Friendship Towers Tries To Evict Tenants: “God’s People Should Not Be Harassed In This Way”

Fulton County Magistrate Court tosses out an effort by Friendship Towers to evict a tenant, with activists saying they will “continue to fight” a second eviction. State Senator Vincent Fort calls it “just reprehensible that Friendship Baptist Church would do this.” The church is the owner of the property, a high-rise apartment building on Northside Drive in Atlanta, which houses mostly elderly residents. For months now, the residents and the management company, GlassRatner have been embroiled in a legal dispute over the lack of air conditioning at the facility. A judge ordered the company to provide more air and later ruled that the residents did not have to pay rent for the month of July. Fort calls it “rank retaliation against these tenant leaders.”

Atlanta State Senator Vincent Fort says "we are going to show them that God's people should not be harassed in this way." He has been an outspoken advocate for the residents of Friendship Towers. Credit:  Jean Ross CBS/Local

Atlanta State Senator Vincent Fort says “we are going to show them that God’s people should not be harassed in this way.” He has been an outspoken advocate for the residents of Friendship Towers. Credit: Jean Ross CBS/Local

Fort accuses the church and its management company of “ratcheting up the pressure”. He says that the tenants and their representatives are going to do the same. That’s why, according to Fort, they plan to attend Sunday worship services at Friendship Baptist. The congregation now meets on the campus of Morehouse College. According to Fort, “we are going to show them that God’s people should not be harassed in this way.”

Friendship Baptist Church was paid $19.5 million by the Atlanta Falcons to have its 105 year old facility torn down to make way for the new Georgia Dome. Credit: Jean Ross/CBS Local)

Friendship Baptist Church was paid $19.5 million by the Atlanta Falcons to have its 105 year old facility torn down to make way for the new Georgia Dome. Credit: Jean Ross/CBS Local)

Last year, the church was paid 19.5 million dollars for its 105 year old building on Northside Drive. It’s one of two churches that were torn down to make way for the new Georgia Dome.

-Maria Boynton, CBS Local

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