Leon Stafford

Local government reporter

Local government reporter Leon Stafford, a Tennessee grad, has been at the AJC since 1997. He covers Atlanta city government.

Latest from Leon Stafford

Stockbridge may impose developer impact fees to offset taxpayer costs
 Developers in the city of Stockbridge may have to pay impact fees in the future if they want to bring a new subdivision or mixed-use development to Henry County’s biggest town. The Stockbridge City Council is studying whether the south metro community should start levying a charge on new construction as it seeks ways to grow its residential...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Developers in the city of Stockbridge may have to pay impact fees in the future if they want to bring a new subdivision or mixed-use development to Henry County’s biggest town. The Stockbridge City Council is studying whether the south metro community should start levying a charge on new construction as it seeks ways to grow its residential...
‘Airport City’ development near Hartsfield-Jackson may start in summer
 A mixed-use development south metro leaders hope could become a retail and residential destination for the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could break ground this summer. Airport City, a 320-acre development in College Park that will include offices, single family homes, greenspace and coffee shops, is close to an...

Posted: 8 days ago

A mixed-use development south metro leaders hope could become a retail and residential destination for the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could break ground this summer. Airport City, a 320-acre development in College Park that will include offices, single family homes, greenspace and coffee shops, is close to an...
Fayette’s Pinewood Forest adding more retail, office, restaurant space
 Pinewood Forest, the 235-acre mixed-use development in Fayetteville, announced its latest office project Thursday morning.  In March, the south metro residential and retail destination will break ground on a  52,824-square-foot office building that will include ground-floor retail space as well as a  2,500-square-foot rooftop...

Posted: 8 days ago

Pinewood Forest, the 235-acre mixed-use development in Fayetteville, announced its latest office project Thursday morning.  In March, the south metro residential and retail destination will break ground on a  52,824-square-foot office building that will include ground-floor retail space as well as a  2,500-square-foot rooftop...
Henry to market giant mixed-use project to boost economic development
 Henry County is hoping to bring metro Atlanta its next giant mixed-use development by marketing 6,000-acres near the Atlanta Motor Speedway to developers. The County Commission on Tuesday agreed to pay Atlanta-based Tunnell-Spangler & Associates $252,000 to create a master plan for the site, mostly rural farm land with a handful of subdivisions...

Posted: 10 days ago

Henry County is hoping to bring metro Atlanta its next giant mixed-use development by marketing 6,000-acres near the Atlanta Motor Speedway to developers. The County Commission on Tuesday agreed to pay Atlanta-based Tunnell-Spangler & Associates $252,000 to create a master plan for the site, mostly rural farm land with a handful of subdivisions...
Henry, Stockbridge leaders talk after clashing on convention center pitch
 A week after Henry County and Stockbridge leaders clashed over land for a convention center and arena, at least two members of the two governments have sat down to talk about the impasse. Henry Commissioner Bruce Holmes and Stockbridge City Councilwoman LaKeisha Gantt met over coffee Wednesday to talk about the possibility of a new meeting...

Posted: 14 days ago

A week after Henry County and Stockbridge leaders clashed over land for a convention center and arena, at least two members of the two governments have sat down to talk about the impasse. Henry Commissioner Bruce Holmes and Stockbridge City Councilwoman LaKeisha Gantt met over coffee Wednesday to talk about the possibility of a new meeting...
Clayton chairman Turner cuts human trafficking PSA ahead of Super Bowl
 As Super Bowl LIII nears in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner has cut a PSA addressing the potential for human trafficking. “Human trafficking is not acceptable on a legal or moral basis,” he says in the video for the Marietta-based Safe America Foundation, of which he is chairman...

Posted: 15 days ago

As Super Bowl LIII nears in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner has cut a PSA addressing the potential for human trafficking. “Human trafficking is not acceptable on a legal or moral basis,” he says in the video for the Marietta-based Safe America Foundation, of which he is chairman...
Metro Atlanta, state grapple with jailing people with mental illnesses
 Three months ago, people with mental illnesses arrested in Henry County for low level offenses like shoplifting or disorderly conduct might have gone directly to jail. But in November, the south metro community rolled out a national initiative that tries to keep non-violent offenders with mental illnesses who commit misdemeanors out of county...

Posted: 15 days ago

Three months ago, people with mental illnesses arrested in Henry County for low level offenses like shoplifting or disorderly conduct might have gone directly to jail. But in November, the south metro community rolled out a national initiative that tries to keep non-violent offenders with mental illnesses who commit misdemeanors out of county...
Clayton land once pitched as Amazon site now subject of county lawsuit
 Owners of hundreds of acres Clayton County once hoped could become the site of Amazon’s second headquarters are suing the county after the property was rezoned from industrial to commercial and entertainment. Landowners in the Mountain View area — individual property investors as well as large developers such as Atlanta&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Owners of hundreds of acres Clayton County once hoped could become the site of Amazon’s second headquarters are suing the county after the property was rezoned from industrial to commercial and entertainment. Landowners in the Mountain View area — individual property investors as well as large developers such as Atlanta&rsquo...
‘Over my dead body’ Stockbridge leaders face new de-annexation fight
 After winning a bruising cityhood battle last year with residents of Eagle’s Landing, Stockbridge leaders now face a new foe trying to take away land in the city. The Henry County Commission last week voted on a proposal to build an arena and conference center on a portion of a long-delayed, 160-plus acre mixed-use development in Stockbridge...

Posted: 18 days ago

After winning a bruising cityhood battle last year with residents of Eagle’s Landing, Stockbridge leaders now face a new foe trying to take away land in the city. The Henry County Commission last week voted on a proposal to build an arena and conference center on a portion of a long-delayed, 160-plus acre mixed-use development in Stockbridge...
At churches relocated for stadium, Super Bowl brings reflection
 When the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots meet in Super Bowl LIII in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, they’ll be playing on hallowed ground. Five years ago, the site — which in a little more than a week will shake from the stomping and chanting of thousands of worshipping fans — vibrated to a completely different...

Posted: 21 days ago

When the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots meet in Super Bowl LIII in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, they’ll be playing on hallowed ground. Five years ago, the site — which in a little more than a week will shake from the stomping and chanting of thousands of worshipping fans — vibrated to a completely different...
Jonesboro designates its downtown as arts and entertainment district
 Jonesboro is stepping up its economic development efforts by launching its first arts and entertainment district. The Clayton County city of around 4,800 people plans to designate its downtown Main Street community as its  central hub of restaurant and recreation activities as well as the humanities and live shows, said Jonesboro City...

Posted: 28 days ago

Jonesboro is stepping up its economic development efforts by launching its first arts and entertainment district. The Clayton County city of around 4,800 people plans to designate its downtown Main Street community as its  central hub of restaurant and recreation activities as well as the humanities and live shows, said Jonesboro City...