Monday, October 17, 2011

Atlanta Civic Center eyed for possible makeover, redevelopment

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

So the city's currently seeking ideas about what should be done with the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, its fine arts and performance complex in... uh, do we call that part of town SoNo?

Among the options, reports Jeremiah McWilliams:

The 43-year-old Civic Center faces a wide range of options: renovation on the inside or outside, a new lease structure or new marketing techniques, redevelopment for new uses or a sale, according to the document. The notice asked for “realistic and creative” recommendations.

Think of the possibilities! How about a massive indoor paintball arena? Perhaps the new home for the National Museum of Patriotism? Or the return of the World of Sid & Marty Krofft indoor amusement park? Hell, a few years back, local brainstormers Cloud architecture | design proposed demolishing the civic center and building the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium in its place. (Here's a thorough rundown of the firm's concept.) We've invested millions of dollars in a campaign urging the city to reopen and expand SciTrek, the nearby children's science and technology museum that, after years of serving as a go-to field trip for metro Atlanta elementary schools, shuttered in the mid-2000s. Strangely, no one's taken us up on the idea — yet. (Yes, that's two SciTrek references in less than two days.)

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