Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First Slice 7/30/14: Braves to announce development team for mixed-use complex near stadium

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Atlanta Braves officials are soon expected to reveal the developers who will help build the $400-million mixed-use project adjacent to the team's proposed stadium in Cobb County. According to the AJC, Fuqua Development, Pope & Land Enterprises, Pollack Shores Real Estate Group will partner together to build the site. Batson-Cook Development Co., a Georgia-based subsidiary of Japanese corporation Kajima, will become an equity partner and help oversee the entire project.

Theodore VanKirk, the last surviving flight crew member from the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, has died. The former World War II navigator lived in Stone Mountain, Ga. "I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father," Tom VanKirk, one of his sons, told the Associated Press.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry, a former school teacher who was accused in 2010 of having sex with a 16-year-old student, has come under fire again for attempting to schedule a photo shoot with an 18-year-old girl in Henry County. "You could either meet me there or meet me at the office and ride down with me in the Camaro lol," he wrote to one teenage girl in a Facebook message.

The Georgia World Congress Center board has signed off on documents for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium's final design plans. And another set of shiny new renderings was released. (Including one showing off a majestic view of a giant parking deck that blocks the Atlanta skyline!)

UPS officials are investigating whether one of its metro Atlanta package handlers allegedly delivered a makeshift noose to a customer.

One of the children closely tied to the push for medical marijuana legalization in Georgia has died. "It wouldn't have been easy, but obviously now that would've been something that possibly could've really helped Abe and possibly saved his life," his mother told WSB-TV.

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old Valdosta teenager who was found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in early 2013, are taking Lowndes High School officials to court with a wrongful death lawsuit.

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