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Turner Field Transformation

Turner Field is the old Braves Stadium located in the Summerhill Neighborhood.

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This is a stub page. This page describes the transformation of Turner Field from a traditional baseball venue and home of the Braves to something new. The City sold the property to Georgia State University and to a development team being led by Atlanta based developer Carter & Associates. We're updating this page with news and content relating to the development of this specific piece of property. For broader information, see CL's coverage of the Summerhill neighborhood. If you are knowledgeable about this topic and would be willing to assist us in developing this page, please send a note to ben.eason at creativeloafing.com. More content to come.


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Friday January 13, 2017 10:17 pm EST
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Tuesday April 19, 2016 04:30 pm EDT
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Friday February 19, 2016 10:06 am EST
Turner Field Redevelopment has residents asking for inclusion. | more...

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Wednesday January 13, 2016 09:34 am EST
"We just threw people out. It’s regrettable. We did some terrible things." Leon Eplan, an urban planner under former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., recalls with frank language redevelopment efforts in the ’60s that resulted in bringing the Braves to Atlanta, the devastation it wrought on surrounding communities, and calls for better care of nearby neighborhoods during Turner Field's... | more...

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Monday December 21, 2015 05:14 pm EST

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As everyone expected, Georgia State University and Atlanta-based developers Carter and Oakwood Development have been selected to become the new owners of Turner Field and the surrounding parking lots.

The joint venture plans to spend $300 million turning Turner Field into a college football stadium and the adjacent sea of asphalt into student housing, retail, and some greenspace....

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Friday December 11, 2015 02:39 pm EST

image-1A process that will take six or seven months and end with a big document showing what residents want out of their four neighborhoods started Thursday night in a failed arcade and putt-putt complex across from Turner Field.
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? That is, the first public meeting of the Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative study. More than 200 residents from Pittsburgh,...

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Thursday December 3, 2015 04:00 am EST
The contest to redevelop Turner Field appears to be Georgia State's to lose | more...

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Wednesday November 25, 2015 12:24 pm EST

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?Come Monday's deadline, three development teams had stepped forward to pitch ideas on how to transform the 67 acres that includes Turner Field and the sea of asphalt next to the soon-to-be-vacant baseball stadium. 
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? One, Georgia State University's joint venture with Carter and Oakwood Development that envisions student housing, greenspace, and retail — and which Mayor Kasim Reed...

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Tuesday November 3, 2015 09:48 am EST

image-1What people from Mechanicsville, Peoplestown and Summerhill want on the old Turner Field site is not surprising: shopping, fresh groceries, and green space rank high on their list.
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? What they don’t want, according to the neighborhood speakers at a public meeting Monday night, is to be ignored by developers.
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? “We want something we can be proud of,” said Jane Ridley, a...

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Tuesday October 27, 2015 09:02 am EDT

image-1Cathy Woolard, the former Atlanta City Council president who's running to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, is wasting no time dropping clues about her campaign message.
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? What in God's name is happening to the area around Centennial Olympic Park? The SkyView Ferris Wheel might soon be joined by other attractions, including a slingshot ride.
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? Atlanta Police used a phone's GPS...

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Friday October 9, 2015 09:13 am EDT
image-1There are some interesting caveats in the city's Request for Proposals released last week for Turner Field redevelopment projects. Though the RFP does call for 10% of residential units to be affordable, it does does not specify how much new housing developers should build. And even if some new homes do become available, they may not be attainable for people who already live or work in... | more...

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Thursday September 24, 2015 03:04 pm EDT
image-3 Yes, Mayor Kasim Reed says, neighbors will help decide how 87 acres including Turner Field will be rebuilt when the Atlanta Braves leave the ballpark. But bids for the property will be collected in a timely manner, period. And the process to determine who will build the megasite — and what it will look like — will take place at the same the community outlines its vision for the... | more...

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Wednesday August 19, 2015 09:15 am EDT

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Georgia State University President Mark Becker, who's interested in building on Turner Field when the Atlanta Braves leave, says retrofitting Turner Field might be cheaper than building a new stadium. And could The Ted see a second life as a retail center a la Ponce City Market?

After some reluctance, Atlanta's Zoning Review Board has denied approval for a $55 million office...

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Tuesday August 18, 2015 11:59 am EDT

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  • Members of the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition, wearing white, appeared at Atlanta City Council Monday in support of a LCI study of their neighborhood.?

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? 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...

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Thursday August 13, 2015 03:05 pm EDT

image-1The Atlanta Braves told Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday that the team will be out of Turner Field by Dec. 31, 2016 — or possibly earlier.
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? In a statement released today by Reed's office, the mayor says the team has informed the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, the entity that oversees Turner Field, that it will not extend its lease agreement.
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? The team, which is...

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Tuesday July 7, 2015 04:35 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis/CL File

Sometime after 2017, Turner Field and its sprawling parking lots will be redeveloped when the Atlanta Braves head north to their new home in Cobb County. The residents living in nearby neighborhoods want assurances from the city that the future of the nearly 80-acre swath of land will be guided by their vision of the site — not just a developer's.

