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

Atlanta Central Library seeks space for the future to meet new needs
 What is the future of the library? Whatever it is, the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System wants the city’s Central Library to be able to adapt to it. A plan to renovate the Central Library, unveiled Wednesday, seeks to modernize the downtown library by adding more technology, a flexible events space...

Posted: 6 days ago

What is the future of the library? Whatever it is, the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System wants the city’s Central Library to be able to adapt to it. A plan to renovate the Central Library, unveiled Wednesday, seeks to modernize the downtown library by adding more technology, a flexible events space...
Burglar alarm calls in Sandy Springs will go unanswered for some
 Sandy Springs will no longer respond to burglar alarms from five companies that either failed to register with the city or failed to pay fines for false alarms. Three of those companies — Patterson Security Services, RTA Security and Security Sales & Service — have a total of 52 customers in Sandy Springs. The other...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sandy Springs will no longer respond to burglar alarms from five companies that either failed to register with the city or failed to pay fines for false alarms. Three of those companies — Patterson Security Services, RTA Security and Security Sales & Service — have a total of 52 customers in Sandy Springs. The other...
Residents unhappy with proposed development at Piedmont Park, Atlanta Beltline
 A proposed development at 10th Street and Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park in Atlanta has angered residents who say allowing the project would set a bad precedent for the area and would make an already-dangerous intersection more perilous. The development, on four acres next to Park Tavern along a planned extension of the Beltline, would add...

Posted: 8 days ago

A proposed development at 10th Street and Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park in Atlanta has angered residents who say allowing the project would set a bad precedent for the area and would make an already-dangerous intersection more perilous. The development, on four acres next to Park Tavern along a planned extension of the Beltline, would add...
21 alarm companies still haven’t paid fines to Sandy Springs
 Wednesday evening, it seemed that nearly two dozen alarm companies wouldn’t be able to alert Sandy Springs police when their customers had potential burglaries. That’s because the city pulled the plug on those security companies, putting them on a non-response list for overdue and unpaid fines for false alarms. A week ago, 39...

Posted: 9 days ago

Wednesday evening, it seemed that nearly two dozen alarm companies wouldn’t be able to alert Sandy Springs police when their customers had potential burglaries. That’s because the city pulled the plug on those security companies, putting them on a non-response list for overdue and unpaid fines for false alarms. A week ago, 39...
Food, exercise boutiques set to open in new City Springs development
 Sandy Springs’ new downtown development, which is scheduled to begin to open in the coming weeks, has three businesses focused on fitness and four restaurants. Those businesses will join an arts center and Sandy Springs’ new city hall near the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway. “This is an...

Posted: 9 days ago

Sandy Springs’ new downtown development, which is scheduled to begin to open in the coming weeks, has three businesses focused on fitness and four restaurants. Those businesses will join an arts center and Sandy Springs’ new city hall near the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway. “This is an...
Midtown residents still aren’t sold on development near Piedmont Park
 In the four months since a proposed development at 10th Street and Monroe Drive drew the ire of Atlanta residents concerned about adding more density to a busy corner near Piedmont Park and the Beltline, residents say there have been no updates to the plans that would assuage their concerns. The project, by Fuqua Development and...

Posted: 9 days ago

In the four months since a proposed development at 10th Street and Monroe Drive drew the ire of Atlanta residents concerned about adding more density to a busy corner near Piedmont Park and the Beltline, residents say there have been no updates to the plans that would assuage their concerns. The project, by Fuqua Development and...
Sandy Springs beginning to collect alarm company fines ahead of ban
 Eight alarm companies that operate in Sandy Springs have paid the city more than $8,000 in fines following a threat that police there would stop responding to those companies’ calls if the money was not paid. But there are still 31 other businesses whose customers may find their contracts worthless if fines are not paid by...

Posted: 14 days ago

Eight alarm companies that operate in Sandy Springs have paid the city more than $8,000 in fines following a threat that police there would stop responding to those companies’ calls if the money was not paid. But there are still 31 other businesses whose customers may find their contracts worthless if fines are not paid by...
Fulton County has a court date to defend freezing property values
 Fulton County will go to court May 30 to defend county commissioners’ decision to freeze 2017 residential property values at 2016 levels. Alan C. Harvey, the DeKalb County judge who granted the county’s request for a temporary collection order to allow governments to collect taxes last year after the county’s ...

Posted: 14 days ago

Fulton County will go to court May 30 to defend county commissioners’ decision to freeze 2017 residential property values at 2016 levels. Alan C. Harvey, the DeKalb County judge who granted the county’s request for a temporary collection order to allow governments to collect taxes last year after the county’s ...
Eight security companies pay fines for false alarms to Sandy Springs
 After Sandy Springs announced earlier this week that its police would no longer answer intrusion calls from 39 security companies that were at least 90 days past due on fines they owed the city, eight of the companies are now in compliance with the city’s ordinance. Comcast/Xfinity, Callaway, Protection One, Phoenix Systems, Stanley...

Posted: 15 days ago

After Sandy Springs announced earlier this week that its police would no longer answer intrusion calls from 39 security companies that were at least 90 days past due on fines they owed the city, eight of the companies are now in compliance with the city’s ordinance. Comcast/Xfinity, Callaway, Protection One, Phoenix Systems, Stanley...
Several Fulton, Atlanta tax relief bills will go to voters in November
 In the final minutes of this year’s legislative session, Georgia lawmakers passed a measure that could lower the property taxes Atlanta homeowners pay to support schools. But another proposal that would have further exempted seniors from paying school taxes didn’t make it to a vote before the midnight deadline. Sen. Jen Jordan...

Posted: 15 days ago

In the final minutes of this year’s legislative session, Georgia lawmakers passed a measure that could lower the property taxes Atlanta homeowners pay to support schools. But another proposal that would have further exempted seniors from paying school taxes didn’t make it to a vote before the midnight deadline. Sen. Jen Jordan...
Fulton County Commission Chair Robb Pitts in car hit by drunk driver
 Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts was a passenger in a car hit by a drunk driver Thursday morning. In a statement, Pitts said that neither he nor the driver of his car sustained “serious injuries” in the two-vehicle accident in Sandy Springs. Pitts was on his way to a meeting around 10 a.m. when the accident...

Posted: 15 days ago

Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts was a passenger in a car hit by a drunk driver Thursday morning. In a statement, Pitts said that neither he nor the driver of his car sustained “serious injuries” in the two-vehicle accident in Sandy Springs. Pitts was on his way to a meeting around 10 a.m. when the accident...