A statement from the Beltline offered little explanation for the move.
“We have determined that the process itself is not yielding a result that we feel is appropriate for that site, and we plan to re-evaluate at a later date,” the statement read.
In a statement of his own, Fuqua said he “was shocked and stunned” by the decision and left open the possibility of legal action.
“After an 18-month long (request for proposals) process, we were selected based on the vision, merit and the affordable housing component of the proposal,” he said. “We have been a great partner with the Beltline and have already devoted significant resources to the project.
“This is especially confounding because we committed to 30 percent affordable housing, which the City said was a top priority,” the statement read. “I am currently evaluating our legal recourse as it relates to Invest Atlanta, the Beltline and other responsible parties.”
Julian Bene, an Invest Atlanta board member who was one of two votes against the project in December, said he was relieved the sale process ended. He said he hopes a new sales process will begin that will not allow for such a car-centric plan.
“I’m hoping we will proceed in a more thoughtful fashion,” he said.