By a vote of 14-0 the Atlanta City Council approved the creation of a task force charged with developing recommendations for commercial and residential development, public safety and transportation opportunities in the neighborhoods around Turner Field. The measure was sponsored by City Councilwoman Carla Smith, whose district encompasses the downtown stadium and surrounding neighborhoods.
On Nov. 11, the Atlanta Braves announced plans to relocate to a $672 million new stadium in Cobb County.
Turner Field has served as home to the Atlanta Braves since 1997, following its move from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, their home ballpark from 1966 to 1996. Turner Field was originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 to serve as the centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
The task force is charged with identifying an assortment of issues currently facing the neighborhoods and providing recommendations that will promote a vibrant and safe community, with sustained economic development after the Atlanta Braves leave Turner Field in 2017.
The current ballpark, which is owned jointly by the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta/Fulton County Recreation Authority, sits at the intersection of three neighborhoods: Summerhill, Mechanicsville, and Peoplestown, and close to Grant Park.
The Turner Field Task Force will consist of the following members:
- The District 1 Councilmember (to serve as chair)
- The President of Council
- The Mayor or his designee
- The Atlanta Braves or their designee
- The Presidents of the Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Summerhill and Grant Park Neighborhood Associations
- The Chair of NPU-V
- The President of Georgia State University or his designee
- The Executive Director of the Fulton County Recreation Authority or her designee
- The Chief Executive Officer of Invest Atlanta or his designee
- A city of Atlanta Department of Law representative
- A city of Atlanta Department of Finance representative
- A city of Atlanta Department of Planning representative
- The President of Central Atlanta Progress or his designee
- The District 6 Fulton County Commissioner
- The District 36 Georgia State Senator
- The District 58 Georgia State Representative
- The District 59 Georgia State Representative
The task force will convene within sixty (60) days after a majority of the task force members are confirmed by the Atlanta City Council.
The task force will have six months to come up with recommendations. The period may be extended for an additional six (6) months if needed and upon the adoption of a new resolution.
The above city council legislation and a complete list of other items on the council’s agenda can be viewed in their entirety on the Web at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/2013/fca1202.htm
All adopted legislative items and any amendments to those items or substitute papers can be viewed at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Captions/default.asp
City council minutes can be viewed at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Minutes2.htm
Archived video of Atlanta City Council meetings can be viewed at: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Video.htm