GA Towns Graded From A+ To D-: How Did Your Community Do?

ATLANTA, GA — Here’s a Georgia community report card you should pay attention to. And you may want to think twice about living in a place that was graded with a D.

Niche has come out with its new 2018 rankings of the "Best Places to Live" in Georgia, but for at least second year in row, it took a bit of a unique approach: The consumer rankings service assigned a grade, on an A+ to D- scale, to almost every town in the state.

More than 70 communities received A+ grades, topped with towns and neighborhoods such as Decatur, Alpharetta, Midtown, Roswell, Duluth, Smyrna, and Sandy Springs. Only two communities received D- grades. The list included sections of towns and city neighborhoods.

"Midtown Atlanta is surely the pulse of the city! With immediate access to top ranked public schools, dining, shopping and nightlife it makes for a very walkable neighborhood. Diversity and culture are eminent! The fabulous Fox Theater, Piedmont Park (Central Park of the South), Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Peachtree St. all call Midtown Atlanta Home. Midtown has a little but of everything for everyone, single family homes, luxurious high rise condos and rentals to quaint and affordable vintage charmers to claim as home! Home many large employers an just a second away from CNN and the new Mercedes Benz Stadium it’s a professional or recreational commuters’ life saver," one reviewer said of Midtown, which earned an A+ score.

To arrive at the rankings, Niche.com took several factors into consideration, such as the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities.

Niche created a standardized score for each factor, and after weighting each factor, an overall score was calculated, which was again given a new standardized score.

Finally, Niche.com created a numerical ranking and assigned grades for each place. Click here to read more about the methodology.

Here are the highest- and lowest-rated Georgia towns, and how they were graded:

A+

Decatur Sherwood Forest Johns Creek Alpharetta Buckhead Forest Hanover West Collier Hills North Midtown Ansley Park Cross Creek North Buckhead Brookwood Buckhead Heights Atlantic Station Suwanee Morningside/Lenox Park Brookwood Hills Ridgedale Park Roswell Bolton Peachtree Park Druid Hills Chastain Park Lindbergh/Morosgo Woodfield Pine Hills Berkeley Lake Underwood Hills Lake Claire Virginia Highland Colonial Homes Hills Park Brookhaven Home Park Tuxedo Park Milton Buckhead Village Peachtree Heights East Garden Hills Riverside East Chastain Park Tyrone Ardmore Whittier Mill Village Peachtree Corners North Decatur Piedmont Heights Candler Park Duluth Vinings Inman Park Smyrna Mt. Paran/Northside Druid Hills Poncey-Highland Avondale Estates Peachtree City Peachtree Hills Wildwood (NPU-C) Dunwoody Collier Hills Peachtree Heights West Atkins Park Berkeley Park Kennesaw Woodstock Channing Valley Sandy Springs Lookout Mountain Old Fourth Ward Whitewater Creek Mountain Park Pleasant Hill West Paces Ferry/Northside

A

PacesArgonne Forest Ormewood Park North Druid Hills Sugar Hill Blandtown Lindridge/Martin Manor Peachtree Battlelliance Watkinsville Cabbagetown Grant Park Fayetteville Buford Brookhaven Reynoldstown Evans Grayson Acworth Loring Heights Sweetuburn Holly Springs Braselton St. Simons Martinez East Lake Lilburn

A-

Scottdale Westminster/Milmar Kirkwood Mableton Bremen Senoia Dacula Tucker Harlem Carrollton Ball Ground Kingsland Lawrenceville Stockbridge Norcross Grovetown Athens Winterville Whitemarsh Island St. Marys Tybee Island Chamblee

D+

Phillipsburg Fort Gaines Cherry Log Damascus

D-

Lincoln Park Perkins

See more than 500 Georgia towns and neighborhoods and their letter grades on Niche.com.

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Image via city of Decatur

Patch Editor Tom Davis contributed to this story.

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2 Norcross Students: Why We Were At March For Our Lives: WATCH

NORCROSS, GA — Two students from Norcross High School thought it was important for them to participate in the “March for Our Lives” in downtown Atlanta on Saturday. Georgians joined hundreds of thousands of others in Washington D.C., and other cities calling for stricter gun control laws. Rallies, across the U.S. and internationally, were in response to the slaying of 17 students and teachers at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month by a student armed with an AR-15. The marches, which were called for by student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, included calls for increased gun control nationwide.

Nia Hemphill and Kiara Edwards made the were among the earliest participants waiting for the march to begin.

“I think that it’s important to come out and march because I feel like you need your voice to be heard,” Hemphill said. “Guns have no place in school. Our school actually received a gun threat the other day and everyone stopped coming to school. And I think that it’s ridiculous that we have to be afraid for our safety when we enter a school building.”

