Decatur Dispatch - May 2019

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 29, No. 5 • MAY 2019 Decatur Dispatch Covering De atur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill, Toco Hill, & Avondale Estates PRICELESS ISSUE! MARTA Earns Prestigious Asset Management Certification The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has achieved the prestigious International Standard for Asset Management ISO 55000 Certification, joining the ranks of London Underground and Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) as a global transport leader in asset management. “This certification further estab- lishes MARTA as an industry leader in asset management,” said MARTA Gen- eral Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “It reassures oversight agencies and tax- payers that MARTA is managing its business at an extremely high level.” ISO 55000 provides an asset man- agement system model that takes a whole life cycle approach. This ensures that standards are met at every phase to maximize an asset’s working life. Kell Hall Slated for Demolition At GSU Atlanta Campus One of the oldest and most unusual buildings in downtown ATL, durable Kell Hall at Georgia State University, 24 Peachtree Center Ave. 30303, will be coming down in December 2019. Pur- chased by the Board of Regents in 1946, it is historic as the first permanent build- ing of the college then known as Atlanta Division, University of Georgia. Long before that, though, the struc- ture, built in 1925, heralded a new era of the Automobile Age in Atlanta. Some- times called the Bolling Jones Build- ing (named after the president of the Atlanta Stove Works who owned it), the 6-floor building was the first multi-story parking garage in a city that has lots of them. Known also as the Ivy Street Garage from its old address, Atlanta papers welcomed the structure as a “Large Automobile Hotel” when street parking started to become tight. It was among the nation’s first modern car parking garages in the Roaring Twen- Six-story building, originally a 1920s car park garage, has been an eccentric Georgia State academic hall downtown since the end of WW II. Continued on page 7 Continued on page 5