Atlanta Names Collier Heights Historic District

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed legislation aimed at preserving the history and architectural character of Collier Heights.

City officials say the neighborhood is considered one of the most significant African-American communities in Atlanta. In the late 1950s, upper- and middle-class black Atlanta residents moved to the then-suburban area for new housing options unavailable to them during segregation.

The historic district designation means that Collier Heights will be protected from new construction and design alternations to a property’s exterior.

City officials say all proposals for new construction, additions, exterior renovations, demolitions and changes on the property are now required to undergo a design review by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Collier Heights is near the city’s western edge.

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