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Ponce de Leon Hotel Sold - Residents Hope for Safer Replacement

Here is a win for those looking to clean-up Ponce de Leon

Ponce de Leon Hotel. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Ponce de Leon Hotel. Credit: Hunt Archbold
In an article, first reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, we learned that the Ponce de Leon Hotel has recently been sold and may soon become student housing.

The budget-hotel had long been a magnet for criminal activity in the Poncey-Highlands area, and a frequent stop for the Midtown-Ponce Security patrol. According to the Business Chronicle, "the new owners, Nazar Holdings LLC, might turn the 58-room, 18,500-square-foot building into student apartments."

The idea of replacing the budget hotel for student housing is welcomed by members of the community. The MPSA said on their website that, "the sale of the Ponce Hotel is the biggest shot in the arm that we've had in a long time."

The MPSA says that there has always been, "nuisance activity surrounding that place - most notably street prostitution and drug activity. There has been some other criminal activity such as burglary and car break-ins too."

Currently there are some renovations going on and the hotel is still in use, but organizations like the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance are excited, if not cautious, about the future.

"For all practical purposes we still have plenty of druggies on that block living in and revolving around the hotel in some way. That leaves quite a bit of work for us at MPSA to minimize problems radiating into the rest of our service area. While we are very optimistic about the outcome in the not-so-distant future, it's not over until the fat lady sings... " - MPSA
OnceWasAnnie January 25, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Student housing, hunh? Well, I feel bad for any student who lives around that area. I used to live a bit further up Ponce, near Highland. Scary homeless men lurking around at all hours of the day and night. Good luck, students! Buy several cans of mace!

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