Bloom Parham Defeats Effort to Stop Development of Atlanta Public Safety Training Center
Plaintiffs requested emergency injunctive relief in Fulton County Superior Court to stop work at the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. According to the plaintiffs, preparation for development of the Training Center site could increase sediment deposits in nearby Intrenchment Creek. After a hearing that drew television and newspaper coverage, Judge Thomas A. Cox, Jr. rejected Plaintiffs’ arguments, noting that DeKalb County had issued a land disturbance permit allowing work at the site to begin and that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division had twice reviewed and approved the project. Judge Cox also ruled that the speculative potential harm described by the plaintiffs was insufficient to halt work at the project. The court dismissed the case without prejudice to allow the plaintiffs’ administrative appeal of the issuance of the land disturbance permit to proceed in DeKalb County.