Atlanta could soon be leasing office space in one of the city’s fanciest buildings...Seriously, this does not strike me as big deal. For one, Peachtree Centers ISN'T one of the fanciest buildings in the city. It is a 1970s building that has been maintained fairly well. It doesn't, and can't, compare with the fanciest buildings like 191 Peachtree, 1180 Peachtree, Terminus, etc.
Department commissioner Dianne Harnell Cohen defended the arrangement, saying she couldn’t find adequate space for her staff of about 100 employees at City Hall or surrounding buildings.
Also, the rate quoted seems about standard for what a government office should pay in rent. $17 over ten years (and $8 the first year) is far from exorbitant. Further, I'm fairly certain there are already government offices already exist at Peachtree Center. I think a classmate of mine worked for the federal DOT in Peachtree Center. GDOT has offices at One Georgia Center.
I don't see why the AJC wants to make this a big deal.