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The name Brannon Hill Condominiums has a nice ring to it -- a name that might suggest pristine landscaping, a grilling area and maybe a playground for kids.

In fact, the development east of Interstate-285 in DeKalb County just off Memorial Drive has a play area, but it’s overgrown with weeds. 

Parts of Brannon Hill look like a landfill -- the final resting place for broken toilets, tattered sofas, busted TVs and soiled mattresses.

Parts look like the complex has just caught fire, but the bulldozers have yet to arrive to tear down the charred building's remains.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, left, holds a model Mercedes-Benz presented to him by Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon at a ceremony announcing the company's U.S. corporate headquarters will relocate from New Jersey to the metro Atlanta city of Sandy Springs,
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The mayor of Sandy Springs, Georgia, says his city needs more affordable housing.

The impending arrival of Mercedes-Benz employees in July has put the spotlight back on the affluent suburb.   

In his state of the city address, Mayor Rusty Paul ended on this note: “A lot of the Mercedes people are coming to Sandy Springs, but they’re looking in other places. Why? Because they can’t afford to live in Sandy Springs.”