An Atlanta state senator seeks to pass legislation in order to annex the portion of suburban Cobb County, where the Braves will build their new professional baseball stadium, into the city of Atlanta.
Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) has introduced a bill in the Georgia General Assembly seeking to extend the city limits of Atlanta north so that it will include the 60-acre Cobb County region where the Braves are building a new $672 million stadium and $400 million mixed-use development.
The Braves are scheduled to move out of Turner Field just outside of downtown Atlanta and into their new stadium to begin the 2017 season.
Senate Bill 96, filed Tuesday, would extend the city limits north along Interstate 75 if it passes, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.
Tate also represents a portion of south Cobb, but was unavailable for comment on the bill. Her counterpart in Cobb County, state Rep. John Carson (R-Cobb) called the filing of the bill imprudent.
“I am very disappointed that such legislation, that has virtually no chance of passing, was introduced,” Carson told the MDJ. “In addition, this type of legislation, as well as the manner in which it was introduced, will only cause tension between our communities.”