But wait: isn't there a glut of plans for downtown sitting on the shelf? For example, Central Atlanta Progress' Green Line, a 2007 proposal which involves connecting Georgia State University, Five Points, and Philips Arena with parks and new dense development. (One downtown resident told CL he supported the proposal but would prefer a "master (implementation) plan." In addition, he thought the $500,000 might be better spent on improving downtown residents and businesses' quality of life.)
In the past, "a lot of things were not on the table," Willis said. Now, however, several projects are in the works for downtown and some surrounding neighborhoods, including a new football stadium and mixed-use developments around Turner Field.
"Turner Field wasn't contemplating wanting to do major work in the area," he said. "You didn't have significant commitment as it relates to a new Falcons stadium. As that change has taken place, any good plan would still need to be updated."
What's more, various groups have agreed to serve on the task force, which normally hasn't happened in the past. Individuals and officials from the state, city, MARTA, neighborhood organizations, and Georgia State University have agreed to participate.
"We originally started with 15 members, now we're up to 25," Willis said. "It's important to have everybody's voice."
Willis hopes that the legislation will pass without a problem because other colleagues have signed on to the proposal. Most importantly, Mayor Kasim Reed is "very supportive" of the legislation.
Bottoms and CAP could not be reached for comment. We will update when we hear word.
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