VCP, which purchased the building last year for $30 million, plans to implement large-scale renovations to improve its boiler, chiller and plumbing systems.
Darlington Apartments on Sept. 5, 2018
The cross-shaped brick structure was built in 1951 as the first high-rise in Atlanta after World War II, and is most widely known for its metro Atlanta population sign on Peachtree Road. Tenants have had gripes about the building's living conditions for years, complaining of issues such as pest infestations, water leaks, mold and overflowing trash.
The low-income residents who have been allowed an extension now need to move by Nov. 17, Marti said.
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Things to know about the Population Now sign on Peachtree Road In 1965, a young Ted Turner, then a billboard mogul, had his sign company erect the metro Atlanta population ticker in front of the Darlington Apartments. In its first year, Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. posed for a photo in front of the sign while holding an 16-month-old boy. The sign read "Atlanta's Population Now!" and advertised the apartments. In 2001, Donald Smith, who was declared the one millionth Atlantan in 1959 before the sign had been built