Planners will seek input from residents Sunday during Atlanta Streets Alive on a community design program for the neighborhoods around Turner Field.
Mayor Kasim Reed’s office said Friday that the city planning department, Invest Atlanta and planners at Perkins+Will will meet with residents from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the stadium as part of the latest round in the Livable Centers Initiative study (LCI). There, planners also will share the most recent design concepts gleaned from past community meetings in the LCI program.
The study is playing out as Georgia State University and its development partners Carter and Oakwood Development negotiate a sales contract for Turner Field and surrounding parking lots.
They plan to convert the ballpark into a Georgia State football stadium, and build student housing, market rate apartments, senior living, single-family homes and retail. Their plans also call for a baseball field to go in the footprint of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and preserving the Hank Aaron home run wall.
That investment — perhaps $300 million, perhaps more — will be by far the most the stadium neighborhoods have seen since the Ted was built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. It also will encompass parking lots that sit mostly empty more than three-fourths of the year.
The Braves plan to start play in their new Cobb County ballpark next year.
The land planning exercise will outline needed transportation and other infrastructure improvements, and incorporate residents’ wishes for development in the area. The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, which owns the Ted, put in its sales process that the buyer of Turner Field incorporate elements of the community’s LCI study into their plans.
“We have a unique opportunity to develop a shared vision for the Turner Field Stadium neighborhoods and I want to ensure that all residents’ voices are heard throughout the entire planning process,” Reed said in a news release.
The city said more than 1,600 residents of the neighborhoods near the Ted have so far participated in study meetings. Final plan recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the community June 7.