SullivanStrickler now hosts the city’s archival data, which includes documents that could be needed for lawsuits, investigations or records requests from the public. The firm helped the city produce documents in response to the subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice in the federal bribery probe into City Hall.
SullivanStrickler now has a $1.3 million annual contract with the city to store and produce its “legacy data,” records show. A City Council ordinance approving the contract noted the “sensitivity and potential confidentiality of the investigatory projects underlying” the firm’s work.
Financial records show the city has paid SullivanStrickler nearly $1.5 million since 2020, mostly for work related to legal cases or investigations. Of that total, over $370,000 in payments were related to the DOJ investigation.
Asked whether the news of the GBI investigation could affect the city’s relationship with SullivanStricker, a spokesman for Mayor Andre Dickens’ office said, “We learned of the matter in media reports … and have contacted the vendor for more information.”
The company’s website states that its clients include Fortune 500 companies, law firms, sole practitioners and municipalities.
SullivanStricker asserted in a statement last week it was doing legitimate work when it went to Coffee County, though it hasn’t explained its justification for copying confidential data, besides a statement that the firm was preserving election records under Powell’s direction.
”The firm elected to cease any further new work on this matter after the January 7th time period. With the benefit of hindsight, and knowing everything they know now, they would not take on any further work of this kind,” the company said in a statement, adding that SullivanStrickler will cooperate with the investigation.
Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
The Atlanta Housing Authority is now spending the next six to nine months finalizing negotiations with the Republic Family of Companies, The Michaels Organization, and Sophy Capital to develop a mixed-use community on the site of city’s massive, aging civic center.
Trish O’Connell, Atlanta Housing’s deputy chief real estate officer, said the developers proposed to build 1,311 units. Approximately 525 of those homes will offer rents affordable for people making at or below 80% of the area median income, which is $77,120 for a family of four.
The land consists of 19 acres, but the deal only focuses on 14.7 acres. Sophy Capital would own 33% of that land, with the remaining portion split between Republic Properties and the Michaels Organization, according to O’Connell’s presentation on the deal. The project is slated for completion in 2030.
Speaking of housing, the AHA on Tuesday is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the Juanita H. Gardner Village. The new affordable housing project will provide 108 independent homes for seniors in a three-story elevator building in the Adamsville neighborhood. The project closed on its financing in June and is scheduled for a 14-month construction period.
Mayor Dickens was mentioned last week in a New York Times article that explored the ethics surrounding the New York City mayor’s habit of participating in the city’s various nightlife scenes. According to the article, Mayor Eric Adams met Dickens on a late night in May at Zero Bond, a private club in Lower Manhattan. The mayors then held a discussion in a V.I.P. room unlocked with a fingerprint scanner, according to The Times.
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WILBORN NOBLES III
Wilborn P. Nobles III covers the Atlanta mayor's policies for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Wil (not "Willie" or "William") previously covered Baltimore County government at The Baltimore Sun, but he never finished "The Wire." He also covered education for the Times-Picayune in his hometown of New Orleans, so he tries to avoid discussions about football. Wil used to play tuba for his high school marching band, but he eventually put down his horn to intern at The Washington Post. The Louisiana State University graduate enjoys gardening, comedy, and music.
J.D. Capelouto is a local news reporter covering City Hall and all things intown Atlanta for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His work focuses the City Council, neighborhood issues, public safety, housing and transportation. J.D. was born and raised in Atlanta and has lived in the city all his life, except for four years at Boston University, where he studied journalism and learned how to dress for cold weather. He’s been with the AJC since 2018, and has previously written for The Boston Globe and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. When he’s not reporting or scrolling through Twitter, J.D. enjoys pop culture podcasts, “Survivor” and visiting various pools around Atlanta.