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Edwards agreed with her friend about not feeling safe at school.

“We have gun threats and I was scared myself,” she said. “My mom still let me go to school but some kids didn’t go to school. They all said it was important to protest and that baffles me. I was like, you’re afraid but you don’t want to do anything about it.”

Hemphill said if she could change one thing about the gun laws in America, it would be raising the age limit to get a gun.

“I’m 18 and the fact that I could go today and purchase a gun is kind of scary, considering I can’t purchase alcohol even at the same age.”

Edwards said she doesn’t think automatic weapons are necessary at all.

“For wars, yeah,” she said, “but not for everyday life. If someone is purchasing that, then there’s obviously something wrong.”

The Atlanta march, which began at 11 a.m., was organized by The Georgia Alliance for Social Justice — the group that sprang from the 2017 Women’s March in Atlanta. The group set up an online store to help raise funds for the Atlanta march.

Headcount, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy, brought 50 volunteers to the event in order register people to vote. The group had a goal that each volunteer could get between five and 10 new voters registered.

The march started at the civil rights center, at Liberty Plaza, near the Georgia state capitol building. Student and adult leaders spoke to inspire marchers before the march, which headed south on Centennial Olympic Park Drive then east on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

According to the national March For Our Lives website, there were 827 events planned worldwide.
Nationally, student organizers planned the march, in collaboration with nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety and with the support of donors. Cameron Kasky, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, announced the march — along with his classmates.

Photo and video by Patch Editor John Barker

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Norcross-based AtlantaFresh Artisan Dairy closes, lays off 32 after Whole Foods contract cancelled – Atlanta Business Chronicle

A Norcross, Ga., yogurt manufacturing company is closing its doors and laying off workers, and its founder blames the cancellation of a Whole Foods Market contract.

AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery is among 20 Georgia companies that are part of Whole Foods Market’s local vendor program. It produces Greek yogurt and milk products.

AtlantaFresh founder Ron Marks said he recently laid off 32 employees after Whole Foods canceled its contract with AtlantaFresh early. "Literally overnight, we went from a $7 million to a $1 million company," he told WABE.

“It’s just torn my heart out. I’ve really been on an emotional roller coaster, especially since the decision was made that we need to shut down the company,” Marks said. “Even going through phases of sadness and anger going back to phases of denial that this really isn’t happening.”

In a email to Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Whole Food Market spokesperson said, “Local products are fundamental to Whole Foods Market, and we work closely with each of our suppliers to try to create successful relationships. We are always excited to bring new local products to our stores and customers, but, unfortunately, not all products meet sales expectations. When that occurs, we have ongoing conversations with the supplier to try to improve sales. In this case, we also made significant efforts across the business to increase sales, including in-store marketing, paid advertising, special promotions and expanded distribution. Despite our efforts, we are not always able to raise demand and we must occasionally make the difficult decision to discontinue products.”

Marks said he was grateful for customers’ support. Read more here.

Here is the company’s Facebook post about the closure.

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Electra America Closes $212 Million Multifamily Fund and Launches New Fund For 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Electra America, a private equity real estate firm specializing in the multifamily sector, announced today that it closed its 2017 Multifamily Fund with $212 million from foreign institutions and high-net worth investors. The fund, dedicated to acquiring and repositioning value-add multifamily assets in flourishing “Sun Belt” cities, comprises over 7,000 apartment units in four states: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.

The company also announced the launch of its 2018 Multifamily Fund with a target of $300 million. Electra expects to complete $1.5 billion in multifamily acquisitions in 2018.

Electra America is the debt and equity partner to American Landmark, which operates over 23,000 apartment units across the U.S. southeast.

“With demand for apartments expected to exceed supply for the coming decade, we continue to see great opportunity and excellent returns in the multifamily sector,” said Joseph Lubeck, CEO of Electra America and American Landmark. “We’ve received tremendous interest from foreign institutions and high-net-worth investors, who recognize our competitive advantage: a 30-year track record in multifamily repositioning, unparalleled access to off-market properties, and a strategic geographic focus. Fund 2017 is outperforming projections and we anticipate our 2018 Fund will provide equally attractive, risk-adjusted returns to investors.”

Electra’s principals are also substantial and material investors in each of the funds.

An expert in value-add and distressed real estate repositioning, Lubeck and his partners have bought and sold over 100,000 apartment units, valued at over $8 billion, since 1996.

Properties in Electra’s 2017 Multifamily Fund are:

Georgia

The Parke at Oakley, a 240-unit apartment community in Fairburn, Ga.

Belle Vista, a 312-unit apartment community in Lithonia, Ga.

Marbella Place, a 368-unit apartment community in Stockbridge, Ga.

Parc at 1695, a 252-unit apartment complex in Norcross, Ga.

