CBS Atlanta News questioned an attorney responsible for a massive illegal dump site off Hightower Road in Northwest Atlanta.
Attorney Edward Dovin faced a municipal court judge regarding the issue Tuesday.
He represents the estate belonging to the deceased owner of the property, Frances Blankenship.
CBS Atlanta News asked Dovin what he is currently doing to bring the property into compliance.
"Well, currently we have a letter of intent that's been signed with a charitable foundation, the Beverly Searles Foundation, and they are intending to turn it into some sort of assisted living facility," Dovin said.
The Beverly Searles Foundation sent members of a demolition crew out this week to access the clean-up costs at the abandoned Rachel's Walk Apartments.
The foundation told CBS Atlanta they would like to purchase the 10 acre piece of property, but it may be too expensive. So CBS Atlanta News asked Dovin how much it would cost to clean up the property.
"The last estimate we obtained, which is before many of the tires got deposited on the property, I think was somewhere in the $160,000 range to remove the structures and cart off the debris," Dovin said.
CBS Atlanta News also asked the citizen's advocate in the mayor's office, Stephanie Ramage, what the city plans to do about the issue of illegal dumping, considering there's a boat sinking in a sea of tires on the property.
"Beginning April 1 in the city of Atlanta, if you illegally dump tires, you will be facing potential jail time. We will also charge you for the cost of cleaning up the site. That can go well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's a serious ordinance, it has teeth in it and I would just warn people that if you're going to dump tires, you won't be doing it in the city of Atlanta. Not when we're through with you," Ramage said.
The judge asked all parties involved to return to court on March 22, to hash out a solution.
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