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Fulton County may reassert rights on Turner Field


Fulton County officials may reassert their right to have a say in ongoing negotiations over what happens to Turner Field after the Braves depart for Cobb County.

On Wednesday the Fulton Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution supporting a “cooperative effort with the City of Atlanta to explore the future of Turner Field and to devise a plan for prospective use of Turner Field.” The resolution calls for the establishment of a joint committee to explore options for the 77-acre stadium site. And it says the county’s consent is needed for any eventual deal regarding the use or demolition of Turner Field. You can read the complete resolution here.

The proposed resolution is the latest sign that Fulton officials aren’t happy that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has not consulted them as he tries to sell the baseball stadium, which is co-owned by the city and the county. The mayor’s office has been negotiating with Georgia State University and at least two private developers.

In an Oct. 28 letter to Reed and others, County Commission Chairman John Eaves asked to be included in any future negotiations over the stadium’s fate. But the mayor does not seem inclined to relinquish control.

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Reed recently said he’d be glad to chat with Eaves as a courtesy. But the mayor maintains the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority board has the final say about stadium’s future. And the mayor pointedly said Atlanta controls the majority of seats on the board.

A few days later, Reed announced Turner Field could be sold very soon.

Update: Reed spokeswoman Anne Torres says the mayor has not yet met with Eaves but plans to do so. As to the proposed joint committee and other elements of the resolution to be considered Wednesday: "The mayor is open to considering any proposals put forward by Fulton County or community members," Torres said.

About the Author

David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties.

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