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Tenants at those homes were paying rents between $850 and $1,300 per month. When Dunn’s company bought them, he said they wanted to be landlords for as little time as possible.

“We actually wanted to take these 72 homes and convert them to owner-occupied units rather than responsible rented units,” he said.

Due to historically low mortgage rates, Dunn said most buyers were able to lock in monthly payments roughly equivalent to what they were paying in rent.

The company branded the homeownership project as OWN DeKalb. Dunn said Atlantica Properties is a “mission-driven” company which had to be careful not to drive up the price of the homes when selling. On multiple occasions, he said they had to turn down higher offers to meet that mission.

“If we were profit-focused, there was an opportunity to honestly make a lot more money off of this, but that really wasn’t our intent,” he said. Only a handful of the homes were purchased by landlords, with most going to former tenants or first-time homeowners.

This Decatur home is one of the dozens of houses that Atlantica Properties sold as part of its OWN DeKalb initiative.

This Decatur home is one of the dozens of houses that Atlantica Properties sold as part of its OWN DeKalb initiative.

Credit: Atlantica Properties

Credit: Atlantica Properties

The median price of the homes was $165,000, and their prices varied between $125,000 and $225,000. Dunn said his company is looking to repeat the effort and sell more former rental homes to individual buyers.

“We consider ourselves that kind of bridge where we can buy on that institutional level but then we’ll go through the long, arduous process of individual sales to get these homes back in the hands of the community,” he said.

Dunn, 42, was raised in southwest DeKalb along with his 41-year-old brother, Trenton. They partnered to found Atlantica Properties in 2010 and have managed properties across metro Atlanta.

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Dunn said his company is also developing 46 townhomes in Grove Park, which will include 10 affordable units. The company is partnering with the Atlanta Land Trust to offer those units at deed-restricted prices — 60% of the area median income.

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Last night, the Doraville City Council unanimously voted to approve a $100,000 grant to go towards rent and mortgage...

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We’re Back!!!nnAre you ready to 𝐏𝐔𝐋𝐋-𝐔𝐏?nn𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠'𝐬 𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 will RE-OPEN on February 6th from 10AM-12PM for distribution...

