Braves release new images of planned mixed-use development

The Atlanta Braves released new renderings today of the mixed-used development the team plans to build next to their new Cobb County stadium.

The Braves have promised to build a $400 million mixed-use district that will include shops, restaurants, bars, residences and office space. The private development was a key selling point to Cobb leaders’ approval of a potential $400 million in public support for the neighboring $622 million ballpark.

The Braves have promised a hub of activity 365 days a year that they say will employ thousands and juice the county’s tax base, but many of the specifics — such as tenants — are still unsettled.

The images released Wednesday further define the public spaces and show a blend of architectural styles, with a blend of steel, brick and glass facades.

It appears two taller glass towers — a hotel and an office building — will feature views into the stadium, SunTrust Park. The complex also will feature a brewpub and Braves store, according to details released with the renderings.

Derek Schiller, the Braves executive vice president of sales and marketing, said in a conference call with reporters that the rendering represent the concept of project’s look, and is not the final design. But the locations of buildings and streets demonstrated in the designs are largely settled.

Schiller said the Braves have started showing the designs to retailers, restaurants and other potential tenants about 30 to 45 days ago, and interest in the project is “very strong.”

The first phase of the mixed-use development and the stadium are expected to open in time to begin the 2017 baseball season.

Please return to later today for more details, and look for a story in Thursday’s edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.