Now that we finally officially know that the Braves are moving out, the City of Atlanta has asked planning and design firm Perkins+Will to complete a study of what to do with the team's old digs. Creative Loafing reports that a Livable Centers Initiative study will examine the neighborhoods around Turner Field, including resident input and their visions for the site's future. While plans have been floated for multiple uses of the 77-acre site, simmering neighborhood anger has played a key role in precipitating the study.
A group made up of more than 42 community organizations — calling themselves the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition — has been pushing for greater community involvement in the site's future plans. Citing a precedent of a lack of neighborhood participation when the stadium and its predecessor were initially built, the coalition has been a vocal advocate for improving the Washington-Rawson and Summerhill neighborhoods this time around. But with GSU gunning for a chance to develop the site, and the city unwilling to make the study legally binding, it will ultimately come down to city officials following through on their promise to listen to neighborhood input as a sale looms.
· City commissions study to envision future of Turner Field site — but it won't be binding [Creative Loafing]
· Could Turner Field Swing for Ponce City Market, Part II? [Curbed Atlanta]
· How Atlanta's Stadium-Building Madness is Nothing New [Curbed Atlanta]