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Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

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ATLANTA (AP) -

Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

The dispute involves Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory's former residence.

It's the latest controversy involving church properties in Atlanta. Earlier this month, Gregory said he would sell a new $2.2 million mansion after parishioners complained it wasn't in line with the tone of austerity set by Pope Francis.

Attorney Hakim Hilliard, who represents some residents near Gregory's former home, said the planned renovation is an extravagant project that is out of character for the neighborhood.

An archdiocese lawyer says opposition to the renovation plan amounts to a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and smacks of religious discrimination.

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