ATLANTA -- A Fulton County Superior Court Judge issued an order Thursday striking down the annexation of 13 areas in south Fulton County which the city had sought since July.
A spokesperson from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office released a message Thursday evening:
The City of Atlanta is disappointed with the Final Order issued by the Superior Court of Fulton County. The City welcomed the annexed neighborhoods of South Fulton into the City and has been providing services to these residents since July 1, 2016. The City is currently weighing all of its legal options.
The city's move to annex the areas were seen as opposing the proposed establishment of the proposed new city of South Fulton, which would encompass the same areas.
The land encompassing the proposed South Fulton, if incorporated, would become the ninth largest city in the state of Georgia with some 87,000 residents.
The move would make Fulton County the first county in the state of Georgia to incorporate all of its available land. It also would make the city of Atlanta "land-locked" -- with no available land in any direction for expansion.
A group supporting the establishment of the city of South Fulton plans a news conference Friday morning.
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