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Becca J. G. Godwin

Becca Godwin covers hyperlocal development. She holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Communication from Florida International University. She joined the AJC in 2016.

Latest from Becca J. G. Godwin

66-year-old Spelman College dorm to undergo renovations this summer
 For the past 66 years, scores of Spelman College students have stayed in a four-story, brick building that resembles a big house. But when the dorm residents enter the old building in August, they’ll be met with some fresh 2017 updates. Winter Spaces, a division of Winter Construction, is renovating the 31,472-square foot Abby Aldrich...

Posted: 16 hours ago

For the past 66 years, scores of Spelman College students have stayed in a four-story, brick building that resembles a big house. But when the dorm residents enter the old building in August, they’ll be met with some fresh 2017 updates. Winter Spaces, a division of Winter Construction, is renovating the 31,472-square foot Abby Aldrich...
Ground has broken on $80M Beltline development near Krog Street Market
 North American Properties broke ground this week on an $80 million mixed-use development on the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail.  A name for the project was also reveled: Edge. The nearly two-acre property at 670 DeKalb Ave. borders Edgewood Avenue not far from Krog Street Market. DeKalb County artist Kyle &ldquo...

Posted: 19 hours ago

North American Properties broke ground this week on an $80 million mixed-use development on the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail.  A name for the project was also reveled: Edge. The nearly two-acre property at 670 DeKalb Ave. borders Edgewood Avenue not far from Krog Street Market. DeKalb County artist Kyle &ldquo...
Pink buildup in ice machine noted in Atlanta wing spot health check
 A wings restaurant failed a recent health inspection, with officials noting pink buildup inside an ice machine and black buildup in a soda nozzle and lemonade dispenser. J Buffalo Wings, located at 3730 Carmia Dr. SW, scored a 69/U following the Monday evaluation; 69 and below is considered failing. Its prior score, in September, was...

Posted: a day ago

A wings restaurant failed a recent health inspection, with officials noting pink buildup inside an ice machine and black buildup in a soda nozzle and lemonade dispenser. J Buffalo Wings, located at 3730 Carmia Dr. SW, scored a 69/U following the Monday evaluation; 69 and below is considered failing. Its prior score, in September, was...
Man sentenced to life for murder at 4th of July barbecue in Atlanta
 A man has been sentenced to life plus five years in prison for shooting another man to death at a southwest Atlanta 4th of July barbecue in 2015.  Juarez Monegain, 35, pled guilty to the murder and related charges, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office announced this week. The 25-year-old victim, Edwin Ross...

Posted: a day ago

A man has been sentenced to life plus five years in prison for shooting another man to death at a southwest Atlanta 4th of July barbecue in 2015.  Juarez Monegain, 35, pled guilty to the murder and related charges, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office announced this week. The 25-year-old victim, Edwin Ross...
Looking for a feline friend? Free adoptions at Atlanta cat cafe event
 If you haven’t made it to the recently-opened Java Cats Cafe  yet and you’re looking for an excuse... The maker of Purevax Feline Rabies vaccines is soon hosting its first stop in a multi-city cat cafe tour at the Grant Park coffee shop. And if you want to take a cat home with you home, get there early. The...

Posted: a day ago

If you haven’t made it to the recently-opened Java Cats Cafe yet and you’re looking for an excuse... The maker of Purevax Feline Rabies vaccines is soon hosting its first stop in a multi-city cat cafe tour at the Grant Park coffee shop. And if you want to take a cat home with you home, get there early. The...
PHOTOS: Buckhead mansion near Tyler Perry’s old estate up for $9.5M
 Towards the end of Garraux Road, a short, tree-lined street in an exclusive northwest Atlanta neighborhood, you’ll find an expansive home that’s on the market for $9,500,000. Less than two years ago, in August 2015, it sold for $6 million.  Speaking in May 2016 about that sale, a real estate agent said it was...

Posted: a day ago

Towards the end of Garraux Road, a short, tree-lined street in an exclusive northwest Atlanta neighborhood, you’ll find an expansive home that’s on the market for $9,500,000. Less than two years ago, in August 2015, it sold for $6 million.  Speaking in May 2016 about that sale, a real estate agent said it was...
Atlanta council OKs bright lights in new district to energize downtown
 In an attempt to carve out a distinct identity for downtown Atlanta, the City Council voted to create a new district with special advertising rights that encourage more bright signs to light up the city sky. Council members say the creation of an Atlanta Arts and Entertainment District can increase tourism, attract conventions and promote...

Posted: 2 days ago

In an attempt to carve out a distinct identity for downtown Atlanta, the City Council voted to create a new district with special advertising rights that encourage more bright signs to light up the city sky. Council members say the creation of an Atlanta Arts and Entertainment District can increase tourism, attract conventions and promote...
Coca-Cola laying off 421 as part of earlier plan to cut 1,200 jobs
 Coca-Cola said it is laying off 421 people at its headquarters and two other Atlanta locations on July 15, according to a notice sent to state officials. The lay-offs, which include 334 at its headquarters near downtown Atlanta, are part of about 1,200 job cuts then-Coca-Cola President James Quincey announced just before he stepped in...

Posted: 2 days ago

Coca-Cola said it is laying off 421 people at its headquarters and two other Atlanta locations on July 15, according to a notice sent to state officials. The lay-offs, which include 334 at its headquarters near downtown Atlanta, are part of about 1,200 job cuts then-Coca-Cola President James Quincey announced just before he stepped in...
How to get free hot dogs, hamburgers delivered to your door this week
 Wednesday is the first day of summer, and one delivery service wants to help Atlantans get in the mood.  Postmates is delivering free hamburgers or hot dogs to the first 7,000 new users who download the app and order now through Sunday, according to NationalToday.com. The web site, which “keeps...

Posted: 2 days ago

Wednesday is the first day of summer, and one delivery service wants to help Atlantans get in the mood.  Postmates is delivering free hamburgers or hot dogs to the first 7,000 new users who download the app and order now through Sunday, according to NationalToday.com. The web site, which “keeps...
Run alongside Atlanta police at this downtown 5K
 Running with the police is not something citizens often have the chance to do.  But in a couple months, it will be. The Atlanta’s Finest 5K invites runners and law enforcers to breeze past downtown landmarks such as Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola. Squad cars, motorcycles and the Mobile Command Unit...

Posted: 2 days ago

Running with the police is not something citizens often have the chance to do.  But in a couple months, it will be. The Atlanta’s Finest 5K invites runners and law enforcers to breeze past downtown landmarks such as Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola. Squad cars, motorcycles and the Mobile Command Unit...
Here’s why you’ll start seeing a bigger focus on art at MARTA stations
 MARTA has launched a new program that will integrate and restore art throughout the rail system. The new commitment will engage with customers in a “bold, exciting and often entertaining new way,” general manager and CEO Keith Parker said in a statement. “From mosaics to murals, we are redefining the ridership experience...

Posted: 3 days ago

MARTA has launched a new program that will integrate and restore art throughout the rail system. The new commitment will engage with customers in a “bold, exciting and often entertaining new way,” general manager and CEO Keith Parker said in a statement. “From mosaics to murals, we are redefining the ridership experience...