Residents outraged at school board's attempt to demolish apt complex
MORROW, GA (CBS46) -
The possible site of a new school in Clayton County is receiving a bad grade from some residents.
The school board is looking at using eminent domain to acquire land near some of its other schools on Trammell Road, but the land currently has an apartment complex on it.
The attorney for the owner of the Regal Forest Apartment Complex said the school board is targeting the complex because it thinks it's vacant, run down, and facing foreclosure, but the attorney said that's not the case.
Either way it has residents in the complex a little nervous because they fear a sudden eviction.
Residents of the complex will be the first to tell you it could use some work, but they said it's not even close to the point of demolishing it.
"It's unspeakable that we would have a school board even entertain this idea," said resident Charles Sumblin.
Residents said getting kicked out of the complex would be a nightmare financially, especially when you consider it's mostly low-income tenants.
"Nobody got the money to just up and move somewhere. People in this complex because they trying to get somewhere in life," said resident Andre Daniels.
But most said it goes well beyond money.
"This may be to them just a village or complex, but to those of us who live here, it's home," said Sumblin.
"I can't even stomach that feeling. I wouldn't even know what to do at that point," added Daniels.
To make matters worse, some residents said it's totally unnecessary.
"There are definitely other possibilities in this area where they could move the school," said resident Lucretia Wilson.
Residents said they're so angry about it they don't plan to just sit back and let it all happen.
"We want quality education for our kids, but to be forced out and not have a say so in it won't be tolerated," said Wilson.
"We're going to fight for our lives, fight for our family, and fight for our community," said Sumblin.
That fight will take center stage at Monday night's school board meeting. Many residents of the complex plan to pack into the meeting to make sure their voice is heard.
We tried to contact representatives with the Clayton County School District, but they never returned our calls.
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