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Wednesday June 3, 2015 12:42 pm EDT

  • Dustin Chambers/CL File

The only developer that has publicly expressed interest in transforming Turner Field and its sprawling parking lots into a new mixed-use development last night shared its vision with local residents. Or, at least tried to share its vision. But outspoken and organized community members sent a loud and clear message to all developers: scrap your plans, start from...

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Friday May 1, 2015 09:28 am EDT

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Hold up, Mayor Reed. He says the city is ready to expedite the sale of post-Braves Turner Field. According to Reed, the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority can seal the deal without public bidding or the approval of the Atlanta City Council or the Fulton County Commission. Unsurprisingly, some officials, like Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, are not cool with that.

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Monday March 2, 2015 10:33 am EST


  • Dustin Chambers/CL File
  • What will replace Turner Field's parking lots?

Sixteen months have passed since Atlanta Braves officials announced that the team will leave Turner Field behind for a shiny new stadium in Cobb County. With their departure date getting closer by the day, many residents are wondering what will replace a site built for America's pastime but which hasn't served their...

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Wednesday November 12, 2014 08:29 am EST

  • Joeff Davis/CL File

Atlanta residents should have an idea of what will replace Turner Field and more than 70 acres of adjacent land in the near future. Mayor Kasim Reed says in an interview that a deal might be finalized "very soon." Will the city work with Georgia State University and Carter or another private group?

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Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:17 pm EDT
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Thursday May 8, 2014 01:56 pm EDT
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Wednesday May 7, 2014 04:42 pm EDT

  • Dustin Chambers/CL File
  • Georgia State's campus could soon extend to Turner Field neighborhoods

Georgia State University has apparently decided that it will dominate much, if not all, of this week's news cycle. The AJC reports the state school has partnered with private developers and wants to buy Turner Field - plus the sea of parking lots that surround the baseball stadium:

Georgia...

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Wednesday May 7, 2014 11:29 am EDT
Georgia State's Expansion Plans including Its Vision for the former Turner Field. | more...

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Friday February 7, 2014 05:39 pm EST

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  • "Can we still do the tomahawk chop?"

It's still anybody's guess what will replace Turner Field when the Braves make their controversial move to Cobb County in 2017. Affordable housing is one possibility, Mayor Kasim Reed has suggested. But here's another log for the fire: a horse-racing track with legalized pari-mutuel betting.

Elected officials have increasingly...

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Tuesday December 10, 2013 04:08 pm EST

  • Joeff Davis/CL File

"I've been so shocked by them moving the Braves out of Atlanta ... I just learned the last couple of days that they intend to tear the stadium down. I thought maybe they'd find, yet, a woman's soccer team or something like that. ... But the idea of turning it into a green-space park would be wonderful."

Ted Turner, who somehow just found out that Turner Field will...

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Thursday November 21, 2013 11:11 am EST

  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • 'Where will all this history go?'

As the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County continue to hammer out terms over the term's potential move to the suburbs, longtime Summerhill resident Tracey Long reflects on what she considers missed opportunities - and wonders how all the history that took place at the former Olympic Stadium, and subsequently Turner Field, will be preserved....

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Thursday November 21, 2013 04:00 am EST
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 01:45 pm EST

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The Atlanta Braves have already started packing for Cobb County. With the way team officials and county commissioners are talking, the final approval of $300 million in public funding seems increasingly imminent. If the ball club does in...

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Friday November 15, 2013 03:05 pm EST

So what did the Atlanta Braves want from the city to stay at Turner Field? According to documents obtained from Mayor Kasim Reed's office, the team's executives wanted to split the cost of stadium renovation costs between the city, county and Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, get out from under AFCRA's oversight and deal with City Hall directly, and manage parking.

The team also...

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Wednesday November 13, 2013 09:04 am EST

  • Dustin Chambers/CL File
  • Mayor Reed says he does not want another Atlantic Station.



With the Braves' move to Cobb in motion, people are turning their attention toward what might replace Turner Field and its surrounding parking lots.

Mayor Kasim Reed, who yesterday told reporters that the TED would be demolished if the ball club moves, hasn't yet shared specifics about the potential...

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Tuesday November 12, 2013 01:16 pm EST

  • Joeff Davis
  • Mayor Reed speaks at this morning's press conference at City Hall.



Major changes will head to Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, and Summerhill if the Atlanta Braves finalize a new stadium deal in Cobb County. Among the biggest: the razing of Turner Field and a massive middle-class-oriented redevelopment of the former Olympics complex and adjacent parking lots.

At a packed...

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Monday November 11, 2013 11:23 am EST
Turner Field is the old Braves Stadium located in the Summerhill Neighborhood. | more...

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Monday November 11, 2013 10:52 am EST

  • Atlanta Braves
  • Team hopes mixed-use development and parking will surround the new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County.

The Atlanta Braves shocked the city this morning with its proposed move to Cobb County. It's a decision that had largely flown under the radar as city officials bent over backwards to keep Falcons' new facility Downtown (Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith said she...

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Thursday September 13, 2012 04:37 pm EDT

  • Invest Atlanta
  • Invest Atlanta wants parking lot outlined in red to become 'sports and entertainment district'

Atlanta's economic development agency tomorrow will ask developers how they'd transform the massive parking lot across the street from Turner Field into a "sports and entertainment district" that would include greenspace, retail, and residential developments, CL has learned....

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