Renderings of the planned redevelopment surrounding Turner Field have been released, offering some insight into the expectations of Georgia State University and its partners.
Georgia State, along with project partners Carter and Oakwood Development, recently closed on the purchase of Turner Field and the surrounding area. The main piece of that plan is Turner Field, the former home of MLB’s Atlanta Braves, which is expected to start hosting Georgia State Panthers football this fall and be repurposed over several phases into a college football facility.
Another major aspect of that plan is the development surrounding the area. Along with a new baseball facility for the college on the site of the former Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, planners are looking into mixed-use amenities such as student housing, dining, retail, and office space. Over the long haul, project officials see the development as a key step toward providing a better connection between Turner Field and downtown Atlanta. More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter President Scott Taylor said his firm wants to have retail and restaurant tenants in the Georgia Avenue buildings starting this fall, and the partners plan events to help bring activity to the site.
His firm and Georgia State will also be heavy advocates for extending light rail to the site from downtown under the recently approved MARTA sales tax initiative. A line that would connect downtown to the Beltline down Hank Aaron Drive is one potential project on the MARTA expansion list.
Each of the design concepts for the project, Taylor said, incorporates elements of a community-driven design process called a Livable Centers Initiative that was steered by the city, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The entire project is expected to take place in phases, with Turner Field being the key piece of the first stage.
Renderings via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.