While this sounds transformational for Georgia State, I just can’t get over the fact that we’re still spending more money on sports-entertainment complexes when there are so many other priority infrastructure projects. From Scott Trubey and Janel Davis of the AJC:
Georgia State University and a prominent Atlanta development team want to acquire Turner Field and the sea of parking lots between it and downtown to create a new southern campus for the college and a $300 million mixed-use development that would transform an area threatened by the Braves’ pending departure to Cobb County.
The university wants to convert The Ted into a new 30,000-seat football stadium and build other athletic facilities, student housing, classrooms and green space. A private team led by real estate development powerhouse Carter and Columbia Residential would build a mixed-use campus of shops, restaurants, retail, hotels and single-family and apartment homes on a majority of the surrounding area.
I’m going to have to choose to think of this as GSU finally achieving a true campus setting, and downplay the football stadium as the centerpiece. Your mileage may vary.
Updated: The AJC’s Greg Bluestein has tweeted out a proposed site plan. (included below)