Cousins vet is Fifth Street COO

George Lipscomb, former head of property management for Cousins Properties Inc., is the new chief operating officer for Fifth Street Management, which manages Sandy Springs-area properties.

Lipscomb will oversee day-to-day operations of Fifth Street’s more than 5 million square feet of managed properties, including Perimeter Summit, the mixed-use development near Perimeter Mall that contains three office towers, Villa Christina restaurant and a 330-unit condominium project.

Lipscomb was Cousins’ director of property management, overseeing a portfolio that included office buildings such as Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs.

Fragile celebrates 20 years in business

Bob and Suzan Brourman opened Fragile in Sandy Springs 20 years ago, with a mission to provide not only a store where customers could find an unusual array of fine china, crystal, tabletop items and gifts, but also an environment to mix shopping with socializing and community.

Fragile is at 6010-C Sandy Springs Circle in the shopping center with Ace Hardware.

According to the Brourmans, “Fragile is more than a store. It is a meeting place for the community to discuss the issues of the day.”

On any given Saturday, Suzan Brourman and the sales team hold court with friends and customers, discussing the week’s events.

She said that after 20 years in business, she is looking forward to the next generation of weddings, as some of the original brides the store served now have children who are getting married.

Resident charged with torching 16-apartment building

Sandy Springs Fire Marshal Jeff Scarbrough announced that the State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Bakari Ike Muenda on arson charges at 4:30 p.m. May 4 after a joint inquiry conducted by Sandy Springs and state fire investigators.

Muenda was arrested in connection with an apartment fire that occurred April 27 at 4:33 p.m. at Legacy Key Apartments, 8800 Dunwoody Place, Sandy Springs.

There were 16 apartments in the building that burned, and 12 of them were leased to residents at the time of the fire. The first Sandy Springs firefighters on the scene encountered heavy fire conditions with flames showing through the roof.

It took more than two dozen Sandy Springs firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control. Fire investigators identified more than one point of origin for the blaze.

Muenda was at home in the complex minutes before the fire began but could not be located for questioning for several days after the fire.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office charged him with 14 counts of first-degree arson, and he was placed in the Fulton County Jail.