If school officials and prominent developers have their way, Georgia State University's so-called takeover of downtown Atlanta will leap over Interstate 20 and gobble up Turner Field and its vast parking lots, starting in about three years. The AJC broke the news that GSU and developers Carter and Columbia Residential have high hopes of teaming up to buy The Ted from the city and create a new southern campus and mixed-use community. What's more, GSU's plans call for sparing the MLB stadium and flipping it into a 30,000-seat arena for football, soccer and track-and-field sports. Just north of that, the school wants to develop a new Georgia State baseball stadium in the footprint of former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (leaving Hammerin' Hank's famed home-run wall intact), the newspaper reports.
The undersized rendering at right makes it a little tough to see, but plans for the 80 acres beyond The Ted call for private student housing, single-family homes, market-rate apartments and a mixed-use mélange of shops and restaurants, including a possible grocery store. GSU predicts the project will add 1,200 beds for students and help solve its parking issues. No word yet on a special transit link to the site from the heart of downtown. While our fingers were crossed for a Greyhound track or an adults-only Six Flags offshoot, these plans don't sound too shabby.
· Georgia State, developers want The Ted for major project [AJC]
· Turner Field Area In Pictures: Doomed Or Poised For Growth? [Curbed]
[ABOVE: Rendering via Georgia State University.]