Should Turner Field become a football stadium or mixed-use development?
That will be the question if Georgia State University purchases the site.
11Alive reports that GSU’s RFP that was submitted to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority has two plans for a football stadium.
One option would be to convert the 20-year old Turner Field building into the framework for a mixed-use development, with housing and retail. That option would include construction of a new football stadium, and a new baseball stadium, north of Turner Field.
Another option pitched by GSU was one originally revealed to 11Alive News in April 2014 — which would retrofit Turner Field into a college football stadium, and construct a baseball stadium on the old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium site.
Both options submitted Friday by GSU include the new baseball stadium. The variable now is the location of the football stadium GSU wants, which would extend the university’s campus across I-20.
RFPs were due Friday and an unknown number were submitted.
A decision on which proposal is selected could in “the coming months.”
Five Georgians threw their support behind Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at the African American Mayors Association.
Kasim Reed, Shirley Franklin and Andrew Young announced they were supporting Hillary (much like they did in 2008) and East Point Mayor Jannquell Peters did as well.
WABE quoted Reed saying:
“She has the proven leadership capability to be president of the United States during very difficult times..I think that, given the breadth and depth of her service to the country, that she is the right person in this race.”
Even though Joe said no today, I still don’t think Hillary wins the Democratic nomination. I’m increasingly not confident in that but I still think O’Malley is the real deal and Sanders fizzles out because he has to spend too much time explaining what is democratic socialism.
This race also reminds of 2008 when Hillary racked up the superdelegates’ votes only to have that be fruitless and 2004 when Kerry quietly was in the background waiting for the tides to turn against the frontrunner.
I’m not putting any money on my belief, however.
Jimmy Carter is 91 today, something that makes his still busy work and travel schedule even more remarkable. He’s also probably going to remain the only POTUS born in Georgia for quite some time.
Should you wish to get in the spirit of the festivities that are bound to sweep the nation, the Carter Center hung this wonderfully low-key display and is offering 91 cent admission all day on Thursday. It’s also #AskAnArchivist day on Twitter for the presidential libraries but I believe that was an independent event.
Happy birthday to President Carter!
John Lewis said he is running for reelection for the 5th Congressional District representing Atlanta.
Speaking to the AJC on Wednesday and surprising perhaps no one, Lewis said:
“Yes, yes. I’m doing it. I’m doing it. I know there are a few people who think: ‘Oh, maybe he’s going to give it up.’ But I’m not giving it up. Not now. Thank you for asking me.”
I’ll make a bold prediction and say he wins easily in 2016 making him one of the most senior members of congress. And in a body that prizes seniority, you don’t want your long-time representatives going anywhere.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro paid a visit to Atlanta on Monday where he announced that Atlanta was one of five cities to be awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grants. In Atlanta, $30 million will go toward the University Choice Neighborhood in the city’s west side.
From a statement sent out by HUD:
As part of the Administration’s overall drive to reinvest in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, President Obama’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is intended to transform distressed public and assisted housing into sustainable, mixed-income housing with access to community assets and services and to support positive outcomes for families living in the development and in the community. The five awardees have proposed to replace more than 1,650 distressed public housing units with more than 2,800 new mixed-income, mixed-use housing units as part of an overall effort to revitalize neighborhoods. For every $1 in Choice Neighborhoods funding they receive, the awardees and their partners will leverage an additional $9 in public and private funding for their project proposals.
“The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is responsible for transforming what were once vacant lots, crumbling parks and storefronts and distressed housing into vibrant communities,” said Castro. “It has become one of our nation’s most important tools in the fight to ensure that every family — no matter where they live — has the resources and strong foundation to succeed.”
I believe there was something in there about how this proves ITP is better than OTP (once and for all) but I could be mistaken.
The full release is below.