The Atlanta BeltLine has a filed lawsuit against a group of homeowners near Piedmont Park over property the organization claims it owns.
In the lawsuit, the BeltLine is asking a judge to declare it the rightful owner of portions of land behind Flagler Avenue in the intown neighborhood of Piedmont Heights, where it plans to transform abandoned railroad tracks into trails.
Dennis Sabo, one of the homeowners being sued, says his backyard fence abuts the land in question. He said he first got a letter last year from the BeltLine about needing to move back his fence line, and that residents were working with the organization to discuss a solution. He said he was surprised by the BeltLine’s lawsuit.
“We want to see it successful but we certainly are not ready to just forfeit land that may rightfully belong to us,” Sabo said.
He said he and neighbors, who are now being sued by the organization, have built fencing, landscaping, and some have even built playgrounds on the property.
Kyle Williams, the attorney representing the group of about 30 residents, said his clients have been willing to work out an agreement from the beginning.
BeltLine officials declined to comment citing pending litigation.