Something huge is coming to the site of Turner Field ... sometime. People who live nearby hope a study just commissioned by the Atlanta City Council will inform what eventually happens on the 77-acre site after the Atlanta Braves move to the suburbs in 2017.
By a unanamious vote, Atlanta City Council commissioned Perkins+Will to undertake a Livable Centers Initiative study for the neighborhoods around Turner Field. The LCI study will be a survey of the people, their infrastructure, and their businesses. It aims to prepare the area for the kinds of developments and enhancements that the neighbors want and that would do the most good.
“Our community has seen a lot of major development that has not benefitted us,” said Sherise Brown of Peoplestown, at a City Council meeting on Monday just before the council vote. “This is an opportunity for us to make this right."
It’s a study that Brown and fellow members of the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition strongly support.
The Coalition wants an inclusive planning process and seeks a development that allows everyone in the area to be able to access jobs, recreation, housing, and other amenities.
What it doesn’t want is a no-bid sale of the land without community input. Matthew Garbett of Adair Park, who is also a Coalition member, said the neighborhoods want to work with the consultant and developers “so that we can all come together and say ‘Yes.’”
The conversation could result in an “incredibly beneficial” development that stands out not just in the city, but the region, he said.
The Coalition counts some 42 organizations as its members, including neighborhood associations, community development corporations, and advocacy groups.
The survey results are not binding on Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority, the current owners of the stadium and its adjacent parking lots. The Coalition is hoping City Hall pays attention.
When Georgia Tech students start fall semester on Aug. 17, they will be without a tiny friend in Tech Square that's provided toiletries, groceries, and prescriptions to the college campus and surrounding residents.
The 5th Street Walmart Express, which billed itself as the mega-retailer's smallest location ever, closed the tiny store's doors on July 3, leaving former patrons confused.
Store management posted a sign warning of the closure for a month prior to locking up. People who used to pick up their medicine at the mini-Walmart will have to make their way to Howell Mill’s Walmart to grab prescriptions.
Walmart’s corporate office did not respond to CL's repeated inquiries asking why the store, which opened in August 2013, closed. Georgia Tech Campus Services did not know why the retailer shuttered the location.
But according to the Technique, Georgia Tech's student newspaper, the store's tiny size proved to be its downfall. A former employee told the paper prior to the store's closing that the space wasn't big enough to stock the daily inventory drop delivered from a larger Supercenter.
“We had no backroom storage, and there was no cooler space in the back, so we received our inventory every day from the Supercenter, and whatever we got that day was all we had to put out,” Staff Pharmacist Carla Gillespie-Berry told the Technique. “It wasn’t that we weren’t successful, and we loved being here — it was just we needed more space.”
In addition, the paper says, the imminent opening of multiple high-rise apartment buildings around Tech Square could have sparked an uptick in business that the Walmart Express couldn't logistically accommodate. Publix Media Relations Manager Brenda Reid says the Midtown Publix, which operates just two blocks north of the old Tech Square Walmart, is seeing a small bump in business since the closure.
The “Smallmart” will remain vacant until Georgia Tech’s campus services decides what to put in the space next.
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