City of Atlanta Awarded ARC Study Grant for Turner Field Stadium Communities
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Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2015
Thế giới cáCity of Atlanta Awarded ARC Study Grant for Turner Field Stadium Communities
DPCD will lead partnership with Invest Atlanta and community residents to outline innovative planning strategy
ATLANTA - Today Mayor Kasim Reed announced the City of Atlanta’s application for a $200,000 livable centers initiative (LCI) grant was approved by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to study future development options for Turner Field and the surrounding communities. City departments and agencies, including the Department of Planning and Community Development working in partnership with community residents, Invest Atlanta, and City Council members plan to launch the study in 2015.“Through extensive community engagement, we have a unique opportunity to develop a shared vision and plan for the Turner Field Stadium neighborhoods,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Our goal with this new ARC grant is to create a plan that will promote growth and the redevelopment of Turner Field and associated parking lots, the commercial corridors and surrounding areas."
The City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta requested LCI funding to study the Turner Field Stadium neighborhoods which encompass an area of approximately 1,340 acres. Neighborhoods surrounding the stadium include, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, and Grant Park.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited for our Stadium Neighborhoods,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith, who represents the neighborhoods around Turner Field. “The study that will be conducted with these funds will allow us to envision the future of the Turner Field area and the surrounding neighborhoods. I’d like thank the City of Atlanta’s Office of Planning, Invest Atlanta and the Annie E. Casey Foundation for their financial support.”
The ARC LCI grant will help the City of Atlanta conduct a market study, detailed transportation plan, strategies to repurpose the $200+ million stadium, analyze and make recommendations on housing, non-residential uses, urban design, land use, zoning and economic development.
“The LCI grant affords the City an opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan for community and economic development promoting holistic neighborhood transformation in the areas and communities of need,” said Terri Lee, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Planning and Community Development.
“Key focus areas of the study will be Turner Field and associated parking areas owned by the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), nearby underutilized parcels and major corridors including Hank Aaron Drive, Georgia Avenue, Ralph David Abernathy Road, and Pryor Street,” said Office of Planning Director Charletta Wilson Jacks.
Funds will also be used to conduct community engagement and project management. The study area includes all of the Stadium Tax Allocation District (TAD). Once a plan is completed it will help meet the requirement of the Stadium TAD legislation to develop a transportation plan and implementation strategy prior to expenditures of TAD Funding.
The study seeks to improve access and mobility by all transportation modes including pedestrians, bicycles, autos and public transportation. The plan will provide recommendations regarding access to interstates I-20, I-75 and I-85, while minimizing local traffic impact and improving connectivity.
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