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Old 12-21-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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Turner Field to be sold to Georgia State and developer Carter | www.ajc.com
Good move, saves the taxpayers from having to pay $5M/year in maintenance for a vacant stadium.
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Turner Field is going to be sold to Atlanta-based real estate firm Carter and Georgia State University.

The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority board announced Monday that the Carter and Georgia State team has been chosen as the winning bidder for Turner Field. The board will begin negotiating a sale of the downtown baseball stadium and much of the surrounding parking lots.

The announcement comes just a little more than two months after the agency put the ballpark up for sale through a competitive bid process, and about two years after the Atlanta Braves announced their plans to move to a new ballpark in Cobb County.

Turner Field to be sold to Georgia State and developer Carter photo
The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority has voted to sell the ballpark and parking lots to a group headlined by Georgia State University and real estate firm Carter. That group wants to transform the site into student housing, apartments, retail, and converting The Ted into a football stadium. A neighborhood planning effort also is underway that residents hope will help steer development in an area where stadiums haven t fulfilled the promises of jobs and growth. Brant Sanderlin/STAFF
The Carter-Georgia State team plan involves a $300 million mix of student housing, apartments, retail and the conversion of Turner Field into a football stadium. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed publicly endorsed the Georgia State team when it first announced its interest in the site early last year.

In October, the authority listed 67 acres, including Turner Field, for sale under a competitive bid process. Only two other bidders, both little-known, made a play for the ballpark and surrounding parking lots, making it apparent to most observers that Carter and Georgia State would be the winner.

Many residents of the neighborhoods surrounding The Ted have urged the authority to wait in selling the land, but the authority has said a sale must happen quickly, as the Braves will leave the ballpark by the end of next year. After that point, stadium upkeep and security would be on the taxpayers.

But to help assuage residents, the request for proposals made it clear that the community’s input must be included in the development plans. The request for proposals requires the potential buyer to “demonstrate a commitment to incorporating” recommendations from a pending community development study.

“After a through review of all the proposals, including in person presentations, the Board of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority has a preferred bidder and will commence negotiations immediately,” board chairman William K Whitner said in a news release. “We will move forward expeditiously to ensure that we make meaningful progress toward determining the future of this historic neighborhood. AFCRA has been a long-time partner in this community and we fully appreciate the importance of negotiating with a developer that will have the community’s interest foremost in mind.”

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Old 12-21-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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Really the best possible outcome for this property
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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FANTASTIC NEWS! And best of all, preserves Atlanta's Olympic legacy. It would be great if GSU somehow restores the word "Olympics" to the stadium or district name.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Now, will the torch be moved to COP?
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:21 PM
 
Location: East Atlanta
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Now, will the torch be moved to COP?
Seems like a good idea, but I wonder. Also hope that ugly fake torch near the Varsity will be demolished one day, but who knows?
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Seems like a good idea, but I wonder. Also hope that ugly fake torch near the Varsity will be demolished one day, but who knows?
That is a classic.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:43 PM
 
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This is better than TF because this land will be used more than 80 days per year
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Now, will the torch be moved to COP?
Er ... why should the torch be moved to COP it that's not where it was originally? Better to move it back to its spot next to the stadium.
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Old 12-21-2015, 05:41 PM
 
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Turner Field to be sold to Georgia State and developer Carter | www.ajc.com
Good move, saves the taxpayers from having to pay $5M/year in maintenance for a vacant stadium.
This is great news! Carter does excellent work and it looks like they putting together a good team.
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Old 12-21-2015, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Historic West End
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What a natural progression since Turner parking lots are already use for GSU parking. I'm glad Turner field will be repurpose for A GSU Stadium. I wonder if light rail could connect with Garnett Station. Go Panthers!

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