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Strike! Lawsuit Throws a Curveball at Braves Stadium Plans

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Good fences make good neighbors, but a fence isn't enough when the Atlanta Braves move in next door. Fairly Breezy LLC owns a 1.92-acre property on Heritage Court, adjacent to the new home of the Braves and the associated 74-acre, $400 million mixed-use development. And right now, the Fairly Breezy folks are fairly angry. The company and its lawyers, long-time Marietta city attorney Doug Haynie and his partner Daniel White, filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Cobb County violated zoning procedures requiring developments to provide detailed and specific plans for projects.

The process, they say, was assumptive and did not allow the public to provide the standard level of feedback and negotiation. The suit also says that the new stadium (which it calls "a wolf in sheep's clothing") will "directly and substantially damage(s) the value, marketability, and quiet enjoyment" of surrounding properties with "unreasonable noise, traffic congestion, illegal parking [and] rampant signage pollution." The document also provides an allegation of straight-up sinister behavior, claiming that the Braves threatened to literally "wall off" Fairly Breezy's 25,000-square-foot office building if the company refused to sell the property for less than market value. The plaintiffs are asking for the zoning decision allowing the stadium and Fuqua-led mixed-use project to be reversed, just as bonds were about to be issued for financing.
· Braves' to-be neighbor files suit against the Cobb Board of Commissioners [The Marietta Daily Journal]
· Breaking: Braves Choose Developers for Mixed-Use Project [Curbed Atlanta]
· Braves Stadium Concepts Include Giant Pool, Integrity [Curbed Atlanta]