Clayton Co. mulls tearing down apartments to build school

MORROW, Ga. — Residents of a Clayton County apartment complex are hoping their pleas to end an eminent domain threat will stop the county from turning their homes into a school.

Residents of the Regal Forest Apartments say it is a safe, affordable community and they cannot afford to move somewhere else.

Dozens of families showed up at the Clayton County School Board meeting Monday night begging to save their complex.

The board is considering a resolution that would condemn the property to make way for the new Elite Scholars Academy.

Disabled veteran Octavious O'Neal said he is going back to college at nearby Clayton State University.

"For them to come in and take a thriving community is irresponsible. They do have other options," O'Neal said.

Attorney Christian Torgrimson said the 116-unit complex is quiet and well-maintained.

"The board indicated to us it has no plans to help them relocate, to build a school for which they have no plans," Torgrimson said.

The school board said the location is ideal because of its proximity to other schools. The school board could vote on the issue at a work session later this month.