Category Archives: Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority

Turner Field Neighbors Call For Community Benefits Agreement

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(APN) ATLANTA — The communities near Turner Field are seeking a binding Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) as part of the pending stadium sale.   The Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority (AFCRA) is in the process of selling Turner Field and surrounding acres to Georgia State University and the development firm Carter.   It is not clear how GSU […]

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Mayor Reed Defends Lack of Public Input on Turner Field, Noting All Projects Lack Such Input

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a meeting of the City Council of Atlanta’s Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Council Members heard from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which oversees Turner Field, as well as residents who are fighting to have a say in how their neighborhoods are impacted when the Braves leave.   AFCRA recently invited developers to […]

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ANALYSIS: AFCRA Betrayed the Turner Field Communities


Editorial by Anna Simonton, Staff Writer and News Analyst; and Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA) has officially invited developers to bid on Turner Field, despite the fact that the public input process regarding community benefits has just gotten started – a move that amounts to a stab in the […]

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Fulton Chairman Eaves Pushes Garner off Recreation Authority

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(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner (District 3) has resigned from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), after being asked to do so by County Commission Chair John Eaves (District 7). “I appreciate the service Commissioner Garner provided to the county on the AFCRA board.  However, as all the parties involved head into a deeper discussion about […]

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Fulton-Atlanta Recreation Authority Appoints Councilwoman Bottoms as Director


With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority has removed the Executive Director of the Authority, and replaced her with Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), a strong advocate for Mayor Kasim Reed.   The position pays 135,000 dollars per year.   “I’m very […]

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Opacity, Public Exclusion Seen in Mayor’s Statements on Turner Field Redevelopment

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — The pending sale of the land underlying Atlanta’s Turner Field, just south of Downtown Atlanta, has been a point of contention for most of the year. Mayor Kasim Reed made controversial statements to WSBTV Channel 2 on or around November 11, 2014, that Turner Field could be sold “very soon,” […]

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New Stadium Plan Sparks Gentrification, Neighborhood Concerns

With additional reporting by Marko Robinson, Staff Writer (APN) ATLANTA — Arthur Blank, a billionaire and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, a football team, wants a new, better stadium, in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood, just down the street from where the Georgia Dome currently sits. The current Dome is operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), an entity […]

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