Parc Shores, a 520-unit apartment community in Duluth, Ga.

Parc at 980, 586-unit apartment community in Lawrenceville, Ga.

North Carolina

Grand Reserve at Pavilion, a 408-unit apartment community in Charlotte, NC.

Level at 401, a 300-unit apartment community in Raleigh, NC.

Florida

Landings at Lake Gray, a 300-unit apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla.

Vue at Baymeadows, a 352-unit apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla.

Palm Trace, a 160-unit apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla.

Northgreen at Carrollwood, a 438-unit multifamily community in Tampa, Fla.

Reserve at Lake Irene 384-unit apartment community in Orlando, Fla.

The Avenue, a 522-unit apartment community located in Orlando, Fla.

The Avana, a 264-unit apartment community located in Tampa, Fla.

Lago Paradiso, a 424-unit apartment community in Miami, Fla.

Texas

Pecan Springs, a 344-unit apartment community in San Antonio, Texas.

Firewheel, a 366-unit apartment community located in San Antonio, Texas.

ABOUT ELECTRA AMERICA
Electra America is the U.S. subsidiary of Electra Real Estate (ERE), a publicly traded enterprise on the Tel Aviv stock exchange and a global real estate firm focused on the commercial property sector. In addition to multifamily communities, ERE’s holdings include office buildings, retail, logistics centers and hotels. For more information, visit http://www.electraamerica.com/.

ABOUT AMERICAN LANDMARK

American Landmark Management is a national multifamily owner-operator specializing in multifamily acquisition, repositioning and property management. It owns and operates apartment properties in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. The company is committed to delivering great service and outstanding living environments to residents; delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors and partners; and providing opportunities for growth, advancement and diversity to its team members. For more information, visit http://www.alapts.com/.

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Additional Information About 260 Wingo St, Norcross, GA 30071

260 Wingo St, Norcross, GA 30071
260 Wingo St, Norcross, GA 30071

260 Wingo St, Norcross, GA 30071 is a single family home for sale, and has been listed on the market for 1 day. 260 Wingo St is in the Norcross neighborhood, which has a median listing price of $495,000. The median listing price for Norcross is 94% greater than Norcross at $219,000, and 112% greater than GA at $200,000. Nearby neighborhoods like Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Pleasantdale, and Winfield on the River have a median listing price of $425,000. The schools near 260 Wingo St include Norcross Elementary School, Summerour Middle School, and Norcross High School, which are all in the Elementary School: Norcross, High School: Norcross, and Middle School: Summerour district. There are similar and nearby single family homes for sale include 6142 Norcross Glen Trce, 5530 Vineyard Park Trl, and 5720 Vineyard Park Trl.

‘Basic Listing Information: 260 Wingo St is more than just a Norcross, GA address. It is a home with 4 beds, 3 baths, and 3,006 square feet. At $$495,000 it is a Norcross property for sale.’

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Norcross, GA Real Estate: Newly Listed Homes for Sale

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

The houses for sale in and around Norcross are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Georgia. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Norcross listed by our partners at realtor.com.

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Numerous New Hires and Promotions as Ace Industries’ US Expansion Heats Up – Atlanta Business Chronicle

NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ace Industries, a leader in the material handling industry, today announced the appointment of Lance White to national sales manager and Bryan Scott as national service manager.

Following a year of unprecedented growth, Ace Industries Inc. begins 2018 with the promotion of key leadership roles to accommodate expansion to a nationwide service footprint. With a strong presence in the Southern United States for 85 years, Ace now widens its base to include Northern, Mid-Western and Western territories, opening an impressive nine new service branches in 2017, with more planned for 2018.

Lance White has enjoyed a focused career selling rigging products to heavy industrial contractors and fabricators and will provide leadership for a high-performing sales team.

"Lance is passionate about our business and the needs of our customers. He has a longstanding track record of solutions-based selling and fanatical customer advocacy, along with a positive coaching and mentoring management style. He has the talent and skills needed to lead us into the next big phase," says Dan Carmichael, vice president of sales & business development.

Bryan Scott has a proven track record of leadership both at a local level and more recently throughout the Gulf Coast region.

"Bryan does what’s right and upholds the level of integrity for which Ace is known. With his exceptional work in management, Bryan is poised for nothing but success as national service manager and I have complete confidence that he will lead with dedication, determination and drive," says Claude Owens, vice president of operations.

ABOUT ACE INDUSTRIES

Ace Industries is a leader in the material handling industry with over 30,000 customers that depend on a unique offering of over 100 crane and hoist brands. Founded in 1932, Ace is one of the largest companies in the U.S. to perform industrial crane and hoist inspections, preventative maintenance, engineering, in-plant services and systems integration and distributes hoist parts, synthetic slings and lifting devices from 29 locations nationwide.

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