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The mayor or a majority of the Council can cancel a regular meeting “for any reason,” but it’s unclear if that applies to special called meeting as well."},{"_id":"OJY65ONOWJEILP3GZVT3CKZKTQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058558},"type":"text","content":"Cobble said the city clerk was provided with the agenda packet Thursday but “was ordered” by the mayor to not to post it on the city’s website or in City Hall."},{"_id":"26CGFQV7Y5C2PKL6V2DUWKQBPQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612387336969},"type":"text","content":"Instead, the agenda was posted on On Common Ground News, a local newspaper, which Cobble said fulfills the requirements of the Open Meetings Act. She added that the four councilmembers who called the meeting, which also included Robert Turner, George Turner and Tammy Grimes, never met in person to create the agenda packet, which she said would have violated the act."},{"_id":"ZX3QFDQUOZA7NGMHK6YIDIB6GE","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"NGZCQIMYJFGPVAZ62SPV7SPL5A"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"Judge allows citizen group to join lawsuit against Stonecrest recycling plant","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/judge-allows-citizen-group-to-join-lawsuit-against-stonecrest-recycling-plant/HBZIARDP6BG3ZOVSX6WN5KIFZQ/"},{"_id":"7FOJIWNECBHOROUVOTTUE2ODCQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058559},"type":"text","content":"“I think that goes to show that we’re dealing with some control issues,” she said, adding that she thinks Lary has been overreaching his powers by dictating most of the items on meeting agendas. The mayor has said one item can be added to the agenda by the Council without his approval, per the city charter."},{"_id":"P4YNINW36ZEOJN4KV5NXX6SV7Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612389138140},"type":"text","content":"Among the topics for Friday’s meeting was the use of roughly $6 million worth of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The city, which was allocated those funds by the county, gave it all to Municipal Resource Partners, a nonprofit founded in May 2020, to manage and distribute."},{"_id":"GLSOQ34ZLFGKHKVI5AOFGUYK5E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058561},"type":"text","content":"However, Cobble claims she and her fellow councilmembers have been denied more details on how those funds were spent or why the newly founded nonprofit was the sole recipient. The organization’s founder, Thompson Kurrie Jr., was also the first city attorney for Stonecrest before stepping down in 2019."},{"_id":"IDCA4NHXTFGLZHAE2YERBUGF5E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612279792214},"type":"text","content":"“When you’re met with pushback, it makes you think that what you think is happening truly is,” Cobble said. “It’s something we’re trying to reel in — how the finances of our city are being administered.”"},{"_id":"DZ7K4MHDRFCNTMZ3VJ7UPOTSZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058563},"type":"text","content":"Lary said a Feb. 8 meeting will discuss the use of COVID-19 relief funds, purchasing policy changes and some city contracts. More detail will be provided ahead of that meeting, he said."},{"_id":"W35EZLS4I5AGTOLTCOMAPNOBQE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058564},"type":"text","content":"On Oct. 12, another meeting never got off the ground because the mayor and Council couldn’t agree on a meeting agenda. The five councilmembers and the mayor deadlocked with a 3-3 vote, ending the meeting."},{"_id":"DG4BXY47XJCRDDUV46453WL5PU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058565},"type":"text","content":"In November, Lary was granted medical leave through March so he could battle a second round of cancer — he was previously diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2018 but didn’t take any time off during his radiation treatments. He made a surprise return Jan. 25."},{"_id":"K6J34IFBWBEILCTCB2CPLTU2RI","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"CZMXAAB37JEHVOC56N6YDXUHXQ"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"Stonecrest mayor returns to work after battling 2nd round of cancer","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/stonecrest-mayor-returns-to-work-after-battling-2nd-round-of-cancer/3QRDTWZRXNDJZEACJCGX6VTJ34/"},{"_id":"Q2U3VLR75BAKBI6FNQMKM7SFY4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058566},"type":"text","content":"While on medical leave, he still performed his daily duties as mayor but was not required to attend city meetings. According to the city charter, the mayor or a councilmember would forfeit their seat if they miss one-third of regularly scheduled City Council meetings within a three-month period without being excused by the Council. The charter led to lawsuits against Cobble over missed meetings in 2019, but a judge ended up denying the petition."},{"_id":"433XS4HF6VFBRKYHOPRVHIUYL4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058567},"type":"text","content":"Since that issue took place, Lary and Cobble have not spoken outside of city meetings, according to Cobble. She added that Lary rarely speaks to any of the other councilmembers outside of required interactions."},{"_id":"D3SVC4LNF5D3VJ6A5XRM5G3OJY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612279792215},"type":"text","content":"“The lack of communication is not due to an illness or an absence,” she said. “It’s most certainly due to some personality challenges and some desire for unilateral decision making and a lame duck council that causes us to have these communication issues.”"},{"_id":"JZEBG7GHIFGBXBEI2VH4LN3JCQ","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"WKB23E64PZBBHHRVHUSGCWBRUA"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"‘It’s a mayor killer’: Bill would shift powers in Stonecrest government","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/local/mayor-killer-bill-would-shift-powers-stonecrest-government/uV1pKKXbNPMXnVdNTcBPvL/"},{"_id":"3SQZSD3D6VFBRJ75UI7CCJ7YDU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612373626314},"type":"text","content":"Cobble said the Council is looking into options to respond to the canceled meetings. She wouldn’t elaborate on specifics but said the Council is weighing “which one does less harm to the city.”"},{"_id":"XNLZHVZ6GBCCLKI6XF4TWIVPLI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058570},"type":"text","content":"Residents, including Marcus, are contemplating whether any lofty goals will be accomplished while the current administration is in place. Lary, the founding mayor of Stonecrest, won reelection in 2019 with 55% of the vote and won’t have to run again until 2023. Three councilmembers, including Cobble, are up for reelection at the end of 2021."},{"_id":"JNEQD7FIAVDWPJROXB7WTL4UHA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612384058571},"type":"text","content":"“Given the current people who are in office and given the current charter of the city, I’m not sure how I see that it will be resolved,” Marcus said. “And maybe that’s the biggest concern.”"},{"_id":"PSHDE7Q7MNASTCB6R6RO3ZQMOU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612279792221},"type":"text","content":"Follow DeKalb County News on Facebook and Twitter"},{"_id":"5B7AYZOU7ZB3PFQPNDENK4MWXE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612279792222},"type":"text","content":"
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He said the organizational backbone — led by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams — was a primary factor in why DeKalb led Georgia’s blue shift. It didn’t hurt that Abrams, who graduated from Avondale High School, represented state House District 89 in southwest DeKalb for years."},{"_id":"QPCUH4JUVNHJDAQ6D735OCMXRU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612288024966},"type":"text","content":"Flynn said Abrams’ recent efforts, which include the founding of voting rights groups like Fair Fight, mirror organizational gains that Republicans underwent in the 1990s, when the state’s politics were mostly controlled by Blue Dog Democrats. 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The dropoff for Ossoff in DeKalb’s Commissioner District 3, which includes much of House District 89, southeast Atlanta and southwest DeKalb, was less than 2%."},{"_id":"OGS6WGZAQJANTKDMK34HBSEJKE","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"OCO5UOMM6BB6LARAXAFQYNY2B4"},"type":"raw_html","content":"rnrnrn

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Bee Nguyen, who now represents House District 89, said the organizational roots are developed enough at this point that she expects high turnout to be the norm in her region going forward."},{"_id":"X2AMOEMYIFCJXEZFGHQHLTQZPM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612288024974},"type":"text","content":"“When voters are better equipped with information about — not just candidates — but the process as a whole, they’re going to continue to show up at the polls,” she said."},{"_id":"UQ75FJVQWZDFPJJP4S67C7GALE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612292657686},"type":"text","content":"Warnock and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will be up for reelection in 2022. 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The NEW SVdP Georgia Community Pharmacy is NOW OPEN and ready to serve those in need! Our pharmacy will help provide...

Posted by St. Vincent de Paul Georgia on Monday, February 1, 2021

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Help us spread the word - the #Dunwoody City Council has approved a second phase for the Dunwoody Cares Small Business...

Posted by City of Dunwoody - Government on Friday, January 29, 2021

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