After it was discovered on Thursday that the moratorium on temporary parking lots near the Georgia Dome in Castleberry Hill was not being enforced, our affiliate CBS Atlanta reached out to Atlanta City Councilman Michael Bond to find out what happened.

The moratorium was supposed to affect all lots between Northside Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Whitehall Street, McDaniel Street and Spring Street, with the exception of a lot at the Friendship Baptist Church. Bond said, it’s because local officials didn’t realize that more parking lots were exempt from the moratorium – lots that are “paved.”

“We cannot say no to a paved lot who has already been approved by the city or deprive that commercial business that use of its business,” Bond said. “You can’t take away a person’s right to use their parking lot if it is an improved, existing parking lot. These exceptions are for lots that don’t normally conform.”

He said the moratorium was meant to last no more than six months, giving council members time to come up with a concrete list of regulations to make sure the area is kept clean.

“In the future they’re going to have to have an attendant on duty. They’re going to have to have Port-a-Johns. They’re going to have to have clean up,” Bond said.

Bond said that next week, he and other council members will walk through the Castleberry Hill neighborhood with locals to make a count of lots that are exempt and those that are not. He said council members will start hearing about a proposed ordinance on regulations to the area on Aug. 19.

Collin Kelley

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