Atlanta — The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop Turner Field and approximately 70 acres of adjacent property.
“The Board of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority has been working for several months to formalize a process to redevelop the Turner Field area,” said William K Whitner, chair of the AFCRA board. “We are pleased that the Request for Proposals is complete, and that meaningful progress toward determining the future of this historic neighborhood is finally under way. AFCRA has been a long-time partner in this community and we fully appreciate the importance of identifying a developer that will have a positive impact for many years to come.”
Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of AFCRA, assured nearby residents that the redevelopment process would not be at the expense of surrounding communities. “After recently hosting a community meeting, and giving careful consideration to the concerns that were expressed, additional language was added to the RFP that should alleviate any concerns about our commitment to incorporating recommendations from the Livable Centers Initiative study in the final redevelopment of the area,” Lance Bottoms said.
The RFP seeks proposers with the capability to renovate or replace Turner Field with a major facility; to provide housing, retail and employment opportunities for existing and future residents, to incorporate Atlanta’s sports history into redevelopment proposals and to complete development within five years. Proposals must be submitted by November 20.
“We’re casting a national and international net for the best fit for this community,” said Lance Bottoms, “while ensuring that the historical significance and integrity of the neighborhoods is maintained.”