Sat., September 15, 2012 2:00pm (EDT)

What To Do With Land Near Turner Field
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA, Ga.  —  
The city wants a development that could support thousands of fans when the Braves are playing, yet still attract visitors when the team is on the road.  (Photo courtesy:  Kirk J via flickr)
The city wants a development that could support thousands of fans when the Braves are playing, yet still attract visitors when the team is on the road. (Photo courtesy: Kirk J via flickr)
Atlanta officials are seeking ideas for developing a 55-acre tract of land north of Turner Field into a sports and entertainment district.

Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development agency, made the request for ideas on Friday. It aims to turn the parking lots around the ballpark into a more vibrant neighborhood.

Redevelopment projects have run into trouble during a down economy. But Invest Atlanta Redevelopment Director Ty Rachal told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that signs point to a revival of the local market.

The city wants a development that could support thousands of fans when the Braves are playing, yet still attract visitors when the team is on the road. It also wants ways to pay homage to key moments for the team, for example, Hank Aaron's record-breaking 755th home run.