early next year in both the Decatur and Buckhead stores is Loteria Grill, an authentic Mexican restaurant, Loteria Grill led by chef Jimmy Shaw. Whole Foods said the eateries will be Los Angeles-based Loteria’s first Atlanta-area locations. Offerings will include appetizers, tacos, enchiladas and seasonal specials; vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options; a coffee bar; and beer, wine and cocktails.

Both of the new 365 stores offer more than 200 organic produce items and pre-cut vegetables, such as zucchini noodles and riced cauliflower; fresh meat and seafood, including specialty cuts, value packs and marinated items; and over 75 grab-and-go artisanal cheeses. Hot and cold bars enable shoppers to build their own salads and pick up ready-made wraps, sushi, Detroit-style square pizza by the slice, sandwiches, pastas, soups and breakfast tacos.

There’s also a made-to-order sandwich counter and fresh-baked bread and pastries from Atlanta’s Alon’s Bakery & Market and H&F Bread Co. Mix-and-match, self-serve bakery items include a cookie bar, macaron bar, cakes and pies. And a tablet-based beverage pairing kiosk lets customers scan wine, beer or spirit labels for food pairing ideas, ratings, user reviews and recommendations. You’ll find more than 400 wines under $25, including eco-friendly and biodynamic wines. The stores, too, carry a wide selection of beer, including seasonal and local favorites, and special-occasion drinks like sparkling wine, sake and sangria.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Whole Foods Market to serve more communities in Atlanta,” said Bobby Turner, president of Whole Foods Market’s South region. “Not only are we bringing high-quality products at great prices with the Decatur and Buckhead stores, but we’re also thrilled to be employing 200 people from the local communities between the two.”

The other 10 Whole Foods 365 stores are in Ohio, California (five locations), New York, Oregon and Texas (two locations). On its website, Whole Foods lists more 365 stores in development for California, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia.

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New High Street Atlanta Development Planned For Perimeter

ATLANTA, GA — GID and North American Properties have announced a new joint venture to develop High Street Atlanta, an eight million-square-foot mixed-use destination in the Central Perimeter. GID will remain the master developer, while NAP will lead retail leasing, marketing and community engagement. Once complete, NAP will oversee retail property management and the programming of High Street Atlanta’s public realm.

"To bring High Street Atlanta to life, it was important for us to engage a local partner, particularly as it relates to retail, restaurant and entertainment leasing, who shared our vision for designing, programming and operating mixed-use destinations," said James Linsley, president of GID Development Group. "The NAP team has demonstrated success with curating best-in-class merchandise mixes, engaging the community and energizing spaces so that they become the community’s gathering place. We are excited to begin working with the NAP team and to apply their proven approach to High Street Atlanta’s street-level retail and public realm."

The transit-oriented urban district features 10 city blocks developed around a pedestrian friendly street grid and active open space and event spaces. It will be highly walkable, with urban placemaking principles and modern architecture.

"By investing in the space between the buildings – the street-level, human-scale gathering places where community and social collisions happen organically – we create a fundamentally different shopping experience than e-commerce," said Mark Toro, managing partner of NAP. "It’s the difference between automation and animation; these two retail models are at opposite ends of the spectrum and both are highly successful, especially when they work together. Our team of ExperienceMakersä looks forward to collaborating with GID to develop this highly animated urban environment for Central Perimeter."

At full build-out, the mix of uses includes approximately 1,500 apartments, 1,500 condos, 400,000 square feet of retail, 400,000 square feet of new office and 400 hotel rooms.

"Today’s retailers are seeking to seamlessly integrate their brick and mortar and digital platforms. They want both an interactive in-store experience and a user friendly online experience; NAP provides the infrastructure for both," said David Weinert, partner and senior vice president of leasing at NAP. "Heading into ICSC New York, one of the world’s largest retail conventions, we have dozens of meetings set up with a wide range of retailers, including digitally native brands looking to expand their real estate portfolios. We look forward to telling these unique-to-market concepts about High Street Atlanta and the Central Perimeter."

