Back in 2014, most Atlantans cheered when Mayor Kasim Reed and other city leaders brokered a deal to offload the multi-level, past-its-prime albatross that is Underground Atlanta to WRS Inc., a South Carolina developer who plans to infuse the historic site with a mixed-use community and grocery store. But Underground's sale still has not closed, and the AJC reports that the hold-up could involve a parking deck and nearby lot that are critical to Underground's redevelopment — both owned by the State of Georgia right now.
So the city and state are in talks about how to make the deal happen, and a group of Buckhead citizens is concerned that — of all things — the city-owned Bobby Jones Golf Course is being offered behind closed doors as a potential land swap for the needed parking garage and lot. City and state officials won't discuss specifics of the deal, but Reed did tell the AJC he's confident the Underground transaction will close this quarter. A group called Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course fears that a state-owned course would be subject to substantial changes.