Brookhaven order to pay millions over mishandled development deal

A jury has ordered the city of Brookhaven to pay more than $6 million in damages for how the mayor and city manager handled a development project that started in 2017.

Had things worked out the way Atlanta-based Ardent companies wanted, the homes near Buford Highway and Bramblewood Drive wouldn’t be there today. They’d be in the process of becoming more than 200 townhomes on the 17-acre plot of land.

The developer’s attorney (Simon Bloom) said there’s a reason why the saying goes “you can’t sue City Hall,” but he hopes this case will make people in powerful positions act cautiously.

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