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Old 10-03-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I like the idea in general, but not sure about the exclusively high-end clientele they seem to be after. Obviously they need paying customers to fund the venture, but maybe something a little more open would be a better fit for a project in the middle of town...
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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Build a hotel or corporate apartments along 17th street.
You have a point there. That's an extremely low density project for an urban location.

That was a major issue at Lindbergh. Once somebody plunks tens of millions into a low density project you've pretty much killed any chance for more urban redevelopment for at least a generation or so.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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I like the idea in general, but not sure about the exclusively high-end clientele they seem to be after. Obviously they need paying customers to fund the venture, but maybe something a little more open would be a better fit for a project in the middle of town...
I think there is a misunderstanding about purpose of this proposal. I don't really understand how this will be feasible but it sounds as though the intent will be to develop blue-chip athletes.

This is on the Website.

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The Odyssey Sports Foundation will be an entity committed to “The Fight against Childhood Obesity.” Its primary purpose is to subsidize the financial resources needed to introduce, identify, develop, educate and empower youth athletes enrolled in the Academy with the necessary attributes to successfully pursue their goals in sports and academics. The Foundation will serve as a conduit to channel worldwide corporate support into various programs within the facility as well as to retain the highest level of coaching, dietary, psychological, orthopedic, physical and academic personnel available in order to support youth development. The sole strategy of the Academy is to identify participants between the ages of 4 to 6 years of age and to foster their development through 16 years of age. In addition, the Odyssey Sports Foundation will endeavor to subsidize the costs of various leagues, clinics and programs for both geriatric and paraplegic athletes within the facility.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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This would be cool, it would be like Chelsea Piers of Atlanta.
It would have to be extremely expensive to be uncompetitive in ATL. A membership at Chelsea Piers is cheaper than joining say, the Lake Claire neighborhood pool.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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And I actually don't think the location is terrible, provided the neighborhood adjacent to it is adequately protected. I'd rather the lots fronting 17th be saved for something more residential and higher-density.
You are right. Those lots would definitely be better served as a mixed-use development. I just think it's odd that this thing is tucked back on this road to nowhere. But, since it's not a public draw, I guess it doesn't need to be seen.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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You are right. Those lots would definitely be better served as a mixed-use development. I just think it's odd that this thing is tucked back on this road to nowhere. But, since it's not a public draw, I guess it doesn't need to be seen.
Wouldn't want to make the citizens jealous that they can't use those nice facilities, so they'll hide it from public view.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:57 PM
 
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Looks tacky
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:57 PM
 
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A development group is proposing a sports complex next to Midtown’s Atlantic Station.
Odyssey Sports Atlanta would develop the “sportsplex” on land between 450 and 464 Bishop Street. The industrial site is next to the 138-acre Atlantic Station mixed-use development at the Connector and 17th Street.The new recreational facility would include an Olympic-sized pool; 10 basketball courts; 11 tennis courts; two lacrosse and soccer fields; and a hockey rink. The project, called Odyssey Sportsplex, will be geared to training elite athletes, said Harold Buckley, an attorney representing the development group.
“These will be blue-chippers that are looking to play professionally,” Buckley said.
I personally have no idea what good it will do for the environs of Atlanta. Sounds like some sort of private athletic club. Universities cover a lot of that sort of training. I just don't see Atlantic Station, in the heart of the city, with not the best air, as a great place to train athletes. And how will it be financed? And lacrosse? We want to train the next generation of elite lacrosse players? Hockey? We're not much of a hockey town right now.

I just don't see the point.
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