High Street Atlanta is located in the geographic center of the Central Perimeter, 15 miles north of downtown, steps away from MARTA and at the nexus of Georgia 400 and I-285. The Central Perimeter is in the economic center and heart of Metro Atlanta.

"Vital to our approach is building community while building the community," Toro added. "We invite community members to follow us on High Street Atlanta’s newly launched social media pages and share the types of retailers, restaurants, events and experiences they would like to see at the project using the hashtag #HighStATL. We will use the community’s feedback to help launch our leasing efforts at ICSC New York in early December."

(For more news like this, find your local Patch here. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here.)

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VISTA REALTY PARTNERS (“Vista”) Announces Groundbreaking of a Multifamily project at Major Mixed-Use Development in Cobb County (Atlanta), Georgia

ATLANTA, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — VISTA ANNOUNCES groundbreaking on its newest community in Atlanta, GA which includes 298 luxury apartments. Synovus Bank provided Construction financing for the $60 million project. A joint venture between Nationwide Insurance Co. and Eduard de Guardiola, principal and founder of Vista, provided the equity.

(PRNewsfoto/Vista Realty Partners)

Marketplace Vista Apartments, the residential component of the mixed use MarketPlace at Terrell Mill project, will contain 298 apartments. Its residents will enjoy meditation gardens, courtyards, state of the art fitness facilities and an Uber lounge with convenient access to I-75, the new Atlanta Braves Stadium, as well as the vibrant employment centers located in the Buckhead and Midtown areas of Atlanta.

Entitlements for the redevelopment of the tract at Terrell Mill Road and Powers Ferry Road took four years, resulting in a cornerstone of the community with a dynamic walkable mixed-use village. The commercial component of the transformative master planned development includes a 95,000 square foot Kroger superstore, various restaurants, retail and a multi-story, climate controlled self-storage facility. https://www.marketplaceterrellmill.com/

VISTA, founded in 2000, is an Atlanta-based real estate investment company specializing in the operation and development of rental and for‑sale multifamily housing throughout the Southeast.

For further information please contact Michael Neyhart at 404-835-5778.

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Raleigh, Other Amazon’s HQ2 Final Cities Ranked by Housing Market

Raleigh, N.C, Atlanta, Ga., and Pittsburgh, Penn. come in the top-ranked cities for Amazon’s HQ2 based on their relatively affordable homes, above-average school scores, and below-average crime rates and property taxes, according to a national property data warehouse.

The May 2018 issue of the Housing News Report by California-based ATTOM Data Solutions ranked the top 19 U.S. finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters based on factors that influence the housing market and quality of life.

The report focuses on seven factors in ranking the cities. Those are home prices, appreciation, affordability, school scores, crime rates, property taxes and environmental hazards. The top-ranking city, Raleigh has a median home price of $235,000, is among the lowest environmental hazards and crime rates, and is among the highest school scores.

Atlanta and Pittsburgh, which came in second and third, have lower median home prices at $220,000 and $150,000 respectively. Those cities have significantly higher crime rates, but also boast high school scores and better five-year home appreciation than Raleigh.

Although they came in middle of the pack, the report specifically highlighted the District of Columbia and its surrounding counties, Montgomery County, Md. and Northern Virginia.

“We have the kind of talent in the categories they are looking for. It would be good for this economy. It would diversify it and it would attract other businesses,” said economist Stephen Fuller, director of the Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Economic Future, Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in the report.

Seattle-local and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has already established a presence in D.C. He bought the Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million and bought a former Textile Museum in 2016 to convert into a residence that might become the largest home in the nation’s capital.

Among those three candidates near Washington D.C., Northern Virginia had the lowest median home price. But homes were more affordable in Montgomery County due to higher wages in that area, according to the ATTOM Data Solutions analysis.

But Washington D.C. ranks 12 on the list with Montgomery County in the ninth spot and Northern Virginia coming in at 13.

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