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Atlanta City Councilwoman Discusses Crackdown On ‘Nuisance Properties’

The Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative now overs all of Atlanta  through the city's 311 non-emergency line.
The Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative now overs all of Atlanta through the city's 311 non-emergency line.
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The Atlanta City Council says it’s cracking down on what it calls “nuisance properties.” Specifically, restaurants that have been masquerading as nightclubs, according to District 11 Councilwoman Marci Collier-Overstreet.

She told WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress that several restaurants with late-night alcohol servings and overcrowding have led to constant fights and parking lot shootings.

One of those venues at the center of hundreds of police calls over the last few years is Deja Vu Sports Bar and Lounge — also called The VOO 2 — on Campbellton Road. Collier-Overstreet says this “nuisance property” is just a block away from Kimberly Elementary School and Therrell High School.

This year, the city issued a restraining order against Deja Vu. That shut down the venue for three months. Deja Vu officials told WABE on Thursday that since then, they’ve moved out of that building. They’re now looking to find a new place in Atlanta by late May, as “after-hours is too difficult.”

When Burress last spoke to Collier-Overstreet about what prompted these crackdowns, she said it’s not fair to the owners of the actual Atlanta nightclubs who go out of their way to get the right permits.