Georgia State and the Community
Few urban higher education institutions in America are as deeply rooted in their city as Georgia State University. The university has long been recognized as a central catalyst in the growth and development of Atlanta.
The transformational project at the site of the former Turner Field will continue Georgia State’s commitment to the city and surrounding neighborhoods.
How has the university been working with the communities that surround the stadium site?
Leaders from the university and Carter & Associates have met with two different groups that have expressed interest in our plans for the Turner Field property. One group, the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition, seeks for the university to sign a community benefits agreement, or CBA. A CBA is a legally binding agreement between a developer and community groups and typically involves financial inducements, like tax breaks, to the developers. University leaders have explained to this group it cannot sign their CBA. Georgia State University is not a developer and the work we will do on the site will be for Georgia State and not for profit. In addition, as a state entity, we are constitutionally prohibited from providing some of the concessions sought, such as cash payments. Carter & Associates has purchased the property around the stadium and has plans for private student housing, market-rate multi-family housing and retail sites. Georgia State is renovating Turner Field and has future plans to build a baseball stadium nearby.
Leaders from Georgia State and Carter have met and are continuing to meet with representatives of the neighborhood associations for Grant Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown and Summerhill. Georgia State is already engaged in these communities, through programs such as After School All-Stars, Project Healthy Grandparents and after-school tutoring. We are working with the neighborhood associations to find other ways the university can be engaged with the neighborhoods that are closest to the Turner Field site.