The Atlanta Braves announced the developers Wednesday for the mixed use project that will be part of their new stadium in Cobb County. Three local companies will partner with the Braves to complete the 74-acre, $400 million property. Braves officials says Fuqua Development will build the retail portion of the complex. Pope & Land, a company with roots in Atlanta and Cobb County will help develop the office space, while Pollack Shores Real Estate Group will team with the Braves to develop the residential portions of the project.
A recent poll finds most Georgians oppose public subsidies for professional sports teams, but Southerners have been funneling taxes to private enterprise for a long time, said James Cobb, a historian at the University of Georgia.
The Atlanta Braves have released six conceptual renderings of their planned stadium and mixed- use development in Cobb County. Released Wednesday, the drawings are the first look at what the Braves plans entail. The Braves website boasts the new stadium will be more than a state-of- the- art ballpark, and will “redefine the traditional model of a ‘live, work, play’ development as a ‘play work, stay’ destination.
Atlanta’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer has been suspended for sending emails that included a racial slur and profanity. Hans Utz sent the emails last month when the Braves made the surprise announcement they are moving to Cobb County. As part of a freedom of information request, the emails were released to the media Thursday. Katie Leslie, city hall reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, says she was tipped off to the exchange, which was among 600 emails. In a phone interview with GPB, Leslie says Utz was composing talking points on how big a blow the Braves move would be to Atlanta.
Retired Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Monday. In 1995, Cox led the Atlanta Braves to the team’s first World Series championship, and has won more than 2,000 games with the Braves. Cox will be inducted on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y. along with fellow retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and players chosen by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.
The Cobb County Commission’s vote Tuesday to OK public funds for a new Atlanta Braves ballpark will mean higher taxes for businesses around the area where the stadium will be built. Longtime resistance to higher taxes in the county and in Georgia could mean public opposition to the project won’t end anytime soon.
Cobb County commissioners took a big step toward building a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves. The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the entry into a memorandum of understanding with the baseball team at their meeting Tuesday evening. The deal calls for hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to help pay for the stadium and entertainment complex. The 30-year agreement calls for a mix of reallocating existing property tax revenue and implementing new taxes on business and tourism in the area.
People in Cobb County got their chance Monday to weigh in on the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in their backyards. Meanwhile, watchdogs and taxpayer groups are mobilizing to slow the process of approving public money for the project. Three Cobb County commissioners had separate town halls to gather public input ahead of a vote scheduled Tuesday evening. But one watchdog group is pushing for more: a public referendum.