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May 17, 2013

Atlanta names Collier Heights historic district

ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed legislation aimed at preserving the history and architectural character of Collier Heights.

City officials say the neighborhood is considered one of the most significant African-American communities in Atlanta. In the late 1950s, upper- and middle-class black Atlanta residents moved to the then-suburban area for new housing options unavailable to them during segregation.

“Collier Heights represents an extraordinarily intact post-World War II suburban development where many of Atlanta’s notable civic and business leaders made their home during the era of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement.

“It is a privilege for my administration to play a part in preserving a unique architectural community that many legendary African-American business and civic leaders made their home,” Reed added.

The historic district designation means that Collier Heights will be protected from new construction and design alternations to a property’s exterior.

City officials say all proposals for new construction, additions, exterior renovations, demolitions and changes on the property are now required to undergo a design review by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Collier Heights is near the city’s western edge.

 

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