Arielle Kass

Reporter

Emory grad Arielle Kass covers Fulton County. She previously covered Gwinnett County, housing, money and retail business at the AJC. 

Latest from Arielle Kass

Fulton, Atlanta likely will be forced to return funds for job training
 Fulton County will lose $211,000 in federal grant money that was meant to provide job training for residents because it didn’t adhere to a deadline for spending the funds. The failure to fully utilize workforce development grants has been an intractable problem in the county. Since 2015, officials have left $746,574 on the table that...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Fulton County will lose $211,000 in federal grant money that was meant to provide job training for residents because it didn’t adhere to a deadline for spending the funds. The failure to fully utilize workforce development grants has been an intractable problem in the county. Since 2015, officials have left $746,574 on the table that...
Three strip clubs close in Sandy Springs after 12-year legal battle
 After 13 years, multiple lawsuits and a slew of court filings, there’s no more nude dancing in Sandy Springs. The city’s three strip clubs closed earlier this month, having exhausted their appeals in a 12-year legal battle with the city. Sandy Springs had denied the venues alcohol licensessince it formed in 2005...

Posted: 7 days ago

After 13 years, multiple lawsuits and a slew of court filings, there’s no more nude dancing in Sandy Springs. The city’s three strip clubs closed earlier this month, having exhausted their appeals in a 12-year legal battle with the city. Sandy Springs had denied the venues alcohol licensessince it formed in 2005...
New home prices fall in south Fulton County as houses get smaller
 When Greta Bell decided to start looking for a new home, she hoped to stay in Newnan, where she rents an apartment with her son. But every house she saw in that area was out of her price range. Her real estate agent sent her to south Fulton County, instead. Home prices have risen over the past several years as metro Atlanta has...

Posted: 8 days ago

When Greta Bell decided to start looking for a new home, she hoped to stay in Newnan, where she rents an apartment with her son. But every house she saw in that area was out of her price range. Her real estate agent sent her to south Fulton County, instead. Home prices have risen over the past several years as metro Atlanta has...
South Fulton land-use plans are in flux, but lawsuits still come
 Next to the South Fulton funeral home owned by Monique Murray’s family, there’s already a McDonald’s and a Starbucks. She worried when developers wanted to add a Burger King to the mix. Traffic is bad enough, Murray said. So she was pleased when the South Fulton City Council denied a zoning request to change a mixed-use...

Posted: 14 days ago

Next to the South Fulton funeral home owned by Monique Murray’s family, there’s already a McDonald’s and a Starbucks. She worried when developers wanted to add a Burger King to the mix. Traffic is bad enough, Murray said. So she was pleased when the South Fulton City Council denied a zoning request to change a mixed-use...
More potential conflicts of interest in Atlanta Gulch deal possible
 Members of the Fulton County Commission on Wednesday pointed out other potential conflicts of interest related to a multi-billion-dollar deal to redevelop the Gulch. Last month, ethics watchdogs and two local elected officials questioned whether Alvin Kendall, who runs the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority’s daily...

Posted: 16 days ago

Members of the Fulton County Commission on Wednesday pointed out other potential conflicts of interest related to a multi-billion-dollar deal to redevelop the Gulch. Last month, ethics watchdogs and two local elected officials questioned whether Alvin Kendall, who runs the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority’s daily...
Roswell mayor regrets handling of tennis center, plans meeting
 Nearly three weeks after residents’ uproar squelched plans to build a proposed tennis center in a city park, Roswell Mayor Lori Henry said the way the project was rolled out “clearly did not” serve the community’s best interests. “When I look back at the situation, I see a lot of room for improvement...

Posted: 21 days ago

Nearly three weeks after residents’ uproar squelched plans to build a proposed tennis center in a city park, Roswell Mayor Lori Henry said the way the project was rolled out “clearly did not” serve the community’s best interests. “When I look back at the situation, I see a lot of room for improvement...
Appealed your Fulton County property value? Here’s what comes next
 When Fulton County property owners got their appraisal notices in the mail this spring, many didn’t like what they saw. Luckily, there’s a process for people who think the county got their property values wrong: they can appeal. More than 40,000 people did so before an early July deadline. Why so many? Remember: Last year, Fulton...

Posted: 21 days ago

When Fulton County property owners got their appraisal notices in the mail this spring, many didn’t like what they saw. Luckily, there’s a process for people who think the county got their property values wrong: they can appeal. More than 40,000 people did so before an early July deadline. Why so many? Remember: Last year, Fulton...
Milton residents don’t want road widening — or the growth that causes it
 Nancy Williams wants to know why parking spaces are more valuable to the city of Milton than her peace of mind. When Ga. 9 is widened beginning next year, the work will wipe out 15 feet of trees and other landscaping that sit between her house and the road, she said. The better plan, she and many of her neighbors in the Orchards of Windward...

Posted: 21 days ago

Nancy Williams wants to know why parking spaces are more valuable to the city of Milton than her peace of mind. When Ga. 9 is widened beginning next year, the work will wipe out 15 feet of trees and other landscaping that sit between her house and the road, she said. The better plan, she and many of her neighbors in the Orchards of Windward...
DEEPER FINDINGS: Emails show Roswell tennis center discussions began last fall
 Nearly a year ago, the executive director of the city of Roswell’s economic development arm scheduled a meeting to discuss a project. Code name: “Yellow Ball.” The topic? A proposal for a massive tennis center in Roswell’s Big Creek Park. Though the plan was short lived once it became public earlier this...

Posted: 29 days ago

Nearly a year ago, the executive director of the city of Roswell’s economic development arm scheduled a meeting to discuss a project. Code name: “Yellow Ball.” The topic? A proposal for a massive tennis center in Roswell’s Big Creek Park. Though the plan was short lived once it became public earlier this...
Fulton County adds more new residents than anywhere in metro Atlanta
 Fulton County has added more residents in the past year than any other county in metro Atlanta, new data from the Atlanta Regional Commission shows. From April 2017 to April 2018, 17,570 moved to Fulton County, according to the ARC — nearly a quarter of the 75,800 new residents in the 10-county metro area. Gwinnett had the next-largest...

Posted: 30 days ago

Fulton County has added more residents in the past year than any other county in metro Atlanta, new data from the Atlanta Regional Commission shows. From April 2017 to April 2018, 17,570 moved to Fulton County, according to the ARC — nearly a quarter of the 75,800 new residents in the 10-county metro area. Gwinnett had the next-largest...
Did Roswell councilman break trust with comments about tennis center?
 On social media and in the press, Roswell City Councilman Marcelo Zapata played the foil. If residents were upset with plans to put a $50 million tennis center in a popular city park, he was, too. But the truth is, Zapata voted for the tennis plan in a closed meeting, documents show. And at least one member of the city council is questioning...

8:57 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

On social media and in the press, Roswell City Councilman Marcelo Zapata played the foil. If residents were upset with plans to put a $50 million tennis center in a popular city park, he was, too. But the truth is, Zapata voted for the tennis plan in a closed meeting, documents show. And at least one member of the city council is questioning...