Closer Look: Redeveloping The Gulch Concerns; Rebranding Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb; And More

Sharon Steele, the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb, talks about the organization's plans on "Closer Look."
Sharon Steele, the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb, talks about the organization's plans on "Closer Look."
Credit Emilia Brock / WABE

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how, within the hour, the MARTA board is expected to vote on its proposed expansion plan. The plan covers $2.7 billion worth of projects, including nearly a half a billion dollars for light rail around parts of the BeltLine. Many of these projects are in an effort to bring new routes and services, and it’s considered the largest transit investment plan in Atlanta history. And after today’s vote, it will be submitted to the city of Atlanta for consideration.
  • 1:46: This summer, Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb named a new executive director. With that comes plans to re-energize the organization, including its home improvement store and donation center, ReStore. Sharon Steele, the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb, joins us in studio to talk about her vision for the organization.
  • 33:10: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has pushed city councilmembers to “Greenlight the Gulch,” but some local leaders and constituents are concerned that the multi-billion dollar downtown development project is being rushed. We’ll discuss the project with former Invest Atlanta Board Member Julian Bene and housing and policy expert Sherise Brown.
Housing and policy expert Sherise Brown and former Invest Atlanta Board Member Julian Bene discuss the Gulch development project. Photo credit: Emilia Brock

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.