Closer Look: YMCA of Metro ATL Pres. & CEO Lauren Koontz; Inside SW ATL’s The MET

The MET is a 1.1M- square foot project on the Westside featuring local makers, artists and businesses.
The MET is a 1.1M- square foot project on the Westside featuring local makers, artists and businesses.
Credit Courtesy of Carter

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on Fulton County entering into a settlement agreement with the Georgia Department of Revenue over the tax digests for 2017 and 2018.
  • Also, the latest from a press conference held today by State Representative Erica Thomas (District 39). Thomas is speaking out about a recent incident where she was verbally assaulted by a fellow customer inside a Publix supermarket in Cobb County.
  • 4:11: This month the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s new President and CEO Lauren Koontz officially assumed her role. Koontz has worked with the organization since 2012 when she served as the Chief Development Officer overseeing all fundraising efforts and capital campaigns for the non-profit. Koontz joins Closer Look to talk about her vision for the organization’s future and to share more about the mission of the Y’s newly opened Leadership & Learning Center located in Vince City on the Westside.
Lauren Koontz is the new president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. (Photo credit: Candace Wheeler)
  • 28:42: The Candler Warehouse was built in 1914 by Asa Candler, co-founder of the Coca-Cola Company and was used to help struggling Georgia farmers, at the time, it was the largest single structure under one roof in the U.S. It was also used by the military in WWI and WWII and later turned into distribution warehousing in the mid-20th century. For the last 30 years artists, and other makers, have been selling everything from sculptures, to furniture to set designs in the warehouse space located near the West End MARTA station. Just over a year ago the property was purchased by the development firm Carter and has since been named The MET. Closer Look recently met with the development team behind the project and took a tour of the  1.1M – square foot project to meet some of its longtime and new tenants. We learn more from Carter’s Executive Vice President David Nelson and Director Adam Parker.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.