Monday, September 22, 2014
CITY OF ATLANTA SUED FOR ACQUIRING LAND THAT IS ALLEGEDY FOR HBCU
Published On September 21, 2014 | By maria | Financial News, Latest posts
Clark Atlanta University is suing the city of Atlanta for acquiring land that was given to Morris Brown College instead of reverting it back to the university. www.naturallymoi.com
Reported by Nigel Boys
Over two years after filing in federal bankruptcy court in 2012, Morris Brown College, in Atlanta, GA, was given the go-ahead to sell the school’s property for $14.6 million to Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development authority, and Friendship Baptist Church. The school had no other alternative since it faced debts amounting to over $30 million.
However, although the sale of the property was authorized by the courts in June this year and the deal was finalized in August, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has filed a lawsuit against the city because they believe the land should have reverted back to them.
The university filed the lawsuit on September 5 in Fulton County Superior Court, claiming that the sale of the school’s property violates an old agreement with Morris Brown, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The suit claims that the property should have been returned to the university in the event that it was no longer used for educational purposes.
Clark Atlanta will continue to support the use of the property as an educational institution, according to AJC. It has invited the city to discuss with them the possibility of ensuring that it provides an educational opportunity to those who were historically denied that opportunity, namely the African-American community.
If CAU fails to come to an agreement with the Mayor of Atlanta, Kaseem Reid, they have been given the permission by the bankruptcy judge to pursue litigation in state court to determine its interests in the land previously occupied by Morris Brown College.
There has been no comment from Mayor Reid’s office on the pending litigation or the plan they have for the land in the foreseeable future.
However, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Friendship Baptist Church recently announced their plans to develop about 22 acres near the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, including land that was formerly owned by Morris Brown College.
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