In April, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed sent a letter to unincorporated south Fulton County business owners, urging them to consider annexation over creating a new city called South Fulton.
The letter, obtained by WXIA-TV, read in part, "As a commercial/industrial property-owner in the proposed area, you do not have the right to vote in the upcoming referendum unless you also reside in the proposed area.
"The City of Atlanta has maintained an open-door policy of welcoming property owners and residents who are interested in annexing into Atlanta city limits," the Reed letter continues. "We are extending an opportunity for you to discuss the option of annexing into the City of Atlanta should you oppose being incorporated into the new City of South Fulton."
Georgia Unfiltered has learned, through open records requests, that quite a few businesses in the Cascade Road area have taken Atlanta's Mayor up on his offer.
This $50 million annexation request by commercial property owners is the largest to date, since Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 514, the so-called South Fulton cityhood bill, into law. College Park recently received annexation petitions for 142.7 acres of commercial property valued at $32 million.
Under House Bill 514, property owners and registered voters have until 1 July 2016 to annex out of the proposed city of South Fulton before the borders are locked for the